Attending a girl’s soccer camp is a good idea during the soccer recruiting process. The camp experience can help a high school soccer player in a number of ways.
- Instruction provided by college women’s soccer coaches and players is a great way for soccer recruits to improve their skills. This high-level teaching can be extremely helpful for underclassmen who have more time to develop.
- Girl’s soccer camps can provide some exposure to college women’s soccer programs. But it’s important for soccer recruits to know that there’s not really much chance of being “discovered” at a camp. Coaches already familiar with you get a chance to evaluate your skills at a girl’s soccer camp. But if a coach doesn’t know who you are when you show up, they probably won’t know who you are when you leave.
- Soccer camp lets you see how you measure up to other high school girl’s soccer players. Seeing other talented players up close can help you find out what skills you need to work on the most in order to keep up with those competing with you for soccer scholarships.
- A college soccer camp can give you a good idea what campus life is like. You can check out a college’s dorms, its athletic facilities and experience other aspects of the school that might eventually make it easier to decide where you want to play college women’s soccer.
Choosing a Girl’s Soccer Camp
Do your research when choosing a soccer camp. It’s also important to decide why you’re going to a soccer camp. Are you going mainly to work on your game, or are you headed to camp to gain exposure?
If your goal at a girl’s soccer camp to improve your soccer skills, learn as much as you can about the camp’s coaching staff. How much experienced do they have? Do they have a history of winning? Have they produced outstanding women’s soccer players? Ask someone who’s attended the camp before about the quality of the soccer talent.
If you’re hoping to gain exposure it’s important to choose a soccer camp at a college that’s already recruiting you. Remember, coaches don’t really spend time scouting at camps, so go to a girl’s soccer camp where they know who you are. Find out which soccer coaches will be there, and contact them ahead of time to let them know that you’ll be there.
What’s the difference between invite-only “elite” girl’s soccer camps and college soccer camps?
Elite soccer camps (like U.S. Club Soccer’s extremely exclusive id2 Camp, which finds players through an intense national scouting and recommendation process) are generally invitation only. Because of this, the level of talent is usually extremely high. The high level of skills instruction at elite soccer camps allows for outstanding player development. If you’re seriously interested in attending an elite girl’s soccer camp, the first step is to have a recommendation from your coach.
College girl’s soccer camps are run by college women’s soccer coaches, and can also offer high quality soccer skills instruction. But college soccer camps also offer a girl’s soccer recruit the chance to get a feel for the soccer program. Attending a soccer camp at a school that you’re interested in playing for lets you check out the school’s campus and athletic facilities, as well as gain some familiarity with the coaching staff.
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