Shawnee State University will once again hold its annual one-day Goal Keeping Camp Monday, July 11, 2016. The single-day camp will take place from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on the Shawnee Turf, where the Bears play their home soccer matches.
“This is something we do each year,” Shawnee assistant soccer coach Mark Trapp said.
The camp’s origins came from several local high school soccer coaches asking the Shawnee soccer staff to host a camp which focused on goal keeping.
The goal keeping camp at Shawnee helps fill a void of specialized instruction for keepers.
“It’s a position that not a lot of coaches feel comfortable going over stuff,” Trapp said. “They really didn’t know the ins-and-outs of what needs to be done.”
Participants will take part in a lot of different simulated game situations and drills. The goal is to see what weaknesses the young goal keepers have so they can then work on those to improve their game.
“We can see their weaknesses and what they need to work on,” Trapp said. “We can give them some drills to take home and work on, which they can incorporate into their practices when they go back to their school.”
This year will be the first year the camp will be offered in the evening hours, as all previous camps were held during the morning hours.
“I had a lot of requests to push it back into the evenings to try to accommodate kids who are working during the day,” Trapp said. “Hopefully this will allow for a higher attendance this year.”
While many local athletes partake in the goal keeping camp at Shawnee, many out-of-town talents venture into Scioto County to receive the specialized instruction.
“We’ve had kids from Athens, the Cincinnati area and Columbus,” Trapp said. “We’ve had them come from all around.”
Shawnee also benefits from the camp, as the Bears have been able to sign several players after they participated, making the camp a nice recruiting tool for the Bears.
Recent Shawnee soccer signee, Andrew Coppock, attended the goal keeping camps at Shawnee and will be one of the new additions to the team this fall.
Attendees are advised to bring goal keeping gloves, shin guards and a water bottle.
Cost of the camp is $40 per participant. All registration will be done the day of the camp, beginning at 5 p.m. at Shawnee Turf. The day will last from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Additional information can be obtained by contacting Mark Trapp by phone, 740-352-4815 or via e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.