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What makes a New York Red Bulls camp unique?

New York Red Bull soccer camps are the only camps throughout New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania that are operated directly by a professional soccer team. All camp programs have been specifically designed by professional soccer experts to meet the needs of youth soccer players of all ages and abilities. Additionally, all campers get the opportunity to attend a Red Bulls match at Red Bull Arena free of charge.

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What can I expect from a Red Bulls camp?

The New York Red Bulls philosophy is: Create a fun and challenging environment where players have the opportunity to learn.

The Red Bulls operate a building block approach to player development. At a young age, mastery of the ball is vital for a child’s future development. Players follow a path focused on technique and skill development and, as competency increases, tactical elements are introduced. Within each building block, an extensive curriculum is offered. For more details on the “Building Blocks of Player Development” please click here.

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How do I register for a camp program?

All camp registrations are taken online at redbullsacademy.com. In a few instances (such as with parks and recreation departments) it is possible to register directly with the sponsoring organization.

By registering online you get immediate confirmation that your registration has been accepted. Additionally, we are able to easily collect important medical information prior to the week of camp. Payment can be made online via MasterCard, Visa, or American Express.

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Are there camps for players of all ages and abilities?

Yes, the Red Bulls offer the following camp programs:

Camp Type Level Ages
Mini KICK Camp Beginner 5 - 6 years 
Skills Camp (Recreation and Competitive) Beginner to Intermediate 7 - 14 years
Team Camp All levels 8 - 18 years
Regional Development School (RDS) Camp Advanced 8 - 14 years
Residential Camp Advanced 9 - 15 years

 

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How are players grouped at camp?

Players are grouped based on both age and ability levels. Group allocation is reviewed at the end of each camp day and players may be moved accordingly to ensure they are in the correct environment and constantly being challenged.

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Are players supervised at all times?

Absolutely. Camper health and safety is our number one priority. We follow a strict safety policy that ensures that there is always an adequate number of camper supervisors at all times. We also ensure that each camper is always signed in and signed out of camp by an approved adult.

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What will happen in cases of injury or illness?

At all of our camps, the head coach holds an American Red Cross certificate in responding to emergencies and CPR for the professional rescuer. However, the usual course of action once any serious injury is stabilized is to contact the parents and, if necessary, the local emergency services. In the registration process we also ask important medical questions so that we are always aware of any pre-existing injury or illness.

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Do I need to bring my child’s immunization records to camp?

If you are attending one of our residential camps or a day camp in the state of New Jersey, then yes, you must bring a copy of your child’s immunization records on the first day of camp. For those camps held in the state of New Jersey, it is a State Board of Health mandate that all campers are required to bring a copy of their most recent immunization records on the first day of camp. Without this copy, participation in the camp will not be allowed. Records are easily obtained from your doctor or pediatrician. Please provide a photo copy, not the original record.

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Do I need to check in on the first day of camp?

Yes, on the first day you should arrive 30 minutes prior to the camp start time in order to check in. At check in we will confirm that you are registered and distribute any necessary equipment. You will also be given a camp information letter, which will contain important logistical information for the week. At the end of camp, there will be a quick parent address that will cover those points on the letter.

For skills camps held in New Jersey, parents must also provide a copy of the child’s immunization records at check in.

After the first day, campers should arrive 15 minutes prior to the camp start time so that they are ready to start the session on time.

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Is there a set check-in and check-out location and procedure?

Once you reach the entrance to the facility where the camp is taking place, please make your way to the main field area and you will see Red Bulls coaches. On the first day there will be a designated check-in area. After the first day, campers will go straight to their individual groups. It is important that you ensure your child knows your coaches name and reports to the correct group before you leave.

When picking up campers, we do not allow parents to remain in their car and have campers walk to them. You must park, come to the pick up point to collect your child and sign out.

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What do I do if I need to pick up my child early?

Please notify your child's coach at morning drop-off and provide them with a written note in order for your child to be ready for you when you arrive. You must personally go to your child’s group, make yourself known to the coach, and collect your child before they can be signed out.

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What if I need someone other than myself to pick my child up?

Please provide a signed note with the full name of the person you authorize to pick up your child. This should be given to your child’s coach on the morning of the pick-up. Those individuals will need to bring identification with them each day they come to camp. Please be aware that our staff will not allow any child to be picked up by someone that the child does not recognize.

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What clothing should my child wear to camp?

Your child should bring the following items to camp:

  • Soccer shin pads
  • Soccer footwear
  • Soccer clothing
  • Water bottle or cooler
  • A light snack (For full day camps, a packed lunch)
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent

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What should my child refrain from bringing to camp?

