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“College Camps: A Key Recruiting Tool for the Prospective Student-Athlete” By Tom Kovic

College Camps: A Key Recruiting Tool for the Prospective Student- Athlete

By Tom Kovic

Summer is right around the corner and for every prospect that is in the hunt to match his talent with the right college program, opportunity approaches. Summer opens up more time on the daily schedule and with that, the chance to close in on some key elements of the college search.

There is a laundry list of tactics prospects and families can carry out to increase their visibility and grow awareness with college coaches. Whether you plan to attend multiple showcases and tournaments, or take several road trips to colleges and universities, you want to be sure your effort is measurable. This article focuses on attending specific college camps and utilizing this opportunity as a key recruiting tool in the college quest.

On-campus sports camps are becoming more popular and for good reason. Not only do college coaches who host summer camps reap the benefit of bringing talented student-athletes to the university, they also have the opportunity to evaluate that talent in the comfort of their home base, while offering prospects a first-hand look at campus through a “pseudo” unofficial visit.

Prospects can benefit from this on-campus experience as well. Since the event is held on-site, it provides prospects with direct access to the coach and with very few NCAA recruiting restrictions. Not only will the athlete have the ability to take part in an exciting camp experience, he also has the opportunity to form the foundation of what can potentially become a mutually beneficial relationship with coaches and players.

This opportunity gives the prospect tremendous laterality in maximizing NCAA contact rules and probing the coach about the program, philosophy and where he stands as a future team member. Creating a strong and detailed information base will only assist the prospect and family navigate the college quest with greater confidence.

Obviously, spending a week at a college camp can take a chunk of time out of your summer and determining whether the intent to attend a college camp is to have a fun experience, or to develop a strong connection with the institution, the coach and the program is essential. Considering the college recruiting process has accelerated to the point where college coaches are committing to prospects during the early high school years, it will best serve families to step up their college effort sooner than later.

If the coaches have been tracking your progress, then attending their camp makes greater sense. Consider the following questions before you take the plunge:

  1. Have I introduced myself by e-mail to Coach and expressed my initial interest in the program?
  2. Has Coach had the opportunity to evaluate my talent as a student-athlete either on site (tournaments) or by video and/or personal profile?
  3. Have I connected directly with coach by e-mail or phone to initially discuss his program and communicate my preliminary interest?

The point I try to make here is a simple one. If you are considering investing time and money to attend a college camp, then get the best bang for your buck. If you are registering high on Coach’s radar and his institution ranks in your top tier of schools, attending camp could be a wise choice.

When all is said and done and your camp experience is behind you, what is it you hope to expect from the total experience? Personally, I would want to leave knowing I 1) drove my skill set and awareness as an athlete to a higher level, 2) I had the chance to interact with the coaches and players and I gained a greater appreciation for the institution and 3) I communicated to the coaches my sincere interest in the program and walked away with sound feedback to where I currently stand as a prospect.

Attending college camps can offer prospects the chance to drive their skill set to higher levels. It may also provide additional benefits that will likely cultivate stronger recruiting relationships with specific college coaches in an effort to streamline the college search.

Southern California High School Boys Lacrosse Recruiting Camps: Silverfin Lacrosse Recruiting Camp To Be Held At Cal Lutheran University In Thousand Oaks On June 25-27, 2010

Silverfin Lacrosse announces its highly anticipated recruiting event that will take place 25-27 June on the beautiful campus of California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks California. Featuring coaches and staff members from Colgate, Ohio State, Dartmouth, Rutgers, Air Force, and other major college lacrosse programs, this event provides access to many of the top collegiate programs in the country. Campers have the option of a day camp or sleep away camp. In addition, we will be offering a week long day camp from 12-16 July at Oaks Christian High School. Youth players of all ability levels are encouraged to attend. Silverfin Lacrosse, Southern California's premier lacrosse training orgainization, is comprised of former and current military officers, ivy league graduates, and former Division-1 lacrosse players. They have come together to provide the absolute best training experience that you will find for players in Southern California. Our process is efficient, proven, and fun for players of all ability levels.

Top Lacrosse Camps: Dallas Deuces Holiday Lacrosse Camp On Dec. 20-23 To Feature Top College “Teaching” Coaches In Country

DALLLAS DUECES HOLIDAY LACROSSE CAMPEvery year Head Coach Chris Surran of Dallas Jesuit Prep puts on the best “TEACHING CAMP” in the country: Deuces Holiday Camp.  This camp has some of the best coaches in the country TEACHING you how to play lacrosse.

