Rapids Youth Soccer & Regis Elite – Goalkeeping Residential Camp

Published on: August 24, 2022

A 5-day camp experience designed to develop Elite-level goalkeeping skills!

The Goalkeeper-focused residential camp experience will run concurrently with the field player residential camp. It offers goalkeepers position-specific technical training during the day, with additional game experience in the evening sessions.  

The goalkeeper-specific residential camp will run concurrently with the regular residential camp and players from both camps will be together for meals and in the evenings. Players may choose to room with a player participating in the regular residential camp.

Delivered by our Elite Goalkeeping Director and Elite staff, additional support will be provided by SafeSport accredited ‘parent chaperones’ specifically aimed at providing the attendees with understanding and comfortable surroundings during the overnight stay. (Should you be interested in providing this service during the week please indicate during registration).

Additionally, this camp is now available for players to attend without the overnight component. Players are welcome to attend for the full day and be picked up prior to the evening meal on a daily basis.

This camp is offered at:

Regis University, Regis Boulevard, Denver, CO, USA  See on map

Goalkeeping Residential Camp Topics

Residential goalkeeper programming will be run by our Elite Goalkeeping Director, in conjunction with other Elite staff. Sessions will cover the below topics:

Footwork & Handling: The topic being delivered in this session is focused on Footwork and Handling. Understanding the basics of this as a Goalkeeper is fundamental to performing successfully in this position. The coaches will practically support the participants in their execution of the correct footwork and handling via a range of game-realistic drills and feedback.

Shot-Stopping from Tight Angles: The topic being delivered in this session is focused on Shot stopping from tight angles. Shot stopping for any goalkeeper is a vital component of their skill set. Understanding how to protect and fill the goal, and ultimately make saves should be the staple diet of Goalkeeper practice. This session looks to focus on more detail and a particular aspect of shot-stopping – ‘shot-stopping from tight angles’. Adding another layer of understanding and practical knowledge will assist the participants to build their skill set in this vital position.

Shot-Stopping from High Shot-Stopping Positions: The topic being delivered in this session is focused on Shot stopping from high positions. Similar to the previous week’s foundational topic, this week’s area remains focused on shot-stopping, however, the detail will be specific to ‘high areas’. High Areas are situations where the goalkeeper is required to make a stop/save from a place close to the goal. The skills involved are different from other moments, where instinct, positioning, and strength are vitally important given the reduction in time for the goalkeeper to make the saves. Coaches will recreate moments in the game that will seek to support the participant’s understanding and execution of this unique skill.

Ages 14+ Crosses from High & Shallow Positions: This age group will work on Crosses from High and Shallow Positions. As the 11v11 develops to utilize areas of the field where space is more frequently found (i.e. the wide areas), the need for the goalkeeper in being able to defend crosses from multiple positions on the field increases. Reading the game and executing the technical requirements of this topic will be concentrated on by the coaching staff to create a greater understanding and ability of the attendees.

Ages 10-12 Breakaways & 1v1s: This age group will work on Breakaways and 1v1s. The ability to read space, opposition, and teammates in a ‘numbers down’ moment is a key function of the goalkeeper. Combining these skills with an understanding and execution of winning 1v1 battles with forwards will add to the overall abilities of goalkeepers.

Utilizing the full quality of the Regis University Campus and the additional time that this residential program creates, we will seek to maximize the attendees’ understanding, relative to their age, in an insightful, safe, and engaging manner.

What’s included in the registration fee?

  • Overnight Residency in the Regis University Student Dorms 
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Regis University Cafeteria
  • Camp T-shirt, Soccer Ball, Other Rapids Swag
  • Camp sessions and activities will take place on the Turf and Grass Fields, the Berce, Fieldhouse, Classrooms and Cafeteria
  • Camp sessions and overall experience will be run by Rapids Elite Coaches and Directors
  • On-site Rapids Athletic Trainer in case of injury, and as the deliverer of conditioning care education

Attendee Requirements: Appropriate attire (training top, shorts, socks, cleats, shin guards),  water bottle (hydration stations available), a mid-morning snack

Attendee Requirements: Appropriate attire for 10 training sessions over 5 days (training top, shorts, socks, cleats, shin guards), overnight apparel and casual clothing for 5 days, multiple water bottles (hydration stations available)

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We are limiting the number of campers to ensure each attendee gets the most out of training with our Elite coaches and staff, so register today!

Ages: Boys & Girls born between 2008-2015

Dates: July 22-26, 2024

Location: The Elite Performance Center at Regis | 3333 Regis Blvd, Denver, CO 80221

Cost: $855 for Overnight | $685 for Non-Overnight

Non-Overnight: Campers who are not staying overnight will need to be picked up at 7:30 PM.

Rooms: Players may request one other attendee to room with at Regis. Rooms will either be 2 players to a room with a bathroom in the room, or 2 players to a room with a communal bathroom in the hallway. There will be a few rooms available that can accommodate 3 attendees in one room.

Chaperones: We are offering a discount for any parents who are willing to be chaperones. Chaperones are required to be at the camp from 5 pm to 9 am to help the kids with getting to dinner and ensure they get to bed at a reasonable hour. Chaperones will each have their own dorm room at Regis.