Throughout the year, SABA offers a wide variety of camps and clinics in the tri-state area, designed for Boys and Girls all ages and levels.
Summer Skills camps run from June through August each year. The camp curriculum consists of technical and game awareness activities each day. Brooklyn camps accommodate private and public school schedules so parents have a choice of June, July, and August camps.
SUMMER SKILLS CAMPS AGE GROUPS AND LEVELS
The coaching staff begins camp with group warm ups, followed by organizing players in their age groups. However, after the first few sessions, players may then be re-grouped based on ability and enthusiasm. Below is a sample of how players may be grouped at camp.
Kinder Kicks-Ages 4-6
Introduces players to their first soccer experience through SABA's kinder Kicks and A B C (Agility, Balance, Coordination) activities. In addition to our summer Kinder Kicks schedule, take a look at our fall, winter, and spring Kinder Kicks sessions on our home page banner.
Beginner Skills-Ages 7 and up
These players may be in current recreation leagues, such as AYSO Brooklyn and may be new to technical training activities provided at SABA. If campers show progress throughout the day, they will be moved to the Intermediate group. Some 6 year olds who can move on from the A B C activities in Kinder Kicks are added to this beginner skills group.
Intermediate Skills-Ages 7 and Up
These players have been assessed as having the ability to possibly play on one of our younger mid level travel teams. Advanced 6 year olds may take part with some U7 and U8 players, depending on the camp numbers and only after coach recommendations.
Advanced Skills-Ages 8 and Up
The players picked have been assessed as being in the top tier of the group after initial camp evaluations are made. Players in the Advanced Skills group may be currently on travel teams within SABA or at another club. Players in this group are potential "A" division or SPD (SABA PLAYER DEVELOPMENT) type players.
**Beginner, Intermediate, and advanced groups may be grouped by age or may include players of various ages. Coaches organize camp groups each week to best balance out the levels but also based on camp attendance.
**Boys and Girls of different ages train together and also separately at camp, depending on the camp goals for that day. SABA encourages boys and girls to play against one another to create a competitive environment more concerned with competition and development then a concern for playing with only the same gender or age. Other times, SABA incorporates boys or girls only groups to encourage a bond amongst players of the same gender. All groupings are done with a purpose that helps carry out the camp philosophy.
Elite Technical/Tactical- Ages 12-17
The Elite camp transitions from the skills camp, into a more comprehensive technical/tactical camp. These groups consist of players that are currently playing at competitive 11v11 leagues. The camp is great for High School teams as well. Elite camps must consist of at least 12 players at this level.
This allows for players to work on:
- Formations and Systems of play
- Style of play
- Strategies vs Tactics
- Speed and Agility
Elite camps will be run by Director, Harry Triana. Any clubs or teams interested in running an Elite camp, should contact Harry Triana
SAMPLE SUMMER CAMP DAILY SCHEDULE:
Players arrival and check in
9:15am - 10 am
Skills warm-up and fast footwork
10:00am - 10:30am
Game Awareness/Technical session of the day
10:30am - 11am
11 am - 12 Noon
Scoring and shooting activities
12Noon - 1 pm
1 pm - 2 pm
DAILY SESSIONS ALSO INCLUDE
- Fast Footwork
- Moves Combinations
- Running with the ball and beating opponents
- 4 turn Series/Combos
- First Touch
- Final Touch/Striker
*Check out the footwork video on our Youtube Channel to get a glimpse of some of the above mention techniques.
PLAYERS WILL DEVELOP:
- Suppleness on the ball
- Creative combinations
- Agility and coordination
- Confidence on the ball
All camp sessions include methods and activities used at Ajax and West Ham youth academies as well as the coaching principles applied at the ussf and nscaa coaching academies.
What to bring:
- Comfortable sneakers (soccer specific is best)
- Soccer shorts and Soccer Socks
- Shin guards (required)
- Soccer Ball (Size 4 for ages 11 and under)
- Plenty of sunscreen
Diana Allen is a former SABA camper and travel team player. After a successful youth career, Diana has gone on to achieve success as a starter at Division 1 LaSalle. Diana comes back to SABA each summer to coach and mentor our younger players.
Diana and Laura mentoring the Kinder Kicks group
at Summer Camp
Logan (pictured at right) has been a regular SABA camper since he was in the Kinder Kicks program. Logan has been a member of all the levels of training at SABA from Kinder Kicks, travel, and now the Elite programs. Logan is pictured here captaining the SABA Player Development squad in Holland. Through the SABA Player Development program, Logan has trained at Ajax, Everton, and West Ham youth academies.
Summer Striker Sessions
"The Final Touch"
It's referred to as the "GOLAZO"-the beautiful goal. Whether it's a chip, a bending free kick, a power shot, a full volley, half volley, bicycle kick, or a toe poke, goals are exciting, great to watch, and exhilarating to execute. Every shot is enjoyed best when it finds the back of the net.
During each camp, players will go over striker sessions
Small group technical and tactical sessions, depending on age groups, work on:
- Principles of Attack
- Attacking patterns and runs
- Give and Go's
- Crossing and finishing
- Beating the offside trap
- Framing the goal
- Power vs. placement
Our teaching elements are designed for all campers to acquire the ability to make their final touch count.
7 year old James works on proper shooting technique
SABA offers a camp environment where boys and girls can train alongside each other and learn something they may not have learned at any previous camp. All campers are encouraged to play with attacking flair and take players on throughout the week by incorporating moves and footwork. SABA provides a balance between fun and competitive skill development. Coaches create an environment that is not just all fun or not just
all about serious soccer. A structured and detailed coaching curriculum will ensure that the camp philosophy is carried out and that all players are provided a rewarding week.
In addition to their newly acquired and refined techniques, players will establish new friendships and be mentored by SABA's popular coaching staff. Our successful camp methodology has resulted in many SABA campers joining our travel program each year.
SUMMER CAMP INFO & REGISTRATION