Bill Pilat’s The Goalie School in Pennsylvania For Boys
The Best Goalie Camp in the country!
The Goalie School is coming to Pennsylvania! Goalies from all over the Mid-Atlantic can now easily attend the biggest and best Goalie camp in the country! Eastern University's beautiful main campus, will be the home of The Goalie School this summer, which sits on 114 acres just west of Philadelphia, in St. Davids, PA.
Turf and grass fields await our campers in Pennsylvania. Campers can easily drive to the PA camp from Philadelphia, Baltimore, New Jersey, and many other Mid-Atlantic locations. For the past 8 years, Bill Pilat’s The Goalie School was filled by June! 100 Goalies signed up and experienced first-hand why this camp is easily the biggest and best goalie camp in the country!!
- Great instructional staff to work with all goalies
- 4 to 1 Camper to Staff ratio; the best ratio in lacrosse camps
- Programs with a strength and agility coach
- Fun and exciting goalie games
- Coaches talks and demonstrations
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Camp Director Bill Pilat
Entering his 31st season at the helm of the Roanoke College program, Bill Pilat has 341 career wins and his 70% win percentage is also the best in the history of the ODAC.View Bill Pilat's Bio & Lacrosse Tips ⟩
The Maroons are currently in the midst of 19 consecutive winning seasons, including a school record 13 consecutive with 10 or more wins.
When the Maroons punched their ticket to the NCAA Division III Tournament last season, the Maroons became the 13th team to do so under Pilat’s guidance.
In 2015, Pilat earned his 300th career win, becoming the 15th men's lacrosse coach in all of NCAA Divisions I, II or III to accomplish that milestone. During his tenure as coach, Pilat has led the team to 11 ODAC Championships and now 16 NCAA Tournament appearances after appearing in the NCAA Tournament yet again in the 2015 season. The Maroons finished the season with its program record-setting seventh consecutive 10-win season.
Pilat has been named the ODAC Coach of the Year in a vote of his league peers, the most of any ODAC coach. He has claimed nine Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championships, the latest coming in 2013.
Pilat is an integral part of Roanoke’s lacrosse excellence both as a player and a coach. As a player, Pilat was a three-time All-American, two-time ODAC Player of the Year, and the 1985 Roanoke Male Athlete of the Year. Also in 1985, Pilat received the C. Markland Kelly Award and the Hero’s Award as the nation’s top goaltender. With 710 collegiate saves, he has 29 more stops than any other keeper in school history. In addition to leading the program in career saves, Pilat has also coached six of the nine other players ranked in the top 10 all-time saves list at the school. Three of those goalies have earned All-American status.
In addition to coaching and recruiting, Pilat has been very active in the lacrosse community. A former member of the Division III Advisory and All-American committees, he has served as the president of both the ODAC and Division III Coaches associations. He has been the chairman of the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association’s Century Club and was a member of the U.S. World Lacrosse Team player selection committee. Pilat is also one of the nation’s most recognizable summer camp directors, running several camps in Virginia, Florida, Connecticut, Ohio, and New York. The Bill Pilat Goalie School is regarded as the nation’s best camp for goalies. Pilat’s latest venture is a new goalie video aimed at improving the skills and fundamentals of both novice and advanced keepers.
Pilat graduated cum laude from Roanoke in 1985 and earned a master’s degree from Alfred University in education in 1986. While at Alfred, he served as a graduate assistant with the Saxons’ lacrosse program. Pilat spent the 1987 season as a member of the Washington & Lee University staff, helping the Generals to a national semifinal appearance, before returning to Roanoke as an assistant in 1988.
He currently resides in Roanoke with his wife, Diana, also a 1985 Roanoke graduate. Their two children are Will and Emily. Will was a multiple time All-American at Roanoke, graduating in 2016 and won the 2018 National Championship as an assistant coach at Wesleyan.
Lacrosse Tips by Bill Pilat:
- The Goalie School Tip: Keep Your Head Up!
