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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.

Highlights Include
  • 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 Coaches

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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.

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Camp Details


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 Roanoke College. Come see why this goalie camp is filled before any other goalie camp in the country.

  • Dates: July 5-7
  • Age Group: 10-18
  • Gender: Boys
  • Camp Type: Overnight, Extended Day (commuter), & Day (commuter)
  • Check-In: Check-in between 10:00-11:00am at Caldwell/Allegheny/Ritter (C-A-R).
  • Check-out: There will be a brief closing ceremony on Friday at 10:30am. Departure is 11:00am at Caldwell/Allegheny/Ritter (C-A-R).
  • Extended Day Schedule: WED 10AM-8PM, THURS 9AM-8PM, FRI 9AM-11AM **Times subject to change
  • Day Schedule: WED 10AM-3:30PM, THURS 9AM-3:30PM, FRI 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.

Roanoke College
211 College Ln
Salem, VA 24153


The information below is based on previous years and is subject to change each year.

  • Dorm: Caldwell/Allegheny/Ritter (C-A-R)
  • 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.

  • 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
  • Cup
  • Throat guard – make sure it is attached to helmet
  • Helmet
  • Gloves

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.


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:

  • T-shirts
  • Shorts
  • Cleats
  • Athletic Socks
  • Off-field clothes
  • Personal Items
  • Backpack
  • Towels
  • Helmet and Mouthpiece
  • Lacrosse Stick. Gloves, Pads
  • Pillow & Pillowcase
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat or Visor
  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals/flip flops
  • Spending Money ($100)
  • Twin XL Sheets/Blanket or Sleeping Bag
  • No Fan Needed-Dorms air conditioned
  • Roanoke College Waivers (forms to be printed, filled out and turned in at camp)
  • Signed Heath & Release forms and waivers (forms completed online do not need to be printed and turned in at camp)

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:

  • Wednesday: 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.
  • Thursday: Extended Day Camper Hours – 9:00am-8:00pm. Lunch and dinner is provided.
  • Friday: Extended Day Camper Hours - 9:00am-11:00am. 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:

  • Wednesday: 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.
  • Thursday: Day Camper Hours – 9:00am-3:30pm. Lunch is provided.
  • Friday: Extended Day Camper Hours - 9:00am-11:00am. Check-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.


For general questions about our lacrosse camps please see our FAQ page.

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• 2 nights lodging • All meals
• Reversible Nike practice jersey


• Lunch & dinner
• Reversible Nike practice jersey


• Lunch
• Reversible Nike practice jersey


Some local hotel options listed below:

  • County Inn and Suites: 7860 Plantation Rd, Roanoke, VA 24019 - (540) 366-5678
  • Hampton Inn Salem: 450 Litchell Rd, Salem, VA 24153 - (540) 389-2424
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Roanoke Salem: 121 Sheraton Dr, Salem, VA 24153 - (540) 302-4005

Camp Extras


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!

Tgs Roanoke College Campus Facility

Roanoke College

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.

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Camp Reviews

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Overall Average Rating 4.83 / 5 Stars
    • 5/5.
    Fantastic experience, we will definitely do it again!

    July 16, 2021: He loved interacting with the coaches and meeting other Goalies. He really enjoyed the one/one lesson and the goalie games. The card from the one/one was detailed and constructive while still being really positive. The drills that were given to him to keep improving his skills were very solid and seemed curated just for him. He said that no one ever seemed too busy for a smile or a hello. He also met some kids there that exemplified the best of the best behaviors, and when someone was not being a great teammate they were kept in check by either coaches or by other campers. Fantastic experience, we will definitely do it again!

    — Jessica H., Parent

    • 5/5.
    this is an A++ camp

    July 19, 2021: My son felt that the camp gave him the necessary instruction to fine tune his strong suits and gave him confidence and pointers to improve his weaknesses. He aspires to play lacrosse in college so he really enjoyed learning not only from Coach Pilat and but current college goalies from Roanoke College. He felt this gave him the time tested knowledge but also current trends of goalies in the game today. He thought it was cool that all the coaches had a genuine desire to make him a better goalie without pressure or criticism yet they pushed him in a positive manner... this is an A++ camp.

    — James B., Parent

    • 5/5.
    GREAT JOB to all leaders!

    July 19, 2021: It was very pleasure hearing my son's recap of the day each day of camp. The skill building drills were easily explained and fun to execute. As a parent, I liked the end of day recaps talks with all the campers. GREAT JOB to all leaders!

    — Chris D., Parent

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    • 5/5.
    staff were very energetic and upbeat

    July 15, 2021: The camp was well organized and staff very energetic and upbeat. Based on my son's comments, the paid private 30 minute lesson was the most helpful and the only session that was improved his skills because was individualized. I am wondering if there is more individualized opportunities. Overall, he had a blast meeting new friends and the campus was beautiful but would have appreciated a little more individualized coaching.

    — Katie L., Parent

    • 5/5.
    He wants to go back next year!

    July 25, 2019: My son had a great time, and he is already saying he wants to go back next year!

    — Susan R. parent

    • 5/5.
    Great First Experience!

    July 23, 2019: He had a lot of fun and learned a lot since he’s never done any kind of goalie camp. This was his first season as a full time goalie and he really likes it and has some work to do thanks to camp. He wants to go back next year.

    — Addie N. Parent

    • 5/5.

    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

    • 5/5.
    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

    • 5/5.
    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

    • 5/5.
    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

    • 5/5.
    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

    • 5/5.
    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

    • 5/5.
    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

    • 5/5.
    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

    • 5/5.
    Loved It!

    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

    • 5/5.
    Thank you!

    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

    • 5/5.
    Great experience!

    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

    • 5/5.
    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

Bill Pilat’s The Goalie School in Virginia For Boys

Bill Pilat, Camp Director
Roanoke College
Salem, Virginia 24153
Questions? Call 1-800-645-3226
Hours: 8:00am-5:00pm PST


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.

Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: Goalie School
Age Group: 10 - 18
Gender: Boys
Camp runs Wednesday-Friday. Note: Minimum age is 13 years for extended day campers.
Day 9:00AM-3:30PM $735.00
Availability: Yes

Overnight $795.00
Availability: Yes

Extended 9:00AM-8:00PM $765.00
Availability: Yes

* Pricing is subject to change based on availability. Enroll today to secure current rates.
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