Xcelerate Nike Kentucky Boys Lacrosse Overnight and Day Camp at Transylvania University
2023 SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
OUR 10TH YEAR IN KENTUCKY!
Register for camp today and you’ll be a part of something truly special. It’s a chance to improve all aspects of your lacrosse game in a fun-filled summer camp environment.
Join the 1,000s of lacrosse players that have come before you and see and feel what it’s like to learn from some of the best ‘teaching’ coaches in the game today.
Led by Transylvania University Head Men's Lacrosse Coach, Logan Otto, Xcelerate’s coaching staff will provide a positive and rewarding environment, giving campers the tools to reach their full potential. Confidence-building drills, skill-driven reps, and competitive games await every camper.
The dormitories provide safe, comfortable housing for campers after a long day on the lacrosse fields. When not on the field campers will also enjoy the all-you-can-eat meals!
It’s time to GET BETTER! It’s time to have SOME FUN!
Register for our Transylvania University Camp Today!
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- Free NIKE Lacrosse Head given to the FIRST 20 registered campers!
- The BEST Topnotch Lacrosse Instruction; 10 to 1 Camper to Staff ratio
- 3 Divisions - Players Divided by Grade
- Position Specific Training
- Air Conditioned Dorm Rooms
- Special Goalie instruction
- Xcelerate Nike Reversible Jersey & Lanyard
- Xcelerate Nike Competition Prizes and Raffle on the last day of camp!
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Camp Director Logan Otto
Directing camp this summer will be Logan Otto! Coach Otto will enter his second year as head coach of the Transylvania men’s lacrosse team for the 2023 season and his tenth overall with the program.View Logan Otto's Bio ⟩
A fixture of the lacrosse coaching community in Kentucky, Otto became the second head coach in the history of the Transylvania men’s lacrosse program in 2022. Tasked with leading the team through its first season in the CCIW Conference, Otto’s Pioneers leaped out to a 5-0 start, also defeated rival Centre for the first time since 2017.
The team picked up its first CCIW win ever at Elmhurst, and went into the conference tournament as the #4 seed. From there, Otto led the Pioneers to a road win over top-seeded Illinois Wesleyan, as the team reached the CCIW Championship in their first season as a member of the conference.
Numerous athletes both recruited and developed by Otto received CCIW honors in 2022 including the Offensive Student-Athlete of the Year (Dalton Hubbs) as well as the First-Year Student Athlete of the Year (Ben Marcum). His team also received recognition at the 2022 RAFY awards, with Hubbs claiming the 2022 Male Pioneer Athlete of the Year.
Another way Otto has made his imprint on Transylvania is through Community Service. His 2022 team received the Pioneer Team Community Service Award as they have furthered their positive impact on the community. Partnering with the Vs. Cancer Foundation, Otto serves as a Lacrosse Ambassador, helping raise funds that go to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and the Kentucky Children’s Hospital. His team also worked with the One Kind Cookie Organization, organizing thousands of cookies to be delivered to Metro Lexington Fire Stations, as well as taking part in Campus Clean Ups, walking the neighborhoods and picking up any litter they find. A member of Otto’s 2022 team also earned the Male Senior Leadership Award at Transylvania’s RAFYs ceremony.
Prior to becoming head coach, Otto served on the Transylvania men’s lacrosse staff as the top assistant for eight years, with the last two seasons spent as Associate Head Coach. Otto took the reins of the Pioneer men’s lacrosse program replacing his longtime mentor and the original coach of the program, Kentucky Lacrosse Hall-of-Famer Terry Justice.
The meteoric rise of Transylvania men’s lacrosse over the last several years has been directly intertwined with Otto’s imprint upon the program during that span.
In his past seven seasons as a full-time coach with the Pioneer men’s lacrosse team, Transylvania won six consecutive conference tournament championships in the ORLC and the HCLC, highlighted by the program’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2017. Even before becoming head coach, Otto has been instrumental in piloting the Pioneers to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances beginning with their 2017 breakthrough.
As the coordinator of recruiting for the Pioneers, Otto’s imprint upon the program has been felt through the expanding funnel of talent to Lexington over the past half-decade. In the 2021 season, the Pioneers for the first time furnished two IWLCA All-Region winners in one season, midfielder Trenten Toivonen and attackman Trenton Sneed. On the way to achieving their sixth straight conference tournament championship, Transylvania produced the conference’s 2021 offensive player of the year, defensive player of the year, and newcomer of the year, along with nine other All-Conference players.
