Soccer Skills and Conditioning Camp

Soccer Skills and Conditioning Camp

Camp runs from 6:00 to 7:30 pm on the following days:

  • Mon., July 20
  • Wed., July 22
  • Fri., July 24
  • Mon., July 27
  • Wed., July 29
  • Fri., July 31

Registration and Payment

Camp is $35 per child for the 6-day program.

CLICK HERE for payment form.  In the “…reason for payment…” section please enter the name of the student(s) attending camp.  You do not need to add additional 4% for processing.


RENE NAVARRETE, Varsity Boys Soccer Coach

Soccer has always been an important aspect in Rene’s life. He played at the club level and in the streets of Mexico city. He has a coaching license from United Soccer Coaches, and has coached at the youth level for over ten years in Southern Vermont and the Capital District in NY.

This will be his second spell coaching at LTS; coaching one year the MS boys team and four years with the Varsity girls team.

KEVIN MURPHY, Varsity Girls Soccer Coach

Kevin was a 3 year Varsity starter at St. Michael’s College and Co -Captain as a senior.  After graduating in 1984, Kevin started reffing soccer at the Middle School and JV levels and continued through the fall of 2017. Since the fall of 2018 he has been the LTS Girls Varsity coach while also reffing Middle School games at LTS when time permits.

The skills and conditioning camp at LTS this year is intended to help us all get back safely on the field during this unprecedented time of the covid-19 pandemic. It will also help us get to know each other, get touches on the ball, start building up our endurance and strength, and prepare for a good soccer season.

The focus of the camp will be on exercises to help strengthen the body to prevent muscular strains, and on integrating the conditioning into the skills drills.

Sessions will be different everyday, but generally we will cover the following aspects:

  • Warm ups and dynamic stretching.
  • Skills and conditioning
    • Dribbling and juggling.
    • Receiving and making short and long passes.
    • Receiving/making passes from/to the air
    • Settling passes/dribbling to shoot on goal
    • Shooting techniques
  • Small sided games
  • Stretching

Students/players should make sure that they have plenty of water to drink, shin guards, and cleats.

Middle School

KAT CLEMOW, Middle School Girls Soccer Coach

With a BS from Paul Smith’s College, Kat is a Certified Interscholastic Coach (CIC) with NFHS, and has coaching licenses through USA Soccer. She has coached soccer, basketball, and track and field. She believes that athletics, physical education, and wellness at the middle school level is about providing opportunities for student-athletes to explore a variety of interests while developing basic skills for a sport, all the while growing as individuals, building confidence, and having fun.

Whether you are new to soccer, or a seasoned player, the impacts of COVID-19 have had us all stuck inside. Join your friends and teammates to brush up on old skills, learn some new ones, get active, and prepare for a great season.

Objective: This training and conditioning will get our athletes moving and active again in a safe and controlled manner through thoughtful conditioning, build strength and endurance, refresh existing skill sets necessary for accurate passing, dribbling and shooting, learn new skills and create opportunities for many small-sided games and quality touches in a game-like setting, and ideally generate interest in the fall soccer season.

Skills: Passing- arguably the most important skill a team can have, great passes create great opportunities for scoring and pass control is important for every team member regardless of position

  • Basic short passes
  • Long passes
  • One touch passes
  • Shuffling passes
  • Drive passes
  • Through passes

Dribbling- good dribbling skills are all about awareness, timing, reaction, and decision-making

  • 1v1 attacking
  • Cone exercise medley
  • Cut-backs

Shooting- although out scoring your opponent is the ultimate goal of a game, it can be the hardest skill to master and requires adjustment and control of speed, balance, and position- as well as the ability to create space AND a well-weighted pass from a team mate

  • Shooting from a square pass
  • One-touch shooting
  • Lay-offs, turns, chest control
  • (Headers on goal)

Defensive/Offensive Drills- breaking the flow/creating the flow

  • Pressuring
  • Tackling
  • Small-sided games
  • (Defensive header)

Conditioning:  Soccer requires total body training, specific to a player’s need to move from steady cardio to top speed. Training for strength and power should transfer to the pitch and be meaningful to the game. Because all the muscle groups are taxed during play, training should work to coordinate muscle effort and should address:

  • Strength
  • Endurance
  • Speed
  • Accuracy

Exercises should focus on the upper and lower body and interval (HIIT) or Tabata training is very effective in building endurance and cardio strength. Examples include:

  • Squats
  • Leg presses or lifts
  • Dumbbell chops
  • Dumbbell snatch
  • Dumbbell swings
  • Hamstring walk-outs
  • Planks (side and straight)
  • Walk-downs

Long Trail School

Dorset, Vermont

Long Trail School

Dorset, Vermont