Golden Goal RDS Residential Camp Frequently asked questions

1. What is the check-in procedure?

Check-in time is between 2:00pm and 3.00pm on Sunday.

Check-in is at the front of the Athlete’s Village. There is plenty of parking at the rear of the playing fields, and you can follow the road up to the dorms to avoid carrying bags.

Players should eat lunch prior to arrival, as the first meal will be at approximately 5.00 p.m.

Please do not arrive prior to 2.00 p.m. as all our staff will be busy making final site preparations and no one will be available to assist you.

Once you have dropped off your children, you are free to depart, as soccer activities will be commencing immediately.

2. How do I choose a roommate?

Golden Goal dormitories sleep up to 20 players. We will be placing players in dorms with their on-field training groups, meaning that players will not be permitted to dorm with players of significantly different ages (this only really affects brothers who attend camp together, and are years apart in age).

By default, most players will naturally be placed in a training group (and therefore a dorm) with their team mates, or friends. However, if a player is split from his team mates after our first training session, we will give all players an option to change their group, so they can remain in a dorm with their peers.

Whilst we do all we can to make this happen, please bear in mind that our priority is to keep the training groups as competitive as possible. This is a highly competitive, pre-academy level camp, designed to prepare young players for the expectations of playing for Red Bull Academy.

With this in mind, the dorm in which we place your child initially, will be PROVISIONAL, and there will be no need for players to un-pack their bags, or make their beds upon arrival.

After the Sunday evening training session, when the final groups have been established, players will move to their PERMANENT dorm, along with their coach, and the rest of their training group.

At this stage, coaching staff will help players move their bags, help them to make their beds, and provide any other assistance required.

3. What playing facilities are available at Golden Goal?

Golden Goal has 8 fields; four are grass and four are turf. Some fields are lighted.

Due to the wealth of training facilities we have available, players should come prepared to play in all weather, on any surface, at any given time of day.

This allows us to keep our schedule flexible, and maximize playing opportunities throughout the week.

4. What should the players bring to camp?

Soccer equipment: turf cleats, grass cleats, sneakers, shin-guards, plenty of t-shirts, shorts, rain jackets.

Players should generally be able to make one set of soccer clothing last per day. However, please be prepared for up to one full change per day, in case of rain.

Players will be provided with four training tee shirts – one for each day of camp. They will also be provided with one pair of red shorts and white socks, but players should bring multiple pairs of red shorts and white socks, to enable us to maintain a consistent training image throughout the week.

All players should bring an old set of clothing (shorts and tee shirt), and old sneakers, that can be muddied to the extent that they can be discarded.

Goalkeepers should bring gloves and goalkeeper shirts.

Casual clothing for the evening. Multiple sweatshirts and sweatpants are advisable. We will have evening camp fires supervised by facility staff, and players should be prepared for outside evening activities.

Toiletries and plenty of towels.

Sunscreen and bug spray.

Bathing suit. Although Golden Goal does not have a swimming pool, the showers are in a communal block, and we find that players may prefer to shower with a bathing suit on.

Flip flops / sandals are advisable for movement from the dorms to the shower block. Although this is only a few steps away, it makes movement more comfortable.

Full bedding, including pillows, bed sheets, and a comforter. The beds are single (twin) sized.

A water bottle is provided to all players, although we recommend bringing a spare one, just in case this is lost throughout the week.

5. What are the supervision arrangements in the dorms?

Each dorm will consist of one full training group (approximately 12 to 15 players), in bunk beds.

Each dorm is split in two sections – a player section, and a staff section. The player’s coach, and up to one extra member of staff will reside in the staff side of the dorm, meaning that a supervising adult is always next door.

In addition to our staff, each location has their own on campus security, and medical staff, available 24 hours a day.

6. How can my child contact me / I contact my child throughout the week?

If your child has a cell phone they may use it only in their dooms.

Additional numbers for the Camp Director are provided in your final camp confirmation, which will be emailed 7 days in advance of the camp start.

Visiting hours are also outlined further on in the FAQ.

Please note that our experience tells us that players adjust to life away from home more quickly and easily, if they are left to be independent, and absorb themselves in soccer.

7. Are there any medical facilities on site?

All members of New York Red Bulls staff have a working knowledge of first aid and how to treat basic sporting injuries.

A qualified Athletic Trainer is also present during the week to provide on field treatment for more serious injuries.

Golden Goal also has a medical unit, with several staff on hand to supervise players if they need to take a break from the field for any reason.

8. Do the dorms have air conditioning?

No. However, no fan is necessary for the rooms.

The temperature is significantly cooler in upstate NY, and the dorms do not get warm in the evening.

If anything, the rooms are on the cooler side at this time of year, so warmer sleeping garments, and a thick comforter, are recommended.

9. What non-soccer activities are available throughout the week?

Ropes-style challenge course - builds team cohesion on camp.

Old clothes are required!

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.

  1. Golden Goal participation waiver: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5876c39d2e69cf7c9ba362c2/t/58814702893fc0363961e1a5/1484867367005/GG-Participation-Waiver_Form.pdf
  2. Initial health screening form: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5876c39d2e69cf7c9ba362c2/t/58814dbef7e0ab55271cc851/1484869055304/Heath-History-Form.pdf
  3. Immunization records: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5876c39d2e69cf7c9ba362c2/t/58814b89e6f2e1da63d3729d/1484868490030/Immunization-Form.pdf
  4. 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.

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