During Otto’s tenure with the program, the Pioneers have continued to set new standards on an annual basis. In his final season as Associate Head Coach, Otto and the Pioneers delivered a 13-3 overall record, their highest single-season winning percentage in program history as they went 6-0 against conference opponents and clinched their fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth. In the 2019 season, Otto helped guide the Pioneers to their most wins in a single season with the Pioneers winning 14 matches.
Along with his dedicated stewardship of the Transylvania men’s lacrosse program, Otto has been active in growing the sport of lacrosse across the Bluegrass, establishing his pedigree for developing talent of all ages.
Since 2011, Otto has served as the co-Director of Commonwealth Kings Lacrosse, a travel lacrosse program based in Central Kentucky where he has coached and developed over 50 All-State and All-American student-athletes originating from Louisville, Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and Central Kentucky. Otto is also a certified trainer in the US Lacrosse Coaches Education Program as a Level 1 and 2 certified coach.
Prior to joining Transylvania, Otto chiseled his coaching acumen at Scott County High School in nearby Georgetown, Kentucky and was an assistant coach under Justice at his high school alma mater, Lexington Catholic High School. While at Lexington Catholic, Otto guided the Knights to their first KLA championship in 2014.
In his playing days, Otto attended Columbia Hickman (Mo.) High School where he was a First Team All-State performer in boys’ lacrosse before to transferring to Lexington Catholic High School for his sophomore season. At Lexington Catholic, Otto played under Justice, becoming a three year All-State performer and was also named a US Lacrosse High School All-American while holding multiple career point scoring records. Otto obtained a master’s degree from Morehead State University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky.
Staff TJ Toivonen
On Staff this summer will be TJ Toivonen, assistant coach for Transylvania University. Trenten “TJ” Toivonen will begin his second season as a Pioneer assistant coach in the 2023 season.View TJ's Bio ⟩
Toivonen, the program’s all-time leader in caused turnovers and one of the first two Pioneer men’s lacrosse players to be selected to the USILA Senior All-Star game, joined Logan Otto’s coaching staff in his first campaign as the program’s head coach in 2022.
After completing an iconic five-year playing year with the Pioneers from 2016 through 2021, Toivonen began his next chapter with the Transylvania men’s lacrosse in a coaching capacity, where his leadership and expertise quickly helped elevate the program it its first season playing in the CCIW. Toivonen developed the conference’s First-Year Student Athlete of the Year as well as the Offensive Student-Athlete of the Year.
Faced with a full slate of new conference rivals, and facing high octane offenses week after week, Toivonen’s Pioneers excelled in their own end and the midfield, aside from scoring. The Pioneers rose to the challenge in a season that saw them take town #1 seeded Illinois Wesleyan and reach the CCIW Championship game, stepping into the 2022 season immediately as a threat in the conference.
Toivonen came into his new role at Transylvania already holding a variety of coaching experience, having joined Commonwealth Kings Lacrosse in 2018 as a coach for the youth travel lacrosse program based in Central Kentucky. The Transylvania alum has spent several seasons as a coach with the program, coaching a range of incoming freshmen to seniors in defensive fundamentals and transition play.
Prior to his current stint with Commonwealth Kings, Toivonen coached with Lacrosse Northwest, a youth lacrosse travel club based in Portland, Oregon near his hometown of Sherwood, Oregon. Toivonen presents nine total years of coaching experience overall, with one under his belt with the Pioneers.
In the spring of 2021, Toivonen completed an illustrious run with the Transylvania men’s lacrosse program as a student-athlete, serving as the foundation of the program’s first four appearances in the NCAA Tournament. As a defender and long-stick midfielder for the Pioneers, Toivonen was a three-time conference Defensive Player of the Year and completed his career ranked sixth all-time in NCAA Division III men’s lacrosse caused turnovers with 182.
In his final match at Transylvania, Toivonen illustrated one final image of his all-around versatility and athleticism with two goals, four ground balls, and a caused turnover in Transylvania’s NCAA Tournament first-round match against Colorado College.
