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Welcome to Hare Goalkeeper Academy Camps!


Welcome to the Hare Goalkeeper Academy Camps. Our mission is to provide young players with the opportunity to learn and prepare for a higher level of goalkeeping and competitive soccer. We want to maximize the potential of individual players in a challenging, fun atmosphere. Whether you are a player just starting out, a seasoned player looking for an edge to raise his or her game to a higher level, or an experienced player looking to find out what it takes to play at the collegiate level, the Hare Goalkeeper Academy offers a training program and environment for you that is second to none. The Academy is open to boys and girls who are entering Fall Grades 3-12 in the fall of 2017.


Junior Goalkeeper Camp (Evening Camp)

Who: Boys & Girls, entering 2017 fall grades 3-5

Date: June 26-June 30, 2017 (Monday-Friday)

Time: 6:00-8:30pm

Cost: $225


Middle School Goalkeeper Camp (Evening Camp)

Who: Boys & Girls, entering 2017 fall grades 6-8

Date: June 26-June 30, 2017 (Monday-Friday)

Time: 6:00-8:30pm

Cost: $225




(20-minute drive northeast of Pittsburgh, PA)



The Hare Goalkeeper Academy will be conducting camps for high school goalkeepers at Westminster College in conjunction with their College Bound ID Soccer Camp and Residential / Commuter Soccer Camp


Goalkeeper ID Camp

Who: Boys & Girls, entering 2017 fall grades 9-12

Date: May 7, 2017 (Sunday)

                July 29, 2017 (Saturday)

Time: 9:00am-2:45pm (Girls only)

            1:00-7:45pm (Boys only)

Cost: $90


Senior Goalkeeper Academy Camp

Who: Boys & Girls, entering 2017 fall grades 9-12

Date: July 30-August 2, 2017 (Sunday-Wednesday)

Residents: Sunday 1:00pm-Wednesday 6:00pm

Commuters: Sunday 1:00-9:00pm, Monday-Tuesday 9:00am-8:15pm

Wednesday 9:00am-6:00pm

Costs: $365 for Residents, $300 for Commuters




(New Wilmington, PA – 50-minute drive north of Pittsburgh, PA)


DISCOUNTS: ($20 - $40 off)

Please visit our registration information page for complete details.


To register for Junior Goalkeeper Camp / Middle School Goalkeeper Camp,



To register for Goalkeeper ID Camp / Senior Goalkeeper Academy Camp,



Junior Goalkeeper Camp (Evening Camp)

The Junior Goalkeeper Camp is designed for boys and girls entering 2017 fall grades 3-5, who are developing players or first-time players. The experience will help to provide participants with an understanding and appreciation of proper goalkeeping skills and techniques. Time will be devoted to basic skills and concepts important to the younger player in a positive atmosphere. Under the direction of Jerry Hare and his staff, camp participants will learn the importance of proper preparation such as warm-up and stretching prior to participation as well as foundation skills and tactics. The Hare Goalkeeper Academy also stresses the importance of enjoying the game of soccer, even while learning. Campers will be able to showcase their new skills in a series of fun and challenging games!


Middle School Goalkeeper Camp (Evening Camp)

The Middle School Goalkeeper Camp is designed for a more serious player that is looking for a more challenging level of instruction. It is geared for goalkeepers who are entering 2017 fall grades 6-8. Our camp program utilizes the latest methods in training and instruction. Our nationally-licensed coaching staff will expose the campers to various game environments using modern equipment and excellent facilities to help take their game to the next level of the development process. Each camper will be challenged in training sessions for individual skill development, as well as application of these skills in group tactics. All campers will be provided with instruction based on their individual needs and abilities. This is also an excellent camp to prepare them for the upcoming season.


Goalkeeper ID Camp (One-Day Camp)

The Goalkeeper ID Camp is one-day camp offering boys and girls who are entering 2017 fall grades 9-12 to train with Coach Jerry Hare, Director of Hare Goalkeeper Academy and Coach Girish Thakar, Head Coach of Westminster College Men’s & Women’s Soccer along with the current members of Westminster College Soccer program. The Goalkeeper ID Camp is for the serious goalkeeper ambitions of playing collegiate soccer. We recommend this camp for anyone who plays competitively at the club level or competes to play for the varsity team at their high school.


This camp will introduce all goalkeepers to technical and tactical elements necessary to play soccer at Westminster College and the college level. The camp is specifically designed so that players are exposed to Hare Goalkeeper Academy and the Westminster

College coaching staff for development and evaluation purposes.

The Goalkeeper ID Camp includes on-field instruction, campus presentation, campus tour, lunch, small-sided games and full-field games. At the conclusion of camp, you will have better understanding on what it takes to compete at the collegiate level.


Senior Goalkeeper Academy Camp (Residential / Commuter Camp)

The Senior Goalkeeper Academy Camp is a residential & commuter camp open to boys and girls, entering 2017 fall grades 9-12 who are dedicated to goalkeeping. This camp is designed for the serious goalkeepers, who have aspirations to play soccer at the collegiate level.


