This half-day day camp is for the soccer player who is just getting started in the game but needs more time on the ball with focused instruction. Our goal is to instill a passion for the game and maximize each camper’s soccer potential. With quality staff, who love the game themselves, and know how to make the game fun for beginners, the campers not only learn a lot but enjoy themselves too.
Why Creighton Soccer Academy?
NCAA Tournaments, including 17 straight between 1992 and 2008, reached the College Cup (Final Four) in 2012, 2011, 2002, 2000, and 1996
Conference tournament championships, and 13 regular-season conference titles.
Bluejays have gone on to play professional soccer since 1993, including 15 in the last eight seasons.
College soccer venue in the nation, according to Soccer News and many who have come to our stadium.
BlueJay Day Camp
Senior Elite Academy I & II
$545 Overnight Only
Senior Elite I and Senior Elite II are identical Academies—two sessions are offered as a convenience for scheduling your summer plans.
Top-level staff are hired not only to instruct but also to recognize talent. 2015 Senior Elite Session staff will be updated here as we receive confirmations.
It is recommended that Senior Elite applicants play at a high level in order to get the most out of the Academy’s curriculum. Many campers in these Academies wish to play soccer at the college level. This camp is not recommended for those who have already graduated high school.
Junior Elite Academy
$500 Overnight $420 Commuter
Perfect for the talented soccer player who loves the game and wishes to pursue it at a higher level. This session emphasizes proper technical skills building the necessary foundation for advanced play.
Tactical concepts will be introduced and/or reviewed appropriately based upon overall camper skill level. Fun in learning is achieved through the many small-sided matches. Our goal is to not only teach but also to provide valuable feedback. Campers are expected to have played soccer before coming to this Academy.
Goalkeeper training is conducted on the same fields as field player training, just in its own area with our goalkeeper coach, Coach Hughes. Goalkeepers will play in small-sided games in the morning and afternoon as well as in the nightly scrimmages.
- ACCOMODATIONS: Goalkeepers can room and dine with field players. If a goalkeeper wishes to remain with one set of field players for the matches, we will try to accommodate that request.
- GEAR: Goalkeepers must bring their own goalkeeper attire such as gloves, shinguards, mouthguard, padded shirts/shorts or other gear the keeper wears training at home.
- TRY IT OUT: At the Bluejay Day Camp, those wishing to try goalkeeping can do so when a keeper in the net is required. Please bring keeper gloves if you want to try goalkeeping.
Groups & Teams
We will be happy to accommodate groups or teams requesting to train and room together. Please submit a group roster when applying. We will do our best to accommodate all rooming requests. There are no team or group discounts.
- Groups of 12-15 field players are considered a full team for the purposes of forming an entire camp team filled with only your players. If the roster number drops below 12 field players before camp begins, your team will be considered a group and, therefore, will be subject to be divided in half as are groups of 8-11 field players.
- Groups of 8-11 field players will not be placed on the same team but will be split in half for the purposes of camp team formation.
- Groups of 7 or less will be placed on the same camp team if the campers’ ages allow, meaning we will not place a 14 year old on a 17 year old team or vice versa.
Academy Goalkeeper Trainer
Senior Elite Session StaffCoaches are listed when confirmed.
Previous Years’ Senior Elite Session Staff
Head Coach, Hastings College
PrestonAsst Coach, Bellevue University
Head Coach, Midland University
Asst Coach, Hastings College
Asst Coach, Fresno State
Coach at Shattuck-St. Mary’s Academy
Head Coach, Central Community College
Asst Coach, Air Force Academy
Omaha FC Coach and NE ODP Coach
Head Coach, MacMurray College
Asst Coach, Iowa Western Community College
Head Coach, Iowa Western Community College
Head Coach, Bellevue University
Head Coach, Rose State College
Head Coach, William Penn University
Asst Coach, Graceland University
With all the coaches, counselors, medical staff, and other support staff combined, we have an excellent staff to camper supervision ratio of 1 adult to every 6.6 campers. We have found that a maximum team ratio of 1 coach to every 15 campers ensures quality individual time while allowing team camaraderie to develop into great evening matches. All of our staff has passed a national background check and child safety training video and adheres to strict rules regarding conduct.
All-you-can-eat meals, three times a day are provided in one of the Creighton University Dining Halls on campus (Brandeis or Becker). Meals are varied enough to accommodate all dietary needs, including vegetarians, diabetics, and those with specific food allergies/sensitivities. The air-conditioned, large dining hall is a great social place to unwind from playing outdoor sports.
