Nike Boys Lacrosse Camp at Roanoke College
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For serious Lacrosse players who want to learn from the best! Challenge yourself and improve your game at our Nike Boys Lacrosse Camp in Virginia. Our camp will be held on the beautiful campus of Roanoke College in Salem.
This camp is for the serious player who wants to take his game to the next level and is getting ready for increased challenges within his team.
- Learn from Top Coaches!
- Fun and exciting 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.
Camp Director Drew Bowers
Drew Bowers is in his first season on Bill Pilat's staff at Roanoke College.View Drew Bowers's Bio ⟩
Bowers comes back to Salem from Kenyon College where he was an assistant coach for the Lords for three seasons. His duties included serving as the defensive coordinator, goalie coach and strength and conditioning coach while overseeing the recruiting operations of the program.
In 2016, he helped tutor goalie Patrick Shevelson to earning North Coast Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year and All-American accolades while also helping guide the team to an 11-win season.
In all, Bowers helped mentor six different players to all-conference honors which included a goalkeeper making the all-league league squad each year he was there.
Before Kenyon he spent two seasons at the helm of nearby Salem High School Boys team. Bowers, ran all aspects of the program, on both sides of the ball, and guided his 2013 squad to a No. 3 state ranking.
Bowers played goalie for Roanoke from 2004-2008. During his time in Salem, he helped the Maroons appear in two national semifinal games and three Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) title games, winning two of them.
He received his bachelor's degree in exercise science from Roanoke in 2008 and became SCCC (strength and conditioning coach certified) through the CSCCa (Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association) in 2009.
Bowers was the head strength and conditioning coach at Kenyon and utilized his certification to serve as the strength and conditioning coach for several professional and collegiate programs in Vancouver, BC, Canada and Virginia, coaching NHL, MLS, CFL, and NFL athletes.
Bowers earned his master's degree in education, with an emphasis on positive coaching in the field of sports psychology from the University of Missouri during the spring of 2016.
This summer Roanoke College is offering one sessions of overnight with a commuter (Extended Day Camp 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM) option available.
Every aspect of offensive play is covered including: How to dodge to the goal.How to shoot on the run. Off ball movement in a fast break. Off ball movement in settled offense. Dodging to feed Stick fakes for feeding and finishing. Stick protection vs. college defenders. How to follow a defensive slide Improving shooting angles. Man up offense. Settled offense. Transitional play and More!!
Every aspect of defensive play is covered, including, footwork, clearing for defenseman, crease defense, zones, slide packages, man down defense and much more! Instructional talks from top college defenseman and coaches as well as competitive "defensive games" make for a fun and educational week.
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-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 in the Spring. Our health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp.
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 12:00-2:00pm on Monday, June 18th.
CHECK-OUT: Check-out takes place between 12:00-1:00pm on Thursday, June 21st.
Housing & Roommates
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. 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: Crawford Hall
Linens: Not provided
Air Conditioning: Yes
Suggested spending money: $60
Medical facility: a certified trainer will be on staff at all times
Campers are supervised 24 hours a day. The staff live in the dormitories with the campers and participate in evening 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 1:00-2:00pm for check in. On all other days, the arrival time is 8:45am at the Dorm for attendance. Departure on other days is 8:00pm 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 - 9:00-12:00pm. Check-out is immediately after camp concludes with the closing ceremony.
- Daily Schedule: MON 2PM-9PM, TUE-WED 9AM-8PM, THURS 9AM-12PM
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 Wake Up (overnight campers)
- 8:00 AM Breakfast in Dining Hall (overnight campers)
- 9:00 AM Individual skill work by position - 1 on 1's, shooting, footwork, dodges
- 10:00 AM Individual skill work by position - positioning, angles around the goal
- Noon Lunch in Dining Hall
- 1:30 PM Team skill work by position - 2 on 2's, 3 on 3's, 6 on 6 Team Offense and Defense
- 2:30 PM Team skill work by position - Unsettled play, Man up vs. Man Down, Clearing and riding
- 3:30 PM Rest time, Pool Opened, Camp Store Opened
- 5:00 PM Dinner in Dining Hall
- 6:30 PM Full Field 10 on 10 Games!
- 8:30 PM Back to dorms, Day campers depart
- 9:00 PM 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.
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Thank you for such a great week!
July 8, 2017: The staff that the Nike lacrosse camp provides, is very good, they are willing to provide as much time as needed towards the players and making them better. Their focus on improving basic skills and applying them to game situations was awesome. Thank you for such a great week!
— Brady C. Camper
July 7, 2017: Coach Pilat, Coach Sampson, and the staff provide top quality instruction to camp participants. Their focus on improving basic skills, refining techniques, and applying to game situation creates a better lacrosse player.
— James P. Parent
Enjoyed your camp!
July 10, 2016: 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!
— Teresa W. Parent
July 8, 2016: My son had a great experience at camp and really wants to go back again next Summer. Thanks for everything that you have done - I have never seen him be so excited about working hard and he loved the camp.
— Andrew R. Parent
Absolutely wonderful experience!
I just wanted to thank you for the absolutely wonderful experience my son had at camp. He is so pumped about his high school tryout. You helped him tremendously. My husband and I were very impressed with your camp and the way that it was run. We also want to tell you that your assistant coaches were so wonderful to the boys. Our son has NOT stopped talking about how much he learned and what fun it was to meet such nice guys. We even took him to see some of the colleges where your staff member played lacrosse. We just wanted to let you know how glad we were to have sent our son to your camp. You will definitely see him again. Thanks again for all of your efforts.
— Parent of Virginia O/D Camper '15