Steamboat Springs The résumés of the coaches and instructors lined up for the inaugural Steamboat Lacrosse Camp are impressive.
“We’ve been thinking about doing this for seven years,” said Steamboat Youth Lacrosse Director Neill Redfern. “This is the first year.”
The idea behind the camp, scheduled for Aug. 9 to 12, is similar to the one behind the Steamboat Classic Lacrosse Tournament. Redfern started that tournament and grew it into one of the most popular in the state.
“I don’t feel like you have to go to Maryland or the Front Range to get a good camp experience,” Redfern said. “We have great coaches coming right to our backyard.”
In addition to Redfern, who was a two-time All-American at the University of North Carolina, the coaching lineup for the camp includes multiple All-Americans and professional players.
The camp will focus strongly on position play.
“We have good guys at every position that should be able to teach these guys,” Redfern said. “The coaching they get from summer coaches is excellent. But these are top-notch guys from out of state that come in and benefit these kids.”
Coaches expected to attend include Tom Duquette (four-time All-American at the University of Virginia), Sam Lane (Washington College attackman), Sean Delaney (two-time All-American at North Carolina and current Denver Outlaw), Greg Paradine (two-time All-American at North Carolina), Greg Vetter (three-time All-American at Washington College) and recent University of Notre Dame graduate and goalie Scott Rodgers, who was a two-time All-American and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
“I think it’s just a different perspective from top coaches around the country,” Redfern said. “The difference between this camp and what we do in the spring or summer is it’s a lot of position specific coaching. During our season we do a skill session that applies to all the players, then we play games for six weeks. This is more of a positional workshop.”
The camp at Steamboat Springs High School will cater to two groups: one session for sixth- through eighth-graders, and one for freshman through seniors. The younger group will go from 9 a.m. to noon each day, with the high school camp scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m.
The camp costs $275. Registration can be done at www.steamboatyouthlacrosse.org. The early deadline ends Friday with registration closing July 30. For questions, contact Redfern at 871-6100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.