Prior to graduation, Toivonen earned IMLCA All-Region Honorable Mention as a defender and was named the 2021 Pioneer Men’s Sport Athlete of the Year at the annual RAFY awards.
In September 2021, Toivonen’s professional dreams were made a reality when he was drafted 31st overall in the National Lacrosse Association draft by the Groove LC Lacrosse team.
Toivonen is based in Lexington.
Coaches Xcelerate Boys Coaching Staff
College Coaches, High School Coaches, and College Lacrosse Players.
At Xcelerate Nike Lacrosse Camps, our goal is to bring out the very best in every player we coach. In doing so, we focus our energies on building confidence and improving skills through innovative drills, small-sided games, position-specific training, and team-driven competition. We encourage our campers to play hard, be creative, and have fun! At the end of the week, our campers leave with a higher lacrosse IQ, an enhanced skill set, new role models, new friends, and a true love of the game!
SECURE YOUR SPOT!
You can expect high demand on these first-come-first-serve camper spots, so please be sure to register early.
- Dates: July 17-20
- Age Group: 10-18
- Gender: Boys
- Camp Type: Overnight, Extended Day (commuter)
- Check-In: Overnight Campers: Check-in Monday between 1:00-2:30pm at Poole Hall. Extended Day Campers: Check-in Monday between 2:00-2:30pm at Poole Hall.
- Check-out: Check-out between 11:00am-12:00pm at Poole Hall.
- Extended Day Schedule: MON 2:00PM-8:45PM, TUE-WED 9:00AM-8:45PM, THURS 9:00AM-11:30AM **Times subject to change
- Meals: All meals are provided for Overnight campers. Lunch and dinner are provided for all Extended Day (commuter) campers.
- Program: At Xcelerate Nike Lacrosse Camps top level instruction will once again be offered to our campers from the best coaches and pros in lacrosse. From the beginner to the elite lacrosse player, our camps provide a challenge to every camper. The Skills program will provide campers with the fundamental skills, position-specific training, and in-game tactical knowledge needed to enhance their skills.
Lexington, KY 40508
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Check-in Monday, July 17th
Overnight Campers: Check-in between 1:00-2:30pm at Poole Hall. Extended Day Campers: Check-in between 2:00-2:30pm at Poole Hall. Camp will begin with an orientation at 2:45pm, followed by our first field session and evening meal.
Check-out Thursday, July 20th
Check-out between 11:00am-12:00pm at Poole Hall.
- Dorm: Poole Hall
- 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 a sleeping bag, a pillow, a pillowcase, and a towel.
- Air Conditioning: Yes
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.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FEE?
- 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.
- Supervision: Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.
- Reversible Jersey & Prizes: Campers at multi-day camps will receive an Xcelerate Nike Lacrosse Camps Reversible Jersey and prizes.
INSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT & FACILITY
- Ratio: 1:10 staff-to-camper ratio
- Groupings: Campers are grouped by age, ability, and experience.
- Equipment Needed: Please bring your helmet, mouthpiece, cleats, lacrosse stick, gloves, and pads.
- Facility: Athletic Fields
- Medical Protocol: Most camps have an athletic trainer on-site to help with illness or injury. In case of an emergency, campers will be transported to the nearest hospital.
PREPARE FOR CAMP: COMPLETE YOUR PRE-CAMP CHECKLIST
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:
- Athletic Socks
- Personal Items
- Helmet and Mouthpiece
- Lacrosse Stick, Gloves, Pads
- Goalies Must Have Full Protective Equipment
- Water Bottle
- Extra Towels
- Pillow & Pillowcase
- Off-field clothes
- Spending money (we recommend $50 or so)
- Fan needed - dorms are not air conditioned
- Twin XL Sheets/Blanket or Sleeping Bag
- Signed Health & Release forms and waivers (forms completed online do not need to be printed and turned in at camp)
EXTENDED DAY CAMPERS
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:
- Monday: Check-in between 2:00pm-2:30pm at Poole Hall. Camp will begin with a brief orientation at 2:45pm, followed by our first field session and evening meal. First Day pick up time and location will be provided at check-in.
- Tuesday & Wednesday: Drop off and pick up locations for extended day campers will be provided on the first day of camp. Lunch and dinner provided.
- Thursday: 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 2:00PM-8:45PM, TUE-WED 9:00AM-8:45PM, THURS 9:00AM-11:30AM. **Times subject to change
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.
