Avila Creative Soccer's Jack Imperato training at FC Barcelona. Xavi Simmons also in photo
Ring in the holiday cheer
This is an all-you-can-train camp, so come everyday to attend a Small Group and Specialty Skills class.
This camp entitles your child to attend up to two classes each day–one age-appropriate Small Group Skills Class and one Specialty Skills Class. Small Group Skills Classes and Specialty Skills Classes are always scheduled back to back, alternating throughout the day.
There are some Avila skills classes that we only see every year at this iconic camp which is the personal favorite of Coach Eryck. Some of the drills, skills and moves, not to mention whimsical subjects like nutmegging and Soccer Tennis, we only review in depth at this time of year.
Dates Dec 20, 2017 - Jan 7, 2018 Includes weekends No camp on Dec 24, 25, 31, Jan 1
December 20-23: 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM December 26-30: 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM January 2-3: 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM January 4-5: 3:30 PM - 8:00 PM January 6-7: 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
*Winter Campers are welcome to use the Evening Schedule if they are unable to make the regular Camp schedule (8:00 AM to 3:30 PM) as long as they attend their appropriate level.
Unlock Your Child's Brilliance Today
This winter break, give your child the necessary creative skills to make a difference on the field. Click on the links below to sign up for classes while spots are available, and prepare your child to play with imagination.
How Do Specialty Classes Differ from Traditional Small Group Classes?
Small Group Classes
Our age-appropriate classes include: fitness with the ball, deconstruction of moves and tricks, tactical awareness, scrimmaging and confidence building. Many of the drills are interactive rather than solitary. Kids are encouraged to be assertive and make suggestions about the format and progression of the sessions. We don't use the traditional autocratic/dictatorial style, we use a participative/democratic model.
Specialty Skills Classes
These classes are laser focused on one specific skill or topic, whereas the traditional Small Group Classes that Avila Soccer has always offered use a more holistic approach to learning.
See below for more info on specific Specialty Skills Classes.
Dribbling Is An Attitude
This class is just what is needed to help athletes who are not as assertive as they could be. It's a class for any skill level focused on showing players how to take the responsibility for attacking and penetrating versus a mentality of passing the ball off. We walk the player through the mental process of premeditating the decision to dribble before receiving the ball, and subsequently pouncing with conviction and speed!
See if your child doesn't play with more confidence after this! When they practice over and over the motion of physically dominating an opponent and pushing past them, a funny thing happens - they experience a sense of empowerment and self attainment that only comes with being good at something!
Shooting Mechanics specializes in shooting anatomy. We'll deconstruct and review every aspect of shooting in detail: visualization, approach, plant foot positioning, setting the frame, angle of release, turning radius, rotary momentum, follow-through, and critical velocity.
Next, think mechanics, mechanics, mechanics–the same mechanical principles that govern the movements of all athletes. The same mechanics that NASA used to land a spacecraft on the moon timed to within a fraction of second!
The class is conducted with shoes off so that our instructors can literally manipulate the metatarsals. In fact, much of the class doesn't even involve the use of a soccer ball but instead focuses on pinpoint form. Every kid wants to score....give 'em a shot!
Shooting Mechanics is for:
The player who passes instead of shoots in front of the goal.
Anyone who has never been shown proper shooting technique.
Players in pre-season or on vacation who have a gap of time.
Elite players who need to get 20 to 30 more yards on their shot distance.
A class that teaches defending tactics, techniques and attitudes. Players will gain clarity on notions such as jockey and delay, stabbing at the ball, shepherding, foot and hip positioning, aggressive/assertive play, decision making, and yes, even slide tackling—using our state-of-the-art 12" thick dive mat. This class is a must for kids who don't "get it" and for players who are ready to accept the responsibility of contributing when they are not actually in possession of the ball.
Hey, lets not forget the fun! This class will pull no stops and features the most outrageous and clever juggles and dribbling moves that both urban street players and legendary professionals alike have dared to imagine!
What goes up must come down with style. And while we're at it, apply some of the mechanical laws of the universe too. High-ball Trapping requires precision technique and is perhaps the most underrated of all soccer skills, especially if your position is Center Back Defender. Yet, this class is a must for any player who has come to realize the truth–that the game is played in the air. That out of the air (before it makes landfall) is where an assertive player must first contact the ball. If you are bold enough to fight for it there, this class can teach you how.
Our Goalie Class provides 45 minutes of specialty training that focuses specifically on technique. Learn the mechanics of diving and how to make the all-important "second save." Our 12-inch diving mat allows you to train without fear, and in turn you will develop the ferocity and skill needed to defend the goal. This class is designed for those who wish to work hard in their pursuit of goal-keeping mastery.
Ok, for those of you who know the self-proclaimed nutmeg artist Coach Eryck personally, the only surprise here is that this specialty did not show up on the curriculum sooner. This fun class actually takes a scientific approach to Coach Eryck's favorite skill (and laughable source of pride) Nutmegging! Tricks of the trade are revealed in this can't-miss class for the diehard!
A nutmeg (or tunnel) is a technique used in soccer, in which a player rolls the ball through an opponent's legs. This can be whilst passing to another player, shooting or occasionally to carry on and retrieve it themselves. You'll know it when it happens!
Soccer Tennis Functional Juggling (a hybrid sport)
We're keeping it interesting but practical with this hybrid sport commonly called Soccer Tennis. It can be played in many different ways–as singles, doubles, in threes or fours, or larger groups–especially if a real soccer ball is used.
Many different objects can serve as a net. If no objects are available then two grids can be laid out separated by a dead zone. The number of bounces and touches can be adjusted. The serve can be changed from a service from hand to kicking it off of the ground. The game is a great replacement to juggling.
Limitations according to age and ability can really make it interesting. One favorite rule is when we place a garbage can at the back of either side of the court/field. Any team that gets the ball over the net and also in that can automatically wins the match!!!!! Even if they were losing desperately! You can imagine the drama.
Many techniques such as receiving the ball in the air, heading, juggling, volleys etc., all get practiced during the natural course of any Soccer Tennis game. Players gain insight as they strategize and contemplate questions: Can the team in possession move their opponents into a poor position? Do they strike at the right time and play safely when needed? Can the defenders read their opponents intentions and counter them?
What's best is how the game encourages both communication and cohesion in a fun climate: Do the players work well as a team? Do they compliment one another or do they play as individuals? Can the players relate to the ball, its flight, bounces and speed?
In other words, the soccer problems are similar to those in a match. The pressure of time is real. Both teams have goals and must think of attacking and defending. While it is not soccer, it is soccer like.
Bicycle Kicks/Specialty Kicks
A fun and inspirational class using a state of the art 12’’ thick dive mat, teaches secrets of specialty finishing including: bicycle (overhead) kicks, scissor kicks, banana kicks, in-swingers, corner kicks, and set pieces from outside the box!
Perfect Penalty Kicks
A class designed to guide players through the process and pressure associated with penalty kick taking. Everything from stepping up to volunteer for this high stakes moment to choosing the correct corner and technique and cadence is reviewed.
Tactical awareness is the ability to know ones role and have positional awareness on the field along with possessing the ability to make good decisions.
At Avila, it specifically means understanding the concept of "Passing lanes" and "Off-the-ball Movement."
In this class, players learn the more advanced tips for navigation of the field - that is to track ones own teammates as they travel back and forth (not just the movements of their opponents).
Creating triangles with their teammates is the most central theme, and players are taught to migrate the triangle (even abandoning the form) so that they might recreate it again somewhere else on the field.
When it comes to performance in a real game, we like to explain that skill and speed are great to boast but tactical awareness is first and foremost!