This camp will be conducted by Coach Jerry Hare, Director of Hare Goalkeeper Academy with Westminster’s goalkeeping staff as assistants. The camp consists of morning technical training and speed & agility training sessions followed by afternoon sessions with field players that will specifically deal with in-game management techniques in small-sided games. Topics covered include controlling/instructing your defense, set plays (corner kicks, free kicks), restarts and wall building, penalty kicks, keeper positioning in relation to the ball in play. During evening sessions, players will participate in full-field games. Coach Jerry Hare and Westminster College Head Coach Girish Thakar will be continually monitoring and mentoring the keepers individually throughout the games.


The HGA philosophy revolves around developing the keepers both mentally and physically.  The instruction and activities are designed to challenge all keepers both in terms of technique and decision making ability. As always, along with learning, we strive to ensure a fun environment and will provide a variety of activities that will help players develop a sound keeper mentality, refine techniques and even enjoy improving critical goalkeeper specific fitness levels. This camp will push goalkeepers to their limits to be successful. There is a 1:8 coach-to-player ratio, so as to sharpen the individual development of each player. The camp’s professional staff will train and mentor the goalkeepers and ensure that they maximize their potential and improve their skills before leaving the camp.

In addition to teaching the technical and tactical skills required by goalkeepers, the Senior Goalkeeper Camp also focuses on teaching the goalkeepers to establish a presence and be leaders on the field. Most activities are performed in a game like environment to ensure that the goalkeepers understand when to apply the technical and tactical skills. At the HGA camps, goalkeepers learn that it is as important to prevent

shots, as it is to make a save.

Off the field the learning continues with lectures, video analysis, question & answer sessions. A high level of competition, plus outstanding instruction, offers an unparalleled learning opportunity for goalkeepers. The written evaluations will be given to the high school goalkeepers at the end of camp.


Coaching Staff


The coaching staff will be led by Gerald “Jerry” Hare, Owner & Director of Hare Goalkeeper Academy and Goalkeeper Coach at Shady Side Academy. The HGA and Westminster College Coaching Staff includes top-level college, high school, ODP and club coaches. They all have many years of experience playing and teaching soccer of all levels. The coaches on the staff are all certified and nationally licensed from National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA), United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United European Football Association (UEFA).


For listing of our camp staff, click here.


DAILY SCHEDULE: Junior Goalkeeper Camp & Middle School Goalkeeper Camp


Registration Check-in on First Day


Commuter Campers Arrive


Warm-Up, Stretch and Flexibility Exercises


Individual Technical / Skill Training


Small-Sided Games / Cool-Down Period


Campers Depart


SCHEDULE: Goalkeeper ID Camp - Girls


Registration in Field House


Morning Field Session - Technical Training / SAQ


Campus Presentation


Campus Tour


Lunch and Relax


Afternoon Field Session – Small-Sided & 11v11 Games


Campers Depart


SCHEDULE: Goalkeeper ID Camp - Boys


Registration in Field House


Campus Presentation


Campus Tour


Afternoon Field Session - Technical Training / SAQ


Dinner and Relax


Evening Field Session - Small-Sided & 11v11 Games


Campers Depart


SCHEDULE – Senior Goalkeeper Residential / Commuter Camp



Registration Check-In for All Campers at Field House


Roll Call / Orientation


Afternoon Field Session


Walk to Duff Dining Hall for Dinner




Return to Dorm / Order Pizza at Camp Store (Option)


Roll Call / Walk to Field for Evening Session


Evening Field Session


Evening Activity


Return to Dorm / Commuters Depart.from Dorm


Rest / Camp Store Open for Food & Drinks


Residents Report to Rooms


Light Out

Daily (Mon.-Tues.)


Wake Up


Roll Call / Walk to Duff Dining Hall for Breakfast




Roll Call / Walk to Field for Morning Field Session.


Commuters Arrive at Stadium


Morning Field Training 


All Campers Return to Dorm


All Campers Walk to Duff Dining Hall




Return to Dorm / Relax in Rooms / Camp Store Open


Roll Call and Depart for Afternoon Swim


Afternoon Swim (how long)


Change & Prepare for Afternoon Field Session (how long)


Depart for Dinner




Roll Call / Depart for Dorm / Order Pizza at Camp Store


Roll Call / Depart for Evening Field Session


Return to Dorm / Commuters Depart.from Dorm


Evening Activity


Residents Report to Rooms


Lights Out



Wake Up


Roll Call / Walk to Duff Dining Hall for Breakfast




Commuters Meet at Duff Dining Hall


Roll Call / Walk to Field for Morning Field Session.


