Kick, run, score

Victory Soccer Camps offer developmental fun

BY NATALIE SHIRVANIAN
STAFF WRITER

PHOTOS BY NATHAN GARTNER PHOTO EDITOR Schoolcraft Athletic Support Services Coordinator Ryan Lemasters instructs campers on fundementals before they partake in some drills during a Victory Soccer camp in August 2014.

PHOTOS BY NATHAN GARTNER
PHOTO EDITOR
Schoolcraft Athletic Support Services Coordinator Ryan Lemasters instructs campers on fundementals before they partake in some drills during a Victory Soccer camp in August 2014.

Rick Larson has created an elite program for the Schoolcraft Men’s soccer team since he began his tenure as head coach in 2006. In 2010, Larson teamed up with several local high school coaches, former players and coaches from area select teams to create Victory Soccer, a program at Schoolcraft College that runs soccer camps for young, enthusiastic soccer players. The camps are an all-inclusive, developmental programs for kids ages seven to 18.

“Teaching soccer has always been a passion of mine,” Larson said. “Camps are a great mode to make that happen.”

Victory Soccer Camps offer several different training camps for players of all ages and ability. Parents can choose between Victory’s week long recreation camps, which begin on June 15 and are open to any player from 7U to 14U, to much more competitive camps like the Victory Elite Camp, which offers 10U to 12U players everything a competitive, soccer-loving player looks for. Running from July 6 to July 24, the program offers 15 sessions of intense soccer training, giving players an unforgettable experience and providing them with all of the fundamentals necessary on the field to compete at a high level.

For many high school players, the Victory Prospect Camp that runs from June 17 to June 19 will allow for the opportunity to work with many college coaches associated with NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA experience. The camp will give players feedback and knowledge on what colleges will expect of them and also which schools will be the best fits for them.

Victory Soccer also provides a three-week long camp specifically for 10U to 18U goalkeepers, which runs from July 13 to July 31.

Youngsters go after the ball in a friendly scrimmage near the end of their day at Victory Soccer camp in August 2014.

Youngsters go after the ball in a friendly scrimmage near the end of their day at Victory Soccer camp in August 2014.

“Its nice to help young kids develop and it is a great camp to come out, learn and have fun,” said Schoolcraft freshman goalkeeper Colton Robison, who assists in coaching the camps.

The ongoing summer camps feature coaches from organizations such as the Michigan Wolves and Hawks, Michigan Rush, AC Milan Detroit, Madonna University, Schoolcraft College, Western Michigan University, University of Detroit Mercy and several local high schools. The Schoolcraft Mens Soccer Team also assists in the production of the camps.

“We put a lot of our sophomore and junior players to volunteer as coaches, and I have seen some of them grow into assistant coaches and head coaches,” said Larson.

These programs held on campus at Schoolcraft College helps kids develop their own unique style and skills, encourages playing as a team and brings out the best in every athlete. All players are honored and awarded with a certificate after every camp and have the opportunity to work with some of the top coaches in the area.

“This is a really cool thing to be involved in. From helping out as a player to eventually coaching in this program, it has given me the opportunity to work on my coaching and have fun with some kids at the same time,” said Schoolcraft Athletic Support Services Coordinator and Schoolcraft Scooer alumnus Ryan LeMasters.

Camp packages start as low as $120, and include lunch in the academic buildings at Schoolcraft and a swim in the Schoolcraft pool for those who register for an all day camp.

“The kids get to break up their camp and swim in the pool, which is a real highlight for the kids,” said Larson.

For more information about Victory Soccer Camps and registration, visit http://www.victorysoccer.org.

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