The Colleges will once again host the annual Hobart Lacrosse Individual Camp, welcoming to campus two waves of young lacrosse players on Sunday, July 13. For four days, prospective athletes will have the opportunity to learn and practice with Hobart’s Division I coaching staff as well as several Hobart student-athletes.
“It’s a chance for these kids to stay on campus, get a feel for Hobart and improve their skill set,” says Hobart Lacrosse Head Coach Gregory Raymond. “It should have a really positive impact on those who are involved.”
Raymond says that the camp will focus primarily on instruction-based practice and improving the range of skills each player already has. With an 8:1 student-to-coach ration, young players will be able to run drills and learn through gameplay in addition to being introduced to the campus atmosphere. The Youth Camp will welcome players entering grades 4-8, and the High School Camp program is set to include older prospective players. While on campus, students will reside in residence halls and take part in activities outside of the lacrosse experience, such as campus tours and use of other athletic facilities.
“As these young kids blossom into prospective athletes, a lot are going to reflect on where they’ve been to camp,” remarks Raymond. “The program has a lasting impact on those who want to play at the next level.”
Raymond expects approximately 150 attendees from around the Central New York region, many of whom already have ties to the community. In time, he hopes to lead the camp to even further growth in participation. Being one of the original instructional camps in the United States, Hobart’s program is widely regarded to be formative and incredibly valuable to its participants. In its first season as an associate member of the NEC this year, the Hobart College lacrosse team had 14 student-athletes honored for their academic and athletic excellence.
This will be Raymond’s first year leading the Hobart lacrosse camps. Formerly defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Princeton University, he is the 19th coach to lead the Hobart lacrosse program. Raymond will be joined by Statesmen Offensive Coordinator and four-time Major League Lacrosse All-Star Peet Poillon, Assistant Coach Jeremy Hirsch, Assistant Coach Terry Muffley, Elliot Gudis ’17 and Phoebe Moore ’17.