Youth

The MLS Portland Timbers and NWSL Portland Thorns FC are proud to offer the number one camp program for soccer players of all ages and skill levels throughout the state of Oregon and Southwest Washington.

What will continue to be the most popular soccer camps in the Northwest, the Timbers/Thorns Camp program, presented by adidas and Nike is designed and led by the team’s coaching staff and players. The Timbers adidas Soccer Camps program and Thorns Nike Soccer program features an incredible 12:1 player-coach ratio and bases all training groups upon skill level and age.  Each camp is centered around age-appropriate exercises and activities designed to develop technical excellence and build a love for the game.

Both camp programs have retained the Timbers original TREES program designed to teach young players life values and life skills that are far reaching beyond the soccer field. TEAMWORK, RESPECT, EFFORT, ENVIRONMENT and SPORTSMANSHIP are incorporated into each camp’s curriculum.

The Portland Timbers MLS Soccer Camp program and Portland Thorns camp program will consist of a larger variety of camps and programs throughout the year which include a Timbers/Thorns Tots Camp Program for players 5-6 years old, a Timbers/Thorns Juniors Skill-Building program for 7-9 years old, a Junior Timbers/Thorns Camp Program for players 10-13 years old and High School Prep and residential College ID Camp programs for 13-18 years old..

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Timbers/Thorns Coaching Staff
The Timbers/Thorns Soccer Camps feature an outstanding coaching staff, led by Portland Timbers/Thorns coaches, as well as top Olympic Development Program, college and club coaches in the region, and Timbers/Thorns players from the first team and the PDL team.  All camp instructors will attend a coaching symposium directed by Timbers Youth Academy Director Mike Smith, who is also a US Soccer National Youth License Instructor. The curriculum for the Timbers/Thorns Soccer Camps is specifically designed by the Timbers coaching staff to challenge players, both mentally and physically, in a friendly, encouraging and professional environment.

The Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns strive  to provide the best experience.  At the end of every camp, all Timbers/Thorns Campers, ages 5-9 will receive a Timbers or Thorns Camp Certificate for their participation and players 10-13 will receive a Timbers/Thorns Camp Evaluation form, giving them feedback on their play during camp with improvements they can make.

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Beginning in spring break 2014, the Timbers/Thorns Soccer Camps schedule will include a host of camps in the Portland Metro area and beyond.  The 2014 Timbers/Thorns Camp series features a variety of camps to benefit players of all ages, abilities and positions. All camps, except the Timbers and Thorns Residential Camp, are open to both boys and girls ages 5-13, while specialty camps open to older players ages 14-18.  The cost of camps range from $100-200 based upon the type and hours of camp.  All campers receive an official camp t-shirt, a Portland Timbers or Thorns Camp certificate or evaluation (based on age) and a visit from a Timbers or Thorns player (Portland area camps only). Click here to see the list of our 2014 camps so far and sign up today! For more information about camps or to schedule one near you, contact Portland Timbers Youth Academy Manager/ODP Coordinator Erik Lyslo by email at elyslo@timbers.com

 

 

Tots Camp Program (Ages: 5-6)

The Timbers/Thorns Tots Camp Program (5-6 years old) will feature fun, age-appropriate exercises and activities designed to maximize instruction, develop basic technical skills and build a love for the game. Timbers/Thorns Tots includes an age-specific curriculum that will challenge young players by focusing on skills like dribbling, passing, controlling the ball and scoring goals! Our ideal 8:1 player-coach ratio will give Timbers/Thorns staff the opportunity to work with players in small-group setting, focusing on life-skills through soccer, such as sportsmanship and teamwork, through our exclusive TREES program.

Juniors Camp Program (Ages: 7-9)

The Timbers/Thorns Juniors Camp Program (7-9 years old) will also feature fun, age-appropriate exercises and activities to develop technical skills and build a love for the game. It will begin to encourage agility with and without the ball and build the foundations of key skills in an encouraging environment. Passing, receiving, dribbling, shooting, attacking and defending are all covered extensively. Our ideal 10:1 player-coach ratio will give coaches the opportunity to work with players in a small-group setting, allowing for more one-on-one time with each player. Timbers/Thorns staff will also focus on life-skills through our exclusive TREES program.

Junior Camp Program (Ages: 10-13)

The Junior Timbers/Thorns Camp Program (10-13 years old), with a 12:1 player-coach ratio, is a developmental and introductory tool for new families interested in the Timbers/Thorns Olympic Development Program. The purpose of this age group is to teach new technical skills and introduce key tactical elements of the game. Advanced passing, receiving, dribbling, shooting, attacking and defending are all covered extensively, along with juggling and heading. This group will also feature education for youth soccer players and their parents about Timbers/Thorns ODP and the Timbers Academy. The Timbers/Thorns ODP program has already become one of the top elite player programs in the Western Region of the United States and we take pride in advancing our players to the Regional and National level of youth soccer.

The Junior Timbers/Thorns Camp Program is a combination of fast, intense training in small sided games for field players, and intense, fundamental keeper training for future goalkeepers. Speed of play (playing quickly with quality) and small-sided games will emphasize the proper attacking and defensive principles to excel at each age group. Timbers/Thorns staff will also incorporate the five characteristics of our exclusive TREES program and all players in this age group will receive an evaluation of their play when camp is complete.

 

Goalkeeping Camp Program (8-18 years old)

The Timbers/Thorns Goalkeeping Camp program is designed for goalkeepers interested in reaching the highest level. Designed and led by Timbers/Thorns-ODP goalkeeping staff, this specialized camp will focus on shot-stopping, dealing with crosses, game management, distribution and goalkeeper specific strength and agility exercises.

Portland Timbers Boys Residential Camp (13-18 years old)

The Portland Timbers Residential Camp will be open to players interested in trying out for the Timbers U16 and U18 Academy teams; players trying out for their high school teams and actual high school teams who want to come in as a team. With the Timbers under MLS mandate to field US Soccer Academy teams in 2013, the Timbers Residential Camp will incorporate both an Academy Prep group and a High School prep group. Players will submit soccer resumes to the camp staff to be considered for the Academy Prep side of camp. The 2012 camp had close to 110 players in attendance and the feedback was incredible. This camp will feature Timbers First team staff, Timbers Academy Coaching staff and college coaches from the west coast schools. This camp will be for male players only.

Portland Thorns Girls Residential Camp (13-18 years old)

The Portland Thorns Residential Camp will be open to players interested in trying out for the Thorns ODP program; players trying out for their high school teams and actual high school teams who want to come in as a team. With the incredible success of the Thorns and the Thorns ODP program last season, the Thorns Residential Camp will incorporate both an ODP Prep group and a High School prep group. Players will submit soccer resumes to the camp staff to be considered for the ODP Prep side of camp. The 2013 camp had close to 115 players in attendance and the feedback was incredible. This camp will feature Thorns First team staff, Oregon ODP Coaching staff and college coaches from the west coast schools. This camp will be for female players only.

Other Timbers Camps Offered

The Timbers/Thorns Camp Program will also offer Super Skills Team Camps for club or high school teams and potentially a Timbers/Thorns Adult camp for players 18 or older. The team camps allow players to work with a highly qualified Timbers or Thorns Staff Coach or Director and the adult camp is a Timber for a Day experience for the weekend warriors interested in playing at Providence Park. For more information on team camps, contact Mike Smith at msmith@timbers.com