- The Goalie School Tip: Restarting the Action with Proper Outlet Passes
- Nike Lacrosse Tip: Transition Drill
- The Goalie School Tip: Stay Still To Make More Saves
- The Goalie School Tip: Do Goalies need to work on their “Weak” Hand when clearing?
- Goalie Lacrosse Recruiting Tips with Bill Pilat
SECURE YOUR SPOT!
You can expect a high demand on these first-come-first-serve camper spots, so please be sure to register early. This summer, The Goalie School is offering one session of overnight with commuter options available at Eastern University. Come see why this goalie camp is filled before any other goalie camp in the country.
- Dates: July 17-19
- Age Group: 10-18
- Gender: Boys
- Camp Type: Overnight, Extended Day (commuter), & Day (commuter)
- Check-In: Check-in Monday between 10:00-11:00am at Gough Hall Lobby.
- Check-out: There will be a brief closing ceremony on Wednesday at 10:30am. Departure is 11:00am at Gough Hall Lobby.
- Extended Day Schedule: MON 10AM-98M, TUE 9AM-8PM, WED 9AM-11AM **Times subject to change
- Day Schedule: MON 10AM-3:30PM, TUE 9AM-3:30PM, WED 9AM-11AM **Times subject to change
- Meals: All meals are provided for Overnight campers. Lunch and dinner are provided for all Extended Day (commuter) campers. Lunch provided for all Day (commuter) campers.
- Program: The Goalie School programs carefully selected staff offer 3 day programs of intense instruction and drills to improve performance of the goaltender. This Camp gives campers a chance to work individually with some of the best Goalie Coaches in the country for three intense days. This Goalie School program includes special one on one instruction and evaluation, programs with a strength and agility coach, fun and exciting goalie games, coaches talks and demonstrations and a great instructional staff to work with all goalies.
1300 Eagle Rd
St. Davids, PA 19087
The information below is based on previous years and is subject to change each year.
- Dorm: Gough 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 - No fan needed; dorms are air-conditioned
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: Lunch and dinner are provided.
- Day campers: Lunch is provided.
- Supervision: Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.
- Reversible Jersey & Prizes: Campers at multi-day camps will receive a TGS Lacrosse Camps Reversible Jersey and prizes.
We will have a special "Goalie School Store" at camp. Official TGS clothing and hats along with stringing components and training devices will be available. Pizza will be available for purchase in the evening for a snack. Cash Only.
Check twice and don't forget any gear or pads! Please have the following with you at a camp:
- Goalie chest protector
- Throat guard – make sure it is attached to helmet
Campers NEED TO BRING their cell phone because we will film each camper using their own phone! This way, they have a video of themselves to bring home and keep to use right away! Make sure phone has enough storage for a 7 minute video to be added. If camper does not have a cell phone it is not a problem, our staff will film the goalies and email it to them.
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
- Off-field clothes
- Personal Items
- Helmet and Mouthpiece
- Lacrosse Stick. Gloves, Pads
- Pillow & Pillowcase
- Water bottle
- Hat or Visor
- Sandals/flip flops
- Spending Money ($100)
- Twin XL Sheets/Blanket or Sleeping Bag
- No Fan Needed-Dorms 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:
- Monday: On the first day of camp. Extended Day Campers should arrive at the listed check-in time dressed and ready to play. You will be assigned a counselor and given a complete schedule of all events during the week. Day Campers stay until 8:00pm. Lunch and Dinner is provided.
- Tuesday: Extended Day Camper Hours – 9:00am-8:00pm. Lunch and dinner is provided.
- Wednesday: Extended Day Camper Hours - 9:00am-11am. Check-out is immediately after the camp concludes.
Checklist of Things to Bring: We recommend that all 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:
- Monday: On the first day of camp. Day Campers should arrive at the listed check-in time dressed and ready to play. You will be assigned a counselor and given a complete schedule of all events during the week. Day Campers stay until 3:30pm. Lunch is provided.
- Tuesday: Day Camper Hours – 9:00am-3:30pm. Lunch is provided.
- Wednesday: Extended Day Camper Hours - 9:00am-11:00amCheck-out is immediately after the camp concludes.
