Men's soccer players sharpen skills in summer

Sean Moyo '15 (bottom left) and Peabo Knoth '17 (bottom right) pose for a photo of the Portland Phoenix's Starting XI against the Real Boston Rams at Gillette Stadium on June 28, 2014. (Courtesy photo)LEWISTON, Maine - A number of Bates College men's soccer players have used the summer months to improve their skills, playing in some of the nation's top amateur leagues in environments which allow for both development and competition.



Merchant receives Scholar All-America Honors

Bates College senior Nate Merchant, already the recipient of a litany of postseason honors for his senior season on the Bates men's soccer team, was recognized for his academic excellence as well on Friday, as he was named a Second Team forward on the United Soccer Coaches' NCAA Division III Men's Scholar All-America Teams.


July 2018

Bates College 2-Day Residential Summer Soccer ID Clinic I

07/23/2018 - 07/24/2018 ~ Monday - Tuesday Registration Ends: 07/23/2018$250.00 | Bates College 141 Russell Street, Lewiston, ME


Bates College Men's Soccer is proud to announce our 2018 Summer Identification Camp. This camp is for prospective male college players (High School grades 10-12) looking for an elite education and soccer experience. At the camp players will be offered technical sessions, tactical sessions, and a round-robin tournament where they will have the opportunity to be seen by a number of college coaches. Current Bates players identified at the camp include All-NESCAC and 2017 All-American Striker Nathan Merchant, and regular starters Andrew Munoz and PJ DiBenedetto.


MLS First Round Draft Pick, Wyatt Omsberg of Minnesota United FC and Seb Blickman (Bucknell starter and 2014 Patriot League Tournament MVP). Recent camp alumni are currently playing at Southern New Hampshire, Franklin-Pierce, Fordham, Bryant, Gettysburg, Williams and Amherst among other schools. 


Highlights from the showcase tournament are here:


The camp will be ran by Stewart Flaherty who is head coach of Bates College and a head coach for the SoccerMaine ODP staff. Flaherty is also an assistant coach for the Portland Phoenix PDL team - a Premier Development League for semi-professional players. Former members of the Phoenix now play professionally in Europe, Major League Soccer and the United Soccer Leagues.  Players will receive instruction from Coach Flaherty as well as current players and a staff that includes a range of college Head Coaches and Bates Assistant Joshua Thornton who is the Associate head coach of the Portland Phoenix PDL team.  To ensure a ratio of 12-15 players per coach, and a quality showcase tournament we will be offering spots to 65 players on a first come, first served basis.


Cost: $250.00 (inc. coaching, housing, food, ball and t-shirt)


Starts: Monday July 23rd 9:00am
Ends: Tuesday July 24th 1:30pm


Players Receive
On-field meeting advising on the college application process.
Guest speakers
Bates College Camp t-shirt
Bobcats size 5 ball
A social event hosted at the Bates campus, for players to interact with other players and meet new friends from different states and countries.


Staff: Bates College Men's Soccer Head Coach Stewart Flaherty, as well as the Bobcats coaches, players and a number of college Head Coaches from other schools will instruct the camp.


Colleges that have previously attended ...
A number of schools have attended the Bates College ID Camp to evaluate talent. An updated list for the 2016 event will be posted over the spring.

Utah Valley University (UT)
Brown University (RI)
Lehigh University (PA)
Manhattan College (NY)
Emerson College (MA)
University of Utah (UT)
University of New England (ME)
St. Josephs College (ME)
Newbury College (MA)
Thomas College (ME)
University of Maine-Farmington (ME)
Mercer County Community College (NJ)
The King's College (NY)
Maine Maritime Academy (ME)
University of Southern Maine (ME)
University of Rio Grande (OH)
Eastern Connecticut State University (CT)
Plymouth State University (NH)
Endicott College (MA)
Anna Maria College (MA)
Colby College (ME)
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI)
University of Massachusetts-Boston (MA)


What to bring: A camp ball and t-shirt will be provided. Players should bring cleats, shin guards, socks and shorts. Goalkeepers should bring their own gloves.


Schedule: Monday, July 23rd
09:00am - 10:45am: Arrival and registration
11:00am - 12:00pm: Technical Session
12:15pm - 01:30pm: Lunch
02:00pm - 3:00pm: College Soccer Prep meeting
03:30pm - 05:30pm: Tactical session and small sided games
06:00pm - 07:30pm: Dinner
08:00pm - 09:30pm: Social Event


Schedule: Tuesday, July 24th
08:00am - 08:30am: Breakfast
09:00am - 12:00pm: Tournament
12:00pm - 01:30pm: Bates Tour and Final meeting


Please check your email regularly as this is our primary way we check your email regularly as this is our primary way we communicate. Any additional information that we need to convey as the camp draws closer will be passed on to you via the e-mail address that you supplied when you signed up for camp. Please make it a habit to check your e-mail daily, since this will eliminate any confusion and or miscommunication.



Check-in and arrive begins at 9:00am with the first field session beginning at 10:45am. This will give players plenty of time to check into their rooms.


Waiver Information 

Please download camp waiver print it off, sign and bring to camp. Certified athletic trainers will be on-site for all Camps. ..... Download Waiver Form



Bates is located about three miles from the Maine Turnpike (I-95).


Northbound travelers
Take Exit 80 (Maine Turnpike Lewiston exit) and turn left onto Alfred A. Plourde Parkway at the stop sign at the end of the off ramp.


Southbound travelers
Take Exit 80 (Maine Turnpike Lewiston exit) and bear right onto Plourde Parkway.


GPS address os 141 Russell Street, Lewiston, ME



Players will be provided with all you can eat lunch and dinner in the Bates Campus dining area. Players will also eat breakfast on campus on Tuesday.



Players will stay overnight in the Bates College student housing for this camp


Miscellaneous Information 

What if I have to cancel a camp?
We do not offer refunds on canceled campers, just a future camp credit if you decide to cancel, but we do have what is called "Cancellation Protection". We offer basic Cancellation Protection to allow participants some peace of mind in case plans change. This allows us to keep our prices low and provide the best service possible. Due at the time of registration, Cancellation Protection entitles you to a full refund of camp fees should you cancel your registration more than 14 days prior to the start of an overnight camp, and 7 days prior to the start of a day camp. If you cancel within 14 or 7 days of the start of your session, we will give you a camp credit for all money paid. The credit is valid for three years from camp date at any of our camps.


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