Elite Goalkeeper Academy
2019 Goalkeeper Academy - Registration Open!
Elite Mission Statement
It is the mission of the Elite Socker to encourage each athlete to strive for excellence. Our goal is to promote and foster an atmosphere that is conducive to the intellectual, personal and physical development of each individual. Developing a strong relationship with each athlete is critical in motivating him/her to realize his/her potential. We are dedicated to providing equal opportunities to all athletes and contributing to the total educational experience. Our primary objectives are to teach the Science based core principals of nutrition, strength and conditioning, and all the technical and tactical abilities in order to improve athletic performance, and reduce the risk of injury.
This 5 month training programs is designed to get the beginner or advanced goalkeeper to the next level of their game.
1000 S. Eisenhower Blvd., Middletown PA 17057
January - March
January 15, 22, (OFF on 29th)
February 5, 12,19, 26
Mid March - May
Sunday evenings 5:00-6:00 (Pre-College Academy) and 6:00-7:00 (College Prep Academy)
(Make Up Sessions will be made available for missed sessions)
January - March (Indoor training) - Technical and Keeper Fitness Training
March - May (Outdoor Training) - Tactical and Game Related Situational Training
(All training in Harrisburg Area)
Age Groups Available
Elite Pre-College GK Academy ages 10-14
Elite College GK Academy ages 15-18
(Players both Boys and Girls will be adjusted within age group depending on ability levels)
Program Design / Course Instruction
Director of Program Development, Operation, and Instruction is John Gregg. John is a member of the United Soccer Coaches National Goalkeeping Staff, Head Goalkeeper Coach for Eastern Region ODP, and Owner Operator of Elite Socker, LLC. He currently holds certification from US Soccer, US Youth Soccer, United Soccer Coaches and teaches goalkeeping coaching course and licenses soccer coaches of all levels. John has been a staff coach for US Youth Soccer working with the East Region 1 Olympic Development Program (ODP) for the last 15 years. John has traveled to numerous states and countries, such as: Costa Rica and Italy with US Youth Soccer and Youth teams. When needed , John brings in qualified coaches to help team in the program that have developed through the Elite program, ODP, and College Coaches, if needed.
About the Program
In an effort to maximize the potential in young players and increase their knowledge of the goalkeeping position, the Elite Goalkeeper Academy training program was developed. The academy is designed to establish a solid foundation on which a player can continually build through training techniques, tactics, and other essential pieces needed to play this position. The program will offer goalkeepers the opportunity to get together on a regular basis to train, discuss issues in their play, view video, meet with guest speakers and players and plan for their future in the sport.
Why the need
I designed the program based on what was needed most in the development of a goalkeeper, repetition and follow-up. Although great training environments, camps provide valuable instruction only for the duration of the camp and the experience ends when the player leaves the camp. If a player makes a critical mistake on technique in a game four weeks after leaving camp, who is there to speak to them about it? Participants in the academy program will have someone available to speak with and have the next training session to discuss and even work on that situation. The continual follow-up and repetition in training makes the education of the player more effective. Additionally, and unlike the camp environment, an academy goalkeeper has a longer time of recovery after each training session. Whether it is Private 1 on 1 Training or group training in the Elite Goalkeeper Academy, your coach should be a Goalkeeper coach and position educator, not just a goalkeeper trainer. There is a BIG difference..
Curriculum and Duration
The academy program will run 12 to 14 weeks with training sessions being held weekly. The sessions will run in one hour duration. During these months of training, the academy goalkeepers will have the opportunity to work on a number of goalkeeping techniques and tactics coupled with a strength and conditioning program. The program running over these numerous weeks allows attendance to be at the players discretion and attendance is not mandatory.
Program Cost and Discounts
$100 deposit at time of registration
(each Gk will receive an Elite Soccer Academy training shirt)
Payment Plans with Discounts
Plan #1 - $445
Payment in Full at time of registration ($150 off)
Plan #2 - $520
Payment in Half at time of registration ($75 off) - ($260 at registrations remaining $260 on March 1st)
Plan #3 - $595
Payment Deposit at time of registration ($0 off) - $595 ($100 at registration, $99 on the first of each month Jan-May) - Credit Card Payment ONLY
“The program that John Gregg has devised follows the player development philosophy held by US Youth Soccer. The opportunity for the players to receive weekly guidance to improve their game will be invaluable. Coach Gregg has designed a professional developmental plan that will no doubt benefit many young American players.”
Sam Snow, Director of Coaching Education - US Youth Soccer
"I have known John Gregg for over twenty years and I have been very impressed with the goalkeepers that have trained with him. Many players are now technical goalkeepers thanks to John, and he has helped to improve all aspects of their game, including decision-making, positioning and their overall understanding of the tactical role the goalkeeper plays. His training methods improve the overall quality of the whole athlete, giving them the tools to be confident and prepared every time they step on the field."
Terry Underkoffler, Region 1 ODP Head Goalkeeper Coach