Walsh University Boys Lacrosse Training Camp

Walsh University, North Canton Ohio

North Canton, OH 44720


Overview

GameBreaker Lacrosse will be hosting a boys day camp at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio this summer. Camp is open to players of all ability levels from ages 6-16. The half-day camp option is open to campers ages 6-9. Campers will train on the University athletic fields and train under the Walsh University coaching staff. Join GameBreaker for what promises to be a great week of fun and lacrosse training.


About Our Coaches

Alex Skvarch

Alex Skvarch enters his fifth season as the men’s lacrosse head coach after serving as an assistant coach for the program in 2014. In 2017, he guided the Cavaliers to their first postseason appearance in program history and a win over nationally ranked No. 10 Lindenwood.

Skvarch previously served as the defensive coordinator at the Hartwick College. While at Hartwick College, Skvarch coached two USILA North/South game participants, four Empire 8 All-League players, and one Academic All-American. In 2016, he coached six ECAC All-Rookie Team selections and two ECAC Defensive Player of the Week selections.

Skvarch also played lacrosse at Hartwick and was a two-year captain, selected to the Empire 8 Second Team in 2011, and ended his four-year career with 153 groundballs and 98 caused turnovers in 51 games.  Skvarch was selected to the Empire 8 Sportsman of the Year Team and was named the team’s Defensive MVP in 2011.

Matt Shields

Shields is in his third season of coaching men's lacrosse with the Cavs after spending his last eight years coaching high school lacrosse. In 2018, he began assisting with the women's lacrosse program and joined the team on the sidelines for games when the men's team doesn't play.

Two summers ago he coached Mercer Island High School at the National High School Lacrosse Showcase. Shields also coached Team Washington for the high school select club team the past two summers for rising ninth and 10th graders. He also spent the last eight summers coaching the Mercer Island lacrosse camp, working with youth development.

Before that Shields played lacrosse at the University of Mount Olive. During his time there he was a team captain in 2016, played in the USILA DI/DII north vs. south all-star game, a First-Team All-Conference Carolinas selection in 2015 and 2016, selected for Conference Carolinas All-Tournament team in 2015, and also a Second-Team All-Conference Carolinas selection in 2014.

He was voted the team’s offensive most valuable player 2015 and 2014, ended career as the No. 1 in overall points in school history, finishing with 230 points (147 goals & 83 assists).  Shields helped lead his team to first ever NCAA Tournament in 2016, in only the teams fourth year as a program.  In addition to his accomplishes on the field Shields was selected as a 2016 USILA DII Scholar All-American.

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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 ability and levels are welcomed.

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

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 game play

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
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

 

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
Cross field 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 players position and the weeks 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’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

 

Afternoon Training Session 2

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

 

Daily Award Ceremony


Reviews (3)

reviews-10 Arnold C. - Parent

My son Daniel enrolled in camp for the first time this summer, and I have to say that I was very impressed by the organization, drills, and activities

reviews-10 Deborah G. - Mom

My son had a ton of fun at lacrosse camp! He couldn\'t wait to go each morning. The coaches fostered a positive and enjoyable environment for all the kids

reviews-10 Graham W. - Parent

GameBreaker Lacrosse Camp is absolutely one of the best camps in Canton area, my son has been going for years and loves it!

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