Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/13/11
The Lehigh University men’s lacrosse program has announced it will hold three camps this summer.
Included in the camp programming is the return of the Lehigh Valley Showcase, a huge success in its first year. The Showcase is a boys’ recruiting event and three-day skills camp for rising juniors and seniors.
“We are very excited to announce this summer’s camp line-up,” Mountain Hawks head coach Kevin Cassese said. “This is a great opportunity for player from the Lehigh Valley and across the country to be a part of the Lehigh program. They have the opportunity to learn and grow as athletes while working with Lehigh players and coaches, as well as other coaches from across the nation.”
The following is a listing of the Lehigh Showcase and camps for 2011:
The Lehigh Valley Showcase
July 26-28, 2011 at Lehigh’s Bethlehem campus, will feature three days of advanced training, games, instructional combine 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. Camp will feature no more than 200 participants.
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, bench press 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 attend the All-Star Showcase and also serve as instructors. The All-Star Showcase will be held July 28th at 4:30 p.m.
The camp will be co-directed by Lehigh coach Kevin Cassese (captain of World champion US National team and formerly of Philadelphia Barrage) and assistants Brendan Callahan and Taylor Wray (Philadelphia Wings defenseman/captain 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.”
“Not only is this camp good for kids interested in Lehigh, with coaches in attendance last summer from schools like Loyola, Georgetown, Dickinson, Haverford, Washington College it was a chance to be seen by some of the best around the country. And for the campers, there is so much more than just competing in a showcase. They will get skills training and go to some excellent seminars. At the end of the day 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 June 28th – Friday July 1st, 2011
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 exceptional lacrosse instruction and a fun-filled residential experience. Each camper will receive a first-hand look at what it is like to be a Lehigh Lacrosse Player, while enjoying four days of instruction, three nights’ accommodation, and meals in our deluxe 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 goal is to provide outstanding instruction and skill work in order to help each player become more confident and better prepared for anything they may encounter on the lacrosse field.
New since 2010 – Lehigh will be offering advance instruction within its High School Division specifically designed for the high school 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.
The Jr. Mountain Hawk Evening Camp – Grades K-6
Monday June 20th – Thursday June 23rd, 2011 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
This camp was developed to help beginner and intermediate players improve their skill set with exceptional instruction in the fundamental aspects of the game. We start from square one and focus on being fundamentally sound and technically correct. At the end of the week we will see just how far we have come in our Junior Mountain Hawk Skills Competition! We help to build each individual player from the ground up so that when you walk away from the Jr. Mountain Hawk Day Camp you feel more confident knowing you have a strong foundation for future success.