High school soccer teams experience camp at The Woods

July 22, 2013

Three Indiana high school soccer teams traveled to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and took part in a three-day team camp, instructed by Pomeroy head coach Mike Aycock and assistant coach Jovan Jeftich.  From July 8-10, a total of 56 girls representing Southport High School (Indianapolis, Ind.), Sullivan High School (Sullivan, Ind.), and Lafayette Central Catholic High School (Lafayette, Ind.) experienced a variety of training sessions that covered possession, speed of play, and principles of attacking.

Players from Southport experienced camp for the first time, while players from Lafayette Central Catholic were making their second consecutive summer trip to SMWC.  Sullivan, who has been no stranger to The Woods, has experienced camp seven times over the past decade. 

“SMWC offers a relaxing atmosphere in what I believe to be a scenic environment that the players really enjoy and it allows the team to bond away from the pressures of school and home,” said Sullivan head coach Kurt Hauger.  “The biggest reason we keep coming back to SMWC is the outstanding coaching and the way the information is presented to the players, allowing them to get maximum benefit from the camp.  Mike and Jovan challenge the girls to get better and allow them the opportunity to succeed and improve all in the same exercises,” said Hauger.

Lafayette Central Catholic head coach Bill Kerr also believes the camp is very beneficial to his team and plans to come back again next summer.  “Mike and Jovan always meet and exceed my expectations.  When we arrive, Mike and his staff do a great job with our players.  They bring a lot of knowledge, energy and enthusiasm.  My players love the camp and the opportunity to focus on soccer for three days with no other distractions,” said Kerr.

For much of the camp, players experienced two training sessions during the morning and afternoon, before finishing with small-sided and full-field scrimmages in the evening.  Even on the second day of camp, many parents and family members came out to watch the teams play each other in a friendly scrimmage.

At the conclusion of camp, each team posed for a group picture and individual team pictures with their brand new SMWC soccer camp t-shirts.  Players were also handily rewarded for all their hard work with an individual camp soccer ball.

Head coach Mike Aycock was pleased with each team’s performance and enjoyed the time spent with all three schools during camp. “We love hosting the high school teams and training with them.  They're having a great time experiencing their time together away from home and are really eager to be stretched, maybe work on things that they haven't had the chance to work on much up to now,” said Aycock. 

Aycock also enjoys the idea of modifying training sessions to the specific needs of each team.  “What's fun is that we can provide a kind of unique experience tailored to whatever a team wants to work on.  We work on educating the players, but also are giving teams lots of training ideas for their particular focus to take home and use,” said Aycock.