DEVOE HUMAN PERFORMANCEI don’t understand why people pay $1200 -$3000 to be on a travel team to go to recruiting camps and they are weak in an area of their game and the coaches see it.

If you want hands on instruction from the country’s best coaches then this is where you should be.

DATE & Location:
December 20-23 2009 at Jesuit College Preparatory School in Dallas, TX

STAFF (Actually teaching you not sitting on the side in chairs watching)

Chris Burdick– Head Lacrosse Coach of NCAA Division I Providence College

Stan Ross– Assistant Lacrosse Coach for the NCAA Division I United States Naval Academy and former Head Coach of Butler University

Kevin ConryAssistant Coach Division I Fairfield University, former defenseman for Johns Hopkins University

J.P. Brazel– Assistant Lacrosse Coach of NCAA Division I Sacred Heart University and former goalie for Hoftsra University

Graham Niemi- Assistant Coach of NCAA Division I Yale University, Head Coach Finland’s National Team, Former midfielder for the University of Maryland

Erol Wilson– Assistant Coach of Brown University, former Goalie for Stony Brook University

Ryan Wellner– Assistant Coach of NCAA Division I Stony Brook University

Chris Fiefs– Assistant Coach for NCAA Division I University of North Carolina, former player for the Boston Cannons

Byron Collins– Assistant Coach for NCAA Division I Penn State University, former Head Coach at Stevens Institute of Technology

Brendan Dawson– Head Coach of NCAA Division III Aurora University, former Defenseman for Salisbury State University, four time National Champion

Jack Sandler– Head Coach of NCAA Division III Skidmore College

Jeremy DaRin– Assistant Coach NCAA Division II Limestone College, former Assistant Coach for Syracuse University

Francis Donald– Assistant Coach for NCAA Division III Nazareth College, former Defenseman for Nazareth College

Patrick Mullin– Assistant Coach NCAA Division III Clarkson University, former Goalie for Nazareth College

Jordan Hirsch– Assistant Coach NCAA Division III Lynchburg College, former Attackman for Nazareth College

John Galloway– Current goalie for NCAA Division I Syracuse University, two time NCAA National Champion, became the first goalie in NCAA history to start for a national champion as both a freshman and sophomore

Joel White– Current LSM for NCAA Division I Syracuse University, two time NCAA National Champion, All American, NCAA All Tournament Team, U-19 Team USA 2008

Tom Palesky–  Starting Goalie for Army

Kevin Palesky– Midfielder Army

and more to come …

If you are serious about lacrosse no matter where you live in the country you should be at this event. I would love to have a great representation of people who follow our newsletter and training to be at this event.

My dream is to have kids from Rochester NY, California, Florida, Philly, Seattle, Baltimore at this event. Actually I want everyone who follows us to try and make it.

For more info on how to register go to the Deuces website – DEUCES HOLIDAY CAMP.

California Lacrosse Camps: 2009 “California Gold” And “Be The Best” Lacrosse Camps, Hosted By Peter Worstell, Begin On July 12 And Will Feature All-Americans Max Seibald Of Cornell And Kenny Nims Of Syracuse


Worstell hosts two of the most elite lacrosse camps in the country, “Be The Best” and “California Gold,” which expose boys to training from top-notch collegiate coaches and players.

The four-time NCAA All-American at Maryland has played a large role in building the lacrosse community in the East Bay, and has played an even bigger part in getting boys in this area, and in the state, noticed by college programs.

A four-time NCAA All-American at Maryland, Peter Worstell has played a large role in building the lacrosse community in the East Bay, and has played an even bigger part in getting boys in this area, and in the state, noticed by college programs.

(From InsideBayArea.com) Between red-eye flights to Dallas, Chicago and various other cities to which his occupation takes him, San Ramon Valley High School boys lacrosse coach Peter Worstell has been able to feed his passion, which is the game he coaches.

Worstell hosts two of the most elite lacrosse camps in the country, “Be The Best” and “California Gold,” which expose boys to training from top-notch collegiate coaches and players.

The list of coaches goes on and on, and it includes guys such as Hall of Famer Jack Emmer, the former coach of Army, and Dave Pietramala and John Danowski, coaches at top-notch programs such as Johns Hopkins and Duke.

The players include Max Seibald of Cornell, who was the NCAA’s top midfielder, and All-American Kenny Nims of a Syracuse team that won the national championship.

