Cate School Boys Lacrosse Camp
The Cate School is just south of Santa Barbara on the beautiful west coast of California. Campers will be staying n campus at the schools dorm and have the ability to cool off in the swimming pool. Come join us for a great week of lacrosse and fun. Camp is open to boys ages 8-17. Campers will have access to all of the following Cate School amenities:
Community Center – Cate’s Comm Cen is a hangout area on campus that offers ping pong tables, foosball, couches for relaxing and a TV room. The Comm Cen is open during camper’s free time and is always supervised by one of Cate Sports Academy’s counselors.
Blue Ewe – The Blue Ewe is open from 12pm – 1pm Monday through Friday, and 4pm – 8pm Tuesday and Thursday. Each camper has an account that is billed to a credit card on file. The store carries emergency toiletries, limited items for class use, snacks, and a broad selection of Cate School clothing.
Recreation Pool – Cate’s recreational pool is open to campers during free time under supervision of our staff.
Indoor Basketball Courts – Basketball courts are available for camper use during free time. Courts are also utilized for group evening activities such as dodgeball, human bowling and other team building activities.
About Our Coaches
Coach Francis has over 30 years of Lacrosse experience. He was an All New England goalie for the Williston Northampton School in Easthampton, Mass. He then went on to Cornell University where he was converted to an LSM in the middle of his sophomore year. In his senior year he was voted All-Ivy, Division 1 All-American and was an NCAA Championship runner-up. He then went on to play for the Boston Blazers professional indoor lacrosse team. He played for the team throughout their entire existence which was suspended in 1998 and captained the team in its final year.
He began coaching Newburyport High School (MA) in its inaugural season in 2002. He has remained there ever since winning 2 coach of the year honors and amassing a 75-16 (.824) record in the last 5 years. He was the Defensive Coordinator for the US Indoor Lacrosse team that won the Bronze Medal in the 2007 World Championships in Halifax Nova Scotia. He then was the Defensive Coordinator for the resurgent Boston Blazers in 2009. Coach Francis lives in Newburyport Massachusetts and has three sons, Grant (Northeastern University ’16), Sam (Bates College ’17) and Henry (Newburyport High School ’16).
EXOS Strength & Conditioning Morning Session: $275 per week
LAX Airport Round Trip Transportation: $250
SBA Airport Round Trip Transportation: $100
SB Airbus Round Trip Pick Up in Carpinteria: $25
Weekly Linen Rental: $30
Cate Sports Academy offers an exciting opportunity for athletes looking to enhance their camp experience. Campers will be woken up a little earlier than their peers and with have a 90 minute strength and conditioning session Tuesday - Friday with our EXOS Certified Trainers. This program has been implemented at Cate School for their athletes this past year and not only have they seen increased performance, it has also drastically reduced the number of injuries during season across all sports.
Evening activities are planned and supervised by Cate Sports Academy counselors and may include dodgeball, kickball, human bowling, capture the flag, ultimate frisbee, outdoor movie night, trips into Carpinteria, wiffle ball, ice breakers, ping pong tournaments and more!
Traveling to Cate
If you are driving to Cate, the School is easily accessible off Highway 101. If you are flying first to Southern California, the Santa Barbara airport (SBA) is a 30 minute drive from the Cate campus and the Los Angeles airport (LAX) is a 2 hour drive from Cate.
If you are accompanying your child to camp, please plan to arrive to Cate between 9 and 10 am for boarding campers and 10 and 10:30am for day campers on the first day of the session and between 4 and 5:30pm on the last day of the session.
If your child will be flying as an unaccompanied minor, please notify Jessica Seriano. We will pick up campers from the Santa Barbara airport for a fee of $100 and from LAX in Los Angeles for a fee of $250.
Driver Pick Up times:
LAX – Flights arriving Monday between 8am and 10am
SBA – Flights arriving Monday between 8am and 12pm
Driver Drop Off times:
LAX – Flights departing Friday between 2pm – 4pm
SBA – Flights departing Friday between 12pm – 2pm
For those taking the Santa Barbara Airbus from LAX to Carpinteria, we will pick up campers in Carpinteria for a fee of $25. Once you have arranged your travel information, please let Jessica Seriano know.