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All residential campers will reside in one of the air-conditioned Creighton University dormitories. Each room has two beds. There are no triples. We cannot guarantee roommate requests but we do an exceptional job at making it all work out and 99.5% of our campers get to room with a friend they’ve requested.
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Each camp schedule includes training times, meals, scrimmages, rest, movies, and closing ceremonies at Morrison Stadium.
Check under ‘ENROLLMENT->What is the schedule?’ in the FAQs section for specifics.
At the Senior Elite Academies, Coach Bolowich walks prospective college applicants through the steps necessary to play on a college team. An information sheet will be given to each camper who attends. Each camper will also receive a graded evaluation from his Academy coach.
Each camper will receive at check-in a FREE Creighton Soccer Academy T-Shirt and luggage tag. Each camper will have access to FREE cold Gatorade on the fields at each and every session.
Michael G. Morrison, S.J. Stadium
Omaha, NebraskaMorrison Stadium is state-of-the-art field turf which helps reduce stress and fatigue in the feet, legs, and back. Other fields that will be utilized in rotation are the turf fields in the middle of campus. Depending on enrollment, we have other fields in the area that we can also fit in the rotation. Campers will walk to Morrison Stadium and the campus turf fields. If other fields are used, we will van them from campus to the field. In the event of lightening, we have indoor options at Morrison Stadium as well as the new indoor Rasmussen Center. LEARN MORE >>
Registration online will start on February 1, 2015. If you prefer to mail in your credit card information on a paper application, please email us and we’ll send you one. Click here for online application.
No, this is the boys’ camp only. For information on the Creighton Girls’ Soccer Camp, please go to www.creightongirlssoccercamp.com
Campers should bring some sort of clock/alarm but will not need an actual, paper schedule. Camp schedules are posted in the dorm for the campers’ convenience, however, when to be where is addressed at every session by their Academy coach.
DAY #1, CHECK-IN DAY
|12:00 – 1:15 pm||Check-In (dorms)|
|1:30 pm||Camp meeting|
|2:30 pm||Small-sided games|
|6:30 pm||Evening Scrimmages|
|8:30 pm||All Camp meeting|
|9:00 pm||Movies, Pizza|
|10:00 – 10:30 pm||Lights-Out Juniors|
|11:00 pm||Lights-Out Seniors|
DAY #2 and #3
|7:00 – 8:00 am||Wake-Up / Breakfast|
|8:30 – 11:00 am||Morning Session|
|11:30 am – 1 pm||Lunch / Rest|
|1:30 – 4:00 pm||Afternoon Session|
|4:30-6:00 pm||Dinner / Rest|
|6:30 pm||Evening Scrimmages|
|8:30 pm||All Camp meeting|
|9:00 pm||Movies, Pizza|
|10:00 – 10:30 pm||Lights-Out Juniors|
|11:00 pm||Lights-Out Seniors|
DAY #4, CHECK-OUT DAY
|7:00 – 8:00 am||Wake-Up / Breakfast|
|8:30 – 10:00 am||Final Games|
|10:30 am||Closing Ceremonies at Morrison Stadium|
|11:00 am||Check-Out (dorms)|
The minimum age to attend the Bluejay Day Camp is 9-1/2 by camp time. You must be born in the year 2005 or earlier.
The minimum age to attend the Junior Elite Academy is 10-1/2 by camp time. You must be born in the year 2004 or earlier.
The minimum age to attend the Senior Elite Academies is 13-1/2 by camp time. You must be born in the year 2001 or earlier.
The oldest camper can be 19 to attend camp but should not have graduated high school. For those not meeting these age requirements, we’re sorry, but we have to draw a line somewhere. We realize you may feel ready for the next level, however, most of the campers that come to our Academies are also highly skilled players and therefore, these age guidelines tend to work very well. It is our responsibility to make sure that those age-appropriately enrolled campers have comparable competition.
Campers will be divided into two age groups in order to make camp teams (U-12/U-14 Junior Elite Academy and U-16/U-18 Senior Elite Academies). Some campers may be moved from their camp team on the first day of camp with the discretion of the Academy director. Because camp teams compete against each other in nightly scrimmages, we aim to balance the teams’ levels for maximum camper enjoyment as well as learning acquired. However, our goal is to keep together players who have requested each other as roommates or are part of a group.
