The beautiful game.
If you’re a soccer fan, player, coach, or parent and have lived in this area long you are probably already aware of Chip Rohr’s Soccer Camp. Anchored at Linton Hall School in Bristow, the camp is coming up on its 38th year.
Since the camp was created in 1978, Rohr has been the director of coaching. A member of the DC/VA Soccer Hall of Fame, he has more than 40 years of soccer camp experience and holds a USSF “A” license and a National Youth License.
“We’ve always run the camp at Linton Hall,” says Rohr who is a co-founder along with Mac Tredway who ran the business end in the early days while Rohr has always honchoed the coaching part.
It was in the 90s that Tredway stepped down as administrator and all the responsibilities went to Rohr as owner, administrator, and coaching director. Formerly known as Linton Hall Soccer Camp, it was at this time that the name changed to Chip Rohr Soccer Camp.
“The facility at Linton Hall is fantastic,” says Rohr, “it has several benefits…it’s a shady campus but open enough that there is a breeze…there is a full size pool with certified lifeguards on hand…very few other camps have that benefit…and there’s a gym if we need it so we never have to cancel a camp…we can go inside.”
Geared for youth ages 6-13, Rohr’s philosophy has remained the same throughout the years.
“We’ve got a good coaching staff…the whole emphasis is on fun…kids having fun with soccer,” says Rohr. “We fully expect that they will improve in their skills through age-related soccer games and activities but we want them to learn through having fun.”
Camp schedules usually include time in the pool and a popsicle break.
A native Virginian, Rohr was born and raised in Manassas. Sportswise, he was a high school football player and wrestler.
“I got interested in soccer when I was at the University of Richmond and got involved in the German-American Club…they didn’t have a soccer program then…it was intramurals. I was invited to work at Randolph Macon College’s soccer camp and meeting the staff there is what really kick started my interest in learning about soccer.”
Rohr is a 33-year member of the Virginia Youth Soccer Association Coaching Education Staff and has conducted coaches clinics throughout the state.
If you’ve had a soccer player at the high school level you may have run up against schools in Prince William. In addition to his decades of coaching high school, Rohr was instrumental in developing the soccer programs at Osbourn High School and Brentsville District High School. He has also served as an assistant coach at George Mason University.
“It’s pretty rewarding,” says Rohr of former campers who have gone on to play at the college level and many that have returned as counselors at the camp.
“Soccer has grown by leaps and bounds,” says Rohr, “parents and grandparents who played can now teach their kids.”
Approaching four decades of soccer coaching, is Rohr tired of it?
“I’m on the field and at the camps every day…I’m having fun with it and still enjoying it…I’m planning to go on indefinitely.”