Polar Bear Soccer Academy
July 14-17, 2017 at Bowdoin College
**Registration closed on June 1, 2017**
Please contact us to inquire about availability: bweaver@bowdoin.edu or egould2@bowdoin.edu
College ID Division for Grades 9-College
This division is geared toward athletes with a strong desire to play at the college level. College ID participants will work directly with each college coach in attendance on a daily basis and will receive a written evaluation from their head coach at the end of camp. Goalkeepers will be coached by dedicated goalkeeper coaches during the technical and tactical training sessions. Athletes in this division will learn new skills and tactics to help them advance their game, and have the option to attend a Q & A session on college athletics and recruiting best practices.
Colleges Coaches confirmed for 2017:
Bowdoin College
Bates College
Colby College
U. Maine-Farmington
High School Prep Division for Grades 6-8
This division is geared toward athletes who are looking to advance their skills, regardless of current level of play. Instruction is tailored to the needs of each camper, with a strong emphasis on positive coaching and fun.
The Program
Our academy consists of two divisions: the College ID program, geared toward the highly-competitive college-bound athlete, and the High School Prep program, designed for young athletes with varsity and club aspirations. Both age groups are coached in a positive environment, and our benchmarks for success include increased confidence, heightened motivation and enthusiasm, and measurable on-field development. The age-appropriate curriculum includes technical and tactical instruction, small-sided play, and full scrimmages.

The staff consists of current college soccer coaches and players who are committed to helping the next generation of women’s soccer players reach their full potential. We also have a full-time certified athletic trainer on staff and in residence at camp. College ID campers will work directly with each college coach on staff on a daily basis (NESCAC and other NCAA Division III coaches serve as head coaches for this division), and will learn recruiting best practices information.

Meet the Directors
Brianne Weaver became the Head Women’s Soccer Coach at Bowdoin College in 2012. Under her leadership, the Polar Bears have earned four straight bids to the NCAA tournament, finished second in the NESCAC twice, had three players named NSCAA All-Americans, and earned the NSCAA Team Ethics Award and the NSCAA Team Academic Award every season. Coach Weaver is an avid student of the game and holds the NSCAA Premier Diploma and the Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma.

Ellery Gould became the Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach at Bowdoin College in 2014. A four-year member of both the Bowdoin women’s soccer and basketball teams, she holds the school’s all-time scoring soccer record, and was a two-time captain and NESCAC Co-Player of the Year her senior year. She played professionally in Sweden and competed at the top University level in England while receiving her M.Ed. She also was a lead coach in Nicaragua with the non-profit organization Soccer Without Borders and recently completed the NSCAA Advanced National Diploma course.

Location & Facilities
Polar Bear Soccer Academy takes place on the Bowdoin College campus in picturesque Brunswick, Maine. Bowdoin is approximately 30 minutes north of Portland and two hours from Boston. Nearby airports include Portland, ME (30 miles), Manchester, NH (120 miles), and Boston, MA (130 miles). Amtrak serves the Brunswick, ME station, which is just a short walk from campus.

Field sessions take place on the natural grass fields of the incomparable 35-acre Pickard Field complex. Campers stay in beautiful dormitories, enjoy first-rate food at Thorne Dining Hall, and can swim in Leroy Greason Pool.

Sample Daily Schedule
Sample Daily Schedule
7:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Warm-up
9:30 a.m. Technical session, 4v4, GK Training
11:30 a.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Campus tour/Trip to Cote’s Ice Cream
2:00-3:30 Tactical session, GK training
4:00 p.m. Swim/Free time
5:00 p.m. Dinner
6:45 p.m. Evening scrimmages
8:15 p.m. Back to dorms
8:45 p.m. Camp meeting/College Recruiting session
10:00 p.m. Lights out

Arrival/Departure
Registration begins 12:30 p.m. on Friday, July 14 at Osher Quad (Coffin Street parking lot)
*Campers should eat lunch before arriving*

Camp ends at 12 noon (prior to lunch) on Monday, July 17
*Pick up all campers at dorms*

Day campers:
Drop off at 8:45 a.m. (Pickard Fields)
Pick up at 8:00 p.m. (Pickard Fields)

Tuition (includes camp t-shirt and soccer ball)
Checks payable to: Polar Bear Soccer Academy, LLC; c/o Brianne Weaver, 9000 College Station, Brunswick, ME 04011
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