Frequently Asked Questions
Early Drop-off and Late Care
Although camp hours are 9:00am – 3:00pm Monday-Thursday, and 9:00am – 12:00pm Friday, there will be supervision for early drop-off starting at 8:00 AM free of charge. We offer Late Care until 6:00 PM Monday-Friday. Campers will be kept entertained in an air-conditioned room with games, movies and activities – should they choose to participate. Campers will also be provided snacks and juice. The cost of Late Care per day is $15. Pick-up for Late Care will be at Hinkle Fieldhouse- GATE 1. For questions regarding Late Care, please email email@example.com.
There is a $20 discount per player with a team sign-up. To be eligible for the discount, team members cannot register online. Team registrations must be completed with Ric Huffman. Contact Coach Ric Huffman by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (317) 366-5303.
Goal Keeper Training
We offer specialized goalkeeper training at each camp session. We believe goalkeepers develop best with a blend of specialized training in goalkeeping fundamentals and game experience. Goalkeepers will have specialized training in the morning and train as field players in the afternoon to help develop foot skills. There is no need to register as a goalkeeper.
A LUNCH PASS can be purchased for $15 ($3.75 per lunch) at camp check-in on Monday morning. Camp lunch includes choice of pizza or Smucker’s Uncrustable PB and J, fresh fruit, fresh vegetable, cookie or brownie, and a juice. Campers may also bring their own lunch.
Camp Athletic Trainer
A certified camp athletic trainer will be present during all camp sessions. At camp check-in on Monday morning, if necessary, please make the athletic trainer aware of any medicine or medical conditions your camper may have.
Initially, campers will be grouped according to age. After evaluation by their coach and if necessary, campers will be re-grouped according to skill level. The best effort will also be given to honor teammate requests.
Camp Bank Card
Campers will have the opportunity to purchase a bank card at camp check-in on Monday morning. This card will be used to buy drinks and snacks at the concession stand, eliminating the need to carry cash during the week. Any remaining 'punches' on the card will be refunded on the last day of camp.
On various days, Campers have the option of a 40-minute swim at the HRC indoor pool. You will receive communication prior to camp letting you know which day(s) your camper has the opportunity to swim. There is Life Guards present. The pool depth is 3 ft, 6 inches. Campers choosing to swim will need a swimsuit, towel and a change of shoes for the walk to the pool.
Inclement Weather Plan
In the case of lighting or other severe weather, we will move campers indoors. Camp will not be canceled due to bad weather, however, Butler University does not have indoor space available to play soccer. We will fill the day with movies, taped soccer games, talent show, trivia games etc. It is up to you if you would like to keep your camper home on days that the weather is not predicted to let up. It is not a frequent occurrence, but we have experienced days like this in the past.
Our Summer Soccer Coaches
“Being a part of the Butler Bulldog Soccer Camp is such a thrill for me. Having the opportunity to work with a staff that is so committed to providing a fun experience for the players is great. And the campers keep me laughing during what is a great week of learning, improving their soccer skills and building long-lasting friendships.”
Coach Alman is the Co-Head Coach of the Butler University Soccer Program. In addition to his time with the Bulldogs, Coach Alman brings 12 years of coaching experience working with players across the full spectrum of youth, college, post collegiate and professional ranks. A native of Leicester, England, Alman’s playing career included time with two professional clubs in England – Northampton Town and Kidderminster Harriers. Coach Alman holds the US Soccer A License and the NSCAA Level II Goalkeeping Diploma.
Tari St. John
“There are two main goals we strive to achieve with every player at camp. One, provide each player with the tools to become a better player and two, provide such a positive camp experience that each player’s love for the game grows even more.”
-Tari St. John
Coach St. John is the Co-Head Coach of the Butler University Women’s Soccer Program. Now in the nationally renowned Big East Conference, St. John and Co-Head Coach Alman have lead the Bulldog’s to two of the finest seasons in school history in 2012 and 2013. With 9 returning starters, the team looks poised to continue their success this fall. Coach St. John played her college career at Purdue University. A two-year captain for the Boilers, she earned Academic All-American honors in her senior season. Coach St. John holds the US Soccer A License, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and the NSCAA Level II Goalkeeping Diploma.
“Camp is one of the highlights of my year. To have the opportunity to work with so many youth soccer players is a privilege. Indianapolis has such a great foundation of youth programs, we get excited every summer to see kids come back year after year with energy and excitement towards the game. Our aim is to fuel that energy and keep the kids passionate about the sport we love.”
Coach Huffman is the Butler Soccer Program’s top assistant and has been a part of building a championship team alongside Coach Alman and Coach St. John. Huffman played his college career at 8-time National Champion Indiana University. He also played several years of professional soccer with the Indianapolis Twisters. Coach Huffman holds the US Soccer B License, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and the NSCAA Level II Goalkeeping Diploma.
Director of Elite
“I am so impressed with Butler Bulldog Soccer Camp. Kids are celebrated, soccer is taught and played and the coaches are engaged and get on the same level as the players. Also I am a sucker for face paint and balloon animals so that was game, set, match for me!”
Mark Spiegel is proudly from Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Spiegel played at Butler University as a center-mid and earned a degree in English and Secondary Education. Mark is the Academy Director at South Central Soccer Academy on the south side of Indianapolis and is the founder of the 501c3 nonprofit Make Your Own Ball Day. Spiegel was chosen to be apart of the NSCAA 30 Under 30 program for young coaches and is involved in presenting and lecturing at the national convention. Other achievements: 2-time Table Top Champion, eight 14’ers climbed, undefeated in Scrabble and qualified for and ran the Boston Marathon. Spiegel is passionate about using soccer as a platform for change and serves locally through Young Life, Capernaum and ballin’ at the center.