Boys Lacrosse Camp at Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN 37235


GameBreaker Lacrosse Camps offer players of all abilities and positions the opportunity to develop every aspect of their game while having fun building long lasting relationships with their fellow campers, teammates and coaches.

At our boy’s lacrosse camp at Vanderbilt University, campers will have the opportunity to train at a top college campus with some of the best coaches in the game. Under the Coaches guidance, the 4-day camp will be focused on providing each player fundamental instruction, individualized stick work, positional play and situational game play while engaging in a multitude of fun contests, camp games and leadership activities. Come join us for an unforgettable week of lacrosse and fun!

About Our Coaches

Tyler Yelken

Tyler Yelken enters his first season as head coach of Reinhardt Men's Lacrosse.

Yelken – who takes over a Reinhardt program that is a four-time defending national champion – is the third head coach in program history.

The Woodstock, Ga., native and Woodstock High School graduate joins the Eagles after spending time with the Kennesaw State men's lacrosse team as both an assistant and head coach. As the lead Owl, Yelken had a 50-17 overall record at his Alma Mater and was named the SouthEastern Lacrosse Conference (SELC) Coach of the Year in 2015 and 2016.

The newest Eagle, who also played lacrosse at Kennesaw State, joined the club in 2013 as an assistant before being promoted to Owl head coach in 2014.

Yelken's Career Highlights with Kennesaw State

  • SELC Southwest Region Regular-Season Champions in 2014-18

  • 41 SELC All-Conference players

  • 28 SELC All-Tournament selections

  • 7 Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) Scholar-Athletes

  • 5 SELC Player of the Year award winners

  • 3 MCLA National Tournament appearances

  • 1 player drafted by the Atlanta Blaze in 2017 – goalie Connor Hanson

Off the field, Yelken serves as the SELC Vice President and Division II Director. He also assists the MCLA as an Executive Committee member and Division II representative. Additionally, Yelken has spent time on several committees including the MCLA Division II Tournament Selection Committee, MCLA Division II Top 25 Pollster, MCLA Division II All-American Selection Committee, SELC Division II All-Conference Selection Committee and the SELC Division II All-Tournament Selection Committee.

Prior to Kennesaw State, he played lacrosse at Cayuga Community College in Auburn, N.Y., and was a part of teams that went to the National Junior College Athletic Association quarterfinals in both seasons (2005, 2006).

Yelken helped start the men's lacrosse program at Woodstock High School, leading the team to a pair of North Georgia Lacrosse League (NGLL) state championships.

As a player, Yelken was the NGLL MVP his junior and senior years, leading the state in scoring in both campaigns.

Camp Details

Check in/out: Overnight and Extended Day Campers check in at 12pm on the first day of camp and Check out at 12pm on the last day. On the second and third day of camp the extended day campers will arrive at 8:45am and get picked up at 9:00pm.

Age & Ability: Camp is open to boys ages 8-16, all ability levels welcomed.

Meals Provided: Overnight campers will be provided with all meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Extended day campers will be provided with Lunch and Dinner

Camp Overview

Developmental Stick Work
Specialized stick routines involving box and targeted fundamental drills

Position Specific Training

Defense - including a rotation of midfielders
Footwork – pivot, recovery and angles
Stick work – clearing, carrying and stick protection
Field Awareness – slide, recovery and on ball play

Situational Awareness – spacing, vision and offensive flow
Shooting– time and room, on the run, shot placement and selection
Dodging – from, X the ally and up top
Riding – drop back, pressure and 10-man rides

Situational Awareness – spacing, vision and offensive flow
Shooting– time and room, on the run, shot placement and selection
Dodging – from, X the ally and up top
Defensive Play – body positioning, field awareness and sliding

Communication - ball positioning, dictating the defensemen’s position and slides
Mechanics – placement in cage, off stick and stick side movement
Clearing – moving the ball quickly, communicating where to go with the ball and stick work

Face Off Specialist
Mechanics – footwork and body positioning
Outlets – pushing the ball to wings, communicating how and where they should go
Draw – speed work, counter moves and development of additional moves

Unsettled Situational Game Play, focused on special awareness specific to each type of situation
2v1 Fast play from the ally, X and Y
Cross field 3v2 continuous play
3v4 off ground ball and clears
Full field transitional continuous play

Grouped Position Specific Training- Attack vs. Defense, Midfield vs. Midfield and LSM’s
1v1’s, 2v2’s 3v3’s, 4v4’s– from all positions on the field focusing in
on specific game philosophy’s, techniques and spatial awareness

Specialized Team Building and Leadership Events
Lacrosse capture the flag, lax baseball, lax water balloons, lax maze runner, ultimate lacrosse and other leadership activities

Game Play - Clear ride scrimmage, full field scrimmages, camp championship tournament, 7 vs 7, box lacrosse tournament

Daily Award Ceremony

*Curriculum Varies Per Location and Director*

*For Sample Times of Daily Schedule, Visit Highlights Page*