Lake Forest Academy Girls Lacrosse Camp

Lake Forest Academy

Lake Forest, IL


Known as one of the North Shore's favorite sports camps, GameBreaker returns to Lake Forest for this girls lacrosse camp. Campers will stay in the campus dorms and play on the school's varsity fields.

About Our Coaches

Allyson Howard

From 2019- 2022, Howard served as the Assistant Women's Lacrosse Coach for the New Zealand Senior National Team. She served as the team's draw specialist coach while also helping to develop practice plans, stickwork routines and offensive strategy. She helped start the U15 Academy where she worked with players under the age of 15.

Howard has no shortage of collegiate coaching experience as well. Most recently she held the position of Head Coach at Elmhurst University. She served as the Head Coach and Assistant Sports Information Director at the University of Bridgeport from 2015-17 prior to Elmhurst. She also served as an assistant coach at Central Connecticut State and Worcester State University in her tenure. Coach Howard also served as an interim head coach at Post University. She spent four years at San Diego State University, serving as a varsity assistant women's lacrosse coach, the Head Coach of the Club Women's Lacrosse program, and as a Student-Athlete Academic Coordinator. She started her coaching career as an assistant coach at Grand Valley State University in 2010.

Howard has also spent four years at 3d Lacrosse LLC, serving as a Master Coach for the Connecticut River and San Diego Programs. She ran clinics and workshops for youth lacrosse organizations while also teaching local youth coaches.

Howard earned her bachelor's degree from Grand Valley State University. She received a Masters of Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University (Calif.) as well as a Masters of Education from Liberty University. Howard and her husband Shane, are parents to Adelaide, McKinley and Jameson.

Camp Details

Check-in/out: Overnight and Extended Day Campers check-in at 12:00 pm on the first day of camp and check out at 12:00 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 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

Camp Curriculum:

Fundamental Stick Work- Specialized stick routines and targeted fundamental drills

Position Specific Training-

Defense- including a rotation of midfielders
Footwork - pivoting, recovery and angles
Stickwork - clearing, carrying, grounds balls and stick protection
Field Awareness - man up or man down situations, on and off ball defensive play
Body Positioning - ABCDs of defense (for 1 on 1 defense)

Situational Awareness - spacing, vision and offensive flow
Shooting - 8 meters, on the run, shot placement and selection, and faking before shooting
Dodging - from X, face dodge, split dodge, roll dodge
Transitioning- Riding the ball

Situational Awareness - spacing, vision, and offensive flow
Shooting - 8 meters, on the run, shot placement and selection and faking before shooting
Dodging - from X, face dodge, split dodge, roll dodge
Defensive Play - body positioning and field awareness
Transitioning- Riding the ball, fast breaks both offensively and defensively, settling

Communication - ball positioning, dictating the defense’s positions and player positioning
Mechanics - placement in cage, off stick and stick-side movement, reaction time, hand/eye coordination
Clearing - moving the ball quickly, communicating where to go with the ball and stick work

Draw Specialist-
Mechanics - footwork and body positioning
Taking the Draw - pushing , pulling, or self-drawing, ball tracking
Circle - speed work, ground balls, ball tracking, and reaction time

Unsettled Situational Game Play, focused on special awareness specific to game-like situations-
2v1, 3v2- Fast play from the elbows and X
Crossfield 3v2 continuous play
3v4 off ground ball and clears
Full field transitional continuous play

Grouped Position Specific Training- Attack vs. Defense, Midfield vs. Midfield
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, lacrosse tic-tac-toe racing, lacrosse head-shoulders-knees-toes-ball, and other leadership and team building activities

Game Play- 7v7, small sided games, full field scrimmage, situational gameplay, clearing and riding the ball

Chalk Talk- Reviewing techniques and game theories regarding specific positioning and game-like situations

*Curriculum Varies Per Location and Director*

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

Reviews (3)

reviews-10 Marvin B. - Parent

My could not believe how much better she got at camp this summer. The coaching staff was great and got the best out of the campers.

reviews-10 Janelle G. - Camper

I learned so much from the coaches as well as other campers. I feel like I learned more this week than ever before. The coaches did a great job teaching.

reviews-10 Caroline K. - Parent

The coaches all did a great job teaching different drills emphasizing all aspects of the game. My daughter plans on showing her teammates some of the drills she learned at camp.

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