This program uses an open format providing both training and games at every session. This camp is open to all players; kids do not have to be part of the Stanford Soccer Club to register.
Location: The camps are located at Greer Park Field June 26-30 and July 10-14 and July 24-28. These fields allows ample room for full size games (large goals), many smaller games (small goals), and training.
What to bring and wear: Players should wear normal soccer clothes, shin guards, and outdoor soccer shoes, Turf shoes would also be acceptable if their group will be practicing on the Turf. Any color T-shirt/shorts/socks is acceptable. A water fountain and rest rooms are available. If the kid is registered for the full day he or she needs to bring a lunch.
Attendance Requirements: None. We require registration which includes a parent consent and fee, but beyond that the program is guided by personal desire. We hope the players enjoy a fantastic experience, but they should not feel obligated to attend every session. However, that said, players who come to every session will develop much more rapidly and effectively.
Session Overview: Each session includes some technical workout and training; this will typically be the first part of the session and may occur in multiple groups with one coach per group. Small scrimmages (e.g., 3v3) and variations thereof provide players with many "touches" (i.e. ball handling opportunities) and different conditions to emphasize a particular objective. Very importantly, players learn many small games and hopefully develop their own creativity in the process. Lastly, part of the session time is used for bigger games such as 5v5 games, 7v7, and 9v9. Teams are determined both by player preference and coaching to guide competition and skill development.
Even more about the sessions.....At these young ages expect the players to start playing immediately upon arrival. Unlike adults they do not need much warmup. The technical workouts will be interspersed throughout the small sided game playing, while the full field games during the latter part of the sessions will probably have minimum coach intervention. An important component of the program is a player finding his/her own creativity on the court. To do this they want to be encouraged to take chances and use peer pressure to self correct. Many times the players will be left to adjust conditions, move between older and younger groups, be a champ or suffer some embarrassment. We welcome the parents to stay and watch.....however please keep your silence....we want the players focusing on each other and not get distracted by even a boast of praise.
Equipment: Full size soccer goals, Futsal goals, small goals, soccer balls and fields are provided via the Cubberley Community Center and Stanford United. Also, different colored pullover Pennies will be provided to establish team colors.
Coaches: Vava Marques coach director. We will also have multiple experienced coaches assisting who are also part of the Stanford Soccer Club coaching Staff: Roberto Magellan, Armando Luna, Beto Luna, Giovanni Luna, Leonardo Soares, Leonardo Barcellos, Carlos Velasco.
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