Each camper will need to have medical and consent forms on file before participating in camp. You will not need a new physical but will need a doctor’s signature on some type of clearance/release form, which can either be a form generated by the doctor’s office or a copy of a recent physical (no older than 1 year). School participation forms (no older than 1 year) qualify. All the necessary forms are sent to you immediately after you enroll. If you’ve already enrolled and can’t find the forms sent to you, just email the office and we’ll send you some more.
Overnight tuition includes your all-you-can-eat meals per the Academy schedule in the dining hall, your overnight stay in the dorm, and instruction. Junior commuter tuition includes only lunch and dinner per the Academy schedule and instruction. Commuters will have breakfast at their own homes. Commuters will not have a dorm room but will come back to the dorms with the rest of the Academy. They can rest in the available lounges . Bluejay Day Camp tuition includes instruction only. No tuition includes a ball.
For overnight campers, there will be a required $35 key deposit and damage deposit due before all overnight Academies commence. This deposit is made out to Creighton Soccer Academy on a SEPARATE check with your son’s full name indicated on the memo line. This personal check is not deposited unless the key and/or the card has been lost OR your son was responsible for damage, such as kicking the ball in his room and breaking a window. $30 is the cost of the key if it is lost and $5 is the cost of the card. In the event of a lost key and/or card, we will deposit your entire check and if there is an amount owed to you, we will send you a camp check for the difference within 3 weeks at the conclusion of camp. In the event we are charged by Creighton Housing more than $35 to repair damage caused by your son, you will be expected to pay for the difference to repair the damage. We are proud to say that we do not run into lost keys, cards, or damage very often.
The $50 registration fee is non-refundable for any reason and is included in the tuition price. Ball purchases can be refunded at anytime prior to ball-pick-up at registration. The following is our tuition refund policy: Up to 22 days prior to 12:00pm of your session’s check-in day, you can withdraw for any reason and receive 100% refund of tuition after the deducted $50 non-refundable registration fee. 21-15 days prior to 12:00pm of your session’s check-in day = 75% refund of tuition after the deducted $50 non-refundable registration fee. 14-7 days prior to 12:00pm of your session’s check-in day = 50% refund of tuition after the deducted $50 non-refundable registration fee. 6 days prior to 12pm of your session’s check-in day through check-out day, refunds will only be given for illness or injury and must be confirmed by a doctor’s note. Illness or injury refund during this time period will determined on a case by case basis depending on each circumstance. If you cancel 6 days prior and up to check-in day and the cancellation is not due to illness or injury, there is no refund.
Due to the amount of work required to document any and all discounts as well as the many NCAA PSA (Prospective Student Athlete) prohibitive rules, we simply cannot offer discounts. We feel the quality of our Academy, as compared to other top-level camps in the country, is worth your tuition. Our fees are substantially less than comparable caliber soccer camps in the US.
Getting To/From Camp
Overnight campers are allowed to drive themselves to camp, however, Coach Torres or Coach Hughes will retain the camper’s car keys for the duration of camp. Please inform the office that you will be driving yourself and upon registration, inform us about your car as you’ll need to know where we suggest to final park your car. You assume all risks to your vehicle while parked in a free, public spot on Omaha streets.
Our shuttle is a quick and secure way to get to and from camp. We offer this service to campers 15 years and older. Choose one way ($5) or round trip ($10). Eppley Airfield (OMA) is under 10 minutes from the University. Our staff will be responsible for airport pick-ups curbside. The train station is located also under 10 minutes from campus in downtown Omaha.
The pick-up schedule will be tailored to the arriving flights/trains and you will be notified either by email or phone as to when to expect pick-up, what vehicle to look out for, and the name of our driver. Please send in your itinerary as soon as you have made flight/train arrangements. We will try to be as flexible as we can with arrival pick up and early departures but we cannot guarantee shuttle service after 1pm on either check-in or check-out day. You may have to take a cab after 1 pm. The best time to plan arrival would be between 9am and 12pm on check-in day. The best time to plan departure would be between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm on check-out day. We will drop campers off at their terminal at least 60 minutes in advance of their flight/train, however, the last shuttle will leave the University at 1:00 pm. To see the airport layout, visit its website at www.flyoma.com.
We do not have the dorm rooms or staff to offer early arrivals or late departures. If arriving early or staying late is your only option, you may want to try one of the area hotels.
