Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Soccer-crazy valley has its camps

On the Hailey pitch


Youth soccer camps in the summer are something of a tradition in the soccer-crazy Wood River Valley. One of the best is One.Soccer School. It has camps around the country, from California to Colorado, Florida, Georgia and Utah.

One.Soccer School returns to Hailey's practice soccer fields near Wood River High School for half- and full-day camps during the week of July 16-20.

Returning to the valley for a seventh year, the local camps are based on age levels—one camp for ages 10-18, and other camp for juniors ages 6-9.

One.Premier and Goalkeeper.Premier teaches what it calls a "Fail Your Way to

Success Philosophy," where mistakes are signposts on the way to success.

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 Hailey pitch. Cost is $319 for 40 hours of training ($349 after June 2). There's a limit of 125 campers.

Taking place during the same times as the full-day camp is the One.GK camp, a five-day camp that guides young, developing goalkeepers through a curriculum that develops the technical and tactical aspects of the position. Age range is 10-18. The camp limit is 20 keepers.

Also offered is the One.Juniors camp for coed players ages 6-9. Hours are 8 a.m. to noon. Tuition is $189 if paid by June 1 and $199 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

Two other soccer camps this summer in the valley are: The United Kingdom Recreational Soccer Camp from Aug. 20-24 at Ketchum's Atkinson Park (; and another One.Juniors camp run through the Community School summer program July 23-26 at Sagewillow Farms in Sun Valley.

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