FGCU Boys Lacrosse Camp

Florida Gulf Coast University

Fort Myers, FL


Overview

Join GameBreaker this summer as we return to FGCU for our 11th annual summer lacrosse camp.  Florida Southern College Head Coach, Marty Ward joins GameBreaker Lacrosse for another week of great lacrosse instruction.  Campers will stay in air-conditioned dorms and play on the school's athletic fields.


About Our Coaches

Marty Ward

Marty Ward has a part of the Florida Southern men's lacrosse program for nearly its entire existence. He was named the head coach of the Moccasins in 2011 after spending one season as an assistant coach for Florida Southern.

Since Ward took over the helm of the program, the Moccasins have posted an overall record of 58-50, and have been ranked in the USILA Top 20 a total of seven times. During his time at Florida Southern, the program has produced four all-Americans and 48 all-conference selections.

In Ward's first three years, Florida Southern competed in the Deep South Conference and produced 22 all-conference honorees. Ward was named as the DSC Co-Coach of the Year in 2011 after leading the Mocs to the conference title game. FSC would make a repeat trip to the Deep South championship game in 2012.

Since the Moccasins began competing in the Sunshine State Conference in 2014, Florida Southern has produced 26 all-conference selections, including the 2015 SSC Player of the Year (Dane Sorensen) and 2014 Co-Newcomer of the Year (Grant VanOverbeke).

Sorensen also earned third-team USILA all-America honors in 2015, joining DJ Lubs (honorable mention - 2013, 2014) and Austen Lison (third team - 2017) as Florida Southern's lacrosse all-Americans.

Ward's teams have also excelled in the classroom, with 18 players earning the D2ADA Academic Achievement Award. The Moccasins have also had more than 100 players named to the SSC Commissioner's Honor Roll since Ward took over.

Prior to joining Florida Southern, Ward was a standout goalkeeper at Division II powerhouse Limestone College, where he helped lead the Saints to a record of 55-9 in his four years. Ward was a two-time team captain and three-time all-conference selection at Limestone.

In 2006, Ward was named the MVP of the Deep South Conference Tournament, was named an honorable mention all-American in 2005 and 2007, and earned the 2007 Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference Player of the Year Award.

During his time in goal for the Saints, Ward was a part of four teams that reached the NCAA Division II semifinals, including a pair of title game appearances (2004, 2005). After graduating from Limestone in 2008, Ward spent one season as a student-assistant coach with the Saints.

He spent the 2009 season as the head coach at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School in Columbia, SC, where he led his squad to a region championship.

Ward has also had success as a goalkeeper for the Iroquois Nationals team, helping the squad to a bronze medal at the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships. He was also the starting goalkeeper for the Iroquois Nationals team that finished fourth in 2006.

He has also served as a coach for the Iroquois Nationals U-19 squad, leading the team to a bronze medal at the 2012 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships.


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

Camper Schedule: 

1st Day
12:00pm – Registration and Check in
1:00pm-2:00pm - Orientation
2:00pm-4:30pm - Afternoon Lacrosse Session
4:30pm-5:00pm - Team Building Activities
5:00pm-5:45pm - Dinner
6:00pm-9:00pm – Evening Lacrosse Session / Extended Day Pick up

10:00 – Lights Out

2nd and 3rd Days

7:45am-8:30am – Breakfast (Overnight Campers Only)
8:45am - Extended Day Drop Off
9:00am-11:30am - Morning Lacrosse Session
11:30am-12:30pm - Lunch
12:30pm-1:30pm - Group Activities and Games
1:30pm-4:00pm - Afternoon Lacrosse Session
4:00pm-5:00pm – Leadership Driven Group Activities
5:00pm-5:45pm - Dinner
6:00pm-9:00pm - Evening Lacrosse Session / Extended Day Pick up

10:00 – Lights Out

4th Day

7:45am-8:30am – Breakfast (Overnight Campers Only)
8:45am – Extended Day Drop Off
9:00am - 11:30am - Morning Lacrosse Session
12:00pm - Closing Award Ceremonies
12:15pm-1:15pm - Check Out

 

 

 

Morning Training Session

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

 

Attack 

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

 

Midfield

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

 

Goalie

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

 

Afternoon Training Session

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

 

Evening Training Session

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

 

Daily Award Ceremony


Reviews (3)

reviews-10 Fred J. - Parent

GameBreaker put on a great camp this summer. All of the coaches were very helpful and hands on while coaching. They were key in making sure my son had fun.

reviews-10 Mike C. - Camper

The coaches were great! I had so much fun playing lacrosse with a bunch of the friends I made. They always had something for us to do. I never felt like I was watching and waiting in line for my turn.

reviews-10 Kenny C. - Parent

The GameBreaker Lacrosse camp we attended this summer was excellent. My son stayed overnight and he absolutely loved it. We hope our schedule matches up next year because he would love to come back.

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