May 24, 2013
PITTSBURGH - The University of Pittsburgh men's soccer team will host several camps and clinics this summer at Ambrose Urbanic Field at the Petersen Sports Complex and Marmion Fields in Upper St. Clair Township.
Head coach Joe Luxbacher and his staff will direct all age groups at the six camps.
The first camp - the Goal Scorer & Goalkeeper Academy - will take place July 13 and 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is open to kids (boys and girls) aged 8-15.
The Jr. Panther Academy (ages 8-15) and Pitt Little Kickers Academy (ages 7-12) are slated for July 15-18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., respectively. The Jr. Panther Academy runs from 9 a.m. to noon on the final day of camp (July 18).
The Pitt College Prospect (I.D.) Academy is scheduled for July 19-21 for high school boys. These four camps will take place at Ambrose Urbanic Field on Pitt's campus.
The USC Jr. Panther Training Academy and USC Young Kickers Academy will both be conducted on July 22-26 at Marmion Fields. Boys and girls entering grades 7, 8 and 9 can participate in the Trainer Academy (8:30 a.m. to 10 a..m.), while the USC Young Kickers Academy will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon (open to boys and girls aged 7-12). All camps will be directed by well-qualified and experienced coaches, as well as, outstanding collegiate and high school athletes.
Fundamental striking of the ball will be emphasized at the Goal Scorer & Goalkeeper Academy, as well as shooting off the dribble, shooting off the give and go, shooting off the turn and heading to score. Goalkeeper training is coordinated with goal scorer training to create a competitive game-simulated practice atmosphere.
The Jr. Panther Academy aims to teach proper techniques for passing and receiving, shooting, heading, dribbling and shielding. Fundamental principles of attack and defense will also be covered and incorporated into the training sessions. The Pitt Little Kickers Academy focuses on the development of fundamental soccer techniques through individual ball skills and small group exercises.
The Pitt College Prospect (I.D.) Academy provides participating players with a highly competitive training environment and introduces them to the dynamics of the college game. Campers will be housed in University dormitories.
Participants will look to sharpen skills, refine individual and group tactical play and improve soccer-specific fitness at the USC Jr. Panther Training Academy. While at the USC Young Kickers Academy, the focus is on developing and improving skill performance.
For more information - including costs and registration info - visit the camp website at www.shoot2score.net or call 412-221-5271.