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Summer Soccer Academy

2020 Registration is CLOSED! See information below!

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6/1 - 2020 camp update 

 

SSA Parents and Players,
I am sad to report that as of today, the decision was made to cancel both weeks of the 2020 Summer Soccer Academy scheduled to be held on the beautiful campus of the Saint James School in Hagerstown this coming July. 

One of the very elements that made our camp an experience loved by campers and staff played a large role in guiding our decision. The health and safety of our campers and staff is absolutely paramount when making this decision, and we simply could not guarantee that the residential environment would be conducive to safety in this unprecedented time. 

Please note that we are excited to return to Saint James School for 2021 for the traditional SSA camp environment that we have all come to look forward to each year. In the meantime however we are hopeful to be able to offer a day camp option in July 2020 – this would be at a more centrally located facility (or facilities) to enable families to attend without the same travel impact as our previous location. Due to the nature of the day camp only option, we are confident that we will be able to have a safe and fun experience for players should we secure appropriate facilities. 

If you are interested in a day camp option at a more conveniently located facility, please take two minutes to complete this poll to indicate the best situation for your family.

Lastly please note that all currently registered campers are being extended several options regarding the camp fees. 

  • 100% of the camp fee can be applied as a credit either:
    • Towards the 2020 day camp option dates/location TBD
    • Towards the 2021 SSA
    • Please send request to programs@msysa.org and allow time for processing – you will receive an email confirmation once completed!
  • On email request a full refund minus $20 administrative costs can be returned to your CC. Please send to programs@msysa.org and allow time for processing – you will receive an email confirmation once completed!

If you would like a refund please reply to this email with your campers full name and which week they were registered for. If you would like to opt for a credit there is nothing else needed at this time – we will notify all families once we have additional details for the day camp this July. 

Thank you for your understanding and we hope to see you at day camp this Summer and for the 2021 SSA as well. Stay safe!

Gandalf French
SSA Camp Director


The MSYSA Summer Soccer Academy (SSA) is held at the Saint James School in Hagerstown each year, open to all genders, and most recently served players born in 2003-2009. Regarding our return to Saint James, MSYSA President Mark Cantor said, We are excited to return to this venue for our camp again this year. Saint James combines the scenic location, fantastic facilities, and the benefits of a smaller campus that we prefer. With the momentum and popularity the camp has earned the last few years, we are thrilled to be able to return to such a great location that can grow with the camp moving forward!

Run by ODP coaches (including a dedicated goalkeeper staff!), SSA provides a great opportunity for developing your young player's technical and tactical ability. The camp is open to all players regardless of ODP participation.

Residential camps are a great opportunity for players and teams to develop both on and off the field in the off-season. The Saint James provides air conditioned dorms, fantastic food, and around-the-clock supervision and security. The camp maintains a 5:1 supervision ratio with the help of ODP coaches and previous ODP players as counselors.

For more information, please see the drop downs below. We hope to see you at camp!

Registration and Sessions

 

Registration for Summer 2021 will open in January 2021

Birth years 2009-2006,  
July 18-22, 2021
July 25-29, 2021

 

 

 
 
 
 

Cost, Payment Plan and Refund Information

Costs include room and board (with air conditioning!), four t-shirts, a soccer ball, and camp tuition. Day campers are welcome at a reduced price!

  • $650 - Overnight Camper
  • $550 - Day Camper (room and breakfast excluded, lunch and dinner included)
  • $575 - Returning Overnight Camper
  • $575 - Team Overnight (cost per player)
    • Minimum of 10 players
    • Discount issued as refund after registration closes
    • Returning players may count towards the team count but players may only receive one discount

Payment options:

  • In full during registration
  • Payment plan (automatically withdrawn):
    • $225 due at registration
    • 50% of balance due 6/1
    • 50% of balance due 7/1

Refund Policy:

  • Players are eligible for a refund on request:
    • Prior to registration closing this will be a full refund minus $20 administrative fee
    • Once registration has closed this will be a full refund minus $220
    • Once camp has begun, refunds will only be provided in the event of injury preventing participation

Important Documents

About the Saint James School

Founded in 1842, the Saint James School is a coeducational Episcopal boarding school open to children of all backgrounds in grades 8-12. With a current enrollment of more than 230, their community is small, but thriving!

Check In/Out Information

Check in: Sunday 2-4 pm

Check out: Thursday 11-1 pm

Activities and Offerings

Learning Topics Off the Pitch
  • Attacking principles of play
  • Defending principles of play
  • Individual technical development
  • Passing, possession, and combination play
  • Finishing technique and tactics in the final third
  • Goalkeeping technique, tactics and integration with team play
  • Tactical presentations
  • Soccer Olympics
  • Talent show
  • Age appropriate movies
  • Skills competition
  • Snack bar

Additional SSA Testimonials

Our daughter's first experience with a sleep over camp was at SSA last year and she loved it to much she wants to go back every year! The campus was beautiful and easy for kids to navigate with their groups to each training session. The ODP coaches and staff challenged the players with group competitions, training sessions, and offered detailed individual feedback at the end of the four days. We were impressed with the security provided, the efficient check/in out process, and the general organization of the camp. Overall it was a fun experience that resulted in new friendships, fierce competition, and great memories! -Kim W.

