Camps FAQ

PHILOSOPHY, PROGRAM AND STAFFING QUESTIONS

  1. Who manages the camp curriciulum?
  2. What is the camp philosophy?
  3. Who is the coaching staff?
  4. How is the camp structured and what programs are offered?
  5. My child has never played soccer before - can they still join?

GROUPING QUESTIONS

  1. Do you have a grouping policy?
  2. How are the groups formed?
  3. What is the ratio of players to coaches? How large are the groups?
  4. My child is more skilled than players his age. Can I register him/her in an older age group?
  5. Why was my child moved to a new group?
  6. Can you accommodate a team in the camp?

REGISTRATION QUESTIONS

  1. How do I register?
  2. How do I register a team or scholarship?
  3. When is it too late to register online?
  4. What happens if I accidentally sign up for the wrong camp?
  5. How will I know if my registration has been confirmed?
  6. Do I need to bring my confirmation email to camp?

FEE, REFUND AND FINANCIAL QUESTIONS

  1. What is your refund policy?
  2. Can I get a camp receipt for my taxes and to apply for grants?
  3. How do I register if I have received a scholarship?

MEDICAL, SUPERVISION, SAFETY AND PREPARATION QUESTIONS

  1. Do you offer before or post camp supervision?
  2. Can my child walk or take the bus home after camp?
  3. Are there bathrooms at the field?
  4. Can parents stay and watch?
  5. Do camps proceed rain or shine?

DEVELOPMENT QUESTIONS

  1. What is the next step in my child's progress after attending this camp?

CONTACT QUESTIONS

  1. Who do I contact with more questions?


ANSWERS

PHILOSOPHY, PROGRAMS AND STAFFING QUESTIONS - back to top ↑

  1. Who manages the camp curriculum?
    Former Whitecaps and Canadian national team captain Sam Lenarduzzi is the camp manager and will be at all of the camps to ensure our professional club standards. - back to top ↑
     
  2. What is the camp philosophy?
    "Our Camp philosophy ensures players of all levels are challenged, focused and have fun in a professional club environment. I guarantee you a great experience. See you at camp!"
    Sam Lenarduzzi - Camp Manager, Former Whitecaps and Canadian World Cup captain. - back to top ↑
     
  3. Who is the coaching staff?
    The Whitecaps staff is made up of current Whitecaps development staff. In addition to our staff we also include former Whitecaps players, and senior community soccer club coaches who have worked with the Whitecaps for more than three years with our junior academies and teams. - back to top ↑
     
  4. How is the camp structured and what programs are offered?
    All Whitecaps FC camps follow a special club training curriculum designed by Whitecaps development staff. You can choose between Signature camps or Specialty camps. All camps are 2 hours daily in a week long format. - back to top ↑
     
  5. My child has never played soccer before - can they still join?
    Whitecaps camps are open to players of all abilities and an excellent environment for a beginner to learn the fundamental skills and rules of the game in a fun professional environement. - back to top ↑


GROUPING QUESTIONS
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  1. Do you have a grouping policy?
    Whitecaps coaches will evaluate players on an ongoing basis and players may be moved to different programs and training groups at the sole discretion of the coaching staff. - back to top ↑
     
  2. How are the groups formed?
    Campers are broken into age appropriate groups within each program first. If we feel a participants skill level exceeds that of his/her peer group we will ask if they would like to join an older group. Also, we tell everyone on the first day of camp - "If you came with a friend or teammate, close in age, you are more than welcome to stay in the same group as them." - back to top ↑
     
  3. What is the ratio of players to coaches? How large are the groups?
    Player group size is generally restricted to no more than 14 players per group. As our camps are predominantly organized around different stations and drills there will be one head coach per station and up to two assistant coaches. This translated to one staff member per group with our camp manager and staff volunteers present as additional supervisors. - back to top ↑
     
  4. My child is more skilled than players his age. Can I register him/her in an older age group?
    Players should register in their appropriate age groups. Space is provided on the registration form to alert the coaches to the players experience and will be noted when the coaches have the opportunity to assess all the players in attendance on the first day of camp. We always encourage players and parents to speak with the coaches during the camp if the player feels they are not challenged enough and/or want to change groups. - back to top ↑
     
  5. Why was my child moved to a new group?
    Groups are often re-arranged to keep the players challenged and to even out the skill level of players in a group. As players learn at different rates and excel in different areas players can be moved to advance them through a particular training station and keep them motivated. Players and families always have the option NOT to move groups or alternatively, be moved upon communication with the camp manager. - back to top ↑
     