We understand the importance of being able to room with a friend. We take a lot of pride and time to make sure the dormitory living arrangements are satisfactory to all. We cannot guarantee roommate requests but we do an exceptional job at making it all work out and 99.5% of our campers get to room with a friend they’ve requested. We will also place roommates on the same camp team unless otherwise requested not to do so. In the event friends do not end up as roommates, we will try to accommodate teaming them up together when possible and placing them in a room as near as possible to their friend. Also, we cannot know before rooming lists are made (beginning of June) whether a camper has received their roommate request or not. Talk to your intended roommate first to make sure you request each other and that you both enroll. Room and team assignment confirmation emails will be sent two weeks before camp starts. To see pictures of the campus’s various dormitories, click on this link:
Yes, every room is air-conditioned. Because the quality of air-conditioning can vary from room to room, it would be wise to bring both a small fan and blanket. We will switch rooms to provide the best possible comfort available in the event of a non-working air-conditioner at any point during a camper’s stay. Link to more information
You are allowed to bring dorm-sized refrigerators and any snacks or drinks that you wish. Dorms have vending machines but most dorms do not have ice machines, therefore, it will be difficult to maintain cold drinks. You can bring a small cooler and get ice from the dining hall if you wish. There is always iced water and iced Gatorade at the fields. Quite often, but not always, there will be a communal kitchen that has a microwave to use.
The Creighton dining halls serve a variety of foods to accommodate all food allergies/sensitivities, such as lactose intolerant, diabetic, vegetarian, nut allergy, and gluten intolerant. If you need to speak with the dining hall director, please email the office with your request.
The “What to Bring” form will be sent to all campers that enroll in camp. If you can’t find the “What to Bring” form, just e-mail the office and we’ll send another.
Each camper will be required to have his own ball at camp. You can bring your own or you can buy a Nike (size 5) camp ball for $35. The camp ball is inscribed with the Creighton logo. Balls are pre-purchased via online registration and are distributed at check-in. If you choose to purchase a ball during the application process and then wish to cancel that purchase prior to check-in, you will be refunded the $35. Balls are available for purchase at registration but we will only carry a limited number for sale. Make sure you bring your own ball in case you are not able to purchase an Academy ball.
If you forget to bring a necessary item to camp, please ask a counselor or your coach for a “loaner” as soon as you become aware of the forgotten item.
All of your son’s gear should have his name in permanent marker on them. We will have permanent markers at registration for the gear you will receive. Lost or stolen items will not be replaced! Please prepare your son to be mindful of his belongings and to report a lost or stolen item immediately to his coach. In the event we find a camper’s lost or stolen item after the camper has left the Academy, we will mail it back at your expense with prior approval from you.
We do not have a camp bank. Campers are expected to be mindful of their own money. We recommend $30 for the junior campers and $40 for the senior campers. This will be plenty to buy pizza or vending machine items and do a load of laundry if necessary. Campers do not have to pay for meals in the dining hall. In the past, we have offered supervised group trips to the Creighton Bookstore where fan apparel is sold. If purchasing something from the Bookstore is something you might do, you may want to bring a bit extra.
There is no camp store. Any Creighton soccer items will have to be purchased at the Bookstore.
Yes, there is free wifi using the CUGuest network option.
We strongly discourage the regular use of cell phones. In the event that we find a camper with a cell phone that causes disruption, such as disturbing a roommate’s right to quiet, the phone will be retained with Coach Bolowich until camp’s end.
Visitation during camp is not allowed. Due to the many difficulties in parking, communications, and safety, we do not allow family or friends on the fields for any of the Academy sessions until the final game on check-out morning. Visitors are also not allowed on our floors in the dorm after 4pm on check-in day until 10am on check-out morning. We appreciate and expect your understanding and cooperation. This is for the safety and consideration of all our campers. If you need to arrange a necessary personal visit (i.e. bringing forgotten items, a birthday cake, etc.), you must contact our office to arrange the visit or simply drop off your item with the front desk staff at the dorm. Should you want to arrange an official tour of campus, you will need to contact the Admissions Office at (402)280-2700. Should you want to arrange a meeting with Coach Bolowich, camp is typically not a good time to do so. However, if it is the only time you will be in the area, email him a request in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org. Campers are able to talk with Coach Bolowich at anytime during the Academy.
If you’re going to be in the area, the best website to find places to go and things to do in Omaha is http://www.visitomaha.com. Every year in June, Omaha is the home to the College World Series. This summer the championship will take place from June 12th-
We do not hire an answering service. We use voicemail. The best way to contact us, however, is email. E-mail provides a paper trail of questions or comments that can easily and quickly followed up on which is very helpful being seasonal with hundreds of campers who enroll. From the months of February to August, we will always try to answer you within 24 hours. The closer it is to camp, the sooner your call/email will be responded to. During the period of camp, all calls will be answered as immediately as possible.