Iron Camp V

Iron Camp VI

 

July 15, 16, 17, & 21, 22, 2014

 

WHAT IS THE IRON CAMP?:   For those of you that have never heard of the IRON CAMP, the camp is a free camp that I put on for U12 and older players.  The camp is a super tough camp, and to be honest, this is not suited for everyone.  The camp is meant for the most committed players and the players who truly want to test their toughness and improve their skills.   Players who attend do not need to be the players who are the furthest ahead in their soccer development, they just need to be players that want to get better and want to be really challenged.   Although we do a LOT of individual skill activities, there is just as much focus on competitiveness and endurance.  Campers do not have to be at all four dates and campers who attend do not even need to attend all hours each day.   
 
Please note that goalies will not have specialized training at this camp.  Goalies are more than welcome to attend but the focus of the camp is on the acquisition of individual technique and on the application of that technique in 1v1 situations.  The other primary focus is fitness development.  Goalies will benefit from all of this but there will not be specific goalie training.
 
IRON CAMP V Dates:
 
Day 1:  Monday, July, 22, 2013
Day 2: Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Day 3: Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Day 4: Wednesday, July 31, 2013
 
CAMP LOCATION:  
 
All camp days will be held at the Hawkeye Recreation Fields.  
 

START TIME:  We will start at 9:00 AM each day of Iron Camp.  However, many of the campers arrive earlier around 8:30 AM to help me set up the small shade tents, soccer tennis nets, and set up the gear for the day.  
 
END TIME:  We will end at 4 PM each day of the Iron Camp.
 
DAILY SCHEDULE:  
 
8:30 AM Set up Time
9:00 AM Start Warm-ups and BEGIN IRON CAMP
 
9:15 AM-12:00 PM TRAINING TIME 
 
12:00 PM -1 PM Lunch  (BRING YOUR OWN COOLER for YOUR LUNCH) 
 
1:00 PM -3 PM  TRAINING
3-4 PM SHOOTING EXERCISES (COSGROVE BALL) 
4 PM CAMP  IS OVER -(Please pick your child up within 10 minutes after the end of camp.)   
 
IF MY CHILD DOES NOT WANT TO OR CANNOT BE AT CAMP ALL DAY, WHEN IS A GOOD TIME TO LEAVE?
 
You can pick your child up at any time.  Each camper can do as much or as little of the camp as they would like.  However, a good time to leave might be noon since that is the lunch hour.  
 
 
CANCELLATIONS: 
 
Last year we had to cancel two days of Iron Camp due to excessive heat.  So far this summer we have had a few hot days this past week but I'm hoping we won't need to cancel any days.  I cancelled last year because we were in the mid 90's and in the 100's with the heat index factored in.   Each day I will make a determination based on the projected temperature.    
 
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO DO THE CAMP?:  
 
The camp is only open to ISC soccer players on the ISC Advanced Year Round teams or ISC alumni.   YOU MUST BE U12 or older.  (PARENTS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME TO COME TO TEST THEIR FITNESS WITH THE BEEP TEST.  WE DO THE BEEP TEST EVERY MORNING AT 9:15-9:20 AM.  IT takes about 15 minutes.)  
 
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CAMP:
 
1) Skill, skill, and more skill exercises!
2) Numerous ISC college players training side by side with you each day
3) Beep test daily!
4) Core strength challenges
5) 1v1 games daily to maximize dribbling and 1v1 defending-with losing teams finishing the "ISC Super Duper Triple"  (15 burpees, 20 pushups, 10 frog jumps)
6) Afternoon-for the last hour of the camp-we do lighten up and play 1 hour worth of Cosgrove ball.
7) Jon buys Ice Cream on the last day for all camp participants.  
 
 
FINAL COMMENTS:
 
This is a "no frills" camp.  I will be the only coach at the camp and unlike the Premier Camp, there aren't a lot of extras associated with the camp. We won't have volunteers on hand, we won't have a huge shade tent set up, or guest coaches at the camp.  Usually parents are very good about finding some way to help, whether it is in terms of helping set up the smaller shade tents at 8:30 AM with me as we get ready to start, or bringing an extra five gallon jug of water for the kids to have out at the fields, filling up the water jugs, or in the case of some very generous parents, bringing fruit on some days for the kids at lunch.  We will have lunch at noon.  
 
I highly recommend that you talk to your child before sending them to the camp.  Some parents just dropped their kids off last year and the kids had NO idea what they were getting into.  For one, that's unfair to me, because the kids then get very upset with me because the training is hard.  Moreover, this camp isn't exactly like the other things we do.  Tell your kids this camp is much harder than a regular "super skills" because it does include some fitness training as well as lots of skill training.  
 
HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR CAMP:
 
You do not need to let me know if you are going to attend.  Show up for as much or as little of the camp as you would like.  
 
 
CAN I USE THE IRON CAMP TOWARD MY PRE-SEASON PRACTICE COUNT TOTAL for the 2014-2015 SEASON?  
For each day of camp that you attend, you can count each full day as 4 practices toward your pre-season total for the ISC U13-U16 teams.  If you attend a half day of Iron Camp, you can count each half day toward 2 of your pre-season totals.