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Coach's Message

I have served the local soccer community for the past 20 years with a strong passion for creating a structured, yet fun and enthusiastic, camp environment for local young soccer players. Soccer is a beautiful game filled with so many life lessons, regardless of the level! As a father of four daughters who each play soccer for different reasons, I understand that the game can be a valuable part to the maturation of young children. Some players want to be the next soccer superstar, some players just love to be outside getting some physical activity, and some players simply enjoy the friendships formed that could last a lifetime.

Nova Soccer Camps are for all ages, all levels! We have strategically separated our camps into two levels: beginner and experienced. Both levels will follow our curriculum, The Nova Way, but at different speeds. We care about every child’s camp experience!

I look forward to seeing you this summer!

Coach

Testimonials

Coach Carlin,
“The camp has been excellent; my son has had an outstanding experience. His skills are improving and he’s having a lot of fun!”

Dear Coach Carlin,
“It has been a great experience. The drop off and pick up have been totally easy. My kids are excited to come in the morning and they are tired when they come home."

Dear Coach,
“Very organized and the kids have a lot of fun!”

Dear Coach Carlin,
"The residential camp has boosted my son's confidence. He truly appreciated the opportunity to live in the residence halls where College Soccer players live for a few nights and loved playing games on Nova's game field. Not to mention, the dining hall was a hit!"

THE NOVA WAY

4 PILLARS OF DEVELOPING YOUR INNER SELF

The Nova Way Curriculum

COOPERATION
Teaching children how to cooperate with coaches, counselors, and teammates within in a fun learning environment is what we do best! Whether we are coaching at the beginner or experienced level, we love teaching the art of working together and doing things the right way! Our curriculum will demand that every player is a good teammate and plays by the rules. Here are some of the main points of emphasis in all activities:

  • Value Teamwork.
  • Value Friendship.
  • Respect others.
  • Be Coachable.
  • Be Enthusiastic.
  • Have Fun.

SELF DETERMINATION
Nova Soccer Camps will provide an opportunity for children to learn that their actions and attitude will determine outcomes in life. If they want to be a successful student, son, daughter, brother, sister, or soccer player, then they must have the self-control and discipline to make intelligent decisions in every moment. Here are some of the main points of emphasis in all activities:

  • Respect for the rules of the game.
  • Playing within a team structure or game plan.
  • Good behavior on the field, in the classroom, and at home.
  • Work ethic when coaches and parents are not looking.
  • Learn to listen to coaches and teammates with a common goal in mind.

SELF CONFIDENCE
Nova Soccer Camps will provide children the opportunity to continue to believe in themselves through the challenges of the game. Young soccer players must learn that in order to be successful on the field and in life, they must have confidence in themselves no matter the current situation. Players will learn how to maintain focus for every “next play” despite mistakes or challenges presented by the game itself or life. With that said, in order to feel confident, they need to feel prepared and proficient. At camp, here are the areas of the game where we will spend most of our time:

  • Technical repetitions. Dribbling, Passing, Receiving, & Finishing.
  • Agility, Balance, Coordination. ABC’s of the physical part of the game.
  • Equal emphasis on the attacking and defensive side of the ball.
  • Teaching the skillsets needed for specific positions.
  • Confidence in themselves to carry out the skillset of their position.

SELF MOTIVATION
Self-motivation is an acquired skill! Our camps put a strong emphasis on helping the children maintain an enthusiastic mindset while working hard at camp, so that they enjoy the process of persevering through a task. Our coaches understand that the children need to feel empowered in knowing that it is their decision to have a good week at camp. To do this, we make sure to train in small groups and have the players set goals at the beginning week. Challenges and adversity will naturally present itself through the game of soccer and at camp. This is where our staff of role models will help the players persevere. Children at camp will learn:

  • Ability to feel good about working hard for your teammates and coaches.
  • Ability to stay focused throughout the transitions of the game.
  • Ability to turn misses into makes.
  • Ability to value the skillset of hustle.
  • Ability to try your best.

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FAQ

General

Nova Juniors are our rising 5th to 9th Graders. We offer 9am-3pm day camps, 9am-8pm non-residential camps (on weeks of a residential camp) & residential camps (3 nights/4days for boys only).

Nova Futures are our rising 1st to 4th Graders. We offer 9am-12pm or 9am-3pm day damps for this age group.

