Camps and Clubs 2019
DSYL Raider Nation!
Despite rainy weather and cool temps, it’s time to start thinking about the summer! Coaches get many requests about lacrosse camps and clubs, so we thought it would be helpful to highlight a few options for both below.
When choosing a camp or club, our best advice is to talk with other DSYL families to get first-hand accounts of which camps, clinics, tournaments, teams, and even leagues (fall and winter) are tried and true. In addition to the logistical questions (where/when/how much?), ask a lot of questions to find which organizations not only have the best value, but truly focus on the athlete experience:
- Skill-centered and focused on teaching
- Good ratio of coaches/counselors-to-athletes
- Proper grouping of athletes by age and/or grade
- Equal attention to players of all ages, experiences, skill-levels
- Equal/fair playing time for tournament teams
- Well communicated policies and philosophies
- An overall emphasis on a fun, safe, healthy, and inclusive atmosphere to learn and play
There are a LOT of awesome organizations in Massachusetts that put together experiences of great value with a priority on the athlete experience (development, enjoyment, and growth). However, there are also some organizations where caution is advised: unorganized, only in it for profit, unequal focus and attention to athletes, delivering false promises, etc.
To reiterate: Our best advice is to lean on familiar faces, ask a lot of questions, and talk to your DSYL coaches for guidance on finding the right fit for the boys.
CLUBS (alphabetical order)
Club lacrosse is a great way to keep a stick in your hand throughout the year. Many of the clubs listed below have summer, fall and winter offerings. Some clubs will allow you to pick and choose by the season, but most require an annual tuition.
Note that tryouts for most of these clubs are in August of the prior summer; however, it’s always fine to reach out to clubs as they might have some openings (kids move, switch clubs, etc.) or might have some “free agent” spots in tournaments. Also, if you really want to play some summer lacrosse, many tournaments have started offering the ability to register as a free agent….if they get enough interest then they will put together a team just for the tournament.
Coyotes Lacrosse http://coyoteslacrosse.com/
Kings Lacrosse www.kingslax.com
Top Gun Clams/Necks http://topgunlax.com/fightingclams/
CAMPS & CLINICS
Natick Lacrosse Camp
Dover Sherborn High School Head Coach Brian McLaughlin is the Field Director, along with HS Coaches Zanella and Mucchiano
Boy's Camp July 8-12, 2019: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (camp ends @ 12:00 on Friday)
Natick High School Turf Field
Field Director: Brian Mclaughlin
Little Laxers July 8-12, 2019; 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Natick High School Turf Field
3D Lacrosse: Be the Best Camp (among others)
DSYL has a long history with 3D Lacrosse as they run our Winter Ball program and several boys play for their club teams.
Tuesday June 11th-Thursday June 13th; 3:30-7:30PM
Roxbury Latin School
Rising 3rd to Rising 8th Graders
3D also hosts other camps around the region and country, if you’re spending your summer elsewhere.
Primetime Lacrosse Elite Overnight Camp (w/ Day Option)
A cool experience staying in the Babson dorms with good instruction in nice facilities. PLL pro and All-Time great Kyle Harrison is an on field instructor this year.
July 28-Aug 1
College Connections Lacrosse Clinic
A smaller scale “local” camp run by Medfield grads (don’t hold that against them) and Tufts players. Most coaches are college players that connect well with the kids.
Session 1: June 26-28
Session 2: July 8-10
McCarthy Memorial Field/Hospital Hill in Medfield
Foundations Lacrosse Summer Clinic (formerly FedLax)
Current 2nd-4th graders: July 15&16, 8-4pm, $260
Current 5th-8th graders: July 17-19th, 8-4pm, $385
Indoors at the Fieldhouse in Sudbury
PLL Academy (Clinic held in conjunction with the PLL playing at Gillette)
PLL Academy Training - Wellesley, MA
Wellesley High School (50 Rice St, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481)
6-8:30PM (6-7:30PM - Large Group Session, 7:30-8:30PM - Small Group Session limited to 6 kids only that will participate in both sessions)
Full details on each positional training and registration:
PLL Offensive Training - Sergio Perkovic - Wellesley, MA
PLL Face-Off Training - Greg Gurenlian - Wellesley, MA
PLL Defensive Training - Jake Richard - Wellesley, MA
PLL Goalie Training - Kyle Bernlohr - Wellesley, MA
Some other options with which we are less familiar:
Lacrosse and Leadership Camp (Penn St. Head Coach): http://laxandlead.com/
Gamebreaker Lacrosse Camp (CM Head Coach): https://thriva.activenetwork.com/FileStore/STXLacrosseCamps/LX-St.%20Marks%20Boys%20Flyer.pdf