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Q: What is your new policy regarding ages for residential campers?
A: Due to a new University of Georgia policy, an age restriction has been enacted that will prohibit campers who have not turned 12 PRIOR to Sept.1 of the current camp year from staying in the dorms during residential camps. Campers ages 9-11 may still register for these camps as commuters. This policy does not have any effect on our Day Camp or Lil’ Kickers Camp.
Q: My son/daughter is 11 but plays on a team of 12 year-olds that will be attending camp. Can he/she stay in the dorms with the team?
A: No. A camper must be 12 years-old before Sept. 1 to stay in the dorms.
Q: What is the difference between Residential Sessions I, II and III?
A. At session I, II and III, campers follow a curriculum that involves all aspects of soccer, and caters to players from beginner to advanced levels. There will be some turnover in staff coaches from one session to the next, but the curriculum will remain more or less unchanged.
Q: Can teams attend any of the three residential camp sessions?
A. Yes. Teams that sign up for any of the three camp sessions will work with the same coach throughout the week. Please be aware that teams signing up with less than fourteen (14) field players will have individual campers added to their group to make up the numbers for training purposes and the evening games. We recommend that the team COACH or TRAINER contact Dan Blank at 706-425-3143 for more information regarding the team camp curriculum.
Q: Can I get a scholarship to attend camp?
A. Unfortunately NCAA rules prohibit us from offering scholarships to camp sessions.
Q: I’m registering as part of a TEAM. How do I coordinate it so my group of players gets to be on the same team and stay on the same hallway?
A. Select ONE team parent to coordinate with Dan Blank via email with the list of campers on your team. Sooner is better but don’t panic. We understand that groups are subject to change and that’s fine. We can make adjustments going into the final week before camp.
Q: How are Team Discounts handled?
A. We offer a $50 discount per camper for campers that register as a team of ten or more as coordinated by a team leader (see question above). An official team roster from USYSA or other member association will be required for verification of team members. The team discount is NOT applied until after the camp has commenced. Team campers must register at the FULL PRICE and will be issued a $50 refund after the first day of camp. We try to issue these refunds as soon as time permits, which is usually a few days after the camp ends.
Q. Do you offer a sibling discount?
A: Yes. When a camper registers at full price, each of that camper’s siblings will receive a $50 discount. The sibling discount is NOT available to cousins or other extended family members and cannot be combined with the team discount.
Q: Can I confirm my roommate?
A: We don’t assign roommates to rooms until 4-5 days before the start of a camp. If you choose a roommate during the registration process, we don’t alter or edit your request. This means that if you call to confirm your roommate before rooms have been assigned, all we can do is confirm the name of the person you submitted as your roommate request. So if you requested Pat Smith, all we can do is tell you that you requested Pat Smith. We very rarely have a roommate assignment problem. When we do, it’s usually because Camper A chooses Camper B, but Camper B has chosen Camper C. It is best to confirm with your friend that you are both choosing one another as a roommate request. If there is a roommate discrepancy, we will contact you. Otherwise you can assume that the person you requested as a roommate will be your roommate.
Q. How do I pay my balance on-line?
A. Go to THIS PAGE. You will get to a screen that gives you 4 options. Select the option: "I have made a deposit and would like to pay my balance." Then click ’Continue’ and the system will walk you through the process. You will need your email address and password to proceed.
Q: Can I pay in installments?
A: We are set up to take 3 payment amounts: (1) Full payment; or (2) deposit and then (3) the entirety of the remaining balance. We cannot accept payments outside of these amounts. If you submit a deposit, your next payment must be for the entire amount of the outstanding balance. Please make sure that your payment fits into one of these categories or it cannot be processed.
Q: What is the biggest difference between Day Camp and Residential Camp?
A: Day camps do not offer campers the chance to spend the night. Campers report for camp in the morning and go home at the end of the camp day. Residential camps offer campers the chance to stay overnight in the dorms. You can also register for the residential camps as a commuter. Commuters arrive in the morning and go home after the evening matches.
Q: What is a commuter?
A: A commuter is a camper who is registered for a residential camp but elects not to stay overnight. Commuters arrive in the mornings and go home after the evening matches. Commuters are provided lunch and dinner but not breakfast.
Q: What time shall I drop off and pick up my COMMUTER camper for camp?
A. Commuter campers must be dropped off at the dorm by 8:15 A.M. All commuter campers should be picked up at their appropriate field after the evening session (usually around 8:15 pm, but please doublecheck). A camp staff member will be on location to see commuters off at the end of their day. Please be aware that on the first day of camp ALL RESIDENTIAL AND COMMUTER CAMPERS MUST CHECK IN at EAST CAMPUS VILLAGE BETWEEN 1 P.M. and 3 P.M. on the first day of camp.
