STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – Many people will recognize Ward Rogers from his years of standing on the sidelines of Franciscan University’s soccer field. Recently hired as the new head men’s soccer coach, Rogers is also leading the University’s men’s high school summer soccer camps. The first camp begins at the beginning of July.
“Our concept is to train a team in a demanding environment,” Coach Rogers said. “A critical part of that process is testing team progress against a capable opponent.”
In order to build this environment, Rogers has added additional field space to accommodate more teams at the camps. “By expanding the number of teams, we can set up games in the evening against multiple opponents, giving each team a chance to evaluate new skills against varying defensive and attack options,” he noted.
The men’s high school team camp—running 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. from July 23-27—has a minimum registration requirement of 16 team members. The goal of the camp is to place the players in high pressure situations with an intense work rate in order to better prepare them for the demands of competitive high school and club soccer.
“This camp offers high school coaches the ability to give their teams a varied look at training sessions,” Coach Rogers said, “exposing them to new skill exercises and demanding tactical situations. The timing of the camp also aids in reaching proper fitness levels leading into the fall season.”
Not a training point is missed with Rogers. Small-sided games will also be included in the camp sessions to isolate specific in-game scenarios and train the student-athletes in dealing with the demands of the situation.
A men’s goalkeeper camp will be offered July 9-13 from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and is open to male student-athletes ages 12-18. Rogers plans on utilizing the same goalkeeper coaches at the team camp for more holistic training.
“Although we have a camp for goalkeepers that allows them to have specialized training, the participants do not spend a great deal of time with team strategy,” noted Rogers. “Pulling the same goalkeeper coaches into the team camp provides a greater integration of that position with the other team members.”
For more information about Franciscan University’s summer
camps, please visit franciscanathletics.com/summercamps to download
a copy of the camp brochure and register today.