Tips on Choosing the Best Youth Soccer Camp
Now that summer is approaching, its time to find a soccer camp for your soccer-crazy child. Here are some tips on choosing the right camp for your son or daughter.
- Decide what type of camp best suits his or her requirements. For example, there are camps that are designed for children who are beginners to the game while others are intended for kids with more experience and may focus on developing a particular skill or proficiency in a certain position such as Center Forward or Striker.
- Look at the credentials of the coaches. Many camps are run by amateur coaches from local high schools that are simply familiar with the rules of the game, rather than by those who have adequate experience both in playing and coaching, such as professional players. Sending your child to these types of camps would be a waste of time, since your child is unlikely to learn good soccer skills. Even worse, they may end up being seriously injured. Ideally, the coaches should have advanced soccer experience and be at least eighteen years old.
- Arrange an appointment to visit the camp and examine their facilities. Does it have enough playing space for the kids? Do they have all the necessary exercise facilities and do they look well-maintained? Does the camp have enough counselors on site to maintain a high camper-counselor ratio (ideally the ratio should be around one counselor for every eight to ten campers)? Ask to see a daily schedule to check if the camp is well-organized and has a complete lesson plan that will teach the campers all the skills they need to have. Finally, look to see if the camp has adequate safety standards and equipment, and adheres to general rules of safety for soccer.
- If your child is thinking of going into soccer as a professional, you might want to enroll him in a camp that offers training for advanced players to see if soccer as a profession is really for him. These camps provide intensive training on the various aspects of skill development for the sport, such as technical precision and tactical development in order to adequately prepare your child for the rigors of playing soccer seriously.
- If you are still unsure, you can visit your local soccer club to ask for recommendations or ask other parents which camps they send their children to. Or you can go online and do research by looking for reviews of soccer camps on various sites.