Nike Boys Lacrosse Camp at Berry College
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USSC is excited to be back at Berry College in summer 2019 and offer a Nike Lacrosse Camp in Georgia. Berry College is located next to Rome in northwest Georgia, 72 miles northwest of Atlanta and 75 miles south of Chattanooga.
As the sport strengthens in Georgia, this camp presents an incredible opportunity for youth players to improve their skills, and for high school players to get a taste of playing for Berry College.
- Complete Skills Camp for Boys Ages 9-18
- Superior instruction from College Coaches
- 8:1 camper to instructor on field ratio
- Daily emphasis on fundamentals, position training, drills and scrimmages
- Team discounts available
- Special goalie instruction and discounts available
- Every camper receives a reversible Nike practice jersey
- Nike and STX Prizes for outstanding play, sportsmanship and improvement
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Camp Director Curtis Gilbert
Curtis Gilbert was hired as Berry's head men's lacrosse coach in September 2013. Over his tenure, Gilbert has compiled a record of 42-23 (101-72 career record) and an SAA record of 19-8.View Curtis Gilbert's Bio ⟩
Gilbert has coached 29 All-SAA selections, 36 SAA Academic Honor Roll honorees and two SAA Offensive Players of the Year. He also led the 2015 squad to a regular-season title.
The 2017 season saw Berry College earn its first All-American with SAA Offensive Player of the Year, Quentin Johnson earning distinction. He was also named a Scholar All-American. Johnson followed Cory Hall and Jack Chase who both earned Scholar All-America honors under Gilbert's guidance in 2015.
Gilbert arrived from New England College in Henniker, N.H. where he led the Pilgrims to a record of 10-7 and a runner-up finish in the North Atlantic Conference in 2013. In 2012, he led NEC to a berth into the NCAA DIII Men's Lacrosse Tournament after winning the program's first North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championship.
Over his six seasons at NEC Gilbert had an overall coaching record of 59-49 and a conference record of 37-19. Gilbert's teams played in four championship games over his six years at New England College and produced two All-Americans, the first in NEC's history. Prior to Gilberts arrival at NEC the team was coming off of a 1-13 season.
At NEC, Coach Gilbert placed sixteen players on the All-Conference team, eight All-Academic athletes, four ECAC New England All-Stars, two All-Americans, two USILA North/South game participants, one Scholar-Athlete of the Year, one Offensive Player of the Year, and two others drafted into the NLL Professional league.
Prior to New England College, Gilbert was an assistant lacrosse coach at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. While at Denison, Gilbert helped lead the Big Red to an impressive 20 wins, two NCAC Championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances.
Before Denison, Gilbert had stints as an assistant lacrosse coach at Washington College and Whittier College. Over two seasons at Washington College Gilbert led the Shoremen to a record of 28-8, a school-record 15-game winning streak, and an NCAA semifinal appearance. At Whittier, over two years he helped the Poets to a record of 21-3 and two national tournament appearances, including one NCAA quarterfinal and one NCAA semifinal appearance.
Gilbert is a graduate of Washington College, where he was a four-year member of the men's lacrosse team. While at WC, Gilbert was a member of the 1998 NCAA Division III national championship team and garnered All-Conference accolades.
In addition to coaching lacrosse, Gilbert serves on various committees including the USILA Top 20 poll and All-American Committee. He graduated with a master's degree in management and strategic leadership from NEC.
Gilbert currently resides in Rome, GA with his wife, who also works at Berry, and his two daughters.
Assistant Coach Ken Byers
Ken Byers returns for his seventh year as an assistant coach for the Berry College Vikings in 2017-18. Coach Byers was with the Berry College program during its initial seasons and has helped take a young start-up program into one that has played in the Conference Championship in two of its last four years. Byers has spent time with both coaching staffs and continues to strengthen the foundation of the program, while also taking it to new heights.View Ken Byers's Bio ⟩
Recently Byers took a team composed largely of Berry College student-athletes on a trip to the European Alps where they competed in friendly contests with the Austrian National team, Slovakian National team and a Munich men's team.
Prior to arriving at Berry, Byers established a nationally recognized MCLA program at Kennesaw State University. His six year KSU career record is 61-28. Coach Byers was selected as the SELC Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2011. His 2010 KSU squad was awarded the James "Ace" Adams award for sportsmanship.