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.
NIKE LACROSSE CAMP FAQ
For general questions about our lacrosse camps please see our FAQ page.
OVERNIGHT CAMP AMENITIES
• 2 nights lodging • All meals
• Reversible Nike practice jersey
EXTENDED DAY AMENITIES
• Lunch & dinner
• Reversible Nike practice jersey
DAY CAMP AMENITIES
• Reversible Nike practice jersey
Some local hotel options listed below:
- Best Western: King of Prussia: 127 S Gulph RD, King of Prussia, PA 19406 - (610) 265-4500
- Courtyard Marriott: Valley Forge: 1100 Drummers Ln, Wayne, PA 19087 - (610) 687-6700
COACH PILAT'S INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS:
Coach Pilat has produced two videos for goalies. Purchase Advanced Techniques (2015) and Basic Techniques (2001)!
THE BALL STOPS HERE COMBO PACKAGE: Players of all ages can learn from over 90 minutes (combined) of concentrated instruction on both videos and Coach Pilat recommends both videos to any goalie. Order yours today! Price $55
BASIC TECHNIQUES - THE BALL STOPS HERE I: Was produced in 2001 and is still a valuable resource to learn the basics of goaltending as well as a few new tricks. Content Includes - Basic Proper Goalie Warmup, Basics of Stance, Stopping Screened Shots, Stick Skills and Basic Clearing, Stopping One-On-One Shots, Basic Proper Technique for stopping all shots, Unique drills, Goalie Arc Play, Pipe Play, Field Communication.
ADVANCED TECHNIQUES - THE BALL STOPS HERE II: Advanced Techniques is designed for goalies and coaches who are ready to move to the next level. Content Includes - TGS Method (Advanced Goalie Routine), Advanced Warmup, Advanced Drills, Mental Strategies, Scouting Opponents (watching film), Advanced Clearing Concepts, Weight Training for Goalies, Stick Repair and Stringing.
Campers have the opportunity to pre-order an TGS Nike t-shirt or hat in the camp registration process through July 1, 2021. You will receive items purchased on the first day at camp check-in.
- TGS Nike T-Shirt - Price $35
- T-Shirt Sizes Available in Adult Small, Medium, Large and X-Large
- TGS Embroidered Nike Baseball Cap - Price $35
- TGS Embroidered Bucket Hat - Price $35
Note: DVD's and apparel will be HANDED out at camp check in.
PRIVATE COACHING: A 30 minute instructional session with Coach Pilat or with a TGS Senior Coach that can add that little extra specific technique work your Goalie is looking for. Each coach will work with two goalies only during this training session (2 Goalies - 1 Coach). Goalies will get to be evaluated by the coach and also have a "goalies choice" segment where your goalie can ask the coach to observe any aspect of their play that needs attention. The session will take place outside of the regular camp instructional sessions. Training time will be given to camper at check in. There are limited sessions available at each camp and they sell out quickly! Price: $75
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:30 AM Wake Up (overnight campers)
- 8:00 AM Breakfast in Dining Hall (overnight campers)
- 9:00 AM Goalies filmed in cage, Coaches Talk, Station work
- Noon Lunch in Dining Hall
- 1:30 PM Remaining Goalies filmed in cage, Rapid Fire, Agility work
- 2:30 PM Clearing stations, Small group Coaches Talk
- 4:00 PM Day campers depart
- 5:00 PM Dinner in Dining Hall
- 6:30 PM Goalie 10 on 10 Games!
- 8:30 PM Back to dorms
- 9:00 PM Rest time, Camp store opened, pizza orders
- 10:45 PM Lights Out!
The main campus is 114 acres just west of Philadelphia, in St. Davids, PA.
Camp Questions & Answers
What is the cancellation policy for The Goalie School?
