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The Soccer Lab at AOF

The Soccer Lab at AOF

The Soccer Lab at AOF

Come and train at Avon Old Farms School! Our top-notch facilities offer an unparalleled opportunity to prepare for the upcoming season. The camp will be staffed with college coaches who will evaluate players, present on the recruiting process, and run leadership seminars. 

At The Soccer Lab at AOF, you'll get:

  • Game footage captured by a film crew to create highlights via Krossover
  • Access to Avon’s fitness center which features state-of-the-art equipment including eight full racks for strength training
  • Use of the field house which offers three rubberized basketball courts—including futsal nets for indoor soccer
  • Healthy and delicious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners in the recently-renovated food servery 

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Boarding/Day Camp Dates

AUGUST 15-18, 2019

  • Camp begins August 15
  • Camp ends August 18 at 12 p.m. after the closing games

Boarding Camp Details

  • Cost: $595
  • Ages: Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade boys
  • Registration from 2-4 p.m.

Day Camp Details

  • Cost: $495
  • Ages: Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade boys
  • Day Camper Schedule
    • August 15: 2 p.m. arrival with pick-up between 7-9 p.m.
    • August 16: 7-9 a.m. arrival with pick-up between 7-9 p.m.
    • August 17: 7-9 a.m. arrival with pick-up at noon
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Avon Old Farms and Bates College Instructors

Avon Old Farms - Joe Martinez

Joe Martinez is the head coach at Avon Old Farms School.  In 2017, Avon Old Farms won the Hay-Sanderson Cup, awarded to the top team in Western New England.  Avon finished that season ranked 8th in the country by Top Drawer Soccer.  Many of Avon’s soccer players have gone on to have success in the college ranks; in the last three years, the matriculation list includes Lafayette College, Amherst College, Kenyon College, Haverford College, Bates College, Holy Cross, Bentley University, Skidmore College, and Brandeis University.  Joe graduated from Amherst College in 2008 with a double-major in Economics and English; he was a four-year member of the soccer program at Amherst. In 2012, he was named a Project Coach Fellow wherein he helped to run soccer programming and literacy initiatives in Springfield, MA while concurrently completing his MAT in Secondary English at Smith College. 

Martinez lives on campus at Avon with his wife Anna and daughter Audrey; he teaches English and works in the college counseling office for the school.

Bates College - Jared Sheikh

Jared Sheikh has twenty years of coaching experience and most recently captured his 4th CIAC (Connecticut) State title with the Lewis Mills Girl’s program in 2018. Jared joined younger brother, Tyler, on the Bobcat sideline in 2018 having previously coached at the club, high school and NCAA DIII level.  His career high school record of 178-28-10 includes 6 conference championships and four state titles at three different schools (Nonnewaug High School, Brookfield High School and Lewis Mills High School in Connecticut).

In two years as the Head Men’s Coach at Elms College (Chicopee, MA), Jared’s teams earned back-to-back regular season NECC championships after going 20-18-3. In 2013 the team earned an automatic berth into the NCAA Championship after capturing the conference tournament title, and his 2014 team set the school record with a 5-1-1 conference mark.  A trip to the NECC tournament final that year was good enough to earn another postseason appearance in the ECAC tournament.

Jared holds an NSCAA Premier Diploma, a USSF B License and a Regional Goalkeeping from the NSCAA.  He played three years of tennis at Trinity College (Hartford, CT) and was part of a team that finished 5th in the national DIII year-end rankings.  He’s a full-time teacher at Torrington High School and resides in New Hartford with his wife Emily and their four children Addison, Brecken, Quinley and Bria.

Bates College - Tyler Sheikh

Tyler Sheikh was appointed the Head Coach at Bates College in July 2018.  His Bobcats were 8-7 in his first season at the helm.

A Connecticut native, Sheikh played soccer at Division I Quinnipiac University (Hamden, CT), where he earned a history degree in 2008. He served as Head Coach at Knox College (Galesburg, IL) for the 2015-2017 Fall seasons, compiling a 39-10-9 record, including a 22-2-4 mark in Midwest Conference play.   Sheikh's Knox teams have excelled defensively and offensively. In 2017, Knox’s Midwest Conference champion side set conference records with 12 shutouts in 20 regular season games and allowed only one goal in nine regular-season conference games. Conversely, in 2015, the team ranked third in Division III in goals scored per game.

Sheikh was Head Coach at Illinois College (Jacksonville, IL) in 2014 where he led the Blueboys to a 10-7-2 record, their first appearance in the conference playoffs in over 20 years, and the school's best-ever conference mark (6-3-1). Prior to Illinois College he served as Head Coach of both Men's and Women's soccer at Mount Aloysius College (Cresson, PA) for two seasons in 2012-2013. He was credited with turning around the Mount Aloysius Men's and Women's teams, winning 2013 Men's Soccer Coach of the Year honors in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference.

