Oklahoma Soccer Association will hold its 3rd annual OSA Goalkeeper Boot Camp in Oklahoma City July 28-31 and in Tulsa Aug. 4-7. The camp is for boys and girls ages 9-19 and players will be grouped by ability/gender.
Multiple techniques will be covered, from basic catching to distribution with hands and feet, to dealing with crosses and power diving and camp topics will be adjusted based on developmentally appropriate level to keep players challenged, but still safe.
Later in the week, local field players will be brought in to play some games and work on tactical awareness and reading the game- an essential part of a GK’s development.
OSA is currently finalizing the staff for the summer, but the lead staff will be:
Kurt Luitwieler: Director of Coaching for Oklahoma Soccer Association, USSF A License, USYS National Youth License, NSCAA Regional GK Diploma, Author of OSA GK Coaching Course, USYSA Region 3 Staff GK Coach, USSF National Instructor
Sid Goodrich: Executive Director for Oklahoma Soccer Association, USSF A License, All-American University of Buffalo
OKC: [In addition to Kurt Luitwieler]
Lexi Vizeralis: USSF National A License, former professional GK in England. (A little team called Arsenal. May have heard of them.) Current club coach for OFC as well as coach at USAO.
OSA will also have some advanced boys and girls to help with the young GKs for more Coach/Player interaction. The goal is to have about a 1 to 8 ratio or less.
Tulsa Assistants: (They will help Kurt with the youngest group.)
Dean Goodrich: Region 3 GK, Player on TSCH ’97
Hailey Melton: Region 3 and National Pool GK, Plays for TSCH ’98 ECNL, Union Starting GK as Freshman and Sophomore (All-Conference)
Bronwyn Luitwieler: 2-Time Olympic Development Program All-Star GK at Sub-Regional ODP Camp. Plays for Blitz United.
(OKC Assistants TBD)
COST: To do personal training usually costs about $50/hour. With a group of 4 or 5, will reduce to $35/person for the hour. With this camp, you get close to that level of personal instruction, at a fraction of the cost: $200 (200/16 hours = $12.50 per hour.)
Daily schedule: (Field Number to be determined)
- 8:00-9:15: Field Session 1
- 9:30-10:00: Heat Break (get out of heat, get a chalk talk, cold treat, etc.)
- 10:15-11:45: Field Session 2
- 11:45-12:00: Wrap-up, cool down, re-hydrate.
BRING: (NAME CLEARLY MARKED!)
- Properly inflated ball (proper size for child’s age group)
- Properly fitting soccer shoes.
- Properly fitting GK gloves.
- GK Jersey. Even in heat, long-sleeve is preferable to protect against abrasions.
- Water jug/bottle! Big one!