Cancellations, for any reason, received at least five (5) days before camp start date, will result in a camp VOUCHER for all tuition fees paid, valid through the following calendar year. Your VOUCHER is transferable to any family member and may be used in the sport in which you initially registered. Cash refunds will be given only with the purchase of Cancellation Protection (see terms under the Peace of Mind Policy). Individuals who DO NOT attend their registered session (no-shows) or cancel their camp session within five (5) days of the camp start date will receive a camp VOUCHER for all tuition fees paid less a $150 cancellation fee.
What are the size of the beds in the dorm?
Campers will reside in Gough Hall and the size of the beds are Twin XL.
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
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To say that he loved it, would be an understatement.
July 22, 2021: This was my son's first experience with a camp that focused on just Goaltending. To say that he loved it, would be an understatement. The instruction and organization is second to none. The drills that were taught and the knowledge that was being shared really confirmed our belief, that this is the best Camp in the country for Goaltending! My son was a day camper since we live so close to the facility, but next year he wants to do the overnight. He also loved the cafeteria and all the quality food that was offered. A very big deal coming from the pickiest eater on the planet, lol. Overall, I give the whole experience a 5 out of 5.
— Bryan M., Parent
We will absolutely plan on returning!
July 22, 2021: He had a really great time at the camp. He said "I feel like a different person." The coaching staff were friendly and approachable and they appreciated the fact that I was a former camper who was now sending his son to the camp. The drills are innovative and unique. There is enough stuff through giveaways and the store to make it fun, but it's not over-marketed. The focus is on developing the goalies and not promoting the school for its own sake. We will absolutely plan on returning!
— Marc M., Parent
he had a blast!
July 26, 2021: This was my son's first overnight camp experience and first goalie specific lacrosse camp. I know he really benefited from the special attention and instruction on goalie skills and, most importantly, he had a blast!
— Erin B., Parent
July 30, 2019: My son had a great time and improved his skills and learned more of the finer points of playing his position. We are sad that this will be his last year because he has aged out. The fact that he got to spend the week with his college coach, Carl Haas made it the best possible experience he could have hoped for! Keep up the great work.
— Ken T. Parent
Improved My Skills!
July 28, 2018: I went to this camp when I first started goalkeeping and they helped me tremendously. Coming back two years later, I feel like a completely different goalie and a million times more confident.
— Jake W., Camper
September 1, 2017: My son enjoyed the balance of focused goalie training and having free time to socialize and relax. He especially enjoyed the scrimmages at the end of the day and being able to play offense. We really enjoyed watching the video clip.
— Gary P. Parent
August 9, 2017: Evan loved the drills and the insight on how to play the position. He is a very young goalie and unfortunately most of the time just gets thrown in the cage without warm up or proper instruction. This was a great experience for him to understand and mentally prepare for the position.
— Jack S. Parent
July 29, 2017: Excellent program. This year, great campus, really. Eastern University was much better in terms of dorms, fields closer, and food (so says my son).
— Mark A. Parent
Wide variety of goalie drills!
July 26, 2017: My son enjoyed the wide variety of goalie drills used to improve skills. The goalie gear games were fun to play, and fun to watch as a parent. The close location of the dorm to the practice field and pool was also a big plus.
— Clay H. Parent
Loved the experience!
July 26, 2017: Loved the experience. The staff was great. Campus was so nice. I feel like I'm a better goalie. I have more confidence in net. It was great meeting other goalies from other areas all around the country.
— Alexander V. Camper
July 29, 2016: Just a quick note of thanks to you and your staff for an excellent camp session. Your lax camp’s reputation is well deserved. My son really enjoyed it and learned a great deal.
— Baker M. Parent
My son loved the camp!
July 29, 2016: Just wanted to send you a quick thank you. My son loved the camp – felt it was challenging – said he couldn’t feel his legs when he got home. He will be entering the high school arena with self confidence gained from his experience at your camp. Thanks again. I am sure he will want to come back again and again.
— Bob S. Parent
More fun than last year!
July 28, 2016: Thanks a lot for letting me come back to the Goalie School. I had even MORE fun than I did last year, and I’m looking forward to coming back next Summer.
— Chris D. Camper
SECURE YOUR SPOT – CAMPS SELL OUT!
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.