Xcelerate Nike Michigan Boys Lacrosse Camp at Albion College
Celebrating 15 Years of Boys and Girls
Lacrosse Instruction and Summer Camp Fun!
Our 2018 camp in Michigan is for lacrosse players who want to learn from the best and challenge themselves to improve their game! Albion College is a great small college setting and is centrally located right off Interstate 94, between Detroit and Chicago.
Campers will have the opportunity to personally work with Xcelerate Nike’s experienced staff members, including Albion Head Coach and Camp Director, Jake DeCola. As a camper, you’ll not only experience summer camp fun, but you’ll also train like a collegiate lacrosse player.
- Free NIKE Vapor 2.0 Head given to the FIRST 20 registered campers!
- The BEST Topnotch Lacrosse Instruction; 10 to 1 Camper to Staff ratio
- Boys ages 10-18: All Positions - All Levels of Play
- Specific Position Training
- Clean & Comfortable Dorm Rooms
- Xcelerate Nike Reversible Jersey & Lanyard
- Special Goalie instruction
- Pre-Camp Specialty Shooting & Defense Clinics available
- Xcelerate Nike Competition Prizes and Raffle on the last day of camp!
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Camp Director Jacob DeCola
Directing camp this summer at Albion College is Jacob DeCola. Coach DeCola came to Albion College in 2009 to begin the varsity lacrosse program. Under his leadership, the Britons have won Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association championships and achieved berths in the NCAA Division III Championship in 2015, 2016, and 2017.View Jacob DeCola's Bio ⟩
Albion has won 64 contests over the last five seasons, including undefeated records in conference play the past three seasons.
Albion has celebrated three honorable mention All-Americans as selected by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association and 26 all-MIAA picks, including the league's defensive most valuable players in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and the offensive MVP in 2015 and 2017. Also in 2015, the Britons were among the NCAA Division III leaders in clearing percentage, scoring offense, face-off winning percentage and ground balls. In 2016, Kyle DeCamp was the Division III statistical champion in ground balls per game.
In addition to building a successful program on the field, the Britons have built a reputation for sportsmanship and academic excellence that has garnered national attention. In 2015, the National Intercollegiate Lacrosse Officials Association awarded Albion with the James "Ace" Adams Sportsmanship Award, honoring the team whose coaches, players and fans exhibit the best sportsmanship in the region (District 6).
In the classroom, Zach Hubbell, Dylan Neal and Joe Silvestri have achieved Scholar All-America status from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association, and Silvestri was selected as an Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Before the move to Albion, DeCola served for five years as the top assistant and defensive coordinator at Guilford College, in Greensboro, N.C. A member of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, his Guilford defense competed yearly against top 20 nationally ranked opponents. In his tenure he mentored a pre-season All-American and numerous All Conference (ODAC) players. Prior to this, he was the head coach at Greensboro Day School, where his team was honored with the 2001 North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association’s Tony Cullen Sportsmanship Award.
After completing his master's degree from the University of Utah, DeCola was named head coach of East High School in Salt Lake City. Inheriting a team with a record of 1-11, he transformed the Leopards program, finishing the season 8-5 with the first trip to the state playoffs in school history. Originally from the Boston area, DeCola graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth in 1995 with a B.F.A. in sculpture. While there, he was a four-year starter in the goal, led the Corsairs as a senior captain, and held a nationally ranked save percentage.
DeCola grew up on the north shore of Boston, in Beverly, Mass., and graduated from Beverly High School in 1991. DeCola and his wife, Angela, are the proud parents of two children, Camille and Gianna.
Our goal, at Xcelerate Nike Lacrosse Camps, is to bring out the very best in every player we coach. We focus our energies on building self-confidence and improving skills through innovative drills, position training, small-sided games, and team driven competition. We encourage our campers to work hard, be creative, and have fun! At the end of the camp week, our players leave with a higher lacrosse IQ, an enhanced skill set, new role models, new friends, and a true love of the game.
Monday, June 25th to Thursday, June 28th
Overnight & Commuter (Extended Day Camp 9:00AM to 9:00PM) options available.
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 4:00PM-9:00PM, TUE-WED 9:00AM-9:00PM, THURS 9:00AM-11:30AM
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.
SPECIALTY PRE-CAMP CLINICS
Xcelerate Lacrosse offers a specialized Shooting-Dodging clinic and LSM-Defensive clinic from 1:30pm-4:30pm on the first day of camp. Clinic check-in is at 1:00pm with dinner at approximately 5:00pm. The clinics will be taught by top players and coaches.
Pre-Camp Specialty Clinic Check-in Monday, June 25th
- Choose the Shooting & Dodging Clinic or the LSM & Defensive Clinic
- Check-in between 1:00-1:30pm at Mitchell Towers.
- Once checked in parents do NOT have to stay for general check in at 3:00pm.
- The specialty clinic fee is an additional $85.
- Note: Space is limited
Check-in Monday, June 25th
Check-in between 3:00-4:30pm at Mitchell Towers. Camp will begin with an orientation at 4:45pm, followed by dinner and our first field session.
Check-out Thursday, June 28th
Check-out between 11:00am-12:00pm at Mitchell Towers.
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. 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: Mitchell Towers
- Bathrooms: shared
- Linens: Not provided
- Air Conditioning: No *No A/C in dorm - please bring a fan
- Suggested spending money: $40
- Medical facility: a certified trainer will be on staff during field sessions
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
- Monday, June 25th: Check-in between 4:00-4:30pm at Mitchell Towers. Camp will begin with a brief orientation at 4:45pm, followed by dinner and our first field session. First Day pick up time and location will be provided at check-in.
