Technical and Tactical Training. The technical and tactical portion of the SAA soccer camp will focus on individual foot skills such as identifying and demonstrating the proper ways to strike/pass/chip a ball, the importance of the first touch and trapping, movement with and without the ball, and defending both on and off the ball. Instruction will be done in both small and large groups with an emphasis on remaining active throughout training sessions.
Thinking the Game. The mental aspect of sports is a crucial part of player development. SAA’s coaching staff will instruct campers on the importance of attacking and defending as a unit, understanding proper communication on the field, and knowing one’s individual role in different game action scenarios.
Team Building. Our coaching staff will impress upon campers the importance of teamwork and collaboration during both training and competition. We have designed age-specific team-building games and exercises to develop and understand a “team-first” approach to soccer.
Competition. Campers will participate in two competitive formats. The first will be a three vs. three tournament that will be ongoing throughout the week. This competition will give counselors the opportunity to identify campers’ strengths and weaknesses in a small-sided setting and is extremely fun for campers. The second is a World Cup competition that will take place on Thursday and Friday and will allow campers to compete in full-sided games with instruction being given throughout the games.
Athletic Combine Testing. All campers in the SAA soccer camp will participate in a soccer combine which will be facilitated by the camp counselors through the use of state of the art Fusion Sports Smartspeed Testing Equipment. Each camper will complete six combine tests, including a 40-yard dash, vertical jump, pro-agility drill, zig zag drill, shot velocity test and 5-point star drill.
Congratulations to both of Quaker Elite’s U12 Boys teams. On May 18, 2019, they each won their Flights at the Whitpain Spring Classic Tournament.
First, the U12 Gold Team won the Gold Flight by winning 2 out of their 3 games and fighting for a draw in the third with with no substitutes available on a very hot Saturday afternoon. The Gold team won the flight over Lower Merion Soccer Club’s Megalodons by one point (7-6). Crucially, the Gold team beat the Megalodons in its first game, guaranteeing that had they tied the Megalodons in points, they would still have won the flight by beating them head to head.
After the Gold Team had been crowned the champions of the Gold Flight, the Quaker Elite U12 Boys Navy Team took their undefeated record onto the field at 5:30 p.m. to play the only other undefeated team in the Silver Flight, the Perk Valley SC Wolverines. Both teams took the field knowing that the winner would be crowned Champion of the Silver Flight. In addition, the Navy team knew that the Gold team had already won its Flight immediately prior to the start of their game. Powered by consistent defensive play and explosive speed on offense, the Navy team beat the Wolves to win the Silver Flight as the sole undefeated team in the Flight.
Special thanks and congratulations to Coaches Mike Falsetta, Steve J. Baron and Steve H. Baron who shared the coaching duties throughout the long, hot day. Also congratulations to all of the Club’s Coaches as both teams had the best goal differential, the most goals for and fewest goals against in each of their Flights!
Congratulations to Quaker Elite 07 Navy for winning the Bimbo B-Active March Into Cups Tournament in the U12 Championship Division.
After ending up in a 3 way tie for first place based on the number of wins in the Tournament (2), the team broke the tie with the most goals scored (9) and fewest goals against (3) for a maximum allowed goal differential of 4.
Special Congratulations to Coach Steve Baron for rallying the team to a 5-0 win in the final game to seal the Tournament victory!