Golden Goal features a challenge course; an obstacle course through wooded areas, featuring many muddy areas. This is the purpose of the old set of clothing and sneakers in your packing list.
Time is allocated each day for players to spend time socializing with other campers, and to spend time engaged in other activities, such as ping-pong, soccer tennis, and FIFA video games.
Team activities will be prepared throughout the week, featuring activities such as quiz nights, Red Bull viewing parties, and other team competitions and team building activities.
Players who participate as part of the Select Combine may have opportunities to participate in T4 Athletic Testing, providing metrics for acceleration, top-speed, agility, and vertical leap.
10. What if my child has dietary requirements?
There are vegetarian options available at all meals.
We assume that all players are aware of their dietary concerns and know what they can or cannot eat.
While at camp, the kitchen staff is used to dealing with school groups, so if your child has any questions they may ask them.
Our staff is seated with the campers for all meals so they can monitor the players’ eating habits.
11. Can I provide my child with food for their dorms?
No. The facility strictly enforces a no food / drink policy in the dorms.
This is to prevent accidental spillages, which can result in the attraction of wildlife.
Players will have access to the snack shop in the evenings, but must eat all additional food in the common areas provided, where left overs are cleaned up, and removed on their behalf.
A snack shop is available in the evenings, so it is worth providing your child with around $25 to $30 in small bills for the week.
We will monitor player’s use of the snack shop, to prevent it’s abuse. However, please educate your child in advance of the importance of eating healthily.
12. Do I need to submit any medical forms?
All campers MUST submit four forms at check-in. These must be submitted on the opening day of camp, and cannot be sent to our offices in advance.
- Golden Goal participation waiver: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5876c39d2e69cf7c9ba362c2/t/58814702893fc0363961e1a5/1484867367005/GG-Participation-Waiver_Form.pdf
- Initial health screening form: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5876c39d2e69cf7c9ba362c2/t/58814dbef7e0ab55271cc851/1484869055304/Heath-History-Form.pdf
- Immunization records: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5876c39d2e69cf7c9ba362c2/t/58814b89e6f2e1da63d3729d/1484868490030/Immunization-Form.pdf
- Prescription and over the counter medication form: http://www.redbullsacademy.com/assets/1/6/Medication_Form_Residential_Camps_-_2017.pdf
All parents and campers MUST meet with the camp Health Director at check in. At this time, all medication must be submitted, and any dietary and health issues can be discussed.
13. Are the parents allowed to come and watch during the week?
The only time parents may attend to watch sessions, is the morning training session, from 9:00am - 11:00am. No visits are allowed outside these hours.
We do not allow parents to attend the evening sessions, as if we have a young player who is homesick, seeing their parents in the evening (closer to bed-time) exacerbates the problem further.
The more you allow your child to immerse themselves in the soccer environment, the more they will enjoy the experience.
Although we encourage our players to call home periodically, calling them several times a day is entirely counter-productive. Quite often, a text message is better. Please bear this in mind when communicating with your child.
For child protection reasons, when visiting, parents are not allowed to enter the dormitories. If you are bringing extra clothing / equipment for players, please meet them at the entrance to the Athlete’s Village.
14. How much money should my child bring for the week?
Approximately $25-$30 (in small bills) for the week should be plenty.
Players must keep money in their rooms but are responsible for it themselves. We strongly advise not bringing more money than is necessary.
Please do not bring other valuable items to camp as New York Red Bulls are not responsible for the loss of any personal belongings. iPhones / iPads / other portable electronic devices are brought entirely at your own risk.
15. What time do we pick our child up on Thursday?
The final day consists of a full day tournament. Parents may not attend the morning session, but are encouraged to attend the afternoon session, from 2:00pm to 3:30pm.
The camp graduation ceremony takes place at around 3:30pm and lasts no longer than half an hour. Attendance at this ceremony is mandatory.
Check out will begin at 4:00pm, upon the completion of the graduation ceremony and tournament, with all families expected to depart no later than 4:30pm.
16. Who do I contact during the week of camp in case of emergencies?
Please note that we provide coaches contact numbers only for use in case of emergencies.
Most issues on camp are minor, and can be addressed quickly and efficiently if the players seek assistance directly from their coaches. As such, it is important that you make every effort to educate your child on the need to speak with our staff directly if they require assistance.
With so many players on camp, if our Camp Director is constantly on the phone to parents it takes them away from their main responsibility of operating, a safe, fun, and productive camp for all our players.
A phone number for the Camp Director will be provided in your final reminder, sent one week prior to camp start.