Parents of soccer enthusiasts aged 7 to 14 need to mark their calendars now for the West Windsor-Plainsboro Soccer Association (WWPSA) summer soccer camps available every week for 10 weeks beginning June 25, 2018. Experienced soccer coaches will drill boys and girls in the skills necessary to play competitively in any soccer league.
“This is a chance to have professional trainers work with you on soccer. Our goal in the club is to develop soccer skills for players at all skill levels. We have a great coaching staff for our summer camps who provide instruction with a goal of increasing skills through a variety of teaching techniques. It is an opportunity for camp participants to improve their skills — their technical and tactical soccer skills — through a variety of exercises,” said Brent Nielsen, WWPSA board member.
Full-day camps run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with 30 minutes for lunch at noon and an optional 30-minute swim period before the afternoon session. These full day camps also offer early drop off by 8 a.m. with parental pickup no later than 5 p.m. with an extra fee for the early or late option. For the half-day camps, parents have the option of choosing the morning or afternoon session.
“All of our activities and games are structured for learning and fun,” Nielsen said. “Campers will play a game at the end of each day to solidify skills learned and engage in friendly competition.”
Monday camps will focus on dribbling and mastery of the soccer ball with emphasis on agility. On Tuesdays, campers will work on passing, receiving, and turning while concentrating on the importance of teamwork. Attacking play and scoring lead the activities for Wednesdays with afternoon emphasis on fitness, core exercises, and yoga. Thursday’s accent is on defensive moves and preventing scoring. Psychosocial communication is the special emphasis in the afternoon.
Friday presents a different approach with soccer tennis, a game that meshes soccer, tennis, and volleyball. Friday’s schedule also includes soccer golf, which involves kicking a soccer ball into a cup. Goalkeeper tryouts and actual competitive soccer games will fill out the day on Friday.
WWSPA’s goal is to provide youth and adults the opportunity to play instructional and competitive soccer at the highest level commensurate with their ability, potential, and interest.
In that light, WWPSA offers spring and fall soccer programs for pre-K through 12th grade students. Spring programs will run from April 7 to May 26, 2018. Information about spring and fall programs can be found on the WWPSA website, adding additional opportunities for local youth.
Check out wwpsa.org and click on “Camps” for links to the 2018 summer soccer programs.
West Windsor-Plainsboro Soccer Association, 55 Princeton Hightstown Road, Suite 107, Princeton Junction. www.wwpsa.org