My daughter had a wonderful time at camp. She enjoyed the training sessions, led by world-class coaches, and because several girls from her team attended, they had the chance to work together on and off the field. Camp offered them a safe bonding/team building environment, and I highly recommend the camp experience. -Sara V.

I am writing to tell you THANK YOU! My son had an amazing time and would've happily stayed another week. He didn't want to leave! We've been home for around five hours and he's spent most of that time juggling his new soccer ball. From a parents' perspective, the camp was organized and ran smoothly. And there's nothing better than a happy kid! -Jen B

I just wanted to reach out and say thank you for the wonderful camp you ran this week. It was not only my son's first time at your camp, but his first sleep-away camp as well. In as few words as I can tell you, HE LOVED IT! He talked nonstop all the way home! And when he found me in the checkout line in the gym after you released all the campers from the field, his first concern was making sure I heard you talking about next summer’s sessions because he is definitely returning! I most sincerely thank you and your staff for making it a great soccer and camp experience for him. See you next summer! - Katie C.

I just wanted to send a quick thank you for all your and your staff's hard work this past week.  My son came home beaming each day and thoroughly enjoyed his week with you and your staff.  He especially enjoyed his Coach as he said she helped and taught him a lot.  He already can't wait to come back next year.  I want to thank you for making it easy to drop-off and pick him up each evening as he was a commuter.  He/We thought your camp was extremely organized and what he learned I know will help him develop as a player.  Thank you again for all your time and effort and I wish you a successful soccer season! - Jeff B.

Cheers and thanks to you and the staff. You assembled another amazing elevated soccer camp experience this summer and my son had a great week with you all! I can't imagine all the extras you put into these events.  Please know and share how much we appreciate the professionalism, organization, extra care, sweat, tears and obvious love for the sport and the kids that you pour into the organization, this camp and the lives of everyone you touch. You should be proud (and happily exhausted)! - Kara V.

I wanted to thank you, your trainer, and the coaches for taking such good care of my daughter, with her level of play, and especially the extra attention required after her ankle injury. The intensity level, and knowledge of the coaching staff, seemed to be just the right combination of challenge and education for her. She is recovering well; following her instructions; and heading to the beach for a few days! She came away from the camp motivated, excited, and ready to prepare for the Fall season! - Scott L.

I just wanted to let you know of the positive impact that the Summer Soccer Academy program has on my oldest daughter. Before the program, while she had good tactical sense, decent to strong ball control, and decent fitness, I felt she struggled with movement within the field and relative to other players, making runs, and attacking the defender aggressively.  I also felt she struggled with second efforts, especially if she lost a battle for the ball or lost possession. She has also been the player that would set up the pass for someone else to take the shot. When we saw her at the tournament on the last day of the program, it was night and day in all those areas.  She moved so well relative to her teammates, she committed to runs, and was so much more confident to take on defenders.  She transitioned without thinking, and got back the ball immediately after losing it.  Not to mention the improvement on her finishing (the cherry on top of the cake was her scoring that last goal in the 2v2 tie breaker in the final).  After the program, at the Summer practices for her age group, she was a different player than before: much more aggressive, a lot faster with the ball, taking on defenders and fighting for that ball, a lot more physical, and so much more communicative. Last week, after 8 days of tryouts at her High School (NDP), she made it to the JV team. I know that this would have not been possible, or would have been a lot more difficult, had she not been part of the SSA this year. I am really appreciative of what you have done to get this program to where it is.  We are looking forward to having her, and her sister be part of it next year! - Marcos O.

I'm writing to tell you THANK YOU! My son had an amazing time and would've happily stayed another week. He didn't want to leave! We've been home for around 5 hours and he's spent most of that time juggling his new soccer ball. From a parents' perspective, the camp was organized and ran smoothly. And there's nothing better than a happy kid! - Melanie H.

Just wanted to send a quick thank you for a great week of camp. My son had a fantastic time! Wonderful counselors, coaches and incredibly organized. Thanks again! - Pam T.

My daughter had an amazing experience at MSYSA Summer Soccer Academy last year. What made the experience particularly special was that her many of her teammates were able to participate together. The training she received taught her new skills and helped develop the team as a whole. She loved building strong friendships and making lasting memories, all on a campus which was beautiful and peaceful. As a parent I was impressed with the structure of the days and quality of the coaching. My daughter can't wait to return again this summer! - Heather L.

 

Please contact Gandalf French the STS Director with any questions!

 

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