Men’s Soccer Opens Doors to Prospective Students
One of the most important parts about choosing a college is making sure it is the right fit for you in all areas of your anticipated college life. For high school boys thinking about continuing to play soccer, the Men’s Elite ID Camp is the perfect way to test the waters here at Pacific. Held three times a year, this camp is run to give prospective students a chance to experience what training is like for the men’s soccer team here at Pacific. Students can also get a feel for what the coaches are looking for in their players and they can be exposed to life as a Tiger on the team.
Coach Ryan Jorden and Assistant Coaches David Stockton and Andres Ochoa led their most recent Elite ID Camp this past Saturday, March 23. The first part of the day consisted of a training session similar to what they would experience as a team member. The students focused on passing and receiving skills, thinking about their form, technique, and quick decisions. During the second part of the day, participants got a chance to compete against each other and play.
“[I could see a] lightbulb going on in some cases,” says Jorden. He enjoys the training session especially because, while working with the high schoolers, he can watch them pick up new information and grow as soccer players.
High school boys of all skill levels are encouraged to come check out the Elite ID camps and get a feel of men’s soccer at Pacific. Although the coaches do not structure the activities to make it a beginner’s camp, no one is turned away. Because the camp normally has less than 40 student participants, the coaches can work closer with them and better maintain coaching consistency.
“High school students are thinking about soccer in a different manner” after the camp, Jorden explains. He encourages any high schoolers interested in joining the men’s soccer team to come to their camps on campus. He shares that finding the right college fit can be rewarding. Going to a camp can be a great way to gain insight.
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