FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Directions to Academy Sites?
Directions to our Academy sites can be found here.
What types of campers attend?
We are strictly for experienced, serious, committed and dedicated soccer players who want to improve. All campers and teams are grouped by age and ability and compete and train with those at their level.
What is the Elite Training School?
Coach Lundy's highly acclaimed soccer camp continues to provide a challenge for serious, experienced players by offering the Elite Training School to all players, ages 13-18, looking for advanced tactical training for both field players and goalkeepers. This program is for veteran campers and or players who have played at the highest levels of youth soccer. The curriculum continues to carry on our tradition of developing every player in every aspect of the game.
Please note: If the player is 13 years old, he or she should be accustomed to training and competing with and against older players.
Is there a goalkeeper specific training offered at all camp sessions?
There is specialized goalkeeper training offered for players interested in continuing their specialization in the position. The goalkeeper portion of the camp puts the player in a rigorous and competitive environment. The amount of repetitions each goalkeeper will get is unlike many other goalkeeper specific camps. The goalkeeper will participate in goalkeeper specific sessions during the three day sessions then will combine with the outfield players for the games at night allowing the goalkeepers to learn and hone their technical ability while learning through and from the game itself. Campers interested in completing the goalkeeper portion of camp are encouraged upon registration to mark goalkeeper in the player selection section. Goalkeepers are asked to bring the necessary equipment: gloves, shin guards, specific jerseys/pants/shorts.
Can parents and coaches come to watch sessions?
All sessions are open, and we encourage parents and coaches to visit. Bring your notebooks and video cameras. Copies of the curriculum are always available.
Does the camp provide education regarding college recruitment?
Yes. At the older age camps, campers benefit from our College Recruiting Panel Discussion, which features college coaches giving insight into the college recruiting process and the opportunities open to men and women in college soccer.
Are teams welcome?
We pioneered the team camp concept and had over 600 teams attend camp in the past five years. The coach may attend free with the team. Field players will train together, while goalkeepers have their own sessions and will rejoin their teams for evening games. In 2018, we had teams from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia, Florida and Mississippi. Youth and high school teams are welcome. Teams or groups of individuals (minimum - 10) may reserve spots in our team camps with a deposit of $100 per person. This deposit will be applied to the camp registration fees of each camper. The Team Camp Application can be downloaded from this website.
How do I register my team?
Coaches or Administrators should download the team application from this website. Teams can also register on-line. Teams or groups of individuals (minimum - 10) may reserve spaces in our camps with a required $100 deposit per camper. This deposit will be applied to the camp fees of each camper.
Do you provide evaluations for campers?
Each player receives an honest and accurate written evaluation from the head coach. The evaluation includes both strengths and weaknesses.
Is There A Key Deposit Required?
All campers are required to pay a $25 key deposit at our Darlington School and USC Upstate locations, which is returned at check-out on the final day of camp upon return of the key.
Will I receive a confirmation?
Yes. Internet applications will receive an immediate reply. Mailed-in applications will receive confirmation via e-mail, PROVIDED an e-mail address is listed. You MUST include e-mail address on the application where indicated to receive confirmation.
I registered online but I did not receive confirmation. Why not?
If you register online and you did not receive confirmation it means that you are not logged into our system and you are not actually registered.
How much spending money should a camper bring?
The recommendation would be $25-$30. Please be aware there is no camp bank. Campers are responsible for the money they bring. The camp snack bar is open daily and some campers like to order pizza for a night snack.
What about phones?
Campers are welcome to bring cell phones (to be used in the dorms only). At all of our sites, there are no "land line" phones in the dorms.
Where do I send the balance of my payment?
Any balance may be mailed at least 14 days in advance of camp to: Ralph Lundy Soccer Academy, 3134 Ball Ct., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466-8008. Final payment at check-in is an option.
What do campers do in their free time?
There practically is none. We give every camper a full day of soccer training - nearly ten hours a day. This is a camp for serious soccer players who want to improve
What does a typical day in the life of a camper look like?
Each day begins with a technical training session dedicated to teaching the proper techniques of dribbling, passing & receiving, controlling with various surfaces, heading, etc. These sessions will be completed on a blacktop where the player is challenged with the speed of play and the ability to control the ball. During these sessions the camper will absolutely wear the ball out with touches. We feel this is an extremely unique style that greatly benefits each player involved. Goalkeepers will go with the goalkeeper coaches to attend a field session working on the techniques specialized to their own unique position.
After the first session the players will head to breakfast then back to the dorms prior to the second morning session. The second session will be conducted as a traditional field session where the player will incorporate the techniques learned in the parking lot onto the field. It is here where the players really learn to use their individual skills to their advantage in more tactical game situations. These sessions will teach the finer points of the game including movement with and without the ball, maintaining ball possession in and out of tight spaces, and building through a more defined system of play. Following this session the players will head to lunch and for a break.
The third session incorporates more skill-type work; this session will also be on a field setting. Here the players will work on things such as crossing and finishing, combining passes to get forward, and team defending tactics. These sessions, just like the first two, all build on one another to give the player a wide range of reps and experience.
The players will complete the day with dinner and about four hours of game play. Small sided and full sided games will be played the remainder of the night. Here the players get to use all of the skills and lessons learned in training and get to apply them to real games.
The night concludes with the final slate of games where the campers will return to the dorms for pizza and a well-deserved night’s sleep.