A beginner player can be described as someone with 0-2 years of soccer experience with minimal exposure to soccer technique & ball mastering.

An experienced player can be described as someone with 2+ years of soccer experience with a medium to high level of exposure to soccer technique, ball mastering, positioning, etc.

*If you are unsure about your level, please sign up as a beginner and we will bump you up to the experienced group as we see fit!

Not for 2021: Residential Campers are rising 5th – 9th graders who seek to experience an overnight camp on Villanova’s campus. Campers will check-in on the 1st day and reside on campus until check-out on the final day. They will have full access to Villanova’s campus including games on the Higgins complex, meals in the dining halls and residential accommodations.

9am – 8pm Campers will arrive at the end of check-in on the 1st day and stay until the camp ends at 8pm. On the 2nd & 3rd days of camp, These campers should arrive before the first session & depart after the last session, which is generally around 9am to 8pm.9am – 8pm Campers only eat lunch & dinner on these middle days. On the 4th day, Campers arrive before the first session and leave after closing ceremonies around 12pm.

Times will vary by 30 to 45 minutes per the schedule of the week.

Yes! Team Discounts are as follows:

Teams/Clubs are welcome to register for any of our events. Please contact us by email at info@vusoccer.com with the subject line of “Team Discount” to learn more about the team registration portal.

Team discounts can only be applied after ALL registrants have registered with a deposit in the team portal. The registrations must be confirmed at least two weeks prior to the start of camp. Here are the typical discounts offered:

Residential/Non-Residential (9am-8pm) Camps

  • 7-10 players – Each camper will receive a $100 discount.
  • 11 or more players - Each camper will receive a $125 discount.
  • NOTE: Team discounts cannot be applied with other discounts unless otherwise determined by our staff.

Day Camps

  • 11 or more players- Each camper will receive a $75 discount.

NOTE: Team discounts cannot be applied with other discounts unless otherwise determined by our staff.

Team Camp Refund Policy:

  • $250 deposit is non-refundable unless you purchased camp insurance. The $250 non-refundable deposit applies to all campers regardless of injury or illness.

USYSA Regionals/Nationals/ECNL Playoffs. If your team makes USYSA Regionals/Nationals, ECNL Playoffs or USDA Playoffs/Nationals and the dates conflict with our camp, we will ISSUE a refund minus a $100 administrative fee ($50 of the fee can be applied as credit). Written notification is provided at least 7 days prior to the start of camp.

The $250 deposit is non-refundable unless you purchased camp insurance. The $250 non-refundable deposit applies to all campers regardless of injury or illness. For campers who have paid in full, all cancellation requests must be submitted to info@vusoccer.com prior to the start of the camp in order to receive a refund of the additional money over the $250 non-refundable deposit. No refund will be issued for campers who do not show up for camp without any prior notice.

USYSA Regionals/Nationals/ECNL Playoffs: If your team makes USYSA Regionals/Nationals, ECNL Playoffs or USDA Playoffs/Nationals and the dates conflict with our camps, we will refund your money minus a $50 administrative fee, provided written notification is provided at least 10 days prior to the start of camp.

Yes, we believe in equal opportunity here at Nova Soccer Camps. Please reach out to info@vusoccer.com for more information regarding the financial review & granting of aid processes.

Registration

Complete the online registration (Links provided on the homepage and the 'Compare Camps' page). Be sure to supply all requested information and to acknowledge the medical, concussion, and COVID-19 waiver with your signature. Please make sure the email you register with is the email you check MOST frequently.

Yes. During the registration process, click the 'Deposit' option*.  PLEASE REMEMBER to keep your confirmation email with the link to pay your balance. Use this link to pay the remaining balance one month prior to the camp start date.

After you register, you will receive 3 important documents: Exhibit C, COVID-19 Waiver, and a COVID-19 Questionnaire. The Exhibit C Form must be signed and, if under 18 years of age, signed by a parent as well. A hard copy of the Exhibit C form must be submitted at check in*. Use of field space is prohibited unless the Exhibit C is submitted.

*During the COVID-19 pandemic, we will only be accepting forms via email to reduce exposure risks. Please sign, scan, and email all forms to info@vusoccer.com. Thanks!

No. If you will be flying into Philadelphia airport and transportation is required, please email us for a recommended list of approved vendors. Otherwise, Uber is the cheapest and fastest form of transportation.

