Soccer and Fun Since 1981
What is your heading policy?
AZ SOCCER CAMP, LLC
As of 2016
The United States Soccer Federation has taken a step in an attempt to reduce concussions among youth soccer players, adopting a policy that bans players under 11 from heading the ball and reducing headers in practice for 11 to 13 year olds. The new rules do not apply to all youth soccer players in America, only those that play on teams under the auspices of U.S. Soccer, which includes all youth national teams and academies. These are only be recommendations to other leagues. Although not required, AZ SOCCER CAMP, will voluntarily follow these guidelines. Safety of our campers/players and staff are always a priority.
The direct act of heading the ball isn’t necessarily a problem. The study used by the USSF found that only 4.7% of boys’ concussions and 8.2% of girls’ concussions were due to head contact with the ball. Most concussions come from banging heads with another player, but also from hitting the turf.
Effective 2016, AZ SOCCER CAMP is implementing an indefinite ‘ban’ on repetitive heading practices for all campers/players. Please note that heading the ball is a part of the game of soccer, and heading the ball is not being ‘banned’ completely at AZ SOCCER CAMP. We will ban any form of repetitive ‘heading’ practice exercises, e.g. players in pairs serving the ball to each other repetitively, over and over again to perform headers.
Examples of scenarios where you could still see heading in training sessions: Any small sided or full sided game, crossing and finishing sessions, set piece exercises and in careful heading instruction with a stationary soccer ball.
Do we offer Day Camps or going home locally at night?
Az Soccer Camp as a 90% return rate! In the 34 years of Az Soccer Camp we have learned that residential camps are an incredible opportunity for kids to learn they can exist outside the home without their parents taking care of every need all the time –they learn self reliance, confidence and they learn values through the respect of others and living in a supportive, nurturing environment. The residential camp experience also gives them an opportunity to do kids' stuff and enjoy the sport they love.
Not all children are ready for residential camps, but in 35 years, we have never had to send a child home because of home-sickness. The Camp director and staff work towards the development of positive values and overall strength of character within Az Soccer Camp. All the staff members were campers themselves and take special “ownership” in making certain each camper feels important and has a great time.
We do a lot of activities at night and there are some special bonds created with cabin mates in the evenings. Az Soccer Camp doesn’t offer “day camp” experiences. We feel that part of “going away to camp” is the “going away” part. If you don’t feel your child is ready for this experience, don’t push them. You can, of course, instill confidence in their ability to handle any situation life throws at them, but let them decide. You may want to take a look at the testimonials on the website and/or look at the photos with your child. This may help them feel more comfortable with the “residential” part of camp. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact the Camp Director.
Will This Camp Improve My Skills?
From our Camp Director, Scott Segerson
Thanks for your interest in camp!
We are one of the longest continually run soccer camps in Arizona and have one of the highest return rates in the nation - over 90%. I founded the camp back in 1981. Every year it seems to be more fun and get better. If would want a camp where kids will be able to learn and improve their skills, play soccer for the pure joy of the sport, meet new kids, and have a ton of fun, this is the camp for your child. There is a reason why we have such a high return rate - Many of our kids have been coming for five years or more!
We have players ranging from beginners to ODP players (Olympic Development Players )...we have both boys and girls.. Some play on their Varsity soccer teams in high school. We also have eight year olds just beginning! We service all!
All my staff are fingerprinted and have had background checks. Each of the staff members were once campers themselves at this camp. They take great pride in the camp and know how campers what it is like to be a camper at Az Soccer Camp. Most have college, and/or club coaching experience and/or post college experience. The opportunities for every camper to be challenged is certainly available.
We intertwine teambuilding activities that are fun and require the players to work as a cohesive unit. Some of the kids call these activities "war games" because they are often competing against each other in the forest to accomplish various tasks.
Each camper is a member of three different groups.
1) Their cabin groups which are gender specific and fairly age
specific - with a year or two.
2) Their skill group for soccer - this can be gender or age
specific, but it is also based on their level of skill and ability on
the soccer field.
3) The third group is their "team" - These teams are heterogeneous - combining ages, skills, and gender.
All competitions away from the soccer field are by teams and we have a soccer "tournament" each evening by teams. The soccer instruction is delivered by skill and ability groups.
Although we have numerous club players - about 80% of our kids on any given week are club players, we aim to improve soccer skills, teach kids to work together with others, and have a blast doing it.
