Bill Pilat’s The Goalie School in Virginia For Boys
The Best Goalie Camp in the country!
Once again, Coach Pilat has put together the most innovative curriculum for lacrosse goalies wishing to improve their skills this summer. The Virginia session of The Goalie School are held on the beautiful Roanoke College campus in Salem, VA. This camp is easily accessible to goalies from Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Maryland and Tennessee.
Quite simply, "the best goalie camp in all of lacrosse." Extensive Video tapping, talks from All American Goalies, and attention to detail separate this camp from the rest! Coach Pilat and his carefully selected staff offer 4 day programs of intense instruction and drills to improve performance of the goaltender.
- 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
- The dorms are Air conditioned!
- There is an indoor pool for campers to use at the Virginia site
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Camp Director Bill Pilat
In his 28th season on the Roanoke College sidelines, Bill Pilat has accumulated nearly 68-percent of the men’s lacrosse wins in school history.View Bill Pilat's Bio & Lacrosse Tips ⟩
A 1985 graduate of the college, Pilat has won 302 games in his head coaching career. Pilat is the winningest coach in program-history, winning all but 162 games in the program's nearly 50-years of existence. His win 70% win percentage is also the best in the history of the ODAC.
Coach Pilat earned his 300th career win on April 19th, 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 10 ODAC Championships and now 12 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 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. His talks at the annual national lacrosse conventions have drawn interest from coaches throughout the country. 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 fundementals of both novice and advanced keepers. In five years on the market, Pilat’s video has sold over 3,000 copies.
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.
Lacrosse Tips by Bill Pilat:
- 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
- The Goalie School Tip: Keep Your Head Up! By Coach Pilat
- Restarting the Action with Proper Outlet Passes - Brought To You By The Goalie School
This summer, The Goalie School is offering one session of overnight with a commuter (Extended Day Camp 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM) option available at Roanoke College. Come see why this goalie camp is filled before any other goalie camp in the country.
OVERNIGHT CAMP AMENITIES
• 3 nights lodging • All meals
• Reversible Nike practice jersey
EXTENDED DAY CAMP AMENITIES
• Lunch & dinner
• Reversible Nike practice jersey
• Camp Hours: MON 4PM-8PM, TUE-WED 9AM-8PM, THURS 9AM-12PM
A detailed camper registration packet containing check-in location, health/release forms, emergency contact info, and a list of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers prior to camp. Our health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp.
- CHECK-IN: Check-in takes between 2:00-4:00pm on Monday, July 15th.
- CHECK-OUT: Check-out takes place between 11:00-12:00pm on Thursday, July 18th.
HOUSING & ROOMMATES
Campers stay 2-per room. If you have a roommate request and have not notified us, please do so no later than 10 days before the start of camp. As much as we try to take care of each and every camper, roommate requests are not guaranteed! We will try and put you right next door or on the same floor as your roommate request.
DORM: Crawford Hall
LINENS: Not provided; Bed size Twin XL
AIR CONDITIONING: Yes
SUGGESTED SPENDING MONEY: $100
MEDICAL FACILITY: a certified trainer will be on staff and available at every field session of camp
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.
EXTENDED DAY CAMPERS
On the first day of camp, all extended day campers should arrive between 3:30-4:00pm for check in. On all other days, the arrival time is 8:45am at the Dorm for attendance. Departure on other days is 9:00pm and campers can be picked up at the field.
- MONDAY: Commuter Campers stay until 8:00pm. Dinner is provided.
- TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY: Commuter Camper Hours - 9:00am-8:00pm. Lunch and dinner provided.
- THURSDAY: Commuter Camper Hours - 9:00-12:00am. Check-out is immediately after camp concludes with the closing ceremony.
- DAILY SCHEDULE: MON 4PM-8PM, TUE-WED 9AM-8PM, THURS 9AM-12PM
COACH PILAT'S INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS:
Coach Pilat has produced two videos for goalies. Purchase Advanced Techniques (2015) or Basic Techniques (2001), or buy both!
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. Price: $30
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. Price $30
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
Campers have the opportunity to pre-order an TGS Nike t-shirt or hat in the camp registration process through June 1, 2019. You will receive items purchased on the first day at camp check-in.
- TGS Nike T-Shirt - Price $30
- T-Shirt Sizes Available in Adult Small, Medium, Large and X-Large
- TGS Embroidered Nike Baseball Cap - Price $30
- TGS Embroidered Bucket Hat - Price $30
Note: DVD's and apparel will be HANDED out at camp check in.
