Faceoff Factory Overnight Classic in San Diego
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Since 2011, The Faceoff Factory has committed to learning, teaching, and growing the Face-off lacrosse position. Our goal at the San Diego summer faceoff lacrosse camp is centered around developing the complete faceoff student. As the face-off position continues to change and develop, so does our curriculum. We teach techniques and details that have proven effective at the highest levels of lacrosse. We are particularly excited to partner with US Sports Camps and bring our Overnight Camp model to San Diego. Our overnight camps provide students and their families unlimited access to our staff and knowledge. This atmosphere promotes a rigorous learning environment that has shown to be extremely effective in creating sustainable faceoff success.
Known for its near-perfect climate, San Diego provides the ideal setting for camp. The SDSU campus is located only 15 minutes from the beach and downtown San Diego, and is a camper favorite each year.
- Provide the highest level of face-off training nation wide
- Staff composed of some of the game's best at the college and professional levels
- Every camper receives a reversible Nike practice jersey
- Raffles and skills competition with Nike and STX Gear
- Camper of the day giveaways
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Camp Director Joe Nardella
Joe Nardella is the founder of the Faceoff Factory. One of the top faceoff specialists in the nation, Nardella was drafted as a midfielder by the Boston Cannons in the fifth round, 36th overall, of the 2015 Major League Lacrosse Draft.View Joe Nardella's Bio ⟩
As a senior at Rutgers, Nardella earned All-America third team and Scholar All-America honors. Nardella went 223-of-333 (.670), ranking third in the nation, at the faceoff X and led the Scarlet Knights with 125 ground balls. In addition to being named first team All-Big Ten, Nardella was also named the Big Ten Specialist of the Year. Nardella graduated in May of 2015 from Rutgers University with a bachelor degree in economics.
- After being named finalist for the Paul Cantabene Faceoff Man of the Year Award following a massive 2019, Joe Nardella took his game to even greater heights in 2020.
- Dominating the stripe through the PLL Championship Series in 2020, Nardella won 72% of his 138 draws and scooped up 65 ground balls. Nardella additionally scored three goals and registered three assists en route to another championship.
- Following the championship, Nardella was awarded the Faceoff Man of The Tournament and named to the All-Tournament Team.
- Nardella is a Cazenovia, New York native where he attended Cazenovia High School.
- While playing at Rutgers, Nardella was an Academic All-American, a third Team All-American, a First Team All-B1G selection, the B1G Specialist of the Year and a 2x All-BIG EAST Selection.
- Nardella has three years' experience coaching at Harvard University and is the founder of the Faceoff Factory.
- Nardella was named to the PLL All Star Game in 2019.
Lead Instructor Michael Marino
On staff is Michael Marino, Head Coach of Faceoff Factory SoCal. Marino is also a Volunteer Assistant Coach for the Concordia University Irvine Eagles since 2020 and works primarily with our face-off players.View Michael Marino's Bio ⟩
Coach Marino graduated from Aliso Niguel HS in 2015. He graduated from Colorado Mesa University in 2019 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Sports Management and a Minor in Business Administration.
Marino was a four-year starter for the Mavericks ending with a 63% career faceoff win percentage. Currently, he is still the program leader in ground balls (387) and in face-offs won (779). During his four year campaign he accumulated several awards including Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference MVP (2017), three-time First-Team All-Conference, and a 2018 NCAA Tournament participant.
Marino currently resides in Irvine, CA and coaches for Faceoff Factory SoCal and Mission Viejo HS in addition to his CUI responsibilities.
Lead Instructor Gerard Arceri
On staff is Gerard Arceri who was the 26th overall pick in the 2021 PLL Draft by Atlas LC. At Penn State, Arceri was a 2x USILA All-American and 2x All-Big 10 selection.View Gerard Arceri's Bio ⟩
- Named a USILA All-American twice, earning third-team honors in 2018 and 2019.
- Voted the 2018 Big Ten Specialist of the Year
- Was a two-time All-Big Ten honoree, making the first team in 2018 and the second team in 2019
- Graduated with the program record and ranked fourth in NCAA history with 590 ground balls
- Graduated with the program record and ranked fifth in NCAA history with 914 faceoff wins
- Won 12 Big Ten Specialist of the Week awards
- Named a Tewaaraton Nominee once and to the Tewaaraton Watch List three times
- Earned three Academic All-Big Ten awards
Lead Instructor Tyrell Hamer-Jackson
On staff is Tyrell Hamer-Jackson.View Tyrell Hammer-Jackson's Bio ⟩
- PLL Archers LC 2022
- NLL Vancouver Warriors #95 (2019-Present)
- Delta Islanders (2016-2019)
- New Westminster Salmonbellies (2012-2016)
Staff Dylan Checketts
On staff is Dylan Checketts, current player at Colorado Mesa University.View Dylan Checketts's Bio ⟩
- USILA Honorable Mention All-American (2022)
- USA Lacrosse Magazine Honorable Mention All-American (2022)
- USILA All-South Region (Third Team) (2022)
- First Team All-RMAC (2022)
- RMAC All-Tournament Team (2022)
- RMAC Freshman of the Year (2021)
- CoSIDA Academic All-American - Men's At-Large Sports (Third Team- 2022)
- CoSIDA Academic All-District 6 - Men's At-Large Sports (2022)
- RMAC Academic Player of the Year (2022)
- RMAC Summit Award Winner (2022)
- RMAC All-Academic First Team (2022)
Staff Cade Poe
On staff is Cade Poe, current player at Concordia University Irvine.