We have campfires at night where with live entertainment. We do some fun activities where each team gets a video camera and they make a movie which is shown that evening. This "movie night" is always a highlight!
We offer a CIT program - Coach In Training/Counselor In Training programs for kids once they turn 16 years old-they are now old to attend Az Soccer Camp. We have had over 50 applicants in one summer! - These are ex-campers who apply for this unique and special opportunity to learn, practice, and polish their interpersonal and leadership and coaching skills. They must spend at least two years as CIT they before they can apply to be a paid counselor/coach. We have staff members who have been coming to camp for almost two decades years!
Check out the testimonials on this website. They are from both kids and parents as well! If you would like to contact me, click on the "Contact Us" tab and I will personally give you a call or E-Mail you back as soon as possible.
Az Soccer Camp, Founder/Director
Did you know?
This Soccer Camp has one of the highest return rates of any camp in the nation...around 90%!
The Az Soccer Camp is one of the longest continually run soccer camps in the state of Arizona.
Scott Segerson founded this camp in 1981 and he has directed the camp the entire time.
All of the camp's staff once attended this Soccer Camp as a camper themselves.
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Can I deduct the camp tuition from my taxes?
I am not a CPA and don't pretend to be, but my understanding is that you cannot deduct summer residential camps. Don't take my word for it, check with your CPA or Tax Consultant. Here is an article you may want to read from Forbes magazine.
Where can I Register?
We have online registration on this website.
What Will We Experience There?
This exciting, action packed camp, located in the cool pines of Pinetop-Lakeside, Az, offers the best of two worlds: all the fun of a summer camp combined with the skill development of a soccer camp.
Soccer campers will be instructed in various skill development and ball control fundamentals. Campers will learn positioning strategies, various systems of play, as well as sportsmanship and sports conduct. Coaching will be conducted according to skill levels. Character development will also be implemented into the total camp experience: Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.
There are three soccer sessions per day - morning, late afternoon and evening. Also included are exciting team building games in the forest, swimming in the pond, nature lore, hiking, and character building campfire experiences each evening.
What Should I Bring?
A soccer ball
Soccer Shoes (cleats)
6 sport or T-shirts
1 warm jacket or sweater
8 pairs of socks
1 long sleeve shirt
2 pairs of jeans
6 pairs of shorts
7 pairs of underwear
GK gloves if you are a GK
Addressed/stamped post cards
A cheap poncho
A bag for soiled clothing
1 sleeping bag
Soap in a container
Toothbrush and paste
Water bottle (w/name)
Shoes that can get wet
Extremely useful but not required:
A camouflaged T-shirt
A black T-shirt
A camera and film
A good book for quiet times
Please leave at home:
Slingshots, pocket knives
Please Use Duffelbags or suitcases, not trunks.
Write your name on everything - even your shoes and ball!
All campers clothing should be clearly marked with your camper's full name. Each camper should bring enough clothing for the duration of their stay. If your camper is staying for multiple weeks, we will launder their clothing for them. Back To FAQ
Where can I Send Mail to my child?
Az Soccer Camp
6385 West White Mountain Blvd
Lakeside, Arizona 85929
You can mail care packages but please do not add peanuts or treenuts.
Snacks, treats, word search puzzles, etc are common in packages. Make sure you allow sufficient time for the mail to arrive.
Cabin Mate Requests:
Every attempt is made to grant cabin mate preferences, but cannot be guaranteed. Cabin mates must be of the same gender and within a year of the same age. You can request cabin mates during registration, using the contact us page or the add another cabin mate tab on our registration page.
If you are inquiring about placing a younger child in an older child's cabin or vice versa please click here.
What Are The Facilities Like?
Facilities include bunkhouses, dining hall, sport and play areas, and unspoiled nature trails. Each cabin will have a trained soccer coach/counselor. Parents are welcome to tour the facility and meet the camp as they drop off their child for camp.
What's the daily schedule like?
6:30 Rise n Shine
7:15 Morning Watch
8:45 Cabin Inspection
9:00 Soccer Session #1 by skill level
2:00 "Fun in the Forest"
3:30 session #2 by position
4:45 Free Time
6:00 Twilight Games
8:10 Campfire Entertainment/ Late Night Field Game
10:00 Lights Out
Who is the Camp Leadership?
Soccer Camp leadership is provided by Scott Segerson, a former player who has coached in the collegian and high school ranks as well as in many youth leagues. Scott is currently an educator in the Kyrene School District. Since 1981, he has directed the Az Soccer Camp. He brings a strong commitment to small player/ coach ratios.