- June 26th & 27th: Drop off and pick up locations for extended day campers will be provided on the first day of camp. Lunch and dinner provided.
- Thursday, June 28th: Last day drop off and pick up locations for extended day campers will be provided on the first day of camp. No meals provided.
- Daily Schedule: MON 4:00PM-9:00PM, TUE-WED 9:00AM-9:00PM, THURS 9:00AM-11:30AM
Campers have the opportunity to pre-order an Xcelerate Nike t-shirt in the camp registration process through May 1st. You will receive items purchased on the first day at camp check-in.
- Xcelerate Nike T-Shirt - Price: $25 (SOLD OUT!)
- T-Shirt Sizes Available in Adult Small, Medium, Large and X-Large
Early Bird Discount: $50 - Offer Code: XLR818. (Available until January 31, 2018). You can call 1-800-645-3226 to receive the early bird discount over the phone or you can enter in the offer code XLR818 when registering via our secure website. The early bird discount cannot be combined with any other discount.
Goalie Discount: $100 - Offer Code: XLGK18. To ensure each session has enough goalies for drills and scrimmages, all goalies automatically qualify for a special $100 discount. You can call 1-800-645-3226 to receive the goalie discount over the phone or you can enter in the offer code XLGK18 when registering via our secure website. PLEASE NOTE: Once we’ve reached our quota of registered goalies the discount will no longer be available. The goalie discount cannot be combined with any other discount.
Team Discount: $25. 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.
Note: If qualified, you may choose ONLY ONE discount
We have three sessions per day. A great deal of instruction takes place in the early part of the day, demonstrations and instruction mid-day, and games during the evening session. We also like to throw in a number of ‘fun’ activities like our fastest shot contest, freestyle/skills competition, swim time, rec time, and camper vs. coach game. Below is a template and is subject to change.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:30 AM Breakfast (Overnight Campers)
- 8:45 AM Extended Day Campers Arrive
- 9:00 AM Station Work, Drills, Position Work
- Noon Lunch
- 12:30 PM Rest Hour / Camp Store / Swimming
- 2:00 PM Demonstrations, Position Work
- 3:00 PM Small Group Scrimmages, Team Play
- 5:00 PM Dinner
- 6:15 PM Team Instruction / Games
- 8:45 PM Extended Day Campers depart
- 9:00 PM Free Time / Camp Store / Pizza
- 10:45 PM Lights Out!
The Albion College campus is 90 miles west of Detroit and 175 miles east of Chicago. It is just a quick bus ride (they have a Greyhound station), train trip (Amtrak stop, too), plane flight (airports in Kalamazoo, Lansing, and Detroit) or car trip (we’re right off Interstate 94) from just about anywhere.
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
Great Camp and Staff!
June 29, 2018: The practices gave me a chance to get better at my lacrosse skills outside the performance pressure of a game. The coaching staff was awesome and it was great to connect with other lacrosse players.
— Trevor B., Camper0
Overall a very positive and fun experience!
July 15, 2017: Coaches were very encouraging, inspiring, and helpful. Really enjoyed the experience. Drill work was good. Learned good skills and techniques. Overall a very positive and fun experience.
— Lexi S. Parent0
He had fantastic time!
July 15, 2017: This was our son's first sports camp and we had to pressure him to attend. He did not know what to expect and he felt nervous and apprehensive about going to camp. When we picked him up, he expressed how much he enjoyed the camp and wants to attend next year. He had a fantastic time and cannot wait to attend next year.
— Dylan C. Camper0
We are looking forward to next years camp!
June 30, 2017: The after lessons activities were much better then last years camp at Adrian. Loved how the coaches helped the campers order food from local restaurants. The actual games that they played was much better than just the drills they did last year. We are looking forward to next years camp!
— Charlie O. Camper
June 30, 2017: My son had a really great time at camp and learned several new skills...I felt that the camp counselors were exceptional in being good role models for my son. The staff here went well beyond our expectations in setting a good example. I can not thank them enough for that. I would suggest enforcing the no cell phone/electronic rule more in the future. We were hoping that our son was going to be able to simply concentrate on the camp, but other campers were using them throughout the camp which became a distraction at times for my son. Overall this was a fantastic experience.
— Lisa C. Parent
July 19, 2016: Our son really enjoyed talking with the camp counselors. He mostly enjoyed learning new face off skills. The student coaches went well beyond our expectations in setting a good example. Great role models!
— Trevor C. Parent
July 17, 2016: My son has been to many college campus lacrosse camps and this one was the most organized by far. Eliminating this stress made it all the more enjoyable for my son (& us parents!). Looking forward to returning for quite some time!
— Jimmy J. Parent
I am very impressed!
July 20, 2015: As a parent of a player who has attended summer camp for the last 4 years of playing, I can tell you that more progress was made at this camp than any other camp before. Coaches ENCOURAGED campers to try new skills - explaining that camp is the place to learn not to worry about stats. I am very impressed with the professionalism and knowledge of this camp's coaching staff and their motivation of players in a kind and constructive manner.
— Stasha O. Parent
July 11, 2015: Good instruction and explanations from coaches and I was impressed with the overall organization of the entire camp.. The Albion Head Coach was great!!
— BJ T. Albion
July 10, 2015: I had a great time at camp and I learned so much. I would definitely go back next summer!
— Matt R. Camper
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