Youth Elite Camp 1
2019 Summer Residential Camp
Coach Hyndman and his dedicated staff of coaches have designed a top quality program for boys who have a strong desire to improve upon their understanding of the game and abilities as soccer players. The GCU campus and fields provide a one of a kind environment where players will participate in a challenging but fun week of soccer instruction. Players will be broken into small groups based on age and skill level to ensure campers receive the most individual attention possible. During the morning sessions, we will teach, correctly demonstrate and rehearse the skills needed to improve the player's technique. Individual creativity is encouraged in order to develop confidence and a more positive attitude toward the game of soccer. The afternoon session emphasizes tactical development in a game environment using small-sided activities on indoor futsal courts. The evenings consist of nightly tournaments with full-sided games where the players are able to demonstrate the techniques and tactics learned during the day. At the GCU Summer Residential Camp, we strive to teach the campers not just skills, but the knowledge of how to use those skills in the game.
- Residential Option: All sessions plus lodging, breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
- Commuter Option: All sessions plus lunch and dinner.
A $50 discount per sibling from the same household is available.
- 7:30-8:00am - Breakfast (Student Union)
- 8:00-8:15am - Commuters arrive (Saguaro Hall)
- 8:30-10:30am - Training Session (Practice Field)
- 10:45am - Return to Dorm
- 11:50am - Leave for Lunch
- 12:00-12:45pm - Lunch (Student Union)
- 1:40pm - Meet at Dorm (Saguaro Hall)
- 2:00 - 4:00pm - Afternoon Activities (CHANGES DAILY)
- 4:15pm - Return to Dorm
- 4:50pm - Leave for Dinner
- 5:00-5:45pm - Dinner (Student Union)
- 6:00pm - Meet at Dorm- (Saguaro Hall)
- 6:30-9:00pm - Evening Activities (Practice Field and Turf Fields)
- 9:00pm - Commuter Campers Depart (Saguaro Hall)
- 10:00pm - Bed Check (Saguaro Hall)
Goalkeeper Program: The GCU Goalkeeper Camp provides young goalkeepers of all levels a challenging program that will drive them to excel. Designed and coached by the GCU goalkeeping coaches. The morning sessions will consist of detailed training in modern goalkeeping techniques. Such topics include catching, diving, breakaways, crosses and footwork. The afternoon sessions will focus on the fundamental tactics of goalkeeping such as positioning, distribution and communication. In the evening, the goalkeepers will join the field players to compete in tournament games where they will be allowed to demonstrate what they have learned.
Futsal: Futsal is small sided soccer game played throughout Brasil and all across the world to help develop technique, creativity and quick decision making. It is played on a gym floor with a heavier ball that encourages dribbling and quick short passing. Stars all over the world began their careers on futsal courts and we are proud to make it part of our residential camp program. In the afternoon of our residential camps we will go inside, away from the warm afternoon Phoenix sun and play futsal with all of the campers. It will be a wonderful chance for the players to relly be challenged with this fun and technical game.
Meals & Lodging: We are very excited to announce that lodging at the Grand Canyon University Soccer Academy remains on the campus of GCU! All rooms are newly renovated and have air conditioning. Located near the GCU Athletics Soccer Fields and gyms, the rooms are very comfortable and will be an extremely safe and efficient venue. In addition to the coaching staff staying in the dorms, the GCU Soccer Academy hires a staff to help monitor and supervise the rooms. Meals will be provided as usual in an all-you-can-eat format to ensure that every player's needs are met.
What To Bring: Other than the normal amount of street clothes we suggest that you bring the following items: 1 pair of soccer shoes,1 pair of indoor shoes (you can bring turf shoes but it is optional, one of three fields is Turf), 1 pair of tennis shoes, 6 t-shirts, 6 pairs of shorts, 8 pairs of socks, shin guards, other soccer type clothes, 1 swim suit, small bag or shoe bag, sandals, water container, toiletries including sun block, twin bed linens, a pillow and bath towels. Don't forget to bring your soccer ball if you do not plan on purchasing one from the camp store.
Parent Info: Parents are welcome to stay and watch sessions. Parents are welcome to visit campers during down times in the lobby of the residence halls, with the exception of move-in and move-out. However, we prefer for staff and campers to be the only people on the floors of the residence halls. This ensures the safety of the campers.
Medical Care: Each camp will have a full-time athletic trainer from the GCU Sports Medicine staff on duty to take care of all minor injuries. For more serious problems, several local hospitals are just minutes away.
Airport Transportation: Every major airline has flights into Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport including Southwest, American, US Air, Delta, United and Spirit. The airport is a short 15 minutes from campus. GCU Soccer Camp has made arrangements to provide service for $10 each way from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.
For your convenience, please plan to make payment by mailing check or cash prior to camp OR providing payment in person at the time of pick-up. Be sure to notify us of your flight information by contacting Vlastimir Davidovic at email@example.com no later than seven (7) days before your camp starts. This will help us to confirm your arrival and departure times and ensure that your travel needs are met.
Spending Money & Camp Store: The Camp fee includes all the meals that the players will eat during the week. However, many players like to purchase pizza or sports drinks as a snack after the evening session.
Also available in the Camp store is some of the latest soccer gear, so please make sure that campers are provided for appropriately.
College Soccer Presentation: Many of our older campers have aspirations to play soccer at the collegiate level. At the GCU Soccer Academy we try to assist these players as much as possible by giving them insight into the recruiting process. This presentation is highly informative to the prospective student-athlete and is open to all parents. The presentation will conclude with an open question and answer segment.
- You will be sent a confirmation email once your registration is received.
- Your tuition for the Camp includes all the costs of the camp plus a camp T-shirt.
- For those who are making flight reservations, please contact Vlastimir Davidovic at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than seven (7) days before your camp starts.
During online registration campers are given the opportunity to purchase Registration Protector insurance from Allianz Global Assistance. Campers who purchase Registration Protector will be refunded by Allianz for lost registration fees when the camper has to cancel or leave camp for a reason covered by the policy.
- *For those campers who purchase Registration Protector, any cancellation for reasons not covered will be refunded at 50% up to 2 weeks prior to the start of camp.*
- No refunds are provided for campers who choose not to purchase Registration Protector.
Per NCAA rules, all sport camps and clinics conducted by Grand Canyon University are open to any and all entrants and enrollment is only limited based on age, grade level, gender, or number restrictions as specified by each camp.