Camp Experience

Residential Campers: Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in the price of camp. Camper’s first meal will be dinner on Day 1, and last meal will be breakfast of Day 4. Remember, on Check-In Day, Dinner will be your first meal with campers so make sure to eat lunch on your own.

9am -8pm Non-Residential Campers: Dinner on Day 1, Lunch & Dinner on Day 2 & 3 are included in the price of the camp. Remember, on Check-In Day, Dinner will be your first meal with campers so make sure to eat lunch on your own.

Day Campers (Nova Juniors 9am-3pm & ALL Nova Futures): 9am-12pm & 9am-3pm campers are expected to pack a lunch for camp.

Residential Campers: Need to bring bed linens and pillow(s) for a standard twin bed, towels for extra showering, soap, shampoo, toothbrush/toothpaste.

*IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE – Residential Campers will be carrying bags and items you bring for the week from your car to the resident hall, which occasionally can be a lengthy walk so PACK LIGHT! Heavy items such as bulky coolers, fans, TV’s, are not recommended.

ALL CAMPERS: Need to bring soccer cleats, running shoes/indoor training shoes (in case of inclement weather), a soccer ball (if you did not purchase one from camp), sandals, rain gear, adequate clothing for 3 games/sessions per day (shirts, shorts, socks, guards), a water bottle and sunscreen.

Yes. Every field will have an unlimited supply of Water and Gatorade provided for every camper.

Yes. All campers need to bring a soccer ball. Nova Camp Soccer Balls are available for purchase during registration & check-in.

All Campers should bring cash for additional food, beverage, snacks & Limited-Edition clothing purchases from the camp store. During check-in, you will have the option to add cash to a camp bank. Each time the camper makes a purchase; we deduct it from the balance. This way camper will not have to carry around cash. At the end of camp, the remaining Camp Bank balance will be refunded to the credit or debit card used during registration.

Not for 2021: Residential Campers: Registration & Opening Ceremonies (immediately following registration) are generally during the afternoon of the 1st day (Typically between 12pm - 3pm). See Sample Schedule! Check Out will follow the Closing Ceremonies, typically between 11am -12pm unless we inform you otherwise (per changes by Villanova Conference Services).

Non-Residential Campers: Registration will start about 30 minutes prior to the camp start time & Opening Ceremonies about 5-10 minutes after the camp start time. Closing Ceremonies are on the last day and are typically held around 2pm-3pm.

Non-residential campers must sign in and sign out at the Camp Store each day. On the 2d & 3rd day, Non-Residentials can expect to be at camp approximately from 9am to 8pm.

Parents are encouraged to attend the Check-In, Opening Ceremonies, Check-Out, & Closing Ceremonies. Additionally, parents are invited to watch the training sessions & games. However, parents are prohibited from coaching or having significant contact with any campers other than their son or daughter, per the PA State Law, unless proper Background Checks are submitted to our staff.

Most Coach’s & Counselor’s at the Camps are affiliated with Nova University Soccer and/or other local D1, D2, D3 Universities/Colleges. Some local Club Coaches will work the camp.

Background Checks per PA State Law will be required from ALL Coaches who are employed by Nova Soccer Camps.

Camp Store & Bank

The Camp Store offers Limited Edition Nova Soccer merchandise (Jerseys, Sweatshirts, Long sleeve & Short sleeve T-Shirts, Shorts, Socks), snacks, drinks & late night food orders for Residential & Non-Residential Campers (Pizza, Cheesesteaks, Wings, Hoagies, Wraps).

The Camp Store is in the resident hall where the campers will reside during the week. Specific room number can be acquired during registration at the camp store tent. Campers should bring cash for incidental or merchandise purchases from the camp store.

Yes, for all Residential & Non-Residential Campers. Campers should bring cash for additional food, beverage, snacks limited-edition clothing purchases from the camp store. Each time the camper makes a purchase; we deduct it from the balance. This way camper will not have to carry around cash. At the end of camp, the remaining Camp Bank balance will be refunded to the credit or debit card used during registration.

Directions

Not for 2021: All Camps will be at the Villanova Football Stadium, Higgins Soccer Complex, Grass fields on Villanova’s Main Campus, and/or Radnor High School.

Check-In & Check Out will be in front of the resident halls where we will reside or the fields where we will be playing during the week of the camp. You will receive information a week prior to camp about the resident hall where we will be staying.

