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LACROSSE CAMP GUIDE
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may not be otherwise available
to youth and high school players," Anderson said. "Our camp
staff, for example, includes Matt
Schomburg of FOGOLAX Academy and Ryan Small, founder of
Discover Your Game training
tools. And, of course, there is a
great deal of camaraderie among
campers at an overnight camp,
and an opportunity to meet, practice and compete with players
from a wide diversity."
The coaching staff is an aspect all the directors said was an
At a recruiting camp, Quirk
said it is important to know
which coaches are going to be
there because the player should
want to be in front of the coaches he or she thinks they could be
a good fit for, both athletically
"Getting to know the style of
the coaching staff, how they treat
players, what's their philosophy
for building great people, that's a
great piece for what you can get
out of a camp as well, as well as
the colleges seeing how these
young men conduct themselves,"
he said. "(The players should) put
themselves out there to have a
personal message of why they're
interested in them."
Another key regarding the
coaches is the size of the camp
and the camper-to-staff ratio.
"There should be coaches
here that spend the time evaluat-
ing the players here," Brown said
about New England Top 150.
"There's not 600 kids spread out
over 12 fields. They're here all
in five fields in close proximity.
They have a regimented schedule how they rotate the fields.
They do a little college day
where the kids can introduce
themselves to the coaches, find
out a little about the school, and
make that connection."
Furthermore, the directors
said a good coaching staff can
help players learn not just about
the skills required to play the
game, but desirable characteristics.
"One of the things we're proud
of, we're concerned with ethical
behavior and character," Brown
said. "That encourages parents to
think they'll be well attended (to).
"There's no arguing with of-
ficials, not sharing the ball with
teammates, not blaming teammates," Brown added. "There's
all this good stuff going on that
should go on to honor the game.
They may have come here in the
past. Their coaches come here.
There's a lot they take away they
don't know they're taking away."
Whatever type of camp you
choose, whatever coaches are
there, the most important component in maximizing a player's
camp experience is how hard he
or she works.
"They need to space their
events out so they're fresh, healthy
and mentally ready to go about
putting their best foot forward so
they can maximize their learning
and put their best foot forward,"
Brown said. "Some kids, their
plates are really full, and they
don't put their best foot forward.
They need to know camp is short
and intense, and they need to be
ready to go. It's game day."
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