F.A.Q.

1. How do you group the campers?
2. What kind of supervision do you provide?
3. How many students stay in each room?
4. Do students need a medical form?
5. What happens if a student is seriously injured?
6. What happens if a student gets sick during camp?
7. What equipment do I need to wear at camp?
8. What is available for the campers during their free time?
9. Will the campers receive some sort of evaluation before leaving the Academy?
10. Can Students bring extra snacks and drinks?
11. What is the advantage of the Academy vs. a Collegiate camp?
12. May a parent or coach visit the academy while in session?
13. Do the dorms have air conditioning?
14. What about spending money?
15. What will be at the Academy Camp Store?
16. Can students show up late for camp?
17. What if my child has an injury or gets sick?
18. How will I contact my son or daughter at camp?
19. Should I do a lot of conditioning (ball work, fitness running) before coming to camp?
20. Can a player do both the Goalkeeping Academy and the field player program?
21. What happens if it rains at camp?
22. Any other questions?



1. How do you group the campers?

The students are grouped according to ability in groups no bigger than 14-1 students to staff coach. Goalkeeper staff ratio 8-1. When the students first arrive at camp they will be placed into a group consisting of other students of the same age and gender. From there, the staff will evaluate the talent of each individual over the first 2 training sessions and adjust the groups according to ability. For example, if there is a student within a group who demonstrates ability above the rest of the group, then he/she may be moved into a higher ability or older age group. If a team comes to camp, they will train as a team unless otherwise noted. The campers are usually grouped in U-12, U-15 and U17 age groups by gender. Coaches attempt to provide players realistic and age appropriate competition in all training and game related exercises and competition.

2. What kind of supervision do you provide?

Supervision of the campers is a top priority at Midwest Soccer Academy. The Academy has a 1-6 staff to camper ratio of supervision. At no time are campers permitted to leave the campus or their group. Coaches and counselors stay with the campers 24hours a day/night. Attendance is taken at each coaching session and each evening at lights out. The dorms will be covered by 24hour security. Campers will be issued keys or pass cards for dorm and room entry. Room conditions will be checked periodically by the camp staff for cleanliness and safety issues. Home-sickness is common for many of our campers away from home for the first time. Our staff and counselors do an excellent job helping the camper cope and adjust with being away from home. On occasion parents may be called to help.

3. How many students stay in each room?

State regulations limit only two students in most rooms. There are a few rooms that are set up as suites where there may be 3 students per suite, these suites are not always available to us and because of that we can not take roommate requests for more than 2 people per room. Any exceptions to this must be cleared with the Academy office.

4. Do students need a medical form?

Every student needs to have a completed medical form and disclaimer signed by a parent and the camper attending. The medical form must have the parents signature, insurance information, immunization history, and emergency contact information to be valid. You can get a copy of the form by clicking here. (Medical release and disclaimer form).

5. What happens if a student is seriously injured?

We have a plan of action for every emergency including serious injury. Midwest Soccer Academy and the host facility have an agreement with the local hospital near each camp site. Students are transported to the designated local hospital after our athletic trainer has determined that the student needs emergency care. Since we have the completed medical form and insurance info. there will be no delays at the hospital. An Academy Staff member will accompany the student to the hospital and will contact the Parents immediately.

6. What happens if a student gets sick during camp?

An athletic trainer at each site will tend to injuries and minor ailments, and illness. If a student becomes too sick to participate in more than two consecutive sessions at camp then the Director will call home with an update. If it is determined that the student will not be able to continue then the student will be picked up from camp and a credit only will be issued based on time missed from camp less the deposit.

7. What equipment do I need to wear at camp?

All students will be required to wear the necessary equipment required to play in a real game, that means shin-guards at all times. Here is a link to a list of things to bring to camp: Items to Bring to Camp.

8. What is available for the campers during their free time?

What free time?? Midwest Soccer Academy provides soccer instruction and soccer related activities (videos, chalk talks,) each day! There is a rest period after lunch, before the afternoon session. When available, the campers will have the opportunity to swim from 4pm to 4:30pm, before dinner. When available, campers will have access to game rooms and snack bars (pool, ping pong, video games) after the evening activity (10:00pm until 10:40pm) and before lights out ( 10:30 U-13 and 11:00pm U-14 to U-18).

