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LACROSSE CAMP GUIDE
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camps is the growth of clubs,"
said Scott Anderson, the director
of Cardigan Mountain Lacrosse.
"Ten years ago, it was an event.
Now particularly ninth grade
and up, it belongs to the club programs. They play in tournaments
all summer long. The focus is on
playing games. One, they play a
lot of lacrosse over the summer,
so the appeal of overnight camps
is not as strong. It also has an impact on family resources to go
to a camp. It's a reorganization
of the sport, which has been dramatic over the past 10 years."
Directors gave several reasons overnight camps are beneficial and what players may
miss out on should those types
of camps continue to wane.
"It's still a great avenue for
youth players to go away, stay in a
residence hall, make new friends,
and be entrenched in lacrosse
for four or five days with really
good coaches," Quirk said. "For
the high schoolers, the recruiting events are so many, but there
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camp for a specific list.
aren't a ton of overnight camps as
there were five years ago. That's
an opportunity for kids to visit
college campuses and see what's
in store for college."
"The old traditional overnight camp, which we did, is not
as viable an option for a lot of
kids. I believe it should be," said
Al Brown, the director for New
England Top 150. "Kids need
to improve their game. Playing (games) all the time is not
an option that elevates them to
where they want to get. Some of
my kids come back after a summer of playing lacrosse and do
not develop as lacrosse players.
They develop bad habits."
Whether it's an overnight
or a one-day camp, a recruiting event or a position-specific
skills clinic, players can get
something different out of
camp that they can't get with
their typical day-to-day work
with the school or club team.
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"Foremost is a sustained immersion in the sport with a guarantee of measurable improvement, exposure to outstanding
coaches with teaching experience, exposure to new ideas, drills
and concepts, and resources that
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