Q: What dorm will the campers be staying in?
A: East Campus Village. We are thrilled to be staying in one of the nicest dormitories in the country, conviently located next to the East Campus Dining Hall and the intramural soccer fields. The physical address is 395 River Rd., Athens, GA. Get off the US 10 Loop at College Station Rd., then head north. Get in the right lane and look for signs.
Q: How many residential campers are there to a room?
A. In the East Campus Village, each room houses two people and has a bathroom. Yes, there really is a bathroom in every room.
Q: My team has an odd number of people signing up; can we put three people to a room?
A: Unfortunately the UGA FIRE CODE prevents us from assigning more than two campers to a room. An individual camper of the same age, or close in age will be assigned as a roommate for the odd-one-out, and we will put the rooms next to each other. All campers signing up as a team will be housed in rooms adjacent to each other, or across the hall.
Q: How are players grouped/separated for training in the Residential camps?
A: First by gender (boys and girls are separated for training and matches), then by age.
Q. Where are the Georgia Soccer Camps held?
A. The Residential Camps and Day Camps are held at the Turner Soccer Complex (click link for details), Georgia’s primary game field. Sessions are also conducted on the main Georgia campus at the UGA Rec fields (click link for details) and at the UGA club fields on Milledge Ave., 3/4 mile south of the Turner Soccer Center (on the left as you head south away from the Loop.)
Q: Are your fields grass or turf?
A: Grass. Every one of them is grass.
Q. Can parents watch the field sessions?
A. Parents are invited to watch any of our training sessions and the evening matches. We ask that you do your best to stay "invisible." Please do not enter the field at any point unless you are invited to by a staff member. And please, NO COACHING from the sideline.
Q. Who are the coaches at the Georgia Soccer Camp?
A. University of Georgia Head Coach Steve Holeman and assistant coaches Robin Confer, Dan Blank and Jon Harvey oversee the camps and are actively involved in the day-to-day training of the campers. Many of the Georgia Bulldog players also serve as coaches. In addition, we are committed to bringing in some of the finest college and club coaches in the country.
Q: Where / when is check-in and check-out?
A: Check-in for Residential Camps is from 1-3 P.M. on the opening day of camp at the East Campus Village. On the final day of camp our goal is to have everyone off the field by 10:45 A.M. and back to the dorms by 11 A.M. for check-out.
Q: Is there a closing ceremony?
A: Yes. On the final morning of camp we hold a brief closing ceremony at 10:30 A.M. Parents are welcome (but not required) to attend.
Q. How do I get in touch with my child at overnight camp? Can I leave a message for my child while he/she is at camp?
A. You can leave a message for your camper on the camp office phone which is 706-425-3143. For after hour calls there will be a 24 hour number provided at check in.
Q. Will my child need bed linens and toiletries?
A. Yes! All campers will need a pillow and bed linens/comforter for a twin bed, size 80"x36". You will also need to send toiletries and towels with your camper.
Q. Will my child be supervised in the dorm?
A. Yes! Counselors are assigned to every hallway. The camp staff (including administrators, coaches, and counselors) will be housed in the dorm. The dorm also has its own security staff. Everyone must show identification (or camp wristbands) when entering the building. Note that campers are separated by gender.
Q. What about roommate requests?
A. We welcome roommate requests and can almost always accommodate those requests, but we cannot guarantee them. Roommate requests must correspond to each other. Rooming assignments are done a few days prior to the start of a session. It is recommended that roommates send in their applications within a few days of one another. Don’t wait too long though, as your session may get sold out.
Q: Will my team get to stay together in the dorms?
A: We are almost always able to keep teams together on the same hallway. The earlier your group registers, the better chance we have of accomodating this request.
Q. Is there a penalty for a lost room key during camp?
A. There is a $45 fee for a lost room key.
Q. How much spending money should I send with my camper?
A. Campers have the ability to shop for snacks, pizza, and our camp store with UGA soccer gear is available throughout camp. We recommend campers bring no more than $100.00. Although meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are covered through registration fees, most campers want a snack or pizza after the evening session and may want to shop at the camp store for t-shirts, hats, etc. PLEASE make sure your camper has some singles to spend on vending as we aren’t always equipped to make change for big bills.
Q. Will the rooms have refrigerators?
A. No. The rooms are not equipped with refrigerators, but you are welcome to bring a small, dormitory style fridge.
Q. Is there ice in the dorms?
Q: Is there a laundry facility?
