Tips for attending a college ID camp

By Mike Woitalla

With summer being a popular time for young players to attend College ID camps, we've asked Jim Millinder, women’s head coach at the University of San Francisco, to offer some advice for players.

For coaches, the ID camps offer a chance to get a closer look at players they have already scouted and a chance to check out players they might not have known about. Players get an opportunity to explore a campus they’re considering spending the next four years at.

Says Millinder:

• Research the school before you arrive.

• Arrive fit and sharp. Optimally you want to attend a camp while you’re in season. If not, make sure to work out and figure out a way to play soccer in the days ahead of your arrival.

• Get a good feel about the coach. What’s his or her coaching style like? Is he or she somebody you can live with for the next four years? Ask the coach questions. The coach should encourage you to contact him or her after the camp as well for feedback.

• At most ID camps, current players will be working the camp. Ask them questions. What’s the traditional (fall) season like? What’s the nontraditional (spring) season like? How does the team travel? What’s it like socially?

• Walk around the school. Get a good sense of the campus. If you’re attending an ID camp when class is out of session, make sure to make another visit when the campus is full of students to see what the atmosphere is really like.

• Ask yourself this very important question: If I get injured or stop playing for some reason, is this a university I would still be happy to attend? Does it meet my academic needs?

• After the camp, update your “pros and cons” list for the college.

• Relax. Enjoy yourself. Do what you’ve always been doing. Do what you do best and play within yourself during the course of the day. Don’t try to show too much too quickly. With all the staff on hand, you’ll have your chance to stand out. Just go have fun.

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U.S. U-19 women score 10 in three games in New Zealand

The U.S. U-19 women's national team played three games against New Zealand’s U-20s and won twice, 2-1 and 4-1, and tied, 4-4, during Coach Jitka Klimkova’s team's two-week training camp in Auckland.

Marissa Everett (Univ. of Oregon), Ella Stevens (Gwinnett SA/Georgia), Cyera Hintzen (Dallas Sting) and Shannon Simon (Univ. of Washington) each scored twice for the USA over the the three games. Simon also had three assists.

The U.S. team was comprised of 11 collegians and nine youth club players. The team New Zealand fielded in the first game, a 2-1 U.S. win, was a mix of teens and Rio Olympics-bound players.

June 19 in Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand U20 1 USA U19 4. Goals: Parris (Satchell) 80; Simon (Stevens) 27, Stevens (Simon) 49, Simon (Everett) 63, Hintzen (Simon) 69.
New Zealand -- Tessa; Morton, Anton, Moore, Coombes; Pereira, Puketapu, Cleverly; Satchell, Jace (Wieblitz, 15) (Larris, 60), Stewart-Hobbs (Lake, 80).
USA -- Rood; Doyle, Prisock, Horgan (Pederson, 80), Dibiasi; Simon (Dewaal, 90+1), Stevens (Hill, 71), Everett (Eubanks, 66); Gee (Braby,76), Hintzen, Kovacs (Jaworski, 82).

June 17 in Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand U20 4 USA U19 4. Goals: Puketapu (Pereira) 14, Pereira 41, Puketapu (Satchell) 61, Rolston 93+; Prisock (DiBiasi) 20, Stevens (pen.) 32, Hintzen (Eubanks) 67, Davidson (DiBiasi) 90+.
New Zeland -- Tessa; Morton (Coombes, 46), Anton, Moore, Parris; Pereira (Christensen, 63), Puketapu (Rolston, 81), Cleverly; Satchell (Murrell, 46) (Blake, 86), Stewart-Hobbs, Wieblitz.
USA -- Leshnak; Daugirda (Doyle, 60), Davidson, Prisock, Horgan (Jaworski, 75); Dibiasi, Simon (Dewaal, 81), Stevens (Hill, 65); Everett, Eubanks (Braby, 69), Hintzen.

June 14 in Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand 1 USA U19 2. Goals: Barnett 8; Everett (Simon) 56, Everett (Gee) 59.
New Zealand -- Nayler; Duncan, Pereira, Hassett, 15- Moore; Longo (Rood, 78), Wilkinson (Satchell,40), Bott; Morton, Barnett, Anton.
USA -- Leshnak; Daugirda, Davidson, Prisock, Horgan (Doyle, 88); Dibiasi, Simon, Stevens (Hill, 78); Everett (Braby, 88), Gee (Eubanks, 67), Hintzen.

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Rankings: Girls Top 20 Spring High School Final

Tulsa, Oklahoma's Union High School finished atop the USA TODAY & NSCAA Final Girls High School National Rankings for the 2016 Spring Season.

