This advanced training model incorporates general game understanding and specific positioning stimulus in which the coach-trainers develop specific position/player game scenarios tailored to each player’s position offering personalized feedback for unmatched growth. Our camp is run by experienced college coaches and offers goalkeepers, defenders, and strikers specialized training customized to each player’s position. Get ready to elevate your game!
August  6 , 2024 -
August  8 , 2024

Elite Position Specific Camp

Age Ranges: U11-U14
  • Full Day Early Bird Discount Code: EBFULL
  • Half Day Early Bird Discount Code: EBHALF

Additional Information

The methodology applied by world-class clubs is now available to you at the National Sports Center! Maximize position-specific skills in our unique camp!

Positions Offered:
– Elite Goalkeeper Camp
– Elite Defender Camp
– Elite Midfielder Camp
– Elite Striker Camp

Refund Policy
Surcharge Fee
The National Sports Center has instituted a 2% surcharge on all submitted card payments. The Surcharge is NON-REFUNDABLE. Customers can avoid the fee by paying with an e-check online at the time of registration.

Full fee due at time of registration

Refund Policy
Payment, refund and cancellation policy:

No refunds or credits for missed or 1/2 days.
No refunds on cancellations.
Refunds due to health issues will be handled on a case by case basis.
All other refunds will be considered on a case by case basis.
All refund requests are subject to a $50 administrative fee.

Program Cancellation Policy
The following policy will be enacted IF a program hosted by the National Sports Center MUST be canceled by the directives of the State of Minnesota or the Minnesota Department of Health. Please know that our top priority on making decisions moving forward will be the safety and health of our participants, coaches, employees, and spectators.

Participants will receive a refund for your program entry. Participant registration refunds will be processed at 100% of the registration total.

Position-specific training session run by experienced coaches

Morning video analysis session

Afternoon guest speaker session

High-performance equipment available

Camp ball included

T-shirt for every participant

Photo for club or recruiting purposes included

Camp Certificate and Evaluation

Alea Lester Fite, Registered Dietitian, “Sports Nutrition & Hydration for Youth Athletes”
Alea Lester Fite, MS, RD, LD, received her bachelor’s degrees from the University of Minnesota in Spanish and biology and her master’s degree with coordinating internship program at the University of Illinois at Chicago in Nutrition and Dietetics. Alea has always had a passion for health and fitness, participating in competitive sports for most of her life. She found that she loved inspiring and helping people make healthy changes.

Alea’s mission is to help clients reach their goals by providing relevant, researched, and individualized nutrition information and behavior counseling.

Bailey Thompson, Certified Mental Performance Consultant, “Achieve your dreams: 3 steps toward clear goal setting”
Bailey Thompson is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant at Axon Athletics. She holds a Masters degree in Sport & Performance Psychology and has worked with dozens of athletes and performers on their confidence, performance, goals, and more.

Tyler Schauer and Riley Simpson, Sport Physical Therapists, “Cross-training for injury prevention and on-field performance”
Tyler Schauer and Riley Simpson are both Physical Therapists completing their sports physical therapy residency at M Health Fairview. Tyler grew up in East Grand Forks, Minnesota where he then went on to complete his Undergraduate degree and Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of North Dakota. Riley was born and raised in Rochester and Saint Cloud, Minnesota. He played soccer throughout childhood until high school, and completed his Undergraduate degree at Saint Cloud State University. He then completed his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Washington-Seattle.

Leonardo Barbosa – Goalkeepers Coach
From Minas Gerais, Brazil
US Soccer Federation (USSF) “B” License (in progress)
United Soccer Coaches (USC) Advanced National Diploma
USC Premier Diploma
USC Goalkeeper Level 1&2 Diploma
USC Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma
10+ years of coaching experience in all levels including collegiate
Current NPSL Med City GK Coach
MN Rush Technical Director

Manny Cobos – Defenders Coach
US Soccer Federation (USSF) Licensed
15+ years of coaching experience in club and high school
Collegiate Athletic Experience
Minnesota ODP (Olympic Development Program) Staff experience

Jared Rice – Midfielders Camp
10 years coaching experience
U11-13 Director at Twin Cities Rush
USSF C License
USC Premier Diploma
USYS National Youth License
USC Technical Development Diploma

Zuheer Majid – Midfielders Camp
4+ Years of Coaching Experience
Semi-Pro Playing Experience

Greg Wheaton – Strikers Coach
From Minas Gerais, Brazil
University of Northwestern Men’s Head Coach
UMAC Tournament Champion
Coaches All-American nominated players
NCAA D1 Former player
Minnesota Thunder Playing Experience
International School of Soccer Excellence (ISSE) Owner
TC Sala Coach

GK role on a soccer team goes beyond staying under the post and trying to save shots. As a player that sees the whole field, goalkeepers need foot skills to assist defenders in the buildup phase, tactical knowledge to organize and communicate with the defensive line, and technical skills to act during the most important phases of the game.

GK Training Focus: 1v1 situations, diving, crosses, positioning, and distribution, low ball, high balls, and technique

Central and outside defenders need excellent game understanding to anticipate the opponent’s movement, cover the midfielders, and position during crosses and set pieces. Modern defenders are hardly fooled by attackers and have great game understanding to make precise runs and execute tackles.

Defenders Training Focus: Positioning, 1v1 defending, tackling, shielding, crossing, communication, heading, and building up from the back.

Midfielders must be consistently focused on the game in order to perform well and find spaces to play. Scanning and monitoring the space is an essential quality of a top midfielder, as well as the ability to control the tempo of the game and dictate play.

Midfielder Training Focus: 1v1, scanning spaces, breaking lines, switching sides, stepping on the box, throw balls, finishing

The times when striker stayed in between the defenders and only participate in balls inside the box have past. Modern strikers and outside midfielders have great tactical knowledge to position for infiltration, through balls and crossing; technical skills for shooting, heading, dribbling, and turning, and great decision making to maximize scoring opportunities

Striker Training Focus: Placement shooting, 1v1 attacking, diagonal runs, crosses, volleying, heading, turning, and positioning

*Modern offensive and outside midfielders get in the box to score and participate closely in attacking opportunities, so this camp is applicable to these positions

What should I bring to camp?</strong?
Participants should bring the following items:
Water bottles or sports drinks
Shin guards
Lunch and snacks
Soccer ball
White T-shirt, black shorts and soccer preferred, but not necessary

Do I need to play in development academy and higher level teams?
No. Coaches will adapt to each player according to the specific position and needs. Players are only required to be striving to improve in a specific position.

What’s the player-coach ratio?
As our drive to provide one on one coaching, which lacks on club training sessions, we will try to keep a 1-8 coach and player ratio.

Who are the coaches?
The camp will be conducted by coaches that work on college or DA level and have both coaching and playing experience on either pro, semi-pro, and college level in the specific position.

Event Contacts

Camp Fees

  • Full Day (9am – 3pm)

    Register now for Lowest Camp Fee!

    Use Early Bird Code EBFULL

    Price increases to $319 on July 27, 2024

  • Half Day (9am – 12pm)

    Register now for Lowest Camp Fee!

    Use Early Bird Code EBHALF

    Price increases to $259 on July 27, 2024