Anything of value should be left at home in order to ensure the safety of your child's belongings. Any type of hand held computer game should not be brought to camp as the number one focus is always on soccer!

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What will my child receive at camp?

At most camps players will receive the following items:

  • adidas soccer ball
  • adidas Red Bulls T-shirt
  • Companion ticket to a New York Red Bulls match

Note: There are a small number of camps that choose not to include a ball and t-shirt in the camp program. Please check the local brochure for exact benefits. If the camp doesn’t include a ball, each child should bring a ball with them.

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What is the Match Day Experience Event at Red Bull Arena?

Every player that attends a camp program is eligible for discounted tickets to select New York Red Bulls home games through our Match Day Experience offer. Please click on the link below for more information:

http://www.newyorkredbulls.com/RBTPMatchday

Here at the Red Bulls we strongly believe that watching live soccer is an important part of a young player’s overall development. The Red Bulls training staff encourages players to watch professional soccer and learn from their role models.

The Match Day Experience provides an excellent opportunity to come and watch the New York Red Bulls play. At camp, players and parents will be given a flyer that details how tickets can be ordered online at redbullsacademy.com

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How do I redeem my Match Day Experience ticket?

During the week of camp, you will be given a flyer that informs you in detail the dates of each match and how to redeem your child’s companion ticket through the website. Please visit the following page for more information and to order Match Day Experience Tickets.

http://www.newyorkredbulls.com/RBTPMatchday

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Are there bathroom facilities at camp?

Yes, either permanent or portable facilities will be available at all locations.

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What happens if there is inclement weather?

If it's just rain, we play! The only time we stop playing is in the case of extremely inclement weather or thunder and lightning. Our coaches are familiar with each facility and they are experienced in making the correct decision should the weather become an issue. The safety and well-being of the children is our number one priority. If it is raining in the morning please travel to the site unless otherwise directed, as decisions will be made by the head coach at each individual location. We will make every attempt to make up any lost time throughout the week by extending the camp day or starting camp earlier each day. It is rare that we are unable to make up lost time throughout the week. In the event that a program is cut short due to inclement weather or any other unforeseen issues, every effort is made to make up lost time. In the event that the program cannot be made up, no refunds or credits are offered.

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What happens if there is extreme heat?

The head coach of the camp is responsible for monitoring the weather forecast daily. If the heat index rises to extreme or dangerous levels the camp day will be adjusted accordingly. The following heat index guidelines are adhered to on all camp programs:

Heat Index  Action
Below 90 Training conditions are comfortable, use normal rehydration principles.
90 to 95 Temperature starts to become uncomfortable, watch for signs of heat illness. Modify frequency of water breaks if needed, take breaks in shade.
95 to 100 Training sessions should be shortened and intensity levels modified. Training sessions for players 7 and under should be cancelled.
100 to 105 Use extreme caution. Training sessions should be reduced in length, with very frequent water breaks. Where possible, sessions should be moved to a cooler time of the day.
105 or higher Training should be cancelled for all ages.

 

In the event that a camp is modified or cancelled you will be notified accordingly.

Details of the heat index can be found at - http://www.weather.gov/om/heat/index.shtml

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What is the cancellation policy after payment has been made?

All cancellations are subject to a $30 processing fee providing that they are made prior to 14 days of the program start date.

No refunds will be given for cancellations that are made within 14 days of the program start date. If you need to cancel or make changes to your program registration, please e-mail training@newyorkredbulls.com.

In the event that a program is cut short due to inclement weather or any other unforeseen issues, every effort is made to make up lost time. In the event that the program cannot be made up, no refunds or credits are offered.

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Should campers bring food or drink to the camp?

It is essential that every camper brings adequate amounts of water to camp on a daily basis. No food is provided on any of our day camp programs. It is suggested that for camps lasting less than four hours per day, participants bring no more than a light snack. For camps lasting five hours or more, it is suggested that campers bring a healthy lunch.

Campers attending a residential camp should bring a refillable water bottle as there will be coolers to refill these bottles from.

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Who should I contact if I have additional questions about a camp program?

Please e-mail us at training@newyorkredbulls.com.

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Where can I find a list of local camps?

All our camps are listed on our website. Please click on the online registration page to view a list of camps in your area. When viewing the page you can also search by zip code and/or age range.

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There’s no camp in my town, can I set one up?

Yes, please email us at training@newyorkredbulls.com for further information.

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