Coerver Camp Levels

First Skills Camp (Ages 4-6)

First Skills camps are conducted by trained Coerver Coaches with a player to coach ratio of approximately 8:1. The camps focus on teaching the individual skills indispensable for success in soccer. Fun is the central theme to all sessions as skills are introduced and practiced in a joyful environment.

First Skills camp mission is to develop a solid soccer foundation based on ball mastery, shooting technique and how to play in 1v1, 2v2, and 3v3 games.  We also focus on developing strong listening skills, extended concentration, speedy reactions and core social skills for communication and cooperation. Our #1 goal is to HAVE FUN, develop self confidence and to love the game of soccer!

First Skill camps are offered half-day (9am-noon) for players aged  4-6 years old.

Ball Mastery Camp (Ages 6-11)

Ball Mastery camps are for players with less than 2 years of experience with Coerver Training. The focus of the Ball Mastery level is on individual skill development and our core move sets with the goal of developing self confidence on the ball. Our core move sets are taught in a method that starts with no pressure and slowly adds the pressure of time and/or space restrictions.. Then passive defensive pressure is added while working our way to full defensive pressure. This is done in a progressive training model where we are building our numbers within the game from 1v1 to 2v2 to 3v3. While, each camp day is focused on a technique or move set, first touch is consistently a major theme. By the end of each morning, players are performing the move set of the day under full defensive pressure to goal.

After lunch all Ball Mastery groups receive training in Ball striking/Shooting techniques. The final hour of camp is focused on small sided (4v4) games, with each day offering a new team to play with and a new tournament to win. Group champions are recognized at our award ceremony on Friday afternoon.

Advanced Camp (Ages 10-17)

Advanced camps are for players with 2 or more years of Coerver experience or with a technical competence with our core more sets. Advance camp players should not only “know” the Coerver Move sets but should be able to perform them at game speed.

The Advanced level focuses not only on how the Coerver moves are executed, but also on the  “where and when” they should be used in a game. These are the tactical decisions every player on the field must be able to make. The Advanced camps teach more complicated moves and swiftly puts players into competitive environments with an emphasis on 1v1 and 2v2 games. Players are put in many situations requiring decision-making as that is a key ingredient to advanced play. Small group tactics are taught in small-sided games featuring a fast break attacking style of play. The importance of quick transitional play is stressed.  Players are encouraged to use their new skills in games, while being given the freedom to express themselves creativity.

After lunch all Advanced groups receive training in Ball striking/Shooting/Finishing techniques. The final hour of camp is focused on small sided (4v4) games, with each day offering a new team to play with and a new tournament to win. Group champions are recognized at our award ceremony on Friday afternoon.

Goal Keeping Camp (Ages 10-17)

A new addition to the Coerver Camp offerings is COERVER GK powered by Pells Keeper School. This course is based on the Pyramid of Player Development of sound goalkeeping principles and techniques. The COERVER GK camp session is structured around the existing field player camps. Keepers will have separate technical training before blending in with the other campers for 1v1s, dealing with crosses, shot stopping, and positional play during live action drills. A great way for the GK to attend the same camp as his/her teammates while still getting the individual technical & positional training he/she needs. The new Coerver GK program offers the perfect opportunity for GK’s to be pushed to achieve the next level.

Center of Excellence Camp (Ages 12-14)

The Center of Excellence camps are available to players between the ages of 12-14. Ball Mastery Techniques will be the foundation for each camp day. We will then cover our most advanced moves as well as, reinforce the teaching of our core moves with increased difficulty through verbal and visual cues. 1v1 moves will always be taught in conjunction with passing and receiving techniques,combinations and patterns. Players will go through our most advanced versions of 1v1 games, showing them multiple problems in which they are challenged to find solutions. Players must come into the camp with a strong technical base and a prior knowledge of the Coerver Move-Sets. Small group tactics are also taught and small-sided games are played featuring fast break attacking and counter attacking styles. Once a free flowing attacking style has been implemented, the players will be challenged to choose the best time to penetrate, ie. possession before penetration. The players are encouraged to play creatively and freely, and to use their new skills in games. All small sided games will directly reflect the move-set/skills of the day and put the players in non-stop problem solving situations. The players will be challenged as much mentally as they will be physically.

This camp level is meant for the most dedicated travel/elite players, ONLY.

High School Prep Camp (Ages 13-17)

HS Prep camp is for rising 9th – 12th grade players. Players are exposed to high level skill sets as well as games and exercises that stress tactical awareness, problem solving, principles of possession, advanced finishing skills, group defending, playing to targets, effective flank play and multiple player attacking combinations. Spirited competition is encouraged and fitness and speed training are emphasized.

After lunch all HS Prep groups receive training in Shooting/Finishing techniques. The final hour of camp is focused on small sided (7v7) games, with each day offering a new team to play with and a new tournament to win. Group champions are recognized at our award ceremony on Friday afternoon.

Night Camp (Ages 6-14)

Coerver Ball Mastery Night camps are for campers who have not been to our camps previously. These camps are great for recreation and county players. Emphasis is placed on individual skill development and basic moves with the goal of developing confidence on the ball.

Beginning “move sets” are taught and games are played to practice the moves in a method that starts with no pressure and slowly adds the pressure of time and/or space restrictions. Then passive defensive pressure is added and by the end of the first evening, players are performing moves under full defensive pressure to goal. First touch is a major theme in Ball Mastery sessions. Our goal of the Ball Mastery Night camp is to provide our players with a better understanding of our core move sets and to develop a more confident player.

Residential Camp (Ages 9-14)

Our Residential Camp is offered over four days and three nights at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. The campus is equipped with three Bermuda grass fields and a stadium with field turf. Indoor facilities, theatres, game rooms and swimming options are also among the highlights.

Players are housed in modern, air-conditioned dormitories and eat in the state-of-the-art Washington College dining hall featuring healthy and nutritious options at every meal.
Goalkeeper specific training is available each day along with our standard Coerver Training and functional training for various positions.

Evenings feature league matches where the players are able to implement the skills they have worked on during the day. Parents are invited to watch evening games and enjoy the campus and town. Free and creative play is encouraged in this competitive environment. Late night futsal is also an option for players who just can’t get enough!

Camp Curriculum and Focus:

Our coaches are constantly being trained as our curriculum continues to develop and new games and exercises are introduced by Coerver Coaches from all over the world.

At all levels, games are played to encourage the use of the specific skills being taught that day. Over three decades of cooperative curriculum development affords us to finely tuned our methods for getting the skills incorporated into competitive environments as quickly as possible while building confidence along the way. The difficulty of the moves we teach and the intensity of the competition increases at each camp level.

The 7-11 Ball Mastery Camp age group will focus on individual skill in all areas of the game with emphasis on Ball Mastery and the four core Coerver Move Sets. The goal of the Ball Mastery camp is to teach our players the “how” to execute our individual moves. Our goal is to develop skilled, confident, and creative players that have the ability to break down a defense alone if needed. When a level of competence has been established, small sided games which encourage the use of new skills are played.

The 10-17 Advanced Camp age group will focus on more complicated moves and the “when” and “where” to use those move set in game settings. Players are put in many situations which require decision making as that is a key ingredient to advanced play. Players are taught the difference between a good first touch and the right first touch with emphasis on receiving the ball skillfully but also tactically away from pressure and quickly into the attack.