It’s a fact that is being discussed at all levels of the sport: Young lacrosse athletes are simply playing on too many club teams where the focus is generally geared towards team concepts, rides/clears, man-up/man-down, team defense/team offense, face-off play, etc. It really has to be that way in a team atmosphere with tournaments always close at hand. There simply isn’t enough time to work on the key INDIVIDUAL fundamentals and building blocks to success. Club teams, if run properly, are fun and great as a way to reinforce the skills you learn at camp or in your backyard, not as the only form of instruction a player receives.
Instructors visually teaching a lacrosse camper can be hard, so not many camps do it. What’s easy is rolling the balls out to play. The kids love it and, as a director, it takes almost no planning and organization. At Millon lacrosse, we refuse to take the easy way out. We teach, we drill, and we have fun.
After 24 years, our curriculum has been proven and refined many times. It is set for all ages and all positions. During the early part of the week, we do a large amount of individual skill building, and as the week moves on we play games for one reason: to reinforce what was learned during our skill sessions.
Millon Lacrosse Athlete Core Values
Our lacrosse camp seeks to teach our athletes values, as well as lacrosse skills. Each camper will be taught:
- Sportsmanship: Showing courtesy and respect to opponents, coaches, teammates
- Teamwork: Learning to work with and help teammates
- Dedication: Demonstrating care for the team, the sport, and performance
- Improvement: Working hard to develop skills, to learn and to get better
- Hustle: Giving your best effort all of the time
- MVP: Never losing your cool and rising to the occasion under pressure
Stick skills (left/right), footwork, holds, crease play, team defense, take-away checks, shooting, stick protection, off ball play
Stick skills (left/right), shooting (inside, outside, on-the-run, split dodge, inside roll (power/quick) question mark, COD, riding, stick protection, team offense, passing, off ball play
Stick skills (left/right), shooting (inside, outside, on-the-run, split dodge, inside roll (power/quick) question mark, COD, riding, stick protection, team offense, defensive play, intro to face-offs, passing, off ball play
Stance and position, grip on the stick, leadership, stick skills, communication, shot stopping, attitude, proper warmup