What separates PPA from many others is the attention that is paid to providing our student-athletes with the complete recruiting and college soccer picture. Every day at PPA there is at least one different seminar that is designed to better assist high school athletes with their transition to college. Our seminars consist of daily sessions that educate the student-athletes about the complicated recruiting process and the competitive level of college soccer. The seminars include:
Flexibility, Yoga and Recovery
In that spirit, we welcome Lora Ksieniewicz as our first-ever "Director of Flexibility, Yoga and Recovery". Lora spent this past fall working closely with the Amherst College Men's Soccer team and has a vast array of experiences working with athletes. Lora will oversee a staff of yoga and flexibility specialists at each of our sites to help the student-athletes prepare for each day of training as well as teach them how to use stretching and yoga to recover after a hard training session or game. We experimented with these sessions last summer and received overwhelming feedback to make it part of each of our camps. So we have! Just another reason why PPA is a step ahead over all other camps!
PPA recognizes that successful student-athletes are not only top notch players but also top notch in the classroom. The better academic profile, the more options will be available to each player. In 2012, we did a trail of Standardized Testing Prep at limited locations and it was a great success. During each PPA session we will hold a seminar dedicated to SAT and ACT preparation. These seminars will be led by experts in standardized testing. The goal of each session will be to provide broad strategies and ways to think about standardized testing that the student-athletes might not have otherwise been exposed to.
Speed, Agility and Quickness
Train with a professional strength and conditioning coach during two different sessions. Players are asked to participate in numerous exercises that many pro and college teams use as part of their training.
College Soccer and Recruiting
College coaches present and provide general institutional information about their school and soccer program. Players learn about the scouting and recruiting process as well as what it takes to be a successful college soccer player.
Being a College Student-Athlete
Current college players speak about their experiences coming out of high school and now as collegiate student-athletes. A question and answer session helps give the high school players some ideas about marketing themselves, picking the right school and managing their lives in college.
Many topics are discussed by a college admissions representative including the application process, what schools are looking for in a student, tips on interviewing, and ideas about essays. It is a great opportunity for all the young men to get inside access to the entire admissions process.
This seminar is about a valuable topic that will educate all of the players on issues related to personal development and life. Some of the past presentations have been about sportsmanship, community service and leadership.