Here are the usual options:

South Campus Resident Halls (Caughlin, Good Counsel, McGuire, Stanford, St. Katharine, St. Monica) are on Ithan Ave., on the south side of Route 30 (Lancaster Ave). Parking for these halls are available directly on South Campus.

Sullivan & Sheehan Resident Halls are in the middle of campus. Parking for these halls is available in the parking garage on Lancaster Ave. (directly across from Villanova's Football Stadium.

The Football Stadium is directly on the corner of Route 30 (Lancaster Ave.) & Ithan Ave. You cannot miss it!

The Higgins Soccer Complex is on Villanova’s West Campus on the corner of Spring Mill Road & County Line Road.

Radnor High School is located at 130 King Of Prussia Road, Radnor, PA 19087.

Villanova University’s address is: 800 Lancaster Ave Villanova, PA 19085. Keep in mind that this address will drop you to the middle of Lancaster Ave.

From 476. Take Route 30 (Lancaster Ave.) East, Then make a left at Route 320 (Spring Mill Road), which will take you North onto Spring Mill Road. West Campus will be on the left. Keep in mind, you must turn right & go underneath the bridge to get to West Campus when coming from this direction.

Yes. Parking is offered at Ithan Garage on the corner of Ithan Ave & Lancaster Ave. (Rt 30), which is directly across from Nova’s Football Stadium. If you are staying on South Campus(Caughlin, Good Counsel, McGuire, Stanford, St. Katharine, St. Monica), you may try to find a spot briefly in the parking spaces on South Campus.

For Radnor High School, parking is available next to the fields.

Check-In/Check-Out

Residential Campers: Registration & Opening Ceremonies (immediately following registration) are generally during the afternoon of the 1st day (Typically between 12pm - 3pm). See Sample Schedule! Check Out will follow the Closing Ceremonies, typically between 11am -12pm unless we inform you otherwise (per changes by Villanova Conference Services).

Non-Residential Campers: Registration will start about 30 minutes prior to the camp start time & Opening Ceremonies about 5-10 minutes after the camp start time. Closing Ceremonies are on the last day and are typically held around 2pm-3pm.

Non-residential campers must sign in and sign out at the Camp Store each day. On the 2d & 3rd day, Non-Residentials can expect to be at camp approximately from 9am to 8pm.

Not for 2021: Check-In/Check-out will take place outside an assigned hall or a field on campus. We will communicate a week prior to camp where Check-In & Check-Out will take place.

Here are the usual spots:

South Campus Resident Halls (Caughlin, Good Counsel, McGuire, Stanford, St. Katharine, St. Monica) are on Ithan Ave., on the south side of Route 30 (Lancaster Ave). Parking for these halls are available directly on South Campus. 

Sullivan & Sheehan Resident Halls are in the middle of campus. Parking for these halls is available in the parking garage on Lancaster Ave. (directly across from Villanova's Football Stadium.

The Football Stadium is directly on the corner of Route 30 (Lancaster Ave.) & Ithan Ave. Parking is available at the Parking Garage on Lancaster Ave.

The Higgins Soccer Complex is on Villanova’s West Campus on the corner of Spring Mill Road & County Line Road. Parking is available on West Campus next to the fields.

After you register, you will receive 3 important documents: Exhibit C, COVID-19 Waiver, and a COVID-19 Questionnaire. The Exhibit C Form must be signed and, if under 18 years of age, signed by a parent as well. A hard copy of the Exhibit C form must be submitted at check in*. Use of field space is prohibited unless the Exhibit C is submitted. We will also need a copy of a signed COVID-19 waiver and an acknowledgment that you did not answer “yes” to any of the questions in the COVID-19 questionnaire.

*During the COVID-19 pandemic, we will only be accepting forms via email to reduce exposure risks. Please sign, scan, and email all forms to info@vusoccer.com. Thanks!

Residential Campers: On Check-In Day, dinner will be your first meal with campers, so make sure to eat lunch on your own. Opening ceremonies will begin immediately following the Check-In so try to get to Check-In 30 minutes before the schedule has it ending.

Rooming

Not for 2021: Residential campers will stay in the air-conditioned Resident Halls on Villanova’s beautiful campus.

Here are the typical resident halls:

South Campus Resident Halls (Caughlin, Good Counsel, McGuire, Stanford, St. Katharine, St. Monica) are on Ithan Ave., on the south side of Route 30 (Lancaster Ave). Parking for these halls are available directly on South Campus.