Morning Field Session


Roll Call and Report to Dorm


Roll Call and Depart to Duff Dining Hall




Depart for Dorm / Finish Packing / Clean Rooms


Roll Call and Depart for Soccer Fields


Final Games / Parents are Welcome to Watch


All Campers Depart to Dorm


Camp Store Open for Westminster Gear


Camp Closes / Campers Depart




·        T-shirt for every player.

·        First rate facilities

·        Safety priortized.

·        1:8 coach-to-players ratio, personal attention assured.                    

·        Speed, Agility & Quickness training / Plyometric training.

·        Pre-season preparation for the upcoming fall season.

·        Coaches with passion for the game.

·        Meet and create new friendships with other goalkeepers from around the country.

·        Certified athletic trainer at all sessions.

·        Written evaluation for high school goalkeepers.


Weather Policy: Our top priority is the campers’ safety. We will train and play outside in the rain. If we are outdoors and lightning occurs, we will immediately leave the field to go indoors. We will not return outside until 20-30 minutes after last lightning strike.


Scheduled check-in and check-out times must be met by all campers regardless of weather conditions. During inclement weather, the drop-off / pick-up locations for daily commuter campers at Westminster College will be at the assigned dorm. For the half-day campers at Shady Side Academy, the drop-off / pick-up locations will be at the ice hockey arena.


Tuition: Tuition for residential campers at Westminster College includes instruction, a HGA t-shirt and all meals beginning with dinner on first day and breakfast on the last day of camp. Tuition for full day commuter campers includes instruction, a HGA t-shirt and three lunch meals and four dinner meals. Tuition for half-day campers includes instruction and a HGA t-shirt.


Facilities: Our Goalkeeper ID and Senior Goalkeeper Camp will be held at Westminster College, one of the best small college campuses in the United States located New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, an hour north of Pittsburgh, The Westminster College sits on a 300-acre, tree lined campus with 22 buildings, 8 athletic fields including 4 soccer fields, 10 tennis courts, a 100-acre outdoor laboratory, Brittain Lake for boating and a fitness center. The field training sessions will be held on Harry Burry Stadium (turf) where DIII Westminster College plays during the regular season. Westminster College is easy to get to by car from all directions with major interstate highways and the Pennsylvania Turnpike nearby. The Pittsburgh International Airport is a 50-minute drive to Westminster College.


The Junior & Middle School Goalkeeper Camps will be held on the beautiful 125-acre campus of Shady Side Academy Senior School, a college preparatory school in the heart of suburban Fox Chapel. The SSA Stadium, a 120x72 yard multi-purpose turf field, Middle Field and the Lower Field are primarily used for multi-sport programs at Shady Side Academy. The camp is located 20 minutes drive north from downtown Pittsburgh.


Meals: High School campers will eat their meals (buffet-style all-you-can-eat meals) at Westminster College Duff Dining Hall. There are no meals for half-day campers at Shady Side Academy.


Medical: A certified athletic trainer will be on duty at all sessions. A doctor is on call at UPMC Jameson Hospital within 15-minute drive from HGA GK ID / Senior GK Camps at Westminster College. The school’s student health facility is readily accessible. Because of the rigorous daily schedule, each camper should come to camp in good physical condition. The camps assume no responsibility for accidents or illnesses. Please bring your own athletic tape if you need to be taped before playing. Our medical staff will be on hand at check-in to answer any questions or address any concerns regarding medication or other medical issues.


For half-day camps at Shady Side Academy, a doctor is on call at the UPMC St. Margaret Hospital within a 10-minute drive from HGA Junior and MS GK Camps and the student health facilities are readily accessible.


Medical History Form: Upon receipt of a camper registration and medical release forms, a confirmation packet, which includes a medical history form, will be sent out by email that needs to be completed by parent or a medical doctor. Physical exams conducted as of September for the current school year may be attached to our Medical Form provided all necessary information is provided. It is imperative that you remember to bring your medical form to camp. Please note that a camper cannot participate without a completed medical history form.


Parking: For commuter campers driving each morning to camp at Westminster College will leave their car in the parking lot next to the assigned dorm. For residential campers who are attending the HGA Camps, will be directed to designated parking lot to the assigned dormitory on the first day of camp. All car keys must be turned in to the camp director. The camp director will return keys to the commuter campers at end of each day and for those residential campers, will get their keys back at check-out on the last day of camp.


For those parents who are driving their son or daughter to camp at Westminster College, can park their car in the parking lot next to the stadium.


For half-day camps at Shady Side Academy, parents can park their car in the lower parking lot next to the stadium.


IMPORTANT RULES: No tobacco, alcohol or drugs of any kind are allowed at all Hare Goalkeeper Academy Camps. Any violation of this rule will result in immediate removal from camp at the parent's expense. Also, the campers are responsible for any damages they might cause to any camp facilities or equipment, except when on the field during training. Thank you for your understanding.


To register for Junior Goalkeeper Camp / Middle School Goalkeeper Camp,



To register for Goalkeeper ID Camp / Senior Goalkeeper Academy Camp,