Youth soccer is a year-around pastime for many Wood River Valley families, who naturally are interested in summer soccer camps.
One of the best is One.Soccer School. It has camps for all ages around the country, from California to Colorado, Florida, Georgia and Utah.
One.Soccer School returns to Hailey’s Wood River Middle School fields for half- and full-day camps during the week of July 22-26.
Returning to the valley for the eighth year, the local camps are based on age levels—one camp for ages 10-18, and the other camp for juniors ages 6-9.
One.Premier and Goalkeeper.Premier camps for ages 10-18 teach what they call “Fail Your Way to Success Philosophy,” where mistakes are signposts on the way to success. Young players get up to 40 hours of training in an attempt to lay the foundation for taking their games to the next level.
Exercise drills are used to improve flexibility and coordination. Youngsters are also trained in speed, agility and quickness. Instructional sessions include passing and receiving, dribbling and turning.
The intensive five-day camps for boys and girls ages 10-18 are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8-12 Friday on the north Hailey soccer pitch. Cost is $319 for 40 hours of training (rising to $349 if paid after June 2). There is a limit of 125 campers.
Occurring at the same site and during the same times as the full-day camp is One.GK camp. It’s a five-day camp that helps developing goalkeepers with technical and tactical aspects of the position. Age range is 10-18. Camp limit is 20 keepers. Cost is the same, $319 by June 1, $349 after.
Also offered is the One.Juniors camp for coed players ages 6-9. Hours are 8 a.m. to noon. Tuition is $199 if paid by June 1 and $209 after.
One.Juniors tries for a fun environment while teaching the core technical skills needed to play soccer. It has devised four skills challenges, bringing together the physical and technical aspect of the game. Players receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course.
All players receive a uniform and game-quality ball. For registration visit onesoccerschools.com.
Two other soccer camps in the valley are:
- The United Kingdom Recreational Soccer Camp from Aug. 19-23 at Ketchum’s Atkinson Park (uksocca.com); and another One.Juniors camp run through the Community School summer program July 29-Aug. 1 at Sagewillow Farms in Sun Valley.