  6. Can you accommodate a team in the camp?
    We can make sure that teams stay together for the camp in one group. In addition the coach can also request that the staff work on specific themes with the team. Please contact the camp adminstrator Marlise Buchi for more information: mbuchi@whitecapsfc.com or direct at 778.330.1354. - back to top ↑
     

REGISTRATION QUESTIONS - back to top ↑

  1. How do I register?
    Your best and easiest option is to register online at whitecapsfc.com/camps. Click the "Summer Camp" section. - back to top ↑
     
  2. How do I register a team or scholarship?
    Please contact the camp administrator Marlise Buchi, mbuchi@whitecapsfc.com or direct at 778.330.1354 and she will facilitate your registration. - back to top ↑
     
  3. When is too late to register?
    You may register on-line up to the start of the camp unless the camp is listed on our site as "FULL". If you register within 48 to 72 hours before a camp please make sure to bring your proof of registration (emailed to you) with you to the camps. - back to top ↑
     
  4. What happens if I accidentally sign up for the wrong camp?
    Please contact the camp administrator Marlise Buchi, mbuchi@whitecapsfc.com or direct at 778.330.1354. - back to top ↑
     
  5. How will I know if my registration has been confirmed?
    You will receive an automatic confirmation email within 24 hours of your registration. If you do not receive a confirmation please contact the camp administrator Marlise Buchi, mbuchi@whitecapsfc.com or direct at 778.330.1354. - back to top ↑
     
  6. Do I need to bring my confirmation email?
    No. The confirmation email is for your records. - back to top ↑
     

FEE, REFUND AND FINANCIAL QUESTIONS - back to top ↑

  1. What is your refund policy?
    a. Cancellation before camp begins:
    The camp fee will be refunded less a $25 non-refundable administration fee per participant
    OR
    the registration can be transferred to a different camp date or a credit held on file for that player to attend a camp of their choice in the future at no extra cost.

    b. Cancellation after camp begins:
    No portion of the camp fee will be refunded for any reason other than injury or illness, with a doctor's note. In such cases the camp fee minus the $25 administrative fee will be refunded on a pro-rated basis based on the number of sessions missed. - back to top ↑
     

  2. Can I get a camp receipt for my taxes and to apply for grants?
    When you register on-line you will have an opportunity to print out a camp confirmation that will act as your receipt. A copy will also be automatically sent to your email address. If you would like one mailed to you, please contact the camp administrator, Marlise Buch, mbuchi@whitecapsfc.com. - back to top ↑
     
  3. How do I register if I have received a scholarship?
    If you have received a free scholarship to our camp please contact camp administrator Marlise Buchi, mbuchi@whitecapsfc.com or direct at 778.330.1354. - back to top ↑
     

MEDICAL, SUPERVISION, SAFETY AND PREPARATION QUESTIONS - back to top ↑

  1. Do you offer before or post camp supervision?
    We do not offer any supervision before or after camp hours. - back to top ↑
     
  2. Can my child walk or take the bus home after camp?
    For safety reasons we prefer campers to be picked up by a parent or guarding after the camp. Campers are allowed to walk, bus, or bike home with our receipt of a pre-written note by a parent giving permission to do so. The note should include that Whitecaps FC Camps are not liable in the situation. - back to top ↑
     
  3. Are there bathrooms at the field?
    The facilities available vary from field to field. If a permanent restroom is not available at the selected park the Whitecaps ensure a temporary facility is available to players, family and staff. - back to top ↑
     
  4. Can I stay and watch?
    Family and friends are always welcome to stay and watch the sessions.  - back to top ↑
     
  5. Do camps proceed rain or shine?
    Soccer in BC starts in the fall and plays outdoors through the winter and spring - rain is unfortunately a part of the sport. Only extreme weather conditions (i.e. snow, lightning) will cause our camps to be cancelled. In this case we will call emergency contact numbers, so your child can be picked up from the camp. - back to top ↑
     

DEVELOPMENT QUESTIONS - back to top ↑

  1. What is the next step in my child's progress after attending this camp?
    Whitecaps coaches can, upon the request of players, make recommendations for further sources of training. - back to top ↑
     

CONTACT QUESTIONS - back to top ↑

  1. Who do I contact with more questions?
    For any questions please contact the camp administrator Marlise Buchi, mbuchi@whitecapsfc.com or direct at 778.330.1354. For any questions at the field during the camp please contact the camp manager Sam Lenarduzzi, slenarduzzi@whitecapsfc.com,  who will be available to help you. - back to top ↑