9. Will the campers receive some sort of evaluation before leaving the Academy?

YAll campers are given a thorough and honest written evaluation from his/her staff coach on the last day of the Academy. This evaluation will point out the strengths and weaknesses in the camper’s game and activities/exercises to improve their game. High School age players will also receive information about the College recruitment experience and scholarship opportunities available.

10. Can Students bring extra snacks and drinks?

There are three meals served a day, however students can bring as many snacks and sport drinks as they want. There are no refrigerators in the dorms, but yes, you can bring those if you want as well. Here is a link to a list of items to bring to camp: Items to Bring to Camp.

11. What is the advantage of the Academy vs. a Collegiate camp?

Midwest Soccer Academy sessions will offer the best learning environment possible with nationally licensed and experienced collegiate and international coaches. Collegiate camps are usually taught by the Coaches from the University and their players. The Collegiate camp experience is usually more relaxed with more games and less teaching, however if you want to be noticed by that particular Coach then going to their camp will give you direct exposure to him/her.

12. May a parent or coach visit the academy while in session?

We welcome parents and coaches to the training sessions at all locations. We particularly encourage parents and coaches to come to the evening sessions when the campers play as teams and compete against each other. We would prefer no coaching from the sidelines! DonÓ´ forget your camera or video camera!

13. Do the dorms have air conditioning?

That depends on the location. All our locations have air-conditioned dining and meeting rooms. Be advised to bring a fan and an extension cord.

14. What about spending money?

Campers do not need to bring much money to camp ($20-25). There is a snack area with vending machines and some order pizzas at night. Also, some bring a couple dollars of quarters for the washing machine. Those camp T-shirts need a cleaning at least once during the week!! Do not bring unnecessary items that are of value to you.

15. What will be at the Academy Camp Store?

The Camp Store will be open at registration and checkout. Campers will be able to buy extra camp shirts, shorts, socks, shinguards, goalkeeper gear and more. Campers can pre-order a camp ball that will be waiting for them at the Camp Store.

16. Can students show up late for camp?

The beginning of camp is very important. Registration, room assignments, meet the staff, and conduct the general camp orientation all before we even step on the field before the first session. The first two training session also serve as ability evaluations and determine grouping for the rest of the program. However, if a student will not be able to make the beginning of camp please call us ahead of time to let us now that you will be late. There are no refunds or partial refunds for late arrival.

17. What if my child has an injury or gets sick?

At each Academy Site there will be an athletic trainer to handle injuries and campers who become sick. If the injury or sickness requires professional medical attention, parents will be notified immediately and consulted. Each camper at registration must present a completed medical and emergency treatment release form (sent to each camper upon receipt of application.) Campers who have a previous medical condition (diabetes, severe allergies, etc.) and require prescription medication must inform the camp director, their coach, and the athletic trainer of the camp.

18. How will I contact my son or daughter at camp?

Each camper and parent receives a daily schedule at registration with contact information for each location. The Camp Director will be carrying a cell phone and will be able to be contacted 24 hours a day. Some sites will also have a phone in the residence rooms of each camper. In case of an emergency, you can leave a detailed message for the Director at any camp site during that week of camp by calling the telephone number listed on the player daily schedule form or by calling the academy office number .

19. Should I do a lot of conditioning (ball work, fitness running) before coming to camp?

The Midwest Soccer Academy and the Premier Academy are a very demanding total soccer experience. Most campers are playing and practicing regularly prior to camp. However, you are well advised to begin conditioning for the camp (with and without the ball) several weeks prior to attending. This will greatly reduce the chance of injury and help you to get the most out of your training and game sessions.

20. Can a player do both the Goalkeeping Academy and the field player program?

The Goalkeeping Academy has a progression curriculum, however, if a player would like to do both we can work it out on an individual bases. This is particularly encouraged with players 12 and under. Goalkeepers will also play field positions in the small-sided World Cup tournament.

21. What happens if it rains at camp?

If it rains we will still train, however if the weather becomes dangerous (lightning, high winds, extreme heat, etc.) then each facility has options for alternate training facilities except the University of Michigan location.

22. Any other questions?

For more information, email us at info@midwestsoccer.net or give us a call on our toll-free number.

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