Lake Forest Academy Boys Lacrosse Camp

Lake Forest Academy

Lake Forest, IL


Overview

GameBreaker celebrates its 14th anniversary in Lake Forest this year with its annual boy's lacrosse camp.  Join your lax friends and make new ones at Illinois' favorite summer lacrosse camp.  Campers live in dorms on campus and will play on the school's athletic fields.


About Our Coaches

Brian Welch

Brian Welch has been the Head Lacrosse Coach at Concordia Chicago Men's Lacrosse program since 2017.

Welch has had eight Cougars earn All-Academic Honors from the NACC in 2018. Among the eight student-athletes, was Jordan Loeffler who has earned All-Academic recognition each of the three years of CUC lacrosse's existence.

Welch is a 1997 graduate of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN, and earned his master’s at Ohio University in 2004. Upon graduation, he worked a series of jobs in the educational field, focusing on the areas of enrollment management and student success.

In 2013, Welch started up the Marian High School boy’s lacrosse program in Mishawaka, IN. In the program’s first three seasons, the Knights achieved a record of 31-15 and developed several players that went on to have successful college careers. Welch was named the 2013 IHSLA New Coach of the Year, coached two Indiana All-State players, two Academic All-State players, and four honorable mentions All-State players during his tenure. He also coached John Jessup to earn the 2013 Bob Scott Award, an award given to the top senior lacrosse player who represents top leadership skills on and off the field. Jessup beat out Notre Dame All-American and current Premiere Lacrosse League All-Star Sergio Perkovic, to win the award.

In 2015, Welch started up the western-most junior college lacrosse program in the country at Ancilla College in Donaldson, IN. The Chargers went 6-4 in their inaugural season and had two NJCAA Academic All-Americans. Welch was named the Region 12 Coach of the Year and had seven players named to the First and Second All-Region teams.


Camp Details

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

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

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
Stickwork – 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
Crossfield 3v2 continuous play
3v4 off the 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 Jessica V. - Parent

I sent my two sons to camp this summer and they had a blast. They improved so many aspects of their game. I cannot wait to watch them play in games next season.

reviews-10 Anthony D. - Parent

My son had a great time at camp this summer. The first thing he said when we got home was if he can go back next year. Great job, he loved the camp.

reviews-10 Jake B. - Camper

My parents signed me up for camp along with a few of my teammates and we all had a blast. My favorite part was trying to beat me friends in the fastest shot competition.

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