Coach Edwards talks to goalies about how to determine whether or not a lacrosse goalie camp will be right for them. He stresses the importance of having a plan to work on one specific aspect of your game and the different ways you can make sure that the camp you’re going to will be able to provide you or your goalie with the right counsel.
1:03 – Having a plan when you go to any camp will guarantee that you learn something new.
1:30 – Coch Edwards explains that camps are all about experiences, so don’t be afraid of them.
1:48 – Having a question in mind about your game will help you focus on improvement if you’re a more advanced goalie.
2:30 – High hopes for a camp won’t be enough to make sure a goalie learns something. Sit down and form your plan.
2:57 – Calling the camp with probing questions about your game will help find the right camp for you.
3:27 – Having a plan for every camp experience is not only good for your game, but it’s good business.
Hey everybody, it’s Coach Edwards here with LacrosseGoalieTips.com and LacrosseGoalieUniversity.com, and I just wanted to take a moment to talk about your lacrosse goalie camp experience for the summer.
A lot of people will write me and go, “What camp do I recommend?” and I don’t recommend any camp in particular. Just because I don’t want to offend anybody. But the main reason I don’t do that is because I went to a lot of camps when I was young and I always ended up coming out of every camp with at least one gem of information that really helped my game.
I don’t know if you’re going to experience that at an all-goalie camp or a little tiny camp run by a local guy. I don’t know what is going to be for you. Here’s the thing. When you go to Lacrosse Goalie camp, you should have a plan. If you’re a brand new goalie and you don’t know anything about the game and you just want to learn something, you know what? Go. Don’t fear any camp.
What I always found was that camps are really good for great experiences either way. So if you’re brand new, just go. Find a camp that you can afford and go to that. But if you’re a little bit more advanced you definitely want to be going to a camp and finding out an answer to a question you have about your game.
For me, one year I went to the Cornell camp and the thing I needed to work on was hand position. What’s interesting is I learned a whole bunch of other things at camp that blew my game up and really helped me than just that one little thing. The other thing that really helped me was, there was another camp I went to where I wanted to learn from this one goalie coach who worked with a goalie that I was really a fan of and I wanted to learn from him. So I went to that camp to learn from that coach.
But all too often, kids are going off to camp, parents are sending their kids to camps to go to camp and hope they learn something or hope they just get something out of it. You know the 5-600 plus dollars they spend, but I find that this is not the best approach. It’s good to sit down with your coach, it’s good to sit down with a teammate that you trust, your parents, what have you, and just have a plan.
Go, “Okay, listen, this is what we need to work on this summer and this is where we think we’re going to be able to do that,” and by all means call the camp instructor. Call the head of the camp and go, “Listen, this is what I need for my kid. Can you provide it.” And then you just have to sift through a little bit because they may just say, “Yeah, we can totally do that.” But if you ask probing questions of a coach, they usually appreciate that you’re looking to work on one specific aspect of your game and they’re going to hopefully be able to provide that for you.
Have a plan for your lacrosse goalie camp experience this summer. Have a plan for every lacrosse goalie camp you go to. It’s just good business practice, okay?
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