The Faceoff Factory Summer Lacrosse Camp in San Diego is open to players 13-18. You can expect a high demand on these first-come-first-serve camper spots, so please be sure to register early. We provide our lacrosse faceoff specialist with the most rigorous and in-depth program offered. Students will not only be schooled on all aspects of the faceoff position from a technical standpoint, but we will also spend a significant amount of time competing and working on improving their confidence as well. This event will feature a staff composed of some of the game’s best at the college and professional levels. We will take live reps during each session.
- Dates: August 1-3
- Age Group: 13-18
- Gender: Boys
- Camp Type: Overnight, Extended Day (commuter)
- Check-In: Check-in takes place between 11:30am-1:00pm at Huāxyacac Hall. Please eat lunch before you arrive as the first meal of the day will be dinner.
- Check-out: Check-out takes place at 12:00pm
- Extended Day Schedule: TUE 2PM-9PM, WED 9AM-9PM, THURS 9AM-NOON **Times subject to change
- Meals: All meals are provided for Overnight campers. Dinner will be provided on Tuesday, lunch and dinner will be provided on Wednesday for all Extended Day (commuter) campers.
- Program: Although the face-off concludes within seconds, it is one of the most imperative aspects of the game. This overnight event will allow the coaches to teach, correct, and improve the player's mind and techniques surrounding the face-off position.
- Program Details: Students will be taught several techniques, counters, and skills associated with the face-off position through repetition on the field. Students will also be taught how to analyze and dissect all face-off situations through our evening film study sessions. We will also spend a significant amount of time enforcing and teaching the newly proposed NCAA FO rules. Film study has become a core element of our coaching philosophy. We will be watching films from various professional and college games to reinforce our teaching and to reinforce our philosophy that each face-off student is unique in their own regard.
- High-level competition: In part with high-level competition amongst elite players from across the country, the most valuable tool will be the player's accessibility to the coaches. Face-off Factory's signature competition will take place on the final day of camp. Players will be placed in brackets and seeded based on their ages and performance during competition throughout our preliminary days of camp. The tournament will be a double-elimination style to determine our Face-off Factory National Overnight Champions.
- Players will be filmed and evaluated throughout the day: The players will work together, in small groups based upon age, skill, and request, through stations to ensure the right level of instruction and supervision. The training days will focus on building the complete face-off midfielder, including techniques, strategy, ground balls, alternative moves and counters, and film study.
San Diego State University
5410 55th St
San Diego, CA 92115
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Check-in Tuesday, August 1st
Check-in takes place between 11:30am-1:00pm at Huāxyacac Hall. Please eat lunch before you arrive as the first meal of the day will be dinner.
Check-out Thursday, August 3rd
Check-out takes place at 12:00pm (noon) at the field. Lunch will not be provided.
- Dorm: Huāxyacac Hall
- Number of Campers Per Room: 2 per room
- Roommates: Rooms are assigned by age & roommate requests. Roommate requests must be mutual and received no later than 14 days before the start of camp. If you don't have a roommate request, you will be placed in a room with someone near your age. It will be a great opportunity to meet someone new!
- Bathrooms: Shared
- Linens: Not included. Bring linens or sleeping bag, pillow, pillowcase, and a towel.
- Air Conditioning: YES - Dorm has A/C
The staff reside in the dormitories with the campers and participate in all activities. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco are strictly prohibited, and constitute, along with general misconduct, grounds for dismissal from camp without a refund.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FEE?
- Instruction: Morning, afternoon, and evening training sessions
- Overnight campers: Dormitory housing on campus and all meals are provided.
- Extended Day campers: Dinner will be provided on Tuesday, lunch and dinner will be provided on Wednesday.
- Supervision: Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.
- Camp T-shirt & Prizes: Campers at multi-day camps will receive a Nike Lacrosse Camps Reversible Jersey and prizes.
PREPARE FOR CAMP: COMPLETE YOUR PRE-CAMP CHECKLIST
To view your customer account, complete your mandatory forms, pay balance dues, and review important camp information, visit Pre-Camp Checklist. All necessary camp information is on this page. If there are any imperative changes prior to camp start, registered campers will be notified via email and this webpage will be updated!
Below is a suggested list of clothes, equipment, and personal items. US Sports Camps is NOT responsible for lost or stolen articles or money.
