CASTLETON, Vt. – As the calendar turns to June, parents are encouraged to take a look at the numerous summer camp offerings by the Castleton University athletics department, as spots in the Spartan youth camps are filling up quickly.
For more information about any of the camps described below, visit http://bit.ly/cucamps.
Castleton baseball head coach Ted Shipley, fresh off leading the Spartans to their fourth straight NAC Tournament title and NCAA Tournament berth, is offering three camps over the summer, starting with a day camp for boys and girls ages 7-12 Monday, June 19, through Friday, June 23. The next week, he is offering a game camp for boys and girls ages 7-13 Monday, June 26, through Thursday, June 29.
From Sunday, August 6, through Thursday, August 10, the Spartan baseball program is sponsoring the advanced overnight camp for boys ages 9-18. This camp is geared toward teaching the competitive game of baseball in an advanced environment.
Castleton men's basketball head coach Paul Culpo welcomes boys ages 8-18 to the Castleton Basketball Camp Sunday, July 9 through Thursday, July 13. The camp includes drills to improve fundamentals, competitive age-group games, and daily lectures on the different facets of the game. Culpo is also offering a team camp for high school teams Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23.
Tim Barrett, head coach of the Castleton women's basketball team, is once again putting together a camp for girls entering grades 4-12 Sunday, June 25 through Thursday, June 29. He has designed the camp to enhance the skills of players of all ages. The camp includes drills to improve fundamentals, competitive age-group games, and daily lectures on the different facets of the game. Barrett is also sponsoring a team camp for high school teams Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30.
FIELD HOCKEY/WOMEN'S LACROSSE
Once again, Spartan field hockey coach Jessica Kischko and women's lacrosse coach Hannah Corkery are co-sponsoring an elite dual camp for girls entering grades 8-12 Sunday, July 9 through Wednesday, July 12. This unique three-day camp gives participants the ability to improve as a field hockey player, a lacrosse player, or receive instruction for both sports over the duration of camp.
Spartan Stadium will be the scene for two football camps during the summer. First, the Spartans Select Football Camp for boys and girls entering grades 9-12 will take place Friday, July 7 through Sunday, July 9, as campers will learn and practice fundamentals and techniques that will aid them in becoming a better football player. Further, camp staff will provide opportunities for character development, leadership growth, and positive sportsmanship.
The Youth Football Camp for boys and girls entering grades 3-6 takes place Monday, July 31 and Tuesday, August 1, and is perfect for those beginning to play football competitively. Campers will receive individual instruction from the Castleton coaching staff and players, plus they will have the opportunity to learn multiple positions to get ready for the upcoming season.
MEN'S SOCCER/WOMEN'S SOCCER
Castleton soccer coaches Chris Chapdelaine and John O'Connor join forces to offer two camps. First, the Spartan Residential ID Academy Friday, July 21 through Sunday, July 23 is for boys in grades 6-12 and girls in grades 8-12 and is designed to provide club and high school players with exceptional training as they prepare for their upcoming seasons. The Spartan Youth Soccer Academy Monday, July 24 through Friday, July 28 is set up to show campers the fundamental skill set needed to start their soccer careers.
Chapdelaine continues the soccer camp offerings Saturday, July 29, with a summer ID clinic for girls in grades 9-12, limited to 50 participants. The Spartan Girls Soccer Academy takes place Monday, August 7 through Thursday, August 10 and is set up for girls in grades 8-12 to prepare them for the upcoming club and high school seasons.
A new camp for the 2017 summer at Castleton is the Softball College Prospect Camp, limited to 30 female participants entering grades 9-12 Wednesday, July 5 and Thursday, July 6. Castleton head softball coach Eric Ramey and his staff will lead five sessions specifically designed to expose players to advanced concepts and skills of fastpitch softball.
The following week, Ramey and his fellow coaches welcome girls entering grades 6-8 for the Fastpitch Softball Camp Monday, July 10 through Thursday, July 13. The camp is intended to instill fundamentals and emphasize the process of being successful in every phase of the game.
Coming off a successful first year as a varsity program at Castleton, the Spartan wrestling team, led by head coach Scott Legacy, is offering two camps in July. The intensive prospect camp is limited to 50 boys entering grades 8-12, takes place Thursday, July 6 and Friday, July 7, and is designed for the wrestler who wants to maximize their potential through technical development, hard drilling, live wrestling, and the Castleton University experience.
From Sunday, July 16 through Wednesday, July 19, the Spartans are sponsoring the technique and competition camp for boys and girls entering grades 4-12. The camp is designed to help athletes understand techniques of the sport that will translate to future wins, including training sessions on all three positions (neutral, top, bottom).