The Elite Residential Camp emphasizes player development in a challenging, stimulating environment. Our curriculum is designed for the serious soccer player looking to play at the next level. Technical and tactical aspects of the game are developed throughout each day. Morning functional sessions are based around three main aspects of the game: Defending as a unit, possession versus pressure, and attacking in the final third. The afternoon activities focus on technique incorporating skills such as heading, finishing, dribbling, and control. The day culminates with evening 11v11 games and information/video sessions educating participants on topics such as the college recruiting process, flexibility, conditioning, and nutrition for soccer. Goalkeeping specific sessions are also integrated within this curriculum and focus on all key areas of this unique position.
Our entire Dartmouth soccer staff will be involved as coaches in all camp sessions and activities. All other staff are highly qualified, licensed coaches, who come from some of the top colleges and universities across the country. We also have professional coaches who come from different parts of the world. Collegiate men's soccer players serve as assistants for the week, and are involved in all demonstrations and information sessions.
College recruiting is part of the camp, but it is only a part. While many players who attend have a genuine interest in Dartmouth, we hope that players who choose our camp are also looking to develop their game, and are eager to be around coaches and players with a true passion for soccer. This Elite camp provides many excellent opportunities - you will be coached by an outstanding staff, develop as a soccer player, and you will be given an honest evaluation that you may use for your future development and/or in your college search. You will also have the opportunity to look at Dartmouth, spend time on and around this beautiful campus, and get to know the friendly staff and players.
All goalkeepers will receive specialized goalkeeper coaching covering a complete range of topics on a daily basis. Morning sessions focus on specific aspects including shot stopping, positioning, crossing and finishing, breakaways and distribution. Afternoon sessions are aimed more specifically at handling and footwork. Evening sessions include 11 v 11 games in which players receive feedback related to match performance. A written evaluation is provided to each goalkeeper at the end of the week.Water
Our sports medicine staff provides an ample supply of water at all Soccer Academies sessions. However, we strongly encourage all campers to bring a water bottle with them to camp that can be filled and carried out to the fields.Meals
The residential academies provide all meals for campers during the week through Dartmouth College Dining Services. A camp store is available in the dormitory to purchase sports drinks, snacks and pizza.Lodging
All residential academy campers are housed in Dartmouth College dormitories. The residence halls are staffed 24 hours a day by a full-time member of the Soccer Academies staff. All dorms are single sex halls and members of the opposite sex are not permitted inside during the camp week.
Any camper with special dietary needs should email those details to: email@example.com.
What To Bring
Soccer Academies will provide each camper with the following:
The Soccer Academies, located on the campus of Dartmouth College, offer a unique opportunity for players to develop their skills in a challenging and fun environment. Residential soccer camps at Dartmouth have been active for more than 16 years and attract players and coaches from across the United States and from all over the world! We believe that a residential soccer camp experience should feature the highest quality in coaching, facilities and curriculum. College recruiting is part of the process, but we feel that players should benefit from a positive, enjoyable experience, and should go away from our camp session a better player and excited about the world's greatest game!
Under the direction of the Dartmouth College Men's Head Coach Chad Riley, the residential sessions are designed to allow players to improve their individual skills as well as their understanding of the tactical aspects of the game of soccer. The players at the camp are also exposed to topics such as the college recruiting process, health and nutrition, fitness for soccer and the latest in sports psychology as it applies to soccer performance. Every player is presented with an evaluation at the end of the week that can be used during their college search as well as a guide for their continued soccer development. A copy of this evaluation is kept on file at the camp office so that the coaches may refer back to them when asked to provide a reference.
The two areas distinguishing Soccer Academies at Dartmouth College are the design of the curriculum and the quality of the coaches that are employed at the camps. During each session the boys are divided into teams of 16 players. Each team is led through training sessions and games by a head coach and at least one counselor who is typically a member of the men's or women's team at Dartmouth. Coach Riley, and the entire Dartmouth soccer coaching staff are on the fields for all camp activities. Prior to each session, Dartmouth College players demonstrate proper technique and concepts. Goalkeepers will have the opportunity to train with qualified instructors to improve technical and tactical awareness, and will receive feedback on their game performance to highlight strengths and weaknesses.
Players come from around the United States as well as from several different countries to attend the Soccer Academies. Boys are welcome to attend our camp as individuals or in teams. Several Dartmouth College varsity players have been past campers.
Camp activities are held on the campus of Dartmouth College, located in Hanover, NH. Campers reside in supervised dormitories for the length of the sessions. Certified athletic trainers are in residence at all camps to care for the players both on and off the field.
Travel and Registration Information
The residential academies are located on the campus of Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. Information on travel to and from the camp is provided below. Check in and registration for the residential camps will take place on the Dartmouth campus. A campus map can be found at:
For those campers requiring early arrival or late departure, please email us firstname.lastname@example.org and provide details of your travel arrangements. Supervised accommodation is available in the dormitory at the rate, which Dartmouth charges us for the room. The current rate is $50.00 per extra night of stay.
For those arriving by plane, NCAA rules prohibit us from providing ground transportation from the airport.
Dartmouth Coach (Logan Airport, Boston)
603-448-2800 Local 800-637-0123 Long-distance
Greyhound Bus Lines- Vermont office (Manchester, NH Airport)
Upper Valley Shuttle
Service from Manchester, NH Airport
Boston Logan Airport- 2 hours from Dartmouth
Manchester, NH Airport- 1 hour from Dartmouth
Lebanon, NH Airport- 15 minutes from Dartmouth