Contact Football Camp Lake Forest College

Contact Football Camp Lake Forest College
Contact Football Camp Lake Forest College

The Lake Forest College Contact Football Camp is a camper favorite. With top-notch instruction, premier competition, and full contact drills campers leave camp ready to compete at the next level!

Jim Catanzaro has been directing Contact Football Camps for the past seven summers and heads into his eighth camp as a Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Finalist. Along with a reputable coaching career, Coach Catanzaro demonstrates a high level of enthusiasm, passion, and energy.

Highlights Include

  • Individual Camp ages 8-18
  • Grouping by age, weight and ability
  • Contact Football Camp T-shirt and Prizes
  • Great exposure to college coaches
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Jim Catanzaro
Camp Director

Jim Catanzaro

The 2017 season will be the ninth as Lake Forest College’s head coach for Jim Catanzaro, who will also serve as the team’s defensive coordinator for the 12th straight year.

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The 2016 Foresters finished the year with an 8-2 record. Lake Forest's 10 selections (eight players) were the second-most in the conference. The Foresters posted an 8-2 overall record and finished in third place in the league standings with a 6-2 mark in MWC play this season.

The 2015 Foresters climbed a spot the third place in the Midwest Conference South Division standings with a 3-2 record in league play. Eight players on the team earned All-MWC South honors, including three on the First Team, and five Lake Forest seniors played in the Tazon de Estrellas (Game of the Stars) in Baja, Mexico.

The Foresters posted their second straight 8-2 overall record in 2013 and matched the 2002-03 squads for the highest two-year victory total in program history. The team also went undefeated at home for the second year in a row and its 10-game home winning streak matched the school record set more than 100 years earlier. The 2012 Foresters went 8-1 in league play and earned share of the fifth conference title in team history.

Catanzaro was named Midwest Conference Coach of the Year in 2012 and has been a finalist for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year award twice during his tenure. After just seven seasons as head coach, Catanzaro already ranks tied-for-third in program history in career victories. His players have earned 63 All-MWC honors since he took over as head coach, including 21 First Team accolades and an Offensive Player of the Year award. Four players on the team have been named All-Region by and two have earned All-American distinction. The Foresters have also broken or tied 39 school records during that time.

Lake Forest has been especially successful on the defensive side of the ball since Catanzaro took over as defensive coordinator in 2006. In addition to ranking among the conference and national leaders in several statistical categories as a team, individual defensive players have tallied 51 all-conference honors in 10 seasons.

Catanzaro’s team’s improvement on the field has coincided with its increased success in the classroom. The Foresters earned a team record 16 Academic All-MWC awards in 2015-16 and have amassed 87 such honors in his seven seasons as head coach. In addition, five players on the team have been selected to the prestigious Hampshire Society of the National Football Foundation and one was named Capital One Academic All-District® in 2013.

Forester Football has also been extremely involved in the community under Catanzaro’s watch. The team’s annual Heroes Day efforts have generated more than 250 care packages to be sent to American troops overseas and the squad has raised more than $75,000 over the last seven years in Lake Forest’s Relay for Life initiative. The College has twice presented the team with the Program of the Year award for its participation in on-campus events. Catanzaro’s players have also contributed to numerous other community service projects, both individually and as a group, and have averaged more than 500 hours of community service per semester over the last four years.

Catanzaro came to Lake Forest from NCAA Division II Wingate University, where he was the defensive line coach for three seasons. The Bulldog defense tallied 86 sacks, led the South Atlantic Conference in turnovers twice and helped the 2004 team post the best single-season record in the program’s history. In addition, a pair of Wingate players earned All-American honors under his direction. He was also the head strength coach for all Wingate sports.

Prior to his time at Wingate, Catanzaro served as the defensive line coach, recruiting coordinator, and head strength coach for three seasons at Glenville State College. The Pioneers claimed the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title in 2001 and he was a member of that year’s SAC Coaching Staff of the Year.

Camp Details

Contact Football Camps feature full contact drills and scrimmages with a staff of major college coaches and players. At camps "contact" is introduced in a slow, gradual progression before any actual "contact" is initiated. Campers are divided according to age, weight and ability.

The instruction (3 times a day) stresses both individual positions and team play with every camper. Thousands of our previous football campers played, or are now playing college football (many at schools represented by our coaching staff).

More Important Camp Details

Week Long Camp Check-In

Check-in for the All Skills Camp takes place between 11:00am-12:00pm on Sunday. Opening Ceremony will be on the field at 1:30pm and the first practice (full gear) will begin immediately following around 2:00pm.  Parents are invited to watch.

Week Long Camp Check-Out

Campers scrimmage in the morning on the last day of camp, beginning with the youngest campers. Youngest campers will be ready to check out by 11:00am and all campers should be finished and checked out by 12:00pm. Parents are encouraged to attend the final scrimmages! Check-out is on the grass practice field. 

Specialty Clinic

Check-in for the Specialty Clinic takes place at 8:30am on Sunday. Clinic will end at 12:00pm.

Rental Equipment

Campers need a full set of football equipment - helmet, shoulder pads, two jerseys (one light/one dark), pants and pads, football shoes (NO metal-tip cleats), athletic supporter, cup and mouthpiece. For campers without equipment, Contact Football Camp has equipment for rent prior to camp at $125 per set (helmet, shoulder pads, pants and pads) and $135 per set if rented on the first day of camp. Individual pieces of equipment are available at $50 per item.

