GameBreaker Boys Lacrosse Camp at Western Connecticut State University

Western Connecticut State University

Danbury, CT


Overview

GameBreaker Boys Lacrosse camp returns to Western Connecticut State University which offers both turf and grass fields for our lacrosse campers. We are offering a full day camp from 9am-3pm and a half day camp for campers ages 6-9 from 9am-12pm. Join us for a great week of lacrosse training and new friends!


About Our Coaches

Ryan Cavanagh

Ryan Cavanagh has been named Head Men's Lacrosse Coach at Western Connecticut State University. Cavanagh comes to Western after four successful seasons as Head Coach at SUNY Plattsburgh in upstate New York.  Through four seasons at the helm, the Cardinals went 51-23 including a program-best 14-4 record in 2013 and back-to-back 13-6 campaigns in 2014 and 2015.

Cavanagh began his collegiate coaching career in 2011 at Plattsburgh State. In his four seasons at the helm, the Cardinals never failed to appear in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Tournament and advanced to the SUNYAC Tournament Finals in each of the last three seasons.  The Cardinals went and impressive 21-5 mark at home and Cavanagh left the upstate institution with the most career wins and the highest winning percentage (.689) of any Plattsburgh State lacrosse coach.

During his tenure the Cardinals continued to rise among the Division III ranks, culminating with Plattsburgh State's first appearance in the USILA Top 20 Coaches Poll in March 2013. The Cardinals were ranked for eight straight weeks and listed as high as 16th in the weekly poll during the 2013 season.

Prior to his appointment as Head Coach, Cavanagh spent three seasons as the Cardinals' top assistant after serving as a student assistant coach during the 2008 season.

Cavanagh played for the Cardinals from 2005-07 after his collegiate career began at Nassau Community College. He earned All-SUNYAC Honorable Mention honors as a senior and still holds Plattsburgh State records with a .630 single-season face-off winning percentage and a .581 career face-off efficiency. Cavanagh was named the team's Most Improved Player in his junior year and the team's Most Valuable Player following his senior ca


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 (10)

reviews-10 Peter J. - Parent

We really appreciated the personal evaluation and action plan that was sent home the last day of camp and the level of individual attention given in such a large camp. Great product!

reviews-10 Paul H. - Parent

This was a great experience for our son and his friends. They couldn\'t stop talking about how much fun they had. They are already planning a visit next summer. Thanks GameBreaker!!

reviews-10 Jason E. - Camper

This camp was the best!! I had a lot of fun playing lacrosse and hanging out with my friends. Staying in the dorms was cool too.

reviews-10 William R. – Camper

Coach Jason was a great teacher. He helped me prepare me for fall tryouts. I took what I learned at camp and made sure the coaches saw noticed my improvements and they selected me for the A Team this year.

reviews-10 David S. – Parent

When I picked my son up from camp on the last day he had nothing but good things to say. He loved the coaching staff and learned a whole lot. We cannot wait to send him back to camp next summer.

reviews-10 Peter M. – Camper

I enjoyed everything at camp. One of the best parts was being away from home and spending time in the college dorms. I learned a lot about lacrosse on and off the field and what it means to be a great teammate.

reviews-10 Matthew F. – Parent

I absolutely loved the turnout at camp this summer. My son was in a group of about 20 kids in his peer group and there was a great deal of competition. He was challenged all week and it made a huge difference in his attitude towards wanting to get better.

reviews-10 Randy J. – Coach

My son attended this camp and I showed up to campus to watch practice a few days. I was extremely impressed with the drills the coaches were running and how involved they were getting throughout the day.

reviews-10 Vinny M. – Camper

The coaches at camp were very helpful and provided constructive insight into how I could improve areas of my game. It was great to know what little tweaks I can make to be a better player.

reviews-10 Krystal M. – Parent

My son could not stop telling me how much fun he was having while at camp. One of the nights they had a pizza and movie night which was a great way to break up the week and incorporate a fun bonding experience.

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