BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University soccer program and Head Coach Jim Stone have announced youth soccer camp opportunities for all ages and skill levels during the summer of 2013. Time still remains to reserve a spot for one of the premiere youth soccer camps in the area. Register before June 6 to receive an early bird discount.
Bemidji State’s summer youth camp season will get underway June 14-16 when the program hosts girls entering grades 9-12 for its College Bound Academy. The College Bound Academy has been developed to give participants a taste of the competitive environment of soccer at the NCAA Division II level. With the goal of supplying a complete collegiate soccer experience, campers will be exposed to training and team film and classroom sessions led by collegiate coaches from around the region. In addition, campers will gain insight to the social aspect of college eating meals in the campus dining facility and will spend two nights in the dorms with other college-bound campers. The camp is limited to 60 field players and five goalkeepers. Cost per athlete is $175 and includes a camp T-shirt.
Stone will also close the 2013 summer camp season with a second session of College Bound Academy Aug. 2-4.
BSU’s Varsity Prep Camp will take place June 17-18. This camp is a great way for boys and girls entering grades 9-12 to get a jump on the high school soccer season by conditioning and honing technical, tactical, mental and physical skills through small-sided activities, drills and scrimmages. Geared for individuals or teams, the goal of this camp is to motivate, set goals and bring your team closer together for a great fall season. The camp will run from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. each day. Registration is $50 ($35 if registered by June 6) and includes a camp T-shirt.
Stone and his staff have planned the 2013 Developmental Camp for July 8-11. The Developmental Camp cultivates turning, passing, shooting and goalkeeping techniques in a fun training environment, which includes a “World Cup Tournament.” Intended for aspiring boys and girls ranging from 7-12 in age, the camp will be held from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. June 8-11. The cost to participate is $119 per athlete ($99 if registered by June 6) and each camper is guaranteed a camp T-shirt and a soccer ball.
College Bound Academy (girls entering grades 9-12)
Date: June 14-16 OR Aug. 2-4
Cost: $175 per player
Varsity Prep Camp (boys and girls entering grades 9-12)
Date: June 17-18
Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $50 per player ($35 if registered by June 6)
Developmental Camp (Ages 7-13)
Date: July 8-11
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $119 per player ($99 if registered by June 6)
The Bemidji State soccer team completed the 2012 campaign with an overall record of 10-7-2, while it finished sixth in the final NSIC standings owning a 8-5-2 mark in league play. BSU made the NSIC postseason tournament for the eighth time under Stone, falling in the first round to Upper Iowa University, 1-0. Following the season, seven BSU soccer players were named to the Fall Academic All-NSIC team; Mary O’Brien (So., F, Maplewood, Minn.), Tiffany VanHaaften (Jr., M, Chaska, Minn.), Sam Lumberg (Jr., D, Woodbury, Minn.) and Megan Castro (Fr. M, Winnipeg, Manitoba) were tabbed to the All-NSIC squad; O’Brien and Lumberg garnered 2012 NSCAA/Continental Tire Women’s NCAA Division II All-Central Region Team honors; and VanHaaften was named to the Capitol One/College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) College Division Academic All-District First Team.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).