Soccer came a bit early this year as the Prosper boys’ soccer program hosted their annual soccer camp on July 31 – Aug.t 3.

Eighty-one campers arrived at Prosper High School on Monday to participate in a fun-filled week of soccer. The players were filtered into groups based on their age and given the opportunity to work directly with the Prosper coaching staff. Incoming freshmen practiced from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. with all three coaches — head coach Ryan Rogers, and assistant coaches Chris Groff and Austen Peacock. Groff was also in charge of the second - fifth graders, while Peacock handled the middle school players. Both of the younger groups practiced from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Throughout the week, each group focused on different aspects of the game. While all players were taught the basic skills and fundamentals of the game, such as passing, shooting and gameplay tactics, the coaches had different goals for the youth.

“The ninth grade camp is more a freshmen orientation where we go through expectations, set goals, and started to get the players accustomed to the daily routines of the high school program,” Rogers said. “The second–fifth grade camp mostly focused on skills and building love for the game, while the middle school camp begins to introduce more tactics while still focusing on technical skills.”

Aside from ensuring the children are having fun and learning more about soccer, Rogers said the camp is also beneficial to both the coaching staff and the soccer program by providing them with the opportunity to get to know future Prosper soccer players.

“It gives (the coaches) a chance to start building relationships that can last through their high school career,” he said. “It’s fun to see players at the high school level that still wear their old camp shirts to workouts years later.”

In addition to getting to know the talent pool they will be working with in future seasons, Rogers has the chance to instill the foundations of the program into players at an early age. Sportsmanship and accountability are two of pillars that Rogers has built the program on, and the campers get a taste of what it means to be an Eagle soccer player through their participation.

The boys’ soccer team will kick off their season later in the year, and are looking to improve on their second-place district finish and two-round run in the playoffs last season.