Sullivan & Sheehan Resident Halls are in the middle of campus. Parking for these halls is available in the parking garage on Lancaster Ave. (directly across from Villanova's Football Stadium.

Yes. There are two campers to every room. Campers can request a roommate during online registration. All roommate requests need to be submitted no later than one month prior to the start of the event for us to accommodate. We do try our best to accommodate all requests. PLEASE only request a camper who is already registered and make sure to have discussed your request with the other camper. If multiple campers request the same roommate, we will decide arrangements as we see fit. To avoid any confusion or delay in the rooming process on registration day, please ensure that you and your requested roommate have only listed each other in your request.

No. Unfortunately we are unable to offer this service due to campus residence hall needs. Our camp dates are selected in advance and arranged with Conference Services months prior to the event. If you need to stay nearby the night before camp, see our list of recommended hotels in the transportation FAQ section.

Teams

You may request teammates for camp, but there are no guarantees that we can accommodate every camper with this request as teams are put together per age and position. If your high school or club team signs up for camp together, we can guarantee that your team will be together. However, please email info@vusoccer.com to request a team registration portal.

Yes. Teams are welcome to register for any of our events. Please contact us by email at info@vusoccer.com with the subject line of “Team Discount” to learn more about the team registration portal. See the “Additional Camp Opportunities” section to learn about discounts offered.

Residential

  • 5-6 players from same team/club, each player will receive $59 discount.
  • 7-10 players from same team, each player will receive a $79 discount.
  • 11 or more players from the same team, each player will receive a $99 discount.

Non-Residential (9am-3pm & 9am-8pm)

  • 11 players from the same team, each player will get a $75 discount.

*Note: Team discounts will only be applied after ALL registrants have registered in the team portal. The registrations must be confirmed at least two weeks prior to the start of camp.

Cancellation Policy

All Residential/Non-Residential Camps:

There is a $250 non-refundable fee for residential camps and $150 non-refundable fee for non-residential camps unless you purchase Camp Insurance.

Camp Insurance will provide flexibility to campers who may have to cancel their registration. It allows for a full refund minus a $50 administrative fee. For example, if you paid $800 for camp ($750 registration fee + $50 camp insurance fee), then you will receive a refund of $700 directly to the card you registered with PLUS a $50 camp credit for future events.

A $250 non-refundable fee will still apply, however we will issue a $150 credit for future camp from the $250 fee. All injured campers must submit an explanation of the injury from a licensed physician before the 1st date of the camp.

If your team makes USYSA Regionals/Nationals, ECNL Playoffs or USDA Playoffs/Nationals and the dates conflict with the Residential, Twilight or Day Camps, we will refund your money minus a $50 administrative fee, provided written notification with detailed playoff information is provided at least 10 days prior to the start of camp; otherwise there will be a $250 cancellation fee.

Dietary & Medication

During registration, parents/campers must inform the certified athletic trainer or coaching staff of any medications that the campers are taking. Parents should provide only the necessary doses of medication, which a camper is required to take during the duration of the camp. In accordance with Commonwealth of Pennsylvania laws and University policy certified athletic trainers cannot dispense, administer or hold on to any medications for campers. Campers will self-administer all medication. Campers should be comfortable with self-administering their medication in the proper doses and schedule.

In emergency or urgent situations, athletic trainers are permitted to administer prescribed asthma inhalers and epi-pens, when necessary. Campers are encouraged and should always carry all asthma medication inhalers and epi-pens with them (field, dorms, dining hall, etc.) for the duration of the camp. *If refrigeration is necessary for medication than there will be a secure refrigerator provided by the camp operators.

A member of the athletic training staff will be present, or on site for the duration of registration to respond to any questions and/or concerns of parents and/or campers.

Villanova University Dining Services deals with Dietary Requirements daily. The cafeteria staff will meet the needs of students with specific nutrition concerns or medically restricted diets.

In each dining hall there are a variety of soy products as well as lactose free milk available daily. Other special dietary items can be special ordered and kept on hand such as gluten-free cereals, muffins, waffles, bread, and wraps. Campers will need to be aware of their dietary concerns and follow their own specific diet.

Open to any and all entrants

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS?

CONTACT US

  Please email us at info@vusoccer.com or call us at 610-672-7600 with any questions or concerns.