Before his tenure at KSU, Ken started the program at Etowah High School. Etowah compiled a record of 45-22 and became an elite team in the North Georgia Lacrosse League. He also was an assistant coach at Roswell HS from 1999-2001, earning a public high school championship in 1999. From 1982-2002 he was a player/coach for the Atlanta Lacrosse Club. He produced an overall team record of 307 wins and 104 losses.
Coach Byers played for national junior college powerhouse Suffolk Community College on Long Island. He completed his collegiate career as a defenseman at Kutztown State in Pennsylvania.
Byers plays competitive lacrosse in national tournaments at the grand masters level. Coach Byers is a member of the Positive Coaching Alliance and is a certified lacrosse official. On January 28, 2007, he was inducted into the Georgia Lacrosse Hall of Fame for his outstanding accomplishments to the sport of lacrosse in the state of Georgia.
In addition to lacrosse, Byers served more than 31 years as a member of the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department. He retired as an assistant chief and shift commander.
This summer, Berry is offering one week of overnight and extended day camp (9:00am-9:00pm) for ages 9-18. At the Nike Boys Lacrosse Camp at Berry College, our goal is to bring out the very best in every player we coach. To achieve this goal Curtis Gilbert and his staff will focus on building campers skills, knowledge of the game and overall self-confidence essential to taking your game to next level. We can't wait to get started!
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 2PM-9PM, TUE-WED 9AM-9PM, THURS 9AM-12 NOON
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 takes place between 1:00-2:00pm on Monday, July 8th at West Mary Hall. There will be a camp orientation meeting at 2:00pm and parents are welcome to join their campers for this meeting. A detailed schedule for the week will be provided at that time.
There will be a closing ceremony at the field on Thursday, July 11th at 11:30am. Overnight campers check-out from the dorm immediately following.
The staff live 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.
ROOMMATES & HOUSING
2 campers per room. If you have a roommate request, and have not already given it to us, please do so as soon as possible. Roommate requests are not guaranteed, 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!
DORM: West Mary Hall
LINENS: Not provided
AIR CONDITIONING: Dorm has AC
SUGGESTED SPENDING MONEY: $40
MEDICAL FACILITY: a certified trainer will be on staff at all times
All meals are included for overnight campers. Lunch and dinner is included for Extended Day Campers. Meals start with dinner on the first day and end with breakfast on the last day.
Extended Day Campers
On the first day of camp, extended day campers should arrive at the check-in time dressed to play. All other days, the arrival time is 8:45am. Extended day campers depart at 9:00pm (lunch and dinner included). Drop off and pick up locations will be provided at check-in.
DAILY SCHEDULE: MON 2PM-9PM, TUE-WED 9AM-9PM, THURS 9AM-12 NOON
TEAM DISCOUNT: If five or more campers register together, each camper is eligible for a $25 discount. Please have a team contact reach out directly to the USSC office at 1-800-645-3226 to receive a discount code to identify your group. Campers may then register through the website at their convenience and apply the coupon code during check-out.
GOALIE DISCOUNT: To ensure each session has enough goalies for drills and scrimmages, all goalies automatically qualify for a special $50 discount. You can call 1-800-645-3226 to receive the goalie discount over the phone or you can indicate that you are eligible for the goalie discount in the “comments” field when registering via our secure website. Goalie discount cannot be combined with any other discount.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:30 am Breakfast (Overnighters)
- 9:00 am Stretching and Conditioning
- 9:30 am Line Drills and Stations
- 10:30 am Position Work
- Noon Lunch and rest
- 1:30 pm 1v1, 2v2, and fastbreaks
- 3:00 pm Drill stations and scrimmaging
- 5:00 pm Dinner and supervised free time
- 6:30 pm Back to field for games
- 9:00 pm Extended Day Campers depart
- 10:00 pm Overnight Campers to rooms; Lights out!
Berry offers an unusually beautiful environment for camp. Fields, forests, lakes and mountains provide scenic beauty in a protected natural setting. Campers train each day at Ford Field, the Berry men's lacrosse teams home, on the Berry College campus. Along with a top-notch game facility, the Vikings enjoy full-size practice fields located between Ford Field and William R. Bowdoin Field and behind Ford Field. The practice fields are also quality venues, and have hosted regulation soccer matches and lacrosse games, as well.
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
July 13, 2018: Great setting and facilities at the Berry College campus. Coach Gilbert and his staff were well organized and so much fun. It was a great mix of high level instruction and letting kids being kids. The college players who were helping run sessions were just so great to the younger kids and full of advice and tips for the older boys considering Berry for their college choice!
