FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are the dates for the PPA Camps at Amherst College?
June 27 – 30 | July 11 – 14 | July 30 – Aug 2
If I fly into PPA, is there transportation to and from the airport?
Yes, for $50 round-trip (or one way) you will be able to register for transportation to and from the airport on the “PPA Shuttle” to the location of the academy.
The following airport will be serviced by the “PPA Shuttle”:
PPA #1, #2 & #3: BRADLEY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (BDL)
Please note that the PPA Shuttle will leave the airport at 12:00pm on the first day of PPA. In order to make this shuttle, flights should not be scheduled to arrive after 11:30am in order to make the shuttle. There are no exceptions to this as we need to get players to camp on time! It will also leave to return to the airport at 12:30pm on the final day at camp. No flights should be made prior to 3:30pm to return home. If your flights do not fall under these parameters you will be responsible for your own transportation to the camp. For PPA 1,2, & 3 a suggested company to use is Valley Transporter whose website is www.valleytransporter.com.
More information on the PPA shuttle will follow once registration is received.
What if I cannot make it to the academy by 12:00PM on the 1st day and want to come the day before?
Players will be able to arrive the day before the academy begins and stay over night in the dorms for an additional $150. You will also be provided with breakfast and lunch the next day. If you are flying into PPA Camps and need to get picked up on the day prior to camp please schedule flights to arrive close to 6pm. There will be a shuttle that leaves BDL at 8:00pm and brings players to campus. There will be only one shuttle from the airport. The cost of this shuttle is included in the $150.
What if I cannot find a flight that works with the shuttle schedule?
If your flight schedule does not work with the shuttle times, please feel free to contact any of the shuttle services at the airport and make arrangements on your own. A suggested company to use is Valley Transporter whose website is www.valleytransporter.com for the Amherst camps (PPA 1,2 & 3).
Is there a PPA store?
Yes. You will be able to get food, drinks, or gear from the store all day and most of the night.
Should each player bring money?
We recommend that each player brings some spending money but it’s not mandatory. We will provide the service of a “camp bank” so that campers do not lose their money. Somewhere around $50 for the four days should be more than enough to buy snacks and maybe a PPA t-shirt for Mom and Dad! Any money still in your account at the end of camp can be picked up at the camp store before departure.
What forms do I bring to Registration?
None! All of the forms are due ONE MONTH prior to camp. Please only send your forms one time. To prevent duplicated copies of paperwork for our office, please mail, email or fax your forms back to our office. The contact information can be found on the Forms Page (click here) of the peakperformancesoccer website. Our office will contact you directly if you are missing any forms.
Do we receive any gear when we arrive at the PPA?
All PPA players will receive a PPA t-shirt that you can’t get anywhere else. Needless to say it will be PUMA!
Is there a deadline to register?
Acceptance is on a first-come, first-serve basis, due to limited space. We anticipate a sellout for the tenth straight summer. Reserve space as soon as possible. Please note “Early Bird Pricing” is available before 4/1/20.
Can a player contact another coach and have him attend PPA?
High school, College and Club coaches are more than welcome to attend. Once the game schedule is set up, we encourage as many as possible to attend.
Can parents watch?
Parents and friends are encouraged to watch any “games” but are discouraged from “hanging around” all day. Parents can’t go with the player to college as much as the players might need someone to do their laundry!
My son just had a physical. Do I need a medical form?
2019 or 2020 school physicals will be accepted as long as our PPA Medical Form is completed.
What if my son gets injured at PPA?
Professional athletic trainers are on duty at all times and hospital services are always available. The PPA is a fully insured, but players must also provide their own medical insurance. The staff assumes no responsibility for accidents or illness, on or off the soccer field.
What if I need to cancel my registration?
A camp credit will be issued to any camper who must cancel prior to camp. No money will be refunded. There are no exceptions for injuries, or any other circumstances. The camp credit is a voucher for a session of camp at PPA and will be for the amount paid by the camper. It is transferable to another party and is good through the 2021 camp season.
* If your team makes USYSA Regionals, or USSF Academy Playoffs, we will move you to either July session or any other camp, free of charge.
* If your team makes USYSA Nationals, or USSF Academy Finals, and you are not able to attend camp, we will refund your money in full.
What if the player is a goalkeeper?
PPA’s Goalkeeping Academy recruits some of the best college coaches in the country. Each day, the goalkeepers will be involved in “goalkeeper only” training sessions.
Who can apply for the PPA?
The PPA is open to all aspiring college soccer players who are entering 9th-12th grade.
What should I bring to PPA?
Pack according to the schedule of three sessions a day and how much you want to change your soccer clothes. Here is a list of mandatory items and suggested items:
Soccer shoes (molded preferably)
Indoor shoes/ Flats/ Sneakers
Rain gear – Jackets and Pants (we only go inside for lightning)
Alarm clock (the staff will help you wake)
Sunscreen and bug spray
Linens (towels, extra long twin sheets, and pillow cases)
Personal Fan (A/C is not provided at any of the camps)
Is PPA exclusively overnight?
Yes. There are no day players since complete immersion in the PPA is part of the process.
How can I check on my outstanding balance?
If you would like more information or you have questions regarding an outstanding balance or any other issue please call 413-992-7177.
What if I want to change camp sessions after I register?
If you would like to change camp sessions, please call the PPA office at 413-992-7177. There is a $35 administrative fee for each change but we would be happy to do so given that there is room in the session you would like to switch into.