A. Yes. There is a pay laundry service in the dorms. We recommend you bring your own detergent as we cannot guarantee that it will be available otherwise.
Q: Are parents/adults permitted on the dorm floors?
A. Parents/Guardians/Relatives are allowed onto the residential floors of the dorms during check-in and check-out only. Once camp is in session, only campers and coaches are permitted on the floors and into the rooms.
Q: Can I sleep in my camper’s room?
A. NO, NO, NO!
Q. How will the campers get from the dorm to the field?
A. Campers will either walk to the Intramural Fields or take a short bus ride from the dorm to Turner Sports Complex. Note that counselors and coaches accompany the campers to/from the field.
Q. Does the camp provide airport transportation?
A. We provide shuttle service to/from the Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport baggage claim on the first and last day of camp only, and only for campers who have used air travel to get to camp and are at least 15 years of age. We CANNOT accomodate campers who wish to arrive a day early. There is NO fee for the shuttle service. Please contact us if your child requires this pick-up/drop-off service.
Q. What are the refund procedures?
A. The initial deposit of $100.00 is non-refundable and cannot be credited in any way to future camps. There are no refunds of any camp fees once the first day of camp has arrived. There are NO REFUNDS for no-shows. Service fees assessed online are non-refundable.
Q. Are refunds available for sessions cancelled due to weather?
A. No. We will always do our best to get the campers outside and on the field. We will not issue refunds for sessions cancelled due to inclement weather and other "Acts of God."
Q. Can I pay a deposit to hold my camper’s spot?
A. Yes! An initial deposit of $100 will hold your camper’s spot. From there you can pay the balance whenever you would like as long as full payment is received 14 days prior to the camp start date.
Q. Do I really need a physician’s signature on these forms?
A. Yes! The forms do require a physician’s signature. If your camper has had a physical in the last 12 months from the actual camp dates, you can just submit that. If we do not have your camper’s medical forms on file, your camper will not be allowed to participate in camp activities. This is a University of Georgia mandate, not simply a camp rule.
Q: Where should I send the medical forms?
A. We request that you send in your medical forms prior to check-in if at all possible to speed up the check-in process. You can email the completed forms to email@example.com, fax them to 706-425-3144, or mail them to Georgia Soccer Camps, PO BOX 1472, Athens, GA 30603-1472.
Q: When do the Residential Camps end?
A. On the last morning of all Residential Camps, our goal is to have the campers off the fields by 10:45 A.M. and back to the dorms by 11 A.M. for check-out.
Q: What is the daily schedule?
A: A typical daily schedule is as follows. This is subject to slight variations.
1-3 P.M. Check in for ALL Campers
3:30 Field Session
6:30 Field Session
8:15 Commuter pick-up at fields; residents return to dorms
9:00 Dorm Activity
10:45 Lights Out
8:15 Commuters Arrive to Dorms
9:00 Field Session
11:30 Lunch / Rest
2:00 Field Session
6:30 Evening Matches
8:15 Commuter pick-up at fields; residents return to dorms
9:00 Dorm acitivty
10:45 Lights Out
9:00 4v4 Tournament
10:30 Closing Ceremonies
10:45 Commuters dismissed; residents return to dorms for check-out
Q: What should I pack for camp?
Twin-sized sheets (80"x36")
Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap)
Sunscreen – this one is important!
Plenty of t-shirts, shorts and underwear.
Spending money, especially single dollar bills, for vending. Singles can be hard to come by and your camper will need them. Your camper may also want to buy pizza, camp gear, etc.
The dorms are air conditioned but you are permitted to bring a small electric fan. Campers are also permitted to bring a small, dorm-sized fridge.
What shouldn’t I pack for camp?
Don’t bring anything you can’t afford to lose. Leave your jewelry and expensive electronics at home. We accept no responsibility for anything that gets lost, stolen or damaged during your time at camp. Also, don’t bring any noisemakers / musical instruments. Radios are permitted to play at a soft volume.
One last word of advice:Your camper is going to be busy and tired. If your son or daughter doesn’t call you every day, please do not panic, even if you’re not so good with the separation thing. Many campers get caught up spending their free time either napping or goofing off with new friends. It doesn’t mean they’ve stopped loving you. This is just part of being a kid. Your child’s saftey is our #1 priority. We take attendance at every single session so if there’s a problem, we’ll contact you immediately. We’ll also contact you immediately in the event of serious injury or illness.
If you have any other specific questions please contact Dan Blank at 706-425-3143