Checklist of things to bring:
- Athletic Socks
- Helmet & Mouthpiece
- Lacrosse Stick(s), Gloves, Pads
- Comfortable Off-Field Clothes
- Toiletries & Personal Items
- Water Bottle
- Turf Shoes or Running Shoes for
- Alarm Clock
- Extra Towels
- Non-Perishable Snack Foods
- Spending money (approx. $50)
- Pillow & Pillowcase
- Twin XL Sheets/Blanket or Sleeping Bag
- No Fan Needed – Dorms Are Air Conditioned
- Signed Heath & Release forms and waivers (forms completed online do not need to be printed and turned in at camp)
EXTENDED DAY CAMPERS
Checklist of Things to Bring: We recommend that all Extended Day Campers bring a daily pack with the following items: Along with your lacrosse equipment, we recommend that you bring a day pack with the following items: water bottle, weather appropriate clothing, cleats, and walking shoes.
Camp Schedule & Meals:
- Tuesday: Extended Day Campers should arrive between 12:30-1:00pm. You will be assigned a counselor and given a complete schedule of all events during the week. Extended Day Campers stay until 9:00pm. Dinner is provided.
- Wednesday: Extended Day Camper Hours – 9:00am-9:00pm. Lunch and dinner is provided.
- Thursday: Extended Day Camper Hours - 9:00am-12:00pm. Check-out is immediately after the camp concludes at 12:00pm. Departure time may change depending on the event.
- 11:30AM-1:00PM Check-in
- 1:30PM - Orientation
- 2:00PM-4:30PM - Afternoon Session
- Dinner - 5:00PM-6:00PM
- Evening Session - 6:30PM-9:00PM
- Stringing Session with the Pro's - 9:30PM-10:00PM (Optional)
- LIGHTS OUT - 10:00PM
- 7:30AM - Wake Up Call
- 8:00AM-9:00AM - Breakfast
- 9:00AM-11:30AM - Morning Session
- 11:45AM-1:00PM - Lunch
- 2:30PM-5:00PM - Afternoon Session
- 5:00PM-6:00PM - Dinner
- 6:00PM-8:30PM - Evening Session (FOF SIGNATURE TEAM COMPETITION)
- 9:00PM-10:00PM - Film & Mental Skill Session
- 10:30PM - LIGHTS OUT
- 8:00AM - Wake Up Call
- 8:00AM-9:00AM - Breakfast/Check-Out
- 9:30AM-12:00PM - FINAL SESSION (INDIVIDUAL COMPETITION)
- 12:00PM-12:30PM - Closing Statements
- 12:00PM - END OF CAMP
Transportation is not provided. Campers are responsible for getting to and from camp on their own. There is no supervision before or after camp hours so please make arrangements to pick up your child on time.
For information regarding our cancellation policy and all other company policies, please visit USSC Policies.
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Since 2011, Faceoff Factory has committed to learning, teaching, and growing the Face-off position. Our goal then and now continues to be centered around developing the complete faceoff student. As the face-off position continues to change and develop, so does our curriculum. Our curriculum highlights techniques and details that have proven effective at the highest levels of lacrosse.
After 6 years of unwavering dedication, learning and adaptation to our teaching, our mission has developed to feature three main components:
First and foremost, we aim to create a collaborative learning environment. Since faceoffs are such a unique part of our game, we must tailor the environment in which we teach and learn them to be unique as well. Here, at Faceoff Factory, we aim to foster an environment in which students not only learn from our coaches, but learn from one another as well. We firmly believe that - to teach, is to understand. And the more students can teach others about faceoffs, the more they themselves will understand them.
Second, we aspire to facilitate and demonstrate the pursuit of excellence. Not only on the field but off of it as well. The strongest form of leadership comes from the ability to lead by example. Each of our staff members is either a current professional, division 1 coach, or former collegiate standout. Through our coaching, we seek to illustrate the leadership and drive it takes to become the best version of ourselves. We are dedicated to teaching students how to be their very best at the faceoff x through constant competitive exposure both with the coaches themselves as well as the other students in addition to individualized hands on instruction. We strive to challenge the way our students think, how they treat and respect their peers, and how they communicate.
Lastly, and arguably the most influential, is the development of our FOFamily - a commitment to see that each of our students fulfills all of their goals outside the lines of the lacrosse field. Although learning at our sessions is at the forefront of all our students focus, we try to provide far more resources than just on field coaching. Some of these resources include but are not limited to, free access to watch all of our sessions on youtube, college advice / recruiting assistance, and training guidance.
San Diego State
The Aztec Lacrosse Field is located directly behind the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center and Fowler Athletics Center. The Field Turf Revolution was installed in August 2011 and this new generation surface was the first installed in Southern California. Parking is available in Parking Structure 5 (PS5), which is located at 55th Street and Montezuma Avenue. A $1 per hour permit is required and can be purchased at any yellow machine.
August 4, 2023: The final few face offs in the team competition were high energy and intense. That was fun and really put my skills to the test and I was satisfied with how far I came.
August 4, 2023: James learned a lot of new skills and was exposed to different coaches.
August 4, 2023: The amount of experience and talent amongst the staff.
August 4, 2023: the entire experience was a highlight
August 6, 2023: technical skills training
he enjoyed the environment
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Last year over 650 Sports Camps sold out, leaving 7,000+ campers on the waitlist. Due to high demand, early registration for our first-come-first-serve camps is strongly recommended.