Iowa Soccer's Developmental Camp is intensive and includes technical, tactical and physiological components, as well as information on nutrition and injury prevention. It is an overnight camp where players are housed in modern dorms (with air conditioning). Technical and tactical sessions are done during the day, while intra-camp competitions are held at night. With that, the coaches and chaperones also make sure camp is fun -- just ask any camper who has been there! Or better yet, see for yourself in these videos!
"D. Camp" as it's known, is organized by birth year, unlike your regular-season teams which are organized by age group. Organizing camp by birth year or by age group doesn't provide an exact fit as there will be some players not eligible for camp, while their teammates are. But we have to make a distinction using one of the criteria and through the years, birth year organization has served camp well.
An overnight camp experience
Camp is a residential, overnight program held on the campus of Grinnell College. Day camp exceptions are not given, as the overnight portion is part of the "development" part of "developmental". Campers are housed two to a room in air conditioned dormitories. After registration closes, you'll be asked for your roommate request, so don't submit until asked. If you don't have one, we'll assign your child a roommate.
2016 D. Camp Information
Please read all details on this page and if you have additional questions, hit Jenny with an email!
- Dates @ Grinnell College
- Birth Year Eligibility
- Birth years 2002, 2003, 2004
- Birth year exceptions? NO!
This camp is organized by birth year and usually fills each year with players of the eligible birth years. As both sessions usually fill, I will not make an exception that will take away a spot for a player of an eligible birth year. I understand this may not be the answer you want to hear, but when your child is of the eligible birth years, he/she will be assured I will not give his/her spot to a player who is not.
After camp registration closes and if the session is not full, you may contact me about possible openings or birth year exceptions. I will keep a running total of registered campers on the D. Camp Registration page (link below).
2016 D. Camp Registration
Camp is demanding, and it's always hot and humid, but that shouldn't deter any player who wants to find out how they stack up against their peers, or who is unsure where they want their soccer career to go. This is a great opportunity for recreational through select players to be exposed to a higher level of coaching and expectations, to compete against some of the best players in the state, and to have fun while being challenged.
One chaperone is assigned to every 16-18 players, plus we have a head and assistant head chaperone who aren't assigned a group and help the chaperone staff.
Excellent! We have a full page devoted to registration details, and what you need to know to get ready for camp.