Slocum High School Prep - Mondays & Wednesdays June 11-August 1, 2018
Slocum High School Prep is a 8-week, 15-session program designed to progressively build fitness and soccer skills in preparation for varsity high school tryouts. Founded in 2012 by Nancy Slocum and Kate Berry, both long-time high school soccer coaches at Concord-Carlisle High School and Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School respectively, the program features an ACL injury prevention program and takes place from mid-June to mid-August on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:00-7:30pm at Concord Academy’s Moriarty Sports Complex (visible from Route 2).
The goals of Slocum High School Prep are to prepare players physically and mentally for the rigors of high school varsity tryouts, reduce the incidence of injuries (in particular ACL tears and, to the degree possible, concussions) and develop the knowledge and skills necessary for players to continue training on their own. The program is the result of extensive research and training as well as decades of coaching experience at the college and high school levels.
In a typical session, players will complete:
• a dynamic warm-up (which is not just a warm up but also an integral component of the injury prevention program),
• an ACL injury prevention program (includes core/stability training, plyometrics, balance, proprioception and neuromuscular training)
• fitness training (cardio-vascular conditioning and agility training)
• soccer skills training, and
• play in fast-paced small-sided games (played with regulation sized goals).
• goalkeepers will be provided with specialized goalkeeper skills training and fitness training.
The fitness demands are increased progressively throughout the summer, culminating in a final fitness test (the beep test). By the end of the 8-week program, players will be well prepared for high school varsity tryouts!