NIU Will Host Two Women's Soccer Camps this Winter

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Dec. 2, 2013

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DeKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois' women's soccer team is hosting two winter camps in the coming months, both to be held at the newly opened Kenneth and Ellen Chessick Practice Center, located near Huskie Stadium. The NIU coaching staff is hosting these camps for the benefit of high school and club female soccer players, grades eight to 12.

The first camp will be held on the weekend of January 11 & 12, 2014. In addition to NIU coaches John Ross, Christie Chappell, and Connor McKee and current NIU players, coaches from NCAA Divisions I, II, and III, and NAIA schools will in attendance.

The first day at this camp will be centered around technical requirements for playing collegiate level soccer. On the second day, participants will get a taste of tactical play in college soccer. This first camp will include field training, classroom sessions, 6v6 and 9v9 games, a presentation of the weight room.

"It's a great opportunity for young soccer players," said Head Coach John Ross. "They'll be playing at one of the best indoor athletics facilities in the region, and they'll get a feel for what college soccer is about. In addition to great facilities, we feel that we will give players a very personalized experience which will allow them to maximize exposure and improvement in their game. We're looking forward to it."

On each day, the camp will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. With assistance from a legal parent or guardian, participants can register here. The camp will cost each prospect $90 per day, and everyone is encouraged to sign up for both days to get the full experience. For additional information, contact Connor McKee at cmckee@niu.edu.

The second camp will be held on the weekend of February 15 & 16, 2014. This one will be a 9v9 camp exclusively. Like the first camp, it will be held at the Chessick Practice Center. This format will allow high school and club players to get some games in before the spring season.

"9v9 camps can be difficult to find," said Ross. "Our camp will grant great skill instruction from camp staff. In addition, players will have several opportunities to showcase their skills and prepare for the spring season."

In the 9v9 format, eight field players from each team and a goalkeeper will oppose each other. Teams are asked to have at least 10 field players and a goalkeeper to register. Each team is guaranteed three games with 25-minute halves. There will be no championship, as this camp is focused on showcasing abilities and skill instruction.

Coaches from schools around the region will be in attendance to scout participants. Players are also encouraged to invite coaches to the event. As this is a camp, club or high school insurance is not needed. The registration fee for this one is $350 per team. Parents, players, or coaches may register teams. In the registration process, the team must submit a registration packet.

Teams should prepare to play on both days of the camp. The games will be played on a 55X120 field with all FIFA rules. For more information, contact Connor McKee at cmckee@niu.edu.