If you plan to spend any time locally, please check on the School's main admission visit page for local hotel information.
Anyone needing assistance with booking travel, we recommend contacting SB Travel for assistance. Cate School has worked closely with Santa Barbara Travel Bureau for many years, and they will be able to help arrange travel for students attending Cate Summer Institute. A ticketing fee of $40 per ticket covers researching the best times and fares and monitoring any subsequent flight schedule changes. Please contact Andrew Seligman at (800)266-5452, email@example.com.
How is rooming determined?
Majority of the dorm rooms at Cate School are singles. Athletes are placed in gender and age appropriate dorms. We do our very best to accommodate every roommate request. If you have such a request, please let us know in writing.
How do you handle homesickness?
We understand that homesickness is normal for kids, especially for young children and those new to sleepover programs. We educate and train our staff on how to manage homesickness. Homesickness is most common in the first few days of the week. During this time, our directors and head counselors monitor all athletes closely. We believe in open and honest communication with parents if your child is homesick. We will call you, discuss the situation, and create an action plan.
How does my child communicate with us while at Cate?
Although cell phones are allowed during certain times, we encourage parents to send an email to their child through the CSA email box. The office will deliver all emails to dorms. There will be time during the day or evening for your child to respond via email or he or she may choose to send a letter or postcard. You are also welcome to send a care package and letters.
We will take many photos of all sports and activities through the week and post regularly on the Cate’s Facebook and Instagram page.
To send mail:
Cate Sports Academy
1960 Cate Mesa Road
Carpinteria, CA 93013
How is laundry handled?
Campers are responsible for their own laundry. There are washers and dryers available in all dorms, operated with a laundry card that can be purchased at Cate. Counselors are available to help if necessary. We provide laundry detergent.
What is the technology policy?
We understand the role cellphones have in our society today and the ability to get in touch is comforting. Cell phones will be allowed during Cate Sports Academy in the dorms only. All campers will give their cell phones to the Counselor on duty at 10pm, and cell phones will be returned at 7:30am the following day.
Other than cell phones, we do not permit electronics while on campus. This includes video games, laptops, iPads, Kindle, etc… Cameras and devices that play music only, such as a radio or iPod/MP3 are acceptable.
Cate Sports Academy provides campers a unique opportunity to make friends with other adolescents from all over the world. By eliminating electronic consumption on campus, participants are able to focus on the program and create relationships and memories that will last a lifetime!
Will my child need money while at CSA?
We recommend approximately $25 per week. This can be used for snacks, drinks, or souvenirs from our Cate student store, the Blue Ewe. If you would like to open a credit to use during the week, we will take credit card information on the first day and bill your card at the end of the week.
How does the school store (Blue Ewe) work?
The Blue Ewe is open on Opening and Closing Days of each camp session, from 12pm – 1pm Monday through Friday, and 4pm – 8pm Tuesday and Thursday. Each camper has an account that is billed to a credit card on file. The store carries emergency toiletries, limited items for class use, snacks, and a broad selection of Cate School clothing. The Blue Ewe gives campers the opportunity to budget and plan for their purchases. We encourage each family to talk realistically with their camper(s) about their expectations for camp store usage.
What is the food like?
Aramark manages our camp dining room and most of our dining staff have been working at Cate for over 20 years! The food is organically and locally sourced when possible, and we do our best to provide healthy choices that also appeal to the tastes of our campers. Lunch and dinner comes with a choice of two hot dishes with sides, and we also have a well-stocked salad and sandwich bar with numerous toppings and condiments. Breakfast always features cold and hot cereal, egg dishes, fruit yogurt, and something from the griddle. We have fresh whole and sliced fruit at every meal, and our beverage bar is soda-free. If your child has a food allergy, please let us know so that we may alert the dining staff.
Check-In Overnight Campers:
Check-In Half Day & Full Day Campers:
Half Day Campers: 12:30pm (except last day)
Day Campers: 5pm daily (except last day)
Friday Check-Out (ALL CAMPERS): 11:30am-12:00pm
My son is super shy, but the coaches got him to join in and have fun! The camp was great and my son really enjoyed himself.
Money well spent, great value and both my kids had a lot of fun. I would recommend this camp to any mother looking for a summer lacrosse camp.