— Nick B. Parent
My son had a great time!
July 28, 2017: My son had a great time! He wants to go back next year. He liked the freedom and independence and of course he LOVES lacrosse!!
— Bart W. Parent
Can we come back next year?
July 19, 2017: The first thing that my son said to me was not hello, it was 'Can we come back next year?' It was a great opportunity for him to meet other kids that share a passion for the same sport that he does.
— Paul M. Parent
The coaching is top notch and the campus is beautiful!
July 14, 2017: The counselors were so nice as always! The coaching is top notch and the campus is beautiful. My son leaves and is always thrilled with the experience. He talks about playing lacrosse in college and specifically dreams of playing for Berry.
— Chris R. Parent
Thanks for the great coaching!
July 24, 2016: This is our son's second year attending Nike Lacrosse Camp and he has come home both times very excited about playing the game of lacrosse. His skills and knowledge have improved dramatically. Thanks for the great coaching!
— John M. Parent
Can't wait for next summer!
July 23, 2016: Berry College was super organized before and during camp. The coaches also did a great job at creating a very positive atmosphere for the campers. Supervision and safety was especially impressive and the positive attitudes of the college players who assisted and the coaches made camp fun for all. Can't wait for next summer!
— Jennifer B. Parent
He will be back!
July 22, 2016: This camp was great. My son learned so much and even discovered he is better at a different position. One he had never been given the opportunity to play before. All the staff was super friendly and super helpful during the check-in/out process and my son really enjoyed his time there. He will be back!
— Natalie M. Parent
Money well spent!!
July 21, 2016: I was so happy for my Son, I told him he needed to go to a camp and learn how to correctly play the game since he has only played 2 years. After his time at camp, he was awarded most improved player. He also took what he learned back to his school to teach the other players. Money well spent!! Thanks Coaches!! Sincerely Happy Mom
— Max D. Parent
Excellent LAX camp!
July 20, 2016: As a Berry College alumni and veteran educator, I strongly commend Coach Gilbert and his staff for their efforts in creating excellent LAX camp, The breakdown of skill instruction and practice was excellent, and the positive, encouraging attitudes of the staff were reflected in the campers through out the week.
— Jim V. Grandparent
I can't recommend this camp enough!
July 21, 2015: My son just finished his first season of lacrosse when I signed him up for the Nike camp at Berry College. I can't recommend this camp enough. My son learned so much and came back believing in himself and talking about college lacrosse. When I sat watching the end of camp ceremony I was so impressed with the positive environment that that coaches and counselors had with the students. It was the best camp and I can't tell you enough that if your on the fence send them. My son learned so many skills that he's now practicing on his own. He's already talking about camp next year.
— Emily L. Parent
We will be back!
July 21, 2015: This camp is SO organized!! There is absolutely no confusion on where to drop off and pick up your camper. Staff accompanies an assigned group of campers to every activity, so there is no unsupervised time like at other camps that we have participated in. We will be back!
— Jack C. Parent
July 20, 2015: Good organization. Berry College was a great location. Coach was fun, and I liked the extra coaching he gave, especially the face -off help.
— Will H. Camper
Really enjoyed it!
July 18, 2015: I really enjoyed my experience at camp. I made friends and was able to demonstrate my skills at a competitive level. I learned better throwing and shooting techniques that will help me as an attacker. I can't thank the counselors enough at Berry College for their time and support.
— Justin B. Camper
July 18, 2015: My son enjoyed the Nike camp better than any other lacrosse camp he's done in the last 2 years and can't wait to go again! The coaches were talented, instructional AND fun.
— Allison S. Parent
I had a blast!
July 26, 2014: I had a blast at this camp. It was very helpful and informative and I look forward to coming back next year.
— Dave P. Camper
Can't wait to go back!
July 20, 2014: This camp made my son feel like he was better at lacrosse when he finished. The instruction was good and he felt welcomed. He would definitely like to return next year.
— Henry K. Parent
Highlight of the summer!
July 20, 2014: It was awesome! We learned a lot! The coaches were good & the college players were really cool!
— Cooper H. Camper
Had a blast!
July 16, 2013: My son attended lacrosse camp for the 1st time and had a blast!! The staff and counselors were great with the boys and he learned a lot each day. I was glad when he said that he wanted to go again next year with his friends.
— Becky K. Parent
Improve your skills.
July 16, 2013: Age groups were appropriately determined. The drills were very educational and improved my sons skills better than constant scrimmages.
— Landon S. Parent