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Strike with POWER!
There is nothing more discouraging for a young (or old) player than
failing to strike the ball with power. Yes, aim is critical--but face it,
the ego wants POWER. Don't leave camp without getting
a clue! Poor power may be due to:
position at time of impact (see photo above with support foot properly
beside the ball and body weight moving through ball at impact, see
photos below. If your body weight remains behind the ball on impact,
you will not hit the ball with enough mass to generate power), 2) Weak, unstable foot and lousy shoes (your shoes
should support foot structure and arch shape; shoes should not have room to grow, if you wear shoes larger than size 8-1/2, then
point toe slightly inward to prevent toe scraping), 3) Tense versus
relaxed body (a relaxed body facilitates smooth weight transfer from the
supporting side of the body to the dynamic, kicking side--develop your form to land
naturally on your kicking
foot), 4) Long, slow strike versus shorter,
sharp strike (a big windup doesn't necessarily impart sufficient kinetic
energy--kinetic energy is mass x velocity squared divided by 2, which
explains why short, stocky players can generate power--a fast strike with
weight behind it generates kinetic energy exponentially, 5) Head comes
up--don't watch the ball leave
your foot, because your weight will go up rather than through the ball.
Here's more soccer physics.
Good follow thru--
toe is still pointed:
Bad form--foot and body too far behind:
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Camp at Colby College, MA
Quickfeet Soccer Training, DC
Ferdies Soccer Magic, TX
SoccerKim.com Soccer Camp, TN
International School of Tucson, AZ
California Univ. of PA HS Camps, PA
Academy of Dutch Soccer Camps, PA
Berkshire Soccer Academy for Girls, MA
Corpus Christi Soccer Academy, TX
Brazilian Skills Soccer Camp, TX
First Touch Soccer Camp, OH
Chelsea FC Soccer Camp, AZ
Catalyst Camp-Strength, Speed Agility, Skill, CA
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soccer camp directors, youth coaches, and improving players of all ages
an independent guide, this site depends on a few great sponsors and many
helpers--you, our readers and users. This means the info is subject to change. Contact the camp directly for
the latest details. Then contact us with any corrections. I do keep old links in case the camp doesn't renew, you still have information to see if they're still
* To help you find camps by state or name:
this site began in 1999 to help me and other parents, coaches, and players
find better info on camps, it has really grown--thanks to our
many readers. Now each Directory page has at least
250 camps per page, so be prepared for a long loading time!
(A large print listing is published at the end of March by Soccer America--but they have NO
camper reviews and are not affiliated with the Guide. Unfortunately, this is no longer available online.)
Use your browser's "view" button to increase the type size.
For other lists, try:
www.keeperstop.com a listing of keeper camps
www.soccerworldwide.com for about a 100
www.fairgamemagazine.com order April issue for women's focused camps
for a few overseas camps
* To help you evaluate camps by reviews:,
The Review categorizes camps by type, plus player and parent
reviews and comments.
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schedule camps by date or place:
are very detailed and are sorted by month or by camp name with information on date, location, age,
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This is a reader-developed site
to help other campers. Add your review here
or camp here!
Of course, player/parent-contributed reviews aren't the ideal form of evaluation. Camp
personnel and quality can change yearly. But it's a start--especially check out
getting the most from camp.
an independent guide,
this site depends on
a few great sponsors and many helpers. It also
means this info is subject to change. Contact the camp directly for the latest details. Then contact us with any corrections.
The "soccer tour" trend has been growing in recent years, so in
upcoming months the Guide will be starting a new category for tours. In the
meantime, check out
Soccer Camps International
with options in England (The Bobby Charlton Soccer Camp, Arsenal United Camp, and Manchester United Camp--girls only), Italy (AC Milan Junior Soccer Camps and Juventus Soccer Schools), France (Paris Saint Germain, Bordeux, and SEJ Soccer Camp in Vichy), and Spain (Real Madrid and Barcelona). Another
is ATI Soccer
Tours, with events in Brazil and San
NSCAA Coaching Academy
For an application or additional information, visit their web site at
www.NSCAA.com or call the National office at 800-458-0678.
are run as franchises in different states, so there is no central
800 phone number, but there is a general website
Or for contact information, please go here.
MLS camps: NASC changed its name to MLS camps in 1996 when the MLS
began. In 1999 they had 1100 communities run camps with over 60,000 players