FAQs

Where is the Rice Soccer Camp Located?

The Rice Soccer Camps are held at Rice University. Its beautiful 300-acre campus is quietly nestled amidst many family oriented residential communities and still set within minutes of downtown, across from the world renowned medical center. Soccer camps will be held on the Rice University Intramural Fields as well as the Rice Soccer Stadium.


Who are the coaches at the Rice Soccer Camp?

Rice head coach Nicky Adams and Rice assistant coaches Courtney Sirmans & Brenton Saylor oversee the Rice Soccer Camps and are actively involved in the day-to-day training of the campers. In addition, the Rice Soccer Camp is committed to bringing in some of the best club, ODP and college coaches in the country.


How do I register for camp?

Click the "Register for Camp" button in the upper left corner of our website to complete our secure online registration. You may also call us at 713-348-6956 or e-mail us at ricesoccercamp@rice.edu for specific questions.


How do I Pay?

Secure online payments are available via Credit Card. We only accept MasterCard, Visa or Discover.


How do I know if I'm Confirmed for Camp?

Upon completing registration you'll receive a confirmation email with important camp information and a receipt of your purchase.


Are there any discounts for camp?

Multi Person Discount - To qualify for this discount, two or more people must be registered in the same transaction regardless if it is the same or different sessions. Discount will automatically appear in cart. (SUMMER CAMP ONLY)

Rice Employee Discount - If you work at Rice University you will receive a discount: please call or e-mail to receive the coupon code prior to registering.

Team Discount - $25.00 off for every camper when they come with a team of 10 or more. List of players must be e-mailed in prior to registration. Coupon code will be given after list has been submitted.


Is there medical personnel at the camps?

YES! The Rice Soccer Camp will provide a full time athletic trainer. This trainer will be present at ALL training sessions and will stay the night in the dorm for the Residential Camp. For serious situations the Medical Center is less than 5 minutes from campus. Plenty of water will be available during all the training sessions at the fields. Sport drinks will be available for purchase at the camp store.


Do I need a physical to attend the camp?

No. As long as you consult your physician and have your parents sign the waiver, you are ok to participate in the camp. Insurance information is required to give to the camp.


What is the refund/cancellation policy?

A $125.00 NONREFUNDABLE deposit is required to secure a spot for all summer camps. A $50.00 NONREFUNDABLE deposit is required to secure a spot for all winter camps. All balances must be paid in FULL two weeks prior to the start of the camp date.  Those registering within two weeks of the start of the camp date must pay in FULL.

There will be NO refunds two weeks prior to the start of the camp start date!  All non deposit refund requests must be submitted in writing via email to ricesoccercamp@rice.edu.  Refunds may be available for an extended illness of five or more consecutive program days.  A. doctor's note and explanation  of the situation must be received within two working days from the first absence.  Upon review, participants may receive a $25/day refund for the unused days.

Refunds are not available for vacations, special events, short-term illnesses of four days or fewer, or other personal commitments that prevent attendance.

We reserve the right to revoke the registration of any child who consistently disrupts normal activities. While this is a rare occurrence, it is important to note that consistent disruptions diminish the experience of the other participants.  No refund will be made if a child is dismissed from the program.

Transfers:  Due  administrative costs, a $15 fee is charged for transferring between sessions per child, per session.  The transfer fee must be paid at the time the request is made.  transfers are based on space availability and are made at the discretion of the Rice Soccer Staff.  Children may give their spots only to siblings or step-siblings.  Programs are not transferable to anyone outside the immediate family.


What if I do not have insurance?

If you do not have insurance, you are required to purchase it from Rice University.


Is there transportation to and from the airport?

YES... but only for the residential camps. There are two airports in Houston, Texas. There is the Houston Hobby Airport and Bush Intercontinental Airport. If you need to be picked up from the airport there is a $25.00 charge for one way and a $35.00 charge for round trip. All flight information must be sent to the Rice Soccer Camp Staff.


How do teams register?

In order to receive a team discount ONE person/coach from the team must serve as a contact with the Rice Soccer Camp office to coordinate the team registration.

1. Prior to registering online, one person/coach will e-mail ricesoccercamp@rice.edu with all the names that are a part of the team. Once we have that, a Rice Soccer Camp Staff Coordiantor will e-mail you back with the Discount Code.

2. To register online: Campers register using the normal registration option for the camp they are attending. THEY MUST LIST THE TEAM NAME and put in the coupon code in order to receive the discount. The team discount will be deducted from the balance due. We cannot guarantee a discount will be applied if the camper does not list the team name where requested. Also once you have registered and paid in full we cannot go back and add the discount!

Team discounts for all camps will be $25.00 for every team member in a team of 10 or more.


What happens if there is bad weather?

If it rains, is overcast, humid, hot... we expect to continue having our training sessions. We always train. As soccer is played in all weather, we train in all weather.

However, if the weather becomes dangerous (lightning, high winds, floods, extreme heat, etc.) we will move the campers to a Residential College, Tudor Field House, Rice Football Stadium or they will return to their Residential College (for our Residential Camps). Unfortunately, we do not have indoor training facilities. We will get back outside as soon as the weather permits and, in the case of lightning, as soon as we are notified that it is safe to do so.

We also advise you visit the Rice Soccer Camp website where there will be daily postings, updates, and information addressing any weather issues especially if the extreme weather hits close to pick up or drop off time. Please be sure to stop by the intramural fields first before moving onto the Residential College, Tudor Field House or the Rice Football Stadium for pick up and drop off during extreme weather.