Sheikh holds a master's degree in Education from the University of Connecticut. He is married to Alea Sheikh and the couple have a young daughter, Miller.

Soccer Program Overview

Campers will learn and play on meticulously maintained fields and athletic facilities that are among the best in New England. The athletic tradition at Avon Old Farms is well established, and the soccer program is part of that great tradition. Our soccer team has won the New England Championship twice since 2005. Additionally, Avon has established a strong record of sending players to some of the top collegiate programs in the country. Since 2010, graduates have joined soccer programs at the University of Connecticut, University of Louisville, Lafayette College, George Washington University, Haverford College, Connecticut College, Gettysburg College, Northeastern University, and UMass Boston.

Facilities

  • 5 natural grass fields
  • 1 turf field
  • Field house with 3 rubberized basketball courts and futsal nets
  • Multi-purpose room for yoga or calisthenics
  • Beaver Pond: 5-10 min walk from dorms (across the street)   
  • Full weight room including 8 squat racks and machines

Drop-Off and Pick Up for Day Campers

  • August 15: 2 p.m.  arrival with pick-up between 7-9 p.m.
  • August 16: 7-9 a.m. arrival with pick-up between 7-9 p.m.
  • August 17: 7-9 a.m. arrival with pick-up at noon

Daily Schedule

August 15

August 15

1-4 p.m. – Check-In

4:30 p.m. – Camp Intro

5 p.m. – Dinner

6:15 p.m. – Games/Team Training

8-10 p.m. – Weight Room/Role Buy-In Lecture (Jared)

10:30 p.m. – Lights Out

August 16

August 16

7 a.m. – Yoga (Indoor vs Outdoor)


8 a.m. – Breakfast


10 a.m. – Team/Goalkeeper Training

11 a.m. – Team/Goalkeeper Training


12 p.m. – Lunch


1 p.m. – Games


2:15 p.m. – Games

3:30 p.m. – Games

5 p.m. – Dinner

6-8 p.m. – Film Room, Weight Room, The Moment Lecture (Jared)


8 p.m. – Recruiting Seminar 


10:30 p.m. – Lights Out

August 17

August 17

7 a.m. – Yoga (Indoor vs. Outdoor)


8 a.m. – Breakfast


10 a.m. – Team/Goalkeeper Training

11 a.m. – Team/Goalkeeper Training


12 p.m. – Lunch


1 p.m. – Games


2:15 p.m. – Games

3:30 p.m. – Games

5 p.m. – Dinner

6-8 p.m. – Film Room, Weight Room available


8 p.m. – Leadership Seminar


10:30 p.m. – Lights Out

August 18

August 18

7 a.m. – Yoga


8 a.m. – Breakfast


10 a.m. – All-Star Game

11:30 a.m. – Check-Out

More Details

What to Bring

All campers should bring workout clothes with comfortable sneakers and cleats.  Campers should also bring their own sun-block, hats and water-bottles.  Boarding campers should bring their own bedding as the camp will not provide linen, sheets, pillow or towels. Dormitories are not air conditioned so it is advised that a fan be packed. Pad locks are suggested if camper is bringing any valuables.

Prior to Camp

Medical waiver and emergency forms must be received by July 31. These forms can be found on the Summer Program page of our school website by clicking here.

Photo & Information Release Statement

Throughout the summer, the opportunity may arise for your child's picture to be taken for camp publications. It is assumed that the parent/guardian condones this practice unless a written note stating otherwise is received on or before the first day of camp. For safety reasons we do not publish or release the names or any other personal information about the children whose photos we use or who attend the camp. Your information is confidential and secure.

Disclaimers

For the safety and welfare for all campers, Avon Old Farms Summer Camp Programs reserves the unrestricted right to dismiss any camper whose conduct or influence, in the opinion of the Camp Director, is detrimental to the best interests of the camp. There will be no refunds in this case.

What Parents Are Saying

“Our son attended Coach Martinez’s summer soccer camp last August. He had just turned 13 and we had some concerns we were sending him too early. These concerns vanished the moment he stepped out of the car. AOF Players, campers, coaches, balls and smiles were flashing everywhere. Our son happily joined right in. The camp consists of Coach Martinez and many of the AOF Varsity Players as player coaches. This chemistry created an immediate bond, a young boy looking up to a young man. Over the course of the week, the relationship grew from student coach to mentors. All the etiquette and sportsmanship Coach Martinez demands from his AOF players was filtering into my son in a fun and challenging environment. By the end of the week, he absolutely improved his ball control, has a clearer understanding of field position and has a deeper understanding of the game. All of these traits shone in his breakout season last fall. But it wasn’t the goals or assists that most impressed us. It was his poise, his sportsmanship and who he had become on the field. It made us so proud that he become a player of heart. Perhaps it was always in there, but we certainly credit Coach Martinez’s camp for creating a safe environment to discover his game and then allowing him the space to play it.”  -Mike Lech, Parent of Soccer Camper