Boys’ lacrosse is not a sport to be learned on one’s own and lacrosse camps are important training grounds for boys who want to master the sport. There are boys’ lacrosse camps (and girls’ lacrosse camps, too) all over the United States and Canada that provide professional training for kids who want to up their performance in the sport.
Aside from the usual benefits of independence, discipline and camaraderie that a child gets from going to a training camp, lacrosse camps are focused on developing skills that a boy needs to excel in the sport. What exactly does a boy learn at lacrosse camps?
For a boy starting out in the sport, lacrosse camps begin with the fundamentals of lacrosse, something that may not have been adequately covered in school or a hometown club. The history, values, objectives and basics of lacrosse are drilled into the attendees to ensure that they have the necessary theory to back up their skills training.
The next thing that a boy learns at lacrosse camps are the fundamental skills: goalkeeping, defending, setting up plays and attacking. There are lacrosse camps that offer training programs focused on one specific role for those who choose to be goalies, attackers or one specific role or another in a team.
A third benefit that boy gets out of lacrosse camps is professional training. Many lacrosse camps are conducted by lacrosse players who have made a name for themselves in the sport and want to impart their knowledge and techniques to youngsters eager to get into the sport. This aspect of lacrosse camps for boys’ lacrosse especially, is not usually available in school and establishes a relationship with lacrosse figures who might influence a future career in the sport.
Another advantage of lacrosse camps is the opportunity to network with other boys who are equally interested in a career in lacrosse. Because lacrosse is not a “mass market” sport like football or basketball, the friendships established in lacrosse camps create capital for a future in the sport by establishing a network with potential lacrosse stars of the future.
The most important contribution of lacrosse camps for boys’ lacrosse is simply enabling a kid to have fun, be good at a sport and learn values that will come in handy for a career in medicine, engineering, business or some other profession that lacrosse training will have contributed to.