Invites Kids to Soccer Camp
& photo by Ben Boehl -
When you’ve coached a soccer team to
the state finals in two of the
past three years, you know a little something about soccer and Perry
Hall High School coach Danny Skelton wanted to share his knowledge with
young players at his soccer camp. Camp was held for boys and girls ages
11-16 at Perry Hall High School. He calls the camp “Total Futbol
Premier Soccer Camp.”
|Perry Hall High
School soccer coach Danny Skelton held his third annual “Total Futbol
Premier Soccer Camp.”
Skelton wanted a catchy name that sounded European to attract players,
but he also emphasizes that American players start playing more like
“We need to improve our technical skills in the U.S.,” Skelton
explained. “Once a player develops bad habits, it’s hard to break those
habits as they get older. That’s why we try to develop good habits at a
At the camp, players work on ball skills such as passing, ball control
and moving without the ball. Skelton trains players in both total
offense and defense. The camp helds two different sessions from July 26
- 29 and Aug. 2 - 6, and the cost is $115.
Skelton’s success at the school is no secret. He took the ‘07 and ‘08
teams to the 4A State Title Game and Skelton spends the day as an
English teacher at Perry Hall.
This is the third year of the camp and with Skelton as the school’s
soccer coach, many of his players and potential players come out to
prepare for the upcoming season. Around 80-85 boys try out for the
soccer team and only 25 for Varsity and 25 for JV make the team. Many
freshmen use the camp to get an early advantage.
“A lot of the participants are incoming freshmen, but I’ve seen an
increase in older players that are taking the initiative to come out
and get better,” Skelton added.
One of those players is junior Ethan Muller who has played on the Perry
Hall High team and has been in Skelton’s camp for the past three years.
“It helps me get in shape for the season and this camp has helped me
mature as a player,” Muller said.
According to Muller, the camp is beneficial to veteran players and for
those athletes that have little soccer experience.
“I was an inexperienced soccer player when I started and it has helped
me over the years,” he added. “You have fun, but you get better at the
game of soccer.”