University of California San Diego Boys Lacrosse Camp

University of California San Diego

San Diego, CA 92093


GameBreaker Lacrosse Camps are proud to announce that we will be returning to San Diego. We will be hosting a boy's overnight lacrosse camp at the University of Califonia San Diego this summer. The camp is open to boys ages 8-16 of all ability levels. Join GameBreaker Lacrosse this summer for what promises to be a great week of lacrosse and fun!

About Our Coaches

John Gillespie

Coach Gillespie brings over 20 years of lacrosse coaching experience to the Army and Navy Academy, as well as many years of playing experience in the sport. Gillespie started coaching at Christchurch School in Saluda, Virginia before moving to the varsity head coach position at Woodberry Forest School in Woodberry Forest, Virginia, where he was taking over the program established and led by his father in 1963. During his ninth season at Woodberry Forest, Gillespie led his team to win its 100th game. During his 12-year tenure coaching at the school, Gillespie guided the Tigers to four state championships, capturing the Virginia State Championship (TILT) title in both 2001 and 1999. Under Gillespie’s leadership the Tigers were Virginia Prep League Champions five times, in 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001 and 2002.

Gillespie’s coaching skills have been recognized with numerous “Coach of the Year” honors including Virginia High School Coach of the Year and Virginia Prep League Coach of the Year both in 2001 and 1999, and Central Virginia Coach of the Year in 2001, 1999. These honors culminated with his selection as coach for the prestigious North-South All-star game during the summer of 2000.

In 2007, Gillespie continued his lacrosse coaching career with a move to The Gilman School in Baltimore, Maryland. At Gilman, Gillespie was head coach of the 8th grade team and the assistant coach for the varsity team, which won the MIAA Championship in 2011, and in 2009. Under his leadership, Gillespie’s 8th grade team enjoyed an undefeated season in 2011.

Gillespie’s passion for the game of lacrosse dates back to his early days. His father, Robert F. Gillespie Jr., built the lacrosse program at Woodberry Forest School, coaching for 28 years and earning a place in the Virginia Lacrosse Hall of Fame. As a student at Woodberry Forest, the young Gillespie trained under his father as a four-year member of the varsity lacrosse team. During his senior year, he was elected team captain and received the Most Valuable Player award and the Godine Leadership Award. He was also named to the Virginia Independent School all-state team as an attack man and was selected to play in the U.S. Lacrosse North-South High School game.

Following high school, Gillespie headed to the University of Virginia where he played attack for the post-collegiate Virginia Men’s Club lacrosse team, competing in the Central Atlantic League of the USILA. In 1986, the Virginia Men’s Club team won the USILA Club Championship.

Coach Gillespie relocated to Encinitas, California from Raleigh, North Carolina where he was an assistant varsity coach at Saint Mary’s School, worked as a counselor for eight years at Breschi Lacrosse Camp at UNC, and trained goalies. He is a member of Triangle Men’s Lacrosse Officials Association and refereed North Carolina high school lacrosse games. Coach Gillespie holds a US Lacrosse Coaching Certificate Level 1 and a US Lacrosse Referee Certificate Level 3.

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 techniques 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


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


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


Communication - ball positioning, dictating the defensemen’s position and slides
Mechanics – placement in the 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 (2)

reviews-10 Javier P. - Parent

My son said the coaches were great and they taught him a lot. He enjoyed the college atmosphere and is already asking about next year.

reviews-10 Dan M. - Camper

I never thought I could be so busy, but having so much fun being busy! The coaches always had something for everyone to do, which made the camp that much more enjoyable. I’m coming back next year with some teammates!

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