What is a C.I.T.?
A C.I.T. is a counselor or coach in training. They are usually 16-17 years of age.
Another way to think of a C.I.T. is a camper in transition. They are in transition from being campers to becoming camp leaders. As they move through this transition process, they receive coaching from adult camp leaders who support their growth and development.
What is the Breakdown between Boys and Girls?
It generally runs about 50/50.
Where do they sleep?
In cabins with a counselor/coach.
How are Housing Assignments Created?
Kids are housed first by gender then by age brackets. We try not to put, for example, an 8 year old girl with a 14 year old girl. A camper may ask for specific bunk mates and we will do our best to accommodate their requests as long as they are the same gender and approximate age.
What about Food?
All meals are provided for the Campers/Players.
What is the Temperature like ... the Weather?
It is normally about 20-25 degrees cooler than Phoenix. Most days are in the high 80's and the nights drop to the low to mid 50's. It seldom rains and if it does rain, it is generally only for 15-20 minutes. Of course, we don't try to predict the weather.
What about Spending Money?
Snacks are available at the camp store. We ask that campers keep no cash on hand for security reasons. Parents may deposit money into the camp store during check-in and campers may draw upon this credited amount. Any money that is not spent at the end of camp will be returned in cash.
Most campers deposit $20-25. Please no more than that. Campers can also purchase extra shoe laces, shampoo, etc if needed.
When do we Arrive?
The check-in time for campers will be 11:00 AM to 1:45 PM on Sunday.At check-in, parents will have the opportunity to meet the Camp Director, camp counselors/coaches, and fellow campers.You will, at this time, drop off any medication and spending money that your child may have for the camp store…Normally not more than $25 per week.
Parents will also have an opportunity to look around the camp. You can take a short hike to the beautiful Mogollon Rim, and see the facilities. (Drop off kids, what time do we get there, what time is check in, what time do we arrive at camp)
Parents and family members are asked to depart camp by 2:00 PM in order that camp may begin.Please make certain your child has eaten lunch prior to dropping them off at camp.Their first camp meal will be dinner on Sunday evening. If you are car pooling, please make certain you have any medications needed for the children you are dropping off.
When Do We Leave?
Check-out time for campers will be 11:00 AM on the Saturday they are leaving.We will have a short soccer scrimmage/exhibition at 11:15 for the parents. We will also be showing a Multi-Media presentation of the week’s activities in the Mess Hall prior to the exhibition.This presentation will be available on DVD. Parents are welcome to bring a picnic lunch for their family to enjoy at camp, or you may take your camper out for lunch before the pleasant drive home. Car pooling is fine, but please inform the Camp Director if you plan on picking up children who are not your own. (Pick up kids, what time do we pick up kids, what time is check out, what time do we take kids home, what time do we leave camp)
How is Soccer Instruction Presented?
We have three sessions per day. Session one is by skill groups... depending on players ability and experience. Session two is by positions. Session three is all combined and reserved for only actual soccer games.
What do the kids do when they are Not Playing Soccer?
The camp is broken down into teams for soccer but also for other activities as well. The kids will participate in team building games and simulations in the forest. These are team competitions that demand strategy, planning and cohesiveness amongst individual team members in order to be competitive.
We also swim and play water polo in a swimming pond. In the evenings we have campfire entertainment with songs, skits etc.
I own a cabin in the area... Can I Drop By and Watch My Kid?
Certainly! It is up to you and your child. Caution needs to be taken, however, if your child is very young, seeing you come and go often may make the stay more difficult. If your child is older they may be "embarrassed" having "mom and dad checking up on them." These are issues that only you as a parent can determine. If you do want to stop by, please check-in with the camp director to identify yourself as we don't allow "strangers" to just hang around the camp grounds. He will also be able to provide you with a schedule of activities so you can specifically choose an activity you are interested in.
My Child is on Medication is that OK?
Certainly! Many campers have various medications for various reasons. Unless directed otherwise by parent/guardians, all prescription medication will be administered by the staff according to the directions provided on the original container. This way, we can be certain that your child is taking their medications and we don't have prescription medications floating around the camp. Breathing machines will be kept in the staff/first aid quarters and administered as directed by parents.
My child Has Never Been Away From Home?
One of the wonderful benefits of any residential summer camp is the opportunity for a child to develop independence while in a supportive community. Many successful adults look back on their camp experience as a fundamental building block in their personal development.
