Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 12/26/09
The Lehigh University men’s lacrosse program has announced it will host the Lehigh Valley Showcase, a boys’ recruiting event and three-day skills camp for rising juniors and seniors and post-graduates.
The camp, open to everyone, will be held July 28-30, 2010 at Lehigh’s Bethlehem campus, and feature three days of advanced training, testing and seminars, culminated by the all-star showcase on the final day. The camp will be run by Lehigh coaches and players with assistance from college coaches.
Campers will stay at the Lehigh dorms. All sessions of the Showcase will be filmed and made available to participants for personal use following the event. Campers also will receive printouts on strength and speed training combine activities such as the 40-yard dash and the vertical leap.
Each camper will play in at least six games during the camp. Seminars will be held for recruiting/ academics, and leadership/character building. Many college coaches at the Division I, II and III level will attend the All-Star Showcase and also serve as instructors. The All-Star Showcase will be held July 30 at 4:30 p.m.
The camp will be co-directed by Lehigh coach Kevin Cassese (member of US National team and formerly of Philadelphia Barrage) and assistants Brendan Callahan and Taylor Wray (Philadelphia Wings defenseman and assistant coach for Canadian National team).
Callahan, the event coordinator, said the purpose of the camp is to help campers gain visibility within the recruiting landscape, while helping them grow as players and as people.
“With this showcase, Lehigh Valley and Philly kids don’t have to go to New York or Baltimore to get seen in the summer,” said Callahan. “This is meant to help the lacrosse community grow in our region.
“And for the campers, there is so much more than just competing in a showcase. They will get training in skills and go to some excellent seminars. And they’ll have something to take with them to help in their recruiting process.”
Other camps being offered during the summer include:
The Lehigh Lacrosse Experience Overnight Camp – Grades 5-10
The Lehigh Lacrosse Experience will be held for boys in grades 5 through 10 on Tuesday, Jun 29-through-Friday, July 2
This camp is designed for upper grade school, middle school and high school players of all skill levels who want to enjoy the combination of top-notch lacrosse instruction and a fun-filled residential experience.
Each camper will receive four days of instruction, three nights’ accommodation, and meals in Lehigh’s on-campus dining center. Each full day will include three independent on-field sessions (morning, afternoon, evening) that will focus on teaching fundamental skills and concepts, practicing half-field and full-field live game situations, and applying the skills and concepts from those game situations to the scrimmages and games.
The camp will offer advanced instruction for the High School Division specifically designed for the scholastic player. The program is catered towards players seeking a better understanding of the recruiting process and how to best prepare themselves for to be successful at the collegiate level. The College Prep Division will include seminars on lacrosse specific speed and strength training, the recruiting process (what to expect and how to be prepared), academics and their impact on success, and a special seminar on leadership and character building.
There also are team discounts.
The Jr. Mountain Hawk Evening Camp – Grades K-8
The Jr. Mountain Hawk Evening Camp for boys under the age of 14 will be held Monday, June 21–through- Thursday, June 24, from 5:00-8 p.m.
This camp was developed to help beginner and intermediate players improve their skill set with top-notch instruction in the fundamental aspects of the game. Campers will be taught the basic fundamentals on the primary lacrosse skills. Sessions include fundamental instruction, drill work, competitions, and games.
Individual instruction will be done by the Lehigh Lacrosse coaching staff and current players.