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Camp Shutout goes 26 in a row


In Steven's Point, the self-proclaimed 'Largest Goalkeeper Camp in the World' hosted its 26th annual Camp Shutout at the Portage County Youth Soccer Complex. The goal for founder Stan Anderson, to improve on a position that the staff feels is often neglected in daily practices.

“It's important that any goal keeper that comes through the door,” Anderson said. “No matter their level, they walk away just knowing that they got better.”

The nearly 330 keepers went through six hours of training a day for six days. While the heat took a physical toll, much of the intended growth, mental.

“They get smarter and by getting smarter they get braver,” Anderson said. “A little bit of technical improvement and some tactical understanding and communication. If they can build on that, they become a better goalkeeper. It really is as simple as that.”

Games like Team Keeper Wars, a three-on-three fast-paced contest, are designed to enhance aggressiveness and continue to foster the unique mentality necessary to play in goal.

“I like that pressure,” Mallory Geurts said “The confidence that I need to make that big time save. If you make a mistake, everybody looks at you. But, when you make a big-time save, the spotlight's on you all the time.”

“It's a lonely position but you're not always alone,” Geurts continued. “You still have people with you. You may be back there alone but you're not always alone because you have your teammate with you.”

As the camp continues to grow from three in 1989 to over three-hundred this week, organizers look to grow equally in what the offer campers using a technique staffer Eric Wiberg might liken to finders keepers.

“All coaches are thieves,” Wiberg, founder of Wiberg's Wisconsin Goalkeeper School, said. “Until the day you die, you will constantly be learning from other coaches and other people.”

“You walk away here a better coach just from being around all these coaches as well as all the interaction with the campers.”

At the end of the camp, staff assistants bested the campers in a final round of Team Keeper Wars to wrap up the week in Central Wisconsin.

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