Will there be a camp store?

A camp store will be open during all of our soccer camps. Our camp store will contain Rice Soccer Apparel as well as drinks snacks and candy. You may also purchase Rice Soccer Apparel when registering online.


What do I bring to camp?

All campers will be required to wear the necessary equipment required to play in a real game, that means wearing shinguards, socks, and cleats at all times when training. Also strongly encouraged is for each camper to bring their own squeeze bottle, an extra t-shirt, money for snacks, and flip flops or running shoes for indoor activities and meals.

Also, please make sure that each camper is dressed weather appropriately which means being prepared for the sun and rain! Please be sure to include sunblock and a rain jacket.

For our Residential Camp, players please be sure to bring a full weeks worth of clothes for training and competition (including cleats, shinguards, and any other gear you may use regularly such as slider pants as a keeper or head guard as a field player), as well as toiletries, linens, running shoes for inside and when off the field, a cell phone that can act as an alarm clock and its charger, and money for concessions and pizzas. If you wish to, you may bring a portable refrigerator so that you can store sports drinks and any prescription medications that you must have overnight with your person.


What is the day camp lunch option?

We will provide a buffet style meal with fresh salads, fruits, vegetables, sandwich meats and hot food options. The total cost of the lunch plan is $55.00, and drinks are included. Please note that if you do not select this option, the camper will be responsible for bringing his or her own lunch to camp everyday.


Where do I get picked up and dropped off for Day Camps & Owlets?

Check In for each Full Day Camp and Owlets is at 8:00 am on the first day of camp, Monday at the Rice Soccer & Track Stadium. We always suggest to show up closer to 8:00 am than later on in order to avoid the longer lines. As long as all your paperwork is complete (your proof of insurance information and signature release are on file) and your balance is paid you should be able to move through Check In rapidly.

Our Full Day Camps start promptly at 9:00 am and conclude at 3:30 pm each day Monday through Friday at the Rice Soccer & Track Stadium. Our Owlet Camps start at 9:00 am and conclude at 11:30 am each day Monday through Friday.

Check in for the winter camps will be at the Rice Soccer & Track Stadium. Check in will be begin at 8:00 am for the Winter Owlet & Youth Camp. Check in for the College ID Camp will begin at 12:00 pm.


Where do I get picked up and dropped off for Residential Camp if I am a commuter?

Check In for our Residential/Goalkeeper Camp begins at 3:00 p.m. on the first day, at one of our residential colleges on campus (TBD).

If you are a commuter please have the camper dropped off at the Residential College (TBD) at 8:30 a.m. starting on the second day. Pick up will be at the Residential College (TBD) at 9:00 p.m. Please make sure commuters register at 3:00 pm on the first day with the entire camp.

Check out for our Residential/Goalkeeper Camp will be at 12:00 pm at one of our residential colleges on campus (TBD).


What is the daily schedule for the Residential Camp?

Daily Schedule:

8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Speed & Agility Work
10:00 a.m. Training Session I
12:00 p.m. Lunch
2:30 p.m Training Session II
4:00 p.m. Return to Residential College
5:00 p.m. Dinner
6:30 p.m. Evening Matches
9:00 p.m. Evening Activities
11:00 p.m. Lights Out


Will my child be supervised in the dorms?

Yes! Every camper will have a camp counselor on his or her floor. The Rice Soccer Camp staff (including administrators, coaches, and counselors) will be housed in the residential college. Note that campers are separated by gender. Non-staff adults will NOT be allowed on floors outside of check-in and check-out.


What about roommate requests?

The camp welcomes roommate requests and will attempt to accommodate the requests. Roommate requests must correspond to each other. Rooming assignments are done one week prior to the start of a session. It is recommended that roommates send in their applications at the same time.


Is there a penalty for a lost room key at the residential camp?

Yes there is a penalty fee for a lost room key. Cost TBD by housing and dining.


Where should I park for Day Camp & Owlet Camp?

The best way to get to the Rice Soccer & Track Stadium is to enter the Rice University campus via Entrance 8 at the intersection of University Blvd & Stockton Blvd.  Once on campus, there will be a road about 30 yards from the entrance to your right next to the new Moody Center.  Turn right down that road and it will take you in front of Reckling baseball stadium.  Please follow that road until you reach an old tennis court located down the left field line that has been converted into a parking lot, now called West Lot 6.  This lot may only be used to drop off and pick up your camper.  Parking beyond drop off and pick up in this lot will not be allowed.  You will be subject to ticketing/towing if you remain in this lot for the duration of camp.  Complimentary parking on Mondays of each camp will be the following: 7:30 am- 9:30 am; 11:00 am- 11:45 am; 3:00- 3:45 pm. Tuesdays through Fridays complimentary parking will be the following: 8:30 am- 9:15 am; 11:00 am- 11:45 am; 3:00 pm- 3:45 pm. 

If you wish to stay to watch camp and need to park, you have several options.  You may park in West Lot 1 and/or the Moody Lot for $1.00 per 15 minutes or $12.00 max per day.  Please note that you will have to pay each time you exit and re-enter this lot.  There is additional parking for a flat rate of $1.00 in the Greenbriar Lot on the West Side of the football stadium.  Several maps of campus which include the locations of the Rice Soccer & Track Stadium ode the parking lots can be found at www.rice.edu/maps.html