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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 eight summers. 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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    Camp Director Jim Catanzaro

    "Sports continually stress selflessness, and a willingness to achieve things that can only be accomplished by an individual when he is part of a group. The mental focus, physical development, and dependence on character are evident throughout the entire process. Without preparation there is not achievement, and the process is what we celebrate." - Jim Catanzaro

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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.


  • June 16-20
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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 11:00 am and all campers should be finished and checked out by 12:00 pm. Parents are encouraged to attend the final scrimmages! Check-out is on the grass practice field.


Campers will be housed in McClure Dorms. Rooms are quads, sleeping four players sharing one one bathroom.

Specialty Clinic

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

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 $150 per set (helmet, shoulder pads, pants and pads) and $175 per set if rented on the first day of camp. Individual pieces of equipment are available at $75 per item.

HALF DAY MORNING SPECIALTY CLINIC - 9 am - 12 pm (first morning) - $165

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

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

Contact Football Lake Forest Facility

Farwell Field

Thanks to a land donation from Senator Charles B. Farwell, who also funded the College’s gymnasium 13 years earlier, Farwell Field was opened in 1903 for Lake Forest’s football and baseball teams. It has been home to Forester football ever since and was renovated prior to the 2004 season. New bleachers and a state-of-the-art press box were constructed and artificial grass was installed on the field itself. It also became the permanent home of the College’s soccer teams at that time.


  • Artificial turf installed in 2004 and resurfaced in summer 2017
  • Regulation football and soccer field
  • Press box with phone and data line accessibility
  • Bleacher seating and standing room (total capacity 2000)
  • Adjacent to Halas Hall, which includes locker rooms and meeting rooms

Camp Reviews

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Overall Average Rating 4.88 / 5 Stars
    • 5/5.
    Great Camp!

    June 29, 2018: The talent of the coaches exceeded my expectations. My son learned a lot of new drills and they kept the boys safe. Great camp we will see you next year!

    — Nicholas H. Parent

    • 4/5.
    Coming back next summer!

    June 24, 2018: This was his first year at camp and he loved it! He met new friends from all over the country. Great coaching staff that worked with my son. Definitely will be coming back next year!!

    — Greg J. Parent

    • 5/5.
    Coaches are great!

    June 22, 2018: The coaches had great control and levelheadedness at camp! Gavin says he always felt safe and that the coaches did a great job!

    — Christine N. Parent

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    • 5/5.
    This camp helped a lot!

    June 22, 2018: Madden feels he really picked up on his defense techniques along with huge QB help

    — Frank Parent

    • 5/5.
    Loved the specialty clinic

    July 3, 2017: He loved the extra WR session on Sunday morning as well as the time he spent with new friends at lunch / opening day BBQ.

    — Mike T. Parent

    • 5/5.
    Loved his coach

    July 1, 2017: Charlie loved his coach, Caleb. He was a great role model and had a lot of fun with the kids.

    — Erin Parent

    • 5/5.
    Third year

    June 30, 2017: I really enjoyed the camp. This was my third year. Every year I learn new skills and ways to improve my playing.

    — Matthew J.Parent

    • 5/5.
    Prepares him for fall football

    June 30, 2017: This was our 3rd year and each year is a great experience. He loves the drills, competition and food. This camp prepairs him for fall football and the skills he learns at camp have helped him to stand out from his teammates and opponents!

    — Keith C.Parent

    • 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."

    — Camper

    • 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!"

    — Parent

    • 5/5.
    I will tell my friends

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

    — Camper

    • 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.

    — Parent

    • 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!"

    — Parent

    • 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."

    — Overnight Camper

    • 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."

    — Parent

    • 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."

    — Overnight Camper

    • 5/5.
    Enjoyed it

    My son enjoyed the camp. He is looking forward to coming back next year.

    — Parent

Contact Football Camp Lake Forest College

Jim Catanzaro, Camp Director
555 North Sheridan Road
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045
Questions? Call 1-800-645-3226

Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: Specialty Clinic - QB, WR
Age Group: 8 - 18
Gender: Boys
Please review our cancellation policy thoroughly. You are required to agree with our policy before completing your registration.
Half Day (9:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.) $165.00
Availability: Yes

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: General Skills
Age Group: 8 - 18
Gender: Boys
Please review our cancellation policy thoroughly. You are required to agree with our policy before completing your registration.
Overnight $755.00
Availability: Yes

Extended (9:00 A.M. - 8:30 P.M.) $655.00
Availability: Yes

Day (9:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.) $495.00
Availability: Yes

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-645-3226 we would be happy to help you.
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