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CAMP DATES: Monday, July 17th to Thursday, July 20th
Overnight and Extended Day Camp 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 2:00PM-8:45PM, TUE-WED 9:00AM-8:45PM, THURS 9:00AM-11:30AM **Times subject to change
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.
We have 3 Divisions in our Overnight Camps. Each division will have coaches providing instruction to campers that correlates with that particular grade and level of play.
Grade based on 2023-2024 academic year:
- High School A & B Division - Entering grades 9-12 in the Fall of 2023
- Junior High Division - Entering grades 7-8 in the Fall of 2023
- Rising Stars Division - Entering grades 5-6 in the Fall of 2023
* At times we may have camps that are either smaller or larger in number which may lead us to adjust our divisions accordingly.
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: $35
- T-Shirt Sizes Available in Adult Small, Medium, Large and X-Large
**Campers are eligible for ONE Discount ONLY. Both the Individual and Goalie discounts are included in the current registration price. Once the discount dates have passed, the full price will be listed**
Individual Discount: $50 Early Bird discount available until February 28th. The price will increase on March 1st and then again on April 1st. The individual discount cannot be combined with any other discount.
Goalie Discount: $50. Each of our camps has a position-specific coach, however, to ensure each session has enough goalies for drills and scrimmages, all goalies automatically qualify for a special price. The goalie discount cannot be combined with any other discount.
Team Discount: Please reach out directly to the USSC office at 800-645-3226 for available discounts involving 10 or more teammates. The team discount cannot be combined with any other discount.
Note: If qualified, you may choose ONLY ONE discount
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
- 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 university is located on a 48-acre urban campus about four blocks from the center of the city of Lexington, Kentucky.
loved the coaches
He Had a Blast!
July 25, 2019: My son had an absolute blast. He loved the competitive games and drills. He also loved having the pool for down time and meeting new friends with the same interests. I as a parent loved the app. I knew where and what he was doing at all times. I loved seeing the videos of what they were doing. He is already wanting me to sign him up for next year. Thank you so much!
— April S. Parent
Really enjoyed camp!
June 15, 2018: My son really enjoyed the camp. The highlights of the camp for him were stations working on individual skill, scrimmaging, and swimming!
— K.H Parent
June 15, 2018: My son really enjoyed the drills and games played and amount of time on the field. He also had fun socializing with the other kids. He's already talking about how he wants to go back next year!
— Michael G. Parent
Learned so much!
June 21, 2017: My son learned so much at this camp. He had a great experience on and off the field. He liked free time to bond with other players. He only had positive things to say about the staff including that everyone was very knowledgeable and organized. He asked to come back next year before we made it to the car!
— Julie W. Parent
I loved the hands on training!
June 20, 2017: The coaches offered drills and encouragement to campers and I believe the advice will assist my son in moving forward in the sport. Highlihgts for him were playing the games, learning and having fun. I loved the hands on training.
— Tim C. Parent
I would highly recommend this camp!
June 28, 2016: Great camp for your son or daughter to improve his/her lacrosse skills! My son had a great time, made new friends, and learned a lot. I appreciate the fact that the camp also rewards kids for their character on and off the field, as well as their skills. I would highly recommend this camp for those wanting to improve their game.
— Kim P. Parent
Loved every moment!
June 24, 2016: This was our Campers 2nd year attending this camp. He loved every moment and asked if he could go back for a third year in a row!
— Theo B. Parent
Thanks for Everything!
June 22, 2015: I want to thank you and the coaches for doing such a great job. John has really enjoyed Xcelerate. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of coaches; they were positive and very motivating and helped John improve his lacrosse skills. He now loves going to practices and spending more time playing lacrosse. Thanks for everything.
— Teddy S. Parent
June 22, 2015: Your camp was fantastic! The skill level of the coaches and personal attention was very helpful. My son said the days were full and intense. Please let us know when you have your spring camp and also the summer camp for next year!
— Nate M. Parent
June 19, 2015: This camp was first rate and I feel like when you compare it to all of the day camps we send our children to throughout the summer this was an incredible value for the money spent given it was overnight and included meals! Our son enjoyed himself and fell head over heals for lacrosse during his week at camp!
— Brad P. Parent
SECURE YOUR SPOT – CAMPS SELL OUT!
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.