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MYSA Player Development Camps

[Updated: 6/27/2014]

The Player Development Program is a training program for boys and girls ages 6-16 to learn and improve in a fun and encouraging environment, designed to uphold MYSA’s mission to “promote the importance of education, self-esteem, diversity and teamwork in a safe, fun environment, allowing players to develop to their fullest potential in soccer and in life.” These four-day soccer camps not only provides age and developmentally appropriate soccer training but also moral development activities tailored to each age group. For more information please contact Chato Alvarado, MYSA Coaching/Player Development Administrator, at 952-252-1688 (800-366-6972 ext. 211) or chatoalvarado@mnyouthsoccer.org.

Players will experience:

  • On-the-field technical and tactical instruction using the “Teaching Games for Understanding” approach. This game/activity approach allows the participant to fully experience the ever changing environment the game of soccer offers.
  • A “player centered” approach concentrating on those “individual skills” used most by players and needed to excel in soccer.
  • Technical and Tactical emphasis include: Dribbling and Ball Control, Passing and Receiving, Shooting/Finishing, Individual initiative, Support around the ball, Defending Individually and in Small Groups, Transition, Game Awareness and Soccer Fitness.
  • Approximately 75% of each session will utilize competitive games such as 1v1 and 4v4.
  • Opportunity to train and play with and against other player’s outside of your team and club.

Camp Highlights:

  • Qualified Professional Staff
  • Small Coach to Player Ratio (1:12 average)
  • Dynamic Camp Curriculum
  • Age Appropriate Coaching
  • Focus on Technical Development and Small Sided Games
  • T-shirt & water bottle for each registrant
  • Memories for a lifetime!

Coaches Checklist:

  • Did the players have fun?
  • Are the sessions organized and objectives clear?
  • Was there maximum participation by the players in the session?
  • Is creativity and decision making by the players being used
  • Was the feedback positive, personalized and frequent?
  • Did the activities objectives relate to the demands the players will face in a game?

The Team Camp this year gives teams and their coach an opportunity to work on specific aspects relevant to the team. Many successful teams have prepared for their season by participating either as an entire team or with small groups of team members. In some instances, team members are grouped together to facilitate team unity, cohesion and chemistry. Team coaches can request specific training or identify team objectives requiring work at camp.

Staff: Collegiate and ODP coaches as well as current and former college players.

Daily Schedule (half day)*

9:00–10:00 am Age Appropriate Games
10:00–11:30 am Small-Sided Games
11:30 am Departure

Daily Schedule (full day)*

9:00–10:00 am Training Topic 1
10:00–11:30 am Training Topic II
11:30–12:00 noon Lunch
12:00–1:30 pm Training Topic III
1:30–2:30 pm Small-Sided Tournament
2:30 pm Departure

*Camp daily schedule (half or full day) may vary by location.