Obviously, Worstell has done, and is doing, a lot for lacrosse in Northern California, but make no mistake: The camps next week are not about him at all, and he will be the first one to tell you that.

“These camps are not about me in any way. They are about the game and the players,” Worstell said. “The kids learn values of the game and get a lot of experience. It’s a throwback. It’s presenting a lacrosse player with the opportunity to be prepared and people want to be a part of it.” 

The first camp, Be The Best, runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday to Tuesday. More than 300 boys will attend, with more than 70 top coaches and players, making for a nearly 4-1 ratio of player to coach, which guarantees a lot of hands-on work.

“There are so many aspects of the game and we want them involved and to keep them involved,” Worstell said. “We don’t emphasize where they are, but instead where they are going. It’s a teach-up philosophy.”

California Gold will run Wednesday and Thursday, and the players whittle down to 110. It is an invitation-only camp, with the best players displaying their skills for the best schools.

“It’s a venue that gives them exposure and showtime,” Worstell said. “If they are the cream of the crop, it’s worth it.”

The camps aren’t about making money, but about motivating the young men involved. Every camp is ended with heartfelt speeches on academics and hard work.

“These camps are for people who are passionate about the game,” Worstell said. “I temper blowing smoke, because there is enough of that out there.”


California Lacrosse Camps: “The West Coast Lacrosse Showcase” Featuring Duke Lacrosse Coach John Danowski, On July 20-23, At Cal Poly San Luis Obispo In San Luis Obispo, CA

Duke Lacrosse comes to the West Coast!

The Global Sports Institute Announces

The West Coast Lacrosse Showcase

Directed by


john-danowski-duke-lacrosseJohn Danowski, Head Coach Duke Lacrosse


matt-danowski-duke-lacrosseMatt Danowski, Attack-Long Island Lizards and Duke Star

and featuring

Scott Morrison, Head Coach University of Arizona

and many other college and elite lacrosse coaches


July 20 through 23, 2009


Cal Poly San Luis Obispo


For Info go to: www.GsiLax.com


Come join us on the beautiful campus of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in San Luis Obispo,  California for one of the most unique lacrosse experiences ever on the West Coast of the United States.  The West Coast Lacrosse Showcase will feature one of the most recognizable and successful coaches in the history of NCAA lacrosse, John Danowski.  Coach Danowski will be joined by his very talented son, Matt Danowski to personally direct all facets of this residential lacrosse experience for boys.  The Danowskis’ will be assisted by some of the top lacrosse coaches in the western United States.  This camp is designed for players to get exposure to college coaches and to see and feel first hand the demands of the college game.


                                            Camp Dates:     July 20, 21, 22 and 23


                                            Camp Fees:      $575 per person before 6/1 ($550 if you pay in full)
                                                                    $650 per person after 6/1


                                             Participant ages:  14 to 18 Boys only (high school as of fall 09)


                                             Location:   Cal Poly, SLO
                                                             San Luis Obispo,  CA 93407


Under Coach Danowski’s direction, we VALUE LEARNING in all facets of life. We teach the fundamentals as a springboard to EXCELLENCE. We do not settle for mediocrity. We insist on loyalty and instill pride. We believe in ALL ACCESS to coaches, players, facilities, and experts. We know that your greatest resources are your teammates. You will walk away with confidence that your skill set is balanced, your talents are cultivated and your competence is unquestionable.


For Info go to: www.GsiLax.com

Northern California Lacrosse: BayAreaLax.com Presents “The Upper Crust Lacrosse Camp” (July 20-24, 2009) Featuring Current Duke Lacrosse All-American Ned Crotty And Top Lacrosse Staff For Boys Lacrosse Players In Grades 6-12


USC Men’s Lacrosse To Host Summer Lacrosse Camp August 8-11, 2009; Lacrosse Campers Will Stay In USC Dorms


USC Men’s Lacrosse will be holding its inaugural summer camp August 8, 2009 through August 11, 2009 on its home game field, Cromwell Field. Campers at this elite camp will enjoy instruction from USC coaches and players, as well as coaches and players from other top teams around the country. Campers will also get a taste of the college experience, staying in USC dorms and enjoying USC’s fantastic on-campus dining.

To be eligible to attend the camp, a player must have played at least one full year of boys high school lacrosse, must be a member of US Lacrosse, and must be a rising senior or younger. No recently-graduated seniors may participate.


Check back on the USC lacrosse website often for more details as they are released.