Maplezone Sports Institute Boys Lacrosse Camp

Maplezone Sports Institute

Aston, PA 19014


Overview

GameBreaker Lacrosse Camps are proud to announce a summer lacrosse camp at Maplezone Sports Institute. The Swarthmore College boys lacrosse coaches will direct the boy's day camp. We also offer a half-day camp from 9:00-12:00 for ages 6-9. Join us this summer for a great week of lacrosse improvement and fun.

Covid-19 Policy: Vaccine is NOT required to attend camp. Negative COVID tests are NOT required prior to arriving at camp, but strongly encouraged for all campers. In addition we ask ALL CAMPERS to bring in there health forms, Athletic Monitoring Form, and COVID Liability Waiver to camp check-in.

These forms can be found in the camper packet on the Forms Page


About Our Coaches

Swarthmore College Coaches

Pat Gress: Is the head coach at Swarthmore College. The 2020 season marks his 25th year as the men's lacrosse coach at Swarthmore. Gress, a 1991 graduate of Towson University, has had four teams (2000, 2003, 2008, 2016) selected to compete in the ECAC Tournament.

In 2016, Gress led Swarthmore to its first-ever appearance in the Centennial Conference tournament and was named the league's Coach of the Year for his efforts. That season, the Garnet also claimed the ECAC title and finished 12-6 overall. In 2017, Swarthmore earned another berth to the conference tournament after winning its final three Centennial games, including two in overtime.

At Towson, Gress was a history and secondary education major, four-year varsity letterman, and winner of the James Saxon Memorial Award for Outstanding Leadership. Upon graduation, he assisted North Harford High School in Harford County, MD, from 1991 to 1993. From there, Gress assisted Franklin & Marshall College for two years, helping the team reach the NCAA Tournament in 1995.

Gress received a master's degree in administration from West Chester University in 2000. He also teaches physical education classes.

Gress currently serves on the USILA Regional All-American Committee and has chaired the Centennial Conference Men's Lacrosse Committee (2005-11), coached the 2003 North-South Senior All Star Game and served on the Regional Advisory Committee for NCAA Tournament Selection.

Lou Harrison:  Joined the Swarthmore men’s lacrosse coaching staff for the 2022 season.  A 2018 graduate and four-year attackman at Ursinus College, Harrison spent the last three seasons assisting the lacrosse program at nearby Ridley High School. A Health and Exercise Physiology major, Harrison was a member of the Phi Epsilon Kappa Honor Society and minored in Psychology while at Ursinus. For the Garnet he will coach the attack, run the Extra Man Offense unit and assist with recruiting.

Sam Wasson: serves as the Defensive Coordinator and Goalies Coach at Swarthmore College. His first season at the collegiate level, Wasson directed the Swarthmore defense to a 4-2 record before the season was suspended due to COVID-19.
He spent the 2019 season coaching the Palmyra High School defense when the team won both the Mid-Penn and District III Championships.

A graduate from the University of Mary Washington, Wasson was a CAC award-winning goalie for the men's lacrosse team and served as captain during his senior season.


Camp Details

Check-in/out: All campers check in daily at 8:45 am. The full-day campers will check out daily at 3:00 pm with our half-day campers checking out at 12:00 pm.

Age & Ability: Our camp is open to boys ages 6-16, Our half-day camp option is open to ages 6-10 and our full-day camp option is open to ages 9-16. All abilities and levels are welcomed.

Meals: Campers are to bring their own lunch to camp.

Covid-19 Policy: Vaccine is NOT required to attend camp. Negative COVID tests are NOT required prior to arriving at camp, but strongly encouraged for all campers. In addition we ask ALL CAMPERS to bring in there health forms, Athletic Monitoring Form, and COVID Liability Waiver to camp check-in.

These forms can be found in the camper packet on the Forms Page

Camp Schedule

8:45 - Campers arrive and check-in; Stretching and warm-up
9:15 - First Session - Individualized skill work
10:15 - Position specific training
10:30 – Break, team building, and leadership events
10:45 – Unsettled situational gameplay
12:00 – Supervised group lunch, Half-Day Campers depart
12:45 – Camp games and team building events
1:00 - Team Concepts – Settled game awareness and play
2:00 - Team games – Scrimmages
3:00 – Daily review and award ceremony - Full-Day Campers depart

Morning Training Session 1

Fundamental 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

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

Morning Training Session 2

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 ground ball and clears
Full-field transitional continuous play

Lunch

Chalk Talk - Reviewing techniques and game theories specific to the player's position and the weekly on-field technical activities

Afternoon Training Session 1

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, 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

Afternoon Training Session 2

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

Daily Award Ceremony


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