Final USA TODAY/NSCAA Super 25 Spring Girls National Rankings
Rank School W-L-T
1 Union (Tulsa, Okla.) 19-0-0
2 Padua Academy (Wilmington, Del.) 18-0-0
3 Lexington (Lexington, S.C.) 25-0-2
4 Davis (Davis, Calif.) 21-0-2
5 Weddington (Matthews, N.C.) 24-0-1
6 Grandview (Aurora, Colo.) 18-0-1
7 New Trier (Winnetka, Ill.) 26-3-1
8 Lassiter (Marietta, Ga.) 20-1-0
9 Shawnee Mission West (Overland Park, Kan.) 20-0-1
10 Centennial (Ankeny, Iowa) 21-1-0
11 Providence (Charlotte, N.C.) 25-1-1
12 Westminster Schools (Atlanta, Ga.) 21-1-1
13 Battlefield (Haymarket, Va.) 21-2-1
14 Vestavia Hills (Vestavia Hills, Ala.) 23-2-0
15 Rocklin (Rocklin, Calif.) 15-1-5
16 Collinsville (Collinsville, Ill.) 22-2-2
17 St. Teresa's Academy (Kansas City, Mo.) 20-4-0
18 Stoney Creek (Rochester Hills, Mich.) 18-3-3
19 Notre Dame de Sion (Kansas City, Mo.) 20-5-0
20 Mountain Vista (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) 15-4-1

Regional Rankings HERE

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Rankings: Boys Top 20 Spring High School Final

Birmingham, Alabama's Oak Mountain finished atop the USA TODAY & NSCAA Final Boys High School National Rankings for the 2016 Spring Season.

Final USA TODAY/NSCAA Super 25 Spring Boys National Rankings
Rank School W-L-T
1 Oak Mountain (Birmingham, Ala.) 28-0-1
2 Heritage Hall (Oklahoma City, Okla.) 17-0-0
3 Valley (West Des Moines, Iowa) 20-1-0
4 Wando (Mount Pleasant, S.C.) 26-1-0
5 Parkview (Lilburn, Ga.) 19-4-0
6 River Bluff (Lexington, S.C.) 24-1-0
7 Edmond North (Edmond, Okla.) 16-3-0
8 Washington-Lee (Vienna, Va.) 14-1-2
9 Omaha South (Omaha, Neb.) 21-2-0
10 Riverwood (Atlanta, Ga.) 17-3-2
11 Chattahoochee (Johns Creek, Ga.) 18-1-0
12 Bearden (Knoxville, Tenn.) 19-3-0
13 Milton (Milton, Ga.) 16-4-1
14 Battlefield (Haymarket, Va.) 18-1-1
15 Union (Tulsa, Okla.) 17-2-0
16 Iowa City (Iowa City, Iowa) 22-1-0
17 Chapin (Chapin, S.C.) 21-3-0
18 Lakeside (Atlanta, Ga.) 20-1-0
19 Tahoma (Covington, Wash.) 18-5-0
20 Christian Brothers (Memphis, Tenn.) 12-4-3

Regional Rankings HERE

4 comments about "Tips for attending a college ID camp ".
  1. Ric Fonseca, June 24, 2016 at 5:39 p.m.

    It is interesting yet extremely and very disheartening to note that there are only three schools from the Far West Coast listed. This is a continuing trend of negative Far West bias. Having seen this now since the early 1970's, leaves me to wonder if it will ever end, and why does USA Today and the NSCAA correct this huge discrepancy?

  2. Kent James, June 24, 2016 at 5:47 p.m.

    My understanding is that prospective students are not allowed to "try out" with the coach or players of a school they are considering attending (like when they visit). Instead, they have to pay $4-500 for 3 days of a 'summer camp' where there is no teaching, just an extended tryout. And if you're thinking of more than one school? You have to go to the camp for each. What a racket...

  3. Ric Fonseca, June 24, 2016 at 11:13 p.m.

    Kent, indeed it IS a racket.

  4. R2 Dad, June 25, 2016 at 6:03 p.m.

    R2Dad says:
    1) Research the school before you arrive, but...
    2) If you're actually special you'll have already been scouted by universities. If you haven't, don't bother. Spend your first year getting acclimated, playing co-ed futsal and club for the university, and train on your own on the side.
    3) If you still have a burning desire, try out for your local NASL or USL team. Otherwise, focus on school and enjoy the game when you can. If you're good enough for the university you might be good enough for a lower level pro team.
    4) Roll the dice!

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