GOLD LEVEL PRIVATE COACHING: Coach Bill Pilat is a master technician when it comes to teaching goalie techniques. As a player, Pilat was a three-time All-American Goalie, two-time ODAC Player of the Year, and the 1985 Roanoke Male Athlete of the Year. The private 30 minute one on one instructional session will take place outside of the regular camp instructional sessions. Training time will be given to camper at check in. Only five exclusive sessions are available each camp and they often sell out months before camp commences! Price: $75 (LIMIT 1 SESSION PER GOALIE - ONLY 5 SESSIONS AVAILABLE)
SILVER LEVEL PRIVATE COACHING: A private 30 minute one on one instructional session with a TGS Senior Coach can add that little extra specific technique work your Goalie is looking for. 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: $50 (LIMIT 1 SESSION PER GOALIE - ONLY 5 SESSIONS AVAILABLE)
Included in the price of the stick stringing will be a new STX stringing kit with all components needed to restring any goalie stick. Limited to only 12 participants, an experienced coach will demonstrate and help the camper string and/or repair his stick. This training will take approximately one hour outside of the regular training sessions. The day and time for the stringing session will be provided to camper at check in. Price: $55
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
- 3:30 PM Rest time, Pool Opened, Camp Store Opened
- 5:00 PM Dinner in Dining Hall
- 6:30 PM Goalie 10 on 10 Games!
- 8:30 PM Back to dorms, Day campers depart.
- 9:00 PM Rest time, Camp store opened, pizza orders
- 10:45 PM Lights Out!
In Roanoke College, you'll find a beautiful campus in a classic college town, with a vibrant city and beautiful countryside just minutes away. The campus is only 10 minutes from the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport, with direct flights to more than nine cities in the Midwest and East Coast. It is 3-4 hours by car from Charlotte, N.C., Richmond, Va., and Washington, D.C.
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 dorms?
Campers will reside in Crawford Hall and the size of the beds are Twin XL.
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
September 9, 2018: My son Brennan was hesitant to fly from Florida to Virginia and spread his wings. There were a few bumps in the road like lost luggage etc but Coach Pilat himself stepped up and took my son under his wing, got him settled in camp despite the setbacks of travel. His coaching staff was amazingly helpful, encouraging, kind, knowledgeable plus fun and got down to business of teaching my son some unforgettable techniques to greatly improve his game and confidence. Brennan greatly enjoyed the college dorm experience and met knew friends and fellow goalies from across the US. He broke out of his shell and wants to attend the Vero Beach Camp as well as the 2019 Roanoke College camp. Coach Pilat and his staff not only taught my son new Goalie skills but also taught him life skills. They treated him like family and a single mom who sent her son 4 states away to camp for the first time couldn't been any more grateful. Thank YOU Coach Pilat and staff!
— Nina O. Parent
I Already Want To Go Back!
June 24, 2018: This was my son's first time at the Bill Pilat camp and he definitely wants to go back. He went straight to a tournament and made some amazing saves, even earning the game ball for a critical game.
— Jeff E. Parent
Improved my lacrosse skills so much!
July 28, 2017: TGS method was just awesome. I also loved all the drills and goalie wars. The different goalie games were so fun and made me an even better goalie. Catch me at my next lacrosse game, how about that!
— Matt K. Camper
The missing piece!
July 25, 2017: I found this camp last year, but it was too late. I am so glad I got him in this summer. I felt like my son wasn't getting enough from our club coaches. Thank you for giving him what I could tell he was missing!
— Kara B. Parent
Best summer camp!
June 22, 2017: A highlight of camp for me was the on the field drills and social time with other campers. They coaches encouraged us to really bond and become a family! Can't wait to be back next year!
— Ross J. Camper
Can't wait to be back!
June 22, 2017: I could not have asked for a better goalie school! I cannot wait to come back next year!
— Ron G. Camper
Highlight of My Summer!
July 30, 2016: This camp was the highlight of my summer! I loved living in the dorms, meeting other lax goalies, and working with the coaches. This camp has taught me so much about being a goalie that I would have not learned with my team. My only complaint would be that camp was not long enough!
— Chris B. Camper
One of the greatest decisions!
July 29, 2016: This was one of the greatest decision we have made for our sons skill level as a goalie. The attention the coaches gave each camper was unbeatable. If your son is a goalie or wants to become one, I would recommend this camp to you, for a player of any skill level.
— June C. Parent
June 23, 2016: This was my son's first Goalie Lax camp, and he loved it. He has continued to practice the drills he learned, and wants to go back to camp asap. I was told this was the best Goalie camp, and it did not disappoint. Roanoke campus was also excellent.
— Robert G. Parent
August 2, 2015: 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.
— Terry E. Parent
July 31, 2015: Just a quick note to let you know how much my son enjoyed your camp this week at Roanoke College. Having played lacrosse for less than a year, he learned a great deal and made some friends as well. Again, thanks for giving him a great experience and deepening his love for this sport!
— Brenda C, Parent
Training was superb!
June 29, 2015: My son has gone to lacrosse camps at big name Division I Universities and top pro player camps over the years. He had nothing but great things to say about your Goalie School. He told us that the training was superb and he improved more in those few days than at all the other camps.
— Roger D. Parent