HALF DAY MORNING SPECIALTY CLINIC - 9 am - 12 pm (first morning) - $150

Quarterbacks – Personalized attention and instruction by our quarterback coaches. The focus of the instruction includes the following: leadership, passing techniques, drop-backs, quickness, footwork, speed and agility, ball handling, hand-offs, pitches and options, passing techniques, sprint-outs, bootlegs, rollouts and play-action, passing drills, grip, QB/center exchange, pivots, sprint-draw and play-action pass, progression for finding the open receiver, mental and physical preparation for playing QB, warm-up drills, reading coverages, secondary pressure, and audibles.

Wide Receivers - Personalized attention and instruction by our receiver coaches. The focus of the instruction includes the following: reading coverages, correct pass routes, working back to the ball, catching the ball at the highest point, catching the ball, following the ball to the hands, speed control, how to get open, spotting defensive coverages (man-to-man, zone and combinations), running drills, receiver drills, stance, release, patterns: out, post, hook, curl, post/corner, fade, in, fly, cross, etc.

Lake Forest Football Highlights

  • Foresters finished 8-2.. this is the first time that LFC has had back to back 8 win seasons in school history (we've been playing football since 1882)

  • Coach Cat named a finalist for the Liberty Mutual D3 National Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year

  • Coach Cat named coach for Team Stars and Stripes (2nd year in a row) in the Tazon de Estrellas Bowl Game

  • 12 players named all-conference

  • Lake Forest College defense ranked in the top 10 in the country in three categories

Camp Code: FBXROW


Lake Forest College is a coeducational undergraduate institution located just 30 miles north of Chicago in the small city of Lake Forest, Illinois. One of the most beautiful suburbs on Chicago’s North Shore, Lake Forest provides a secure, supportive environment for the College. The beautiful 107-acre campus sits just a few blocks from Lake Michigan and is within walking distance of the train station and the shops, cafés, and restaurants of downtown Lake Forest.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • Day 1
  • 8:30 a.m. Clinic Campers Check In
  • 11:00 a.m. All Skills Camp Check In/Rules/Orientation
  • 2:00 p.m. Regular Camp Schedule
  • Days 2-4
  • 7:15 a.m. Wake Up/Stretch/Run
  • 7:45 a.m. Breakfast
  • 9:00 a.m. Practice #1, Offensive Emphasis
  • 11:30 a.m. Lunch/Free Time
  • 2:00 p.m. Practice #2, Defensive Emphasis
  • 4:00 p.m. Day Campers Depart
  • 4:30 p.m. Free Time/Dinner
  • 6:45 p.m. Practice #3, Competition
  • 815 p.m. Evening Activities, Meetings, Speakers
  • 9:00 p.m. Extended Day Campers Depart
  • 10:00 p.m. Lights Out
  • Day 5
  • 7:15 a.m. Stretch/Run
  • 7:45 a.m. Breakfast, Warm Up, Drill Recap
  • 9:00 a.m. Games
  • 12:00 p.m. Camp Check Out

Camper Reviews

Jack Van DusseldorpExtended Day Camper

  • 5/5.
8th Grade Linebacker Named NUC All-American after attending Contact Football Camp

“This camp was a genuine test for me, because I competed against players who were in high school. It taught me that I can compete against high level competition.” 

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  • 5/5.
Amazing what coaches can do in a few days

"Great camp for my son, second year, amazing what coaches can do in a few days / how it shows up on the final day in the game. It looks like the kids have been playing together for a month!"


  • 5/5.
I will tell my friends

"I loved the camp and will tell my friends at LF high school for next year."


  • 5/5.
We were so happy to see that this camp was all about learning and getting a lot of reps!

"The coaches did a great job! Love the structure of the camp. My son wanted to work on WR skills and that's what he got, plus a lot of reps. He has been to several camps and we feel the razzle dazzle that's played at a lot of camps (divide kids up into teams and coaches are qbs. Two hand touch.) is, quite frankly, a waste of time because the ball doesn't get evenly distributed to the kids and they don't get the reps they deserve. Plus, the kids basically just run down the field...there's no structure to the routes so they aren't learning. They get bored and frustrated because they are putting forth the effort, but not seeing results (i.e. "the ball"). We were so happy to see that this camp was all about learning and getting a lot of reps! We went to another camp after this one (Yes, it had razzle dazzle) and my son said a few times that while it was ok, "it's not as good as the Chicago camp". Definitely worth the money and we'll be back next year for the week long camp as well.


  • 5/5.
Coaches and Counselors were fantastic role models!

"We were so impressed with the professionalism, dedication and organization of the camp. The coaches and counselors were fantastic role models for our son. We were more than impressed! Thanks!"

Overnight Camper

  • 5/5.
Great coach to player ratios

"The coach to player ratio exceeded my expectations. It allowed more reps as well as individual attention to improve my technique at my position. The coaching staff was very knowledgeable and professional. It was rare to have so many Head Coaches of football programs participate in a football camp."


  • 5/5.
The campers included all ages

"My son was the youngest camper at the Contact Football Camp at Lake Forest. Initially I was nervous about him participating, but the camp counselors made sure he was in a group with kids around his same size. He was easily immersed into the games/drills by all. The kids were great and he had a wonderful time. We will be sending him again next year."

Overnight Camper

  • 5/5.
I learned so much

"I had a great time! I played the offensive and defensive positions that I wanted. Thank you! The coaches seemed tough at first, but in the end I learned so much. I really appreciate the time the coaches spent with me! I met new friends who will be coming back next year and so will I."

Camp Dates & Prices

For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.