We are proud of the fact that in the three decade of Az Soccer Camp, we have never had to send a child home because of homesickness. Developing independence while at camp may, however, mean overcoming a degree of homesickness for some children. As I look back on over 35 years of directing a Az Soccer Camp, some of the campers that got the most out of the camp experience were the ones that struggled with homesickness to one degree or another in the beginning. It could be as simple as being uncomfortable with new surroundings until fun activities begin in earnest, or it could be more pronounced and last for several days with a copious amount of tears and heart wrenching letters home. Either way, homesickness can be (and normally is) a good thing…and children overcome with the help of a wonderful camp staff.
My staff is experienced with helping campers move past homesickness. Normally, we will work on getting the camper active and involved, helping the camper meet new friends, and letting them know that it is normal to have these feelings. At times, I will encourage a homesick camper to write down their feelings in a letter home. If you receive a letter from camp that is less than positive, don’t worry too much. Homesickness is usually over by the time you receive the letter J
Homesickness is not always exclusively for children. Parents can also have an adjustment to camp as well; instead of being “homesick”, they are “camp sick”. If you feel that you might fit into that category, establish a relationship with the camp and myself prior to opening day to improve your comfort level. You are welcome to e-mail me (email@example.com) or call me at 480-217-4095… (but not your child) with any concerns or about your child’s progress at camp. We post daily pictures of campers at camp. Seeing a picture of your child smiling and having a great time might be all that it takes to cure your “camp sickness”!
Set your child up for Success!
The foundations of a successful camp experience are often laid months before opening day. Here are some things you can do as a parent to help set your child up for success at camp:
Involve your child in the decision about camp. While a camp experience is a wonderful experience for most kids, it is not for everyone. If, after your best efforts, your child says “I don’t want to go to camp”, you might want to look at an alternative for the upcoming summer. Maybe when his/her friends report back on their camp experience your child will be ready for the next summer.
Familiarize you son or daughter with camp. Look at the camp DVD or video on the web page – look at the photos together that are on the camp website.
Never tell a child he can leave early if he doesn’t like camp- it sets him up for failure and he will focus on the “deal” instead of the experience. It also communicates to your child y that you don’t expect them to have fun!
Have your child attend camp with a friend if you suspect it might help the transition.
Send encouraging letters telling him/her how proud you are of their accomplishments. Keep the letters focused on camp and not on things that are happening at home. Especially avoid writing about an event she would have liked to attend or saying how much she is missed or the “dog misses you”.
Give information to your counselor beforehand about what works for him/her.
Don’t linger at camp too long on opening day. Staying too long just delays the transition to new surroundings and can add to your daughter’s anxiety level.
Help your child understand the Cell Phone policy prior to camp so they will not be expecting to hear from you. We have a policy regarding phone calls at Camp. You can find that under the Registration/Dates tab all the way down on the bottom.
What about First Aid?
Fist aid is provided by certified staff. Most includes bumps, scratches, splinters and the like. Ankle and knee wraps are provided if needed as well. For serious injuries, there is a hospital less than 2 miles from camp.
My child wets the bed?
Bed wetting is certainly a traumatic issue for many young people. We have had a number of children who experience this unfortunate condition and have come through the camp yearning only to stay longer. Talk to the Camp Director, Scott, personally, and he will fill you in on his very effective strategies that will keep your child sanitary and the condition confidential.
My child is staying for 2 weeks. What will they do during the Transition Time?
Scott and his staff have additional activities planned for these fortunate campers. Some parents elect to come visit their child between their weeks at camp... take them out to lunch, etc. This is fine as well. Some even take their kids for the evening and bring them back the next day. This is not a problem either. Your child's laundry will be done for them.
Can my child call home? Can I call him or her? What about cell phones?
Please read the Cell Phone Policy on this years Registration Tab on the website – In general, however: Part of the concept of going away is the going away part. We ask that campers do not bring cell phones. Messages can be left at the camp. Calling to speak to your child to ask if they are homesick only increases the chance that they will become homesick. No news is good news. Let's let the kids have their solitude and you can enjoy yours as well. Phone calls home are reserved for emergencies only.
Can I Travel while my child is at camp?
Absolutely! Enjoy yourself! Your child is certainly enjoying him/herself. Just make certain all phone numbers and emergency contact people are clearly communicated to your camp staff before you leave.