Questions & Answers
Q: When and where is the 2023 camp being held?
A: The 2023 Commonwealth Lacrosse Camp is being held on the campus of Virgnia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. The camp begins on Thursday, July 20 and concludes on Sunday, July 23.
Q: What is the cost of the camp?
A: The cost of the camp is $659 for residential campers and $479 for commuting campers.
Q: What does the cost of the camp cover?
A: All campers will receive approximately twenty hours of instruction and professionally officiated game play over the course of nine camp sessions. Residential campers will be housed in air-conditioned, suite-style rooms with private bathrooms and Internet access. They will also receive all-you-care-to eat meals beginning with dinner on Thursday and concluding with lunch on Sunday. Commuting campers will receive the same meals minus breakfast. All campers will also receive a camp reversible and have complimentary access to the Virginia Tech bowling alley and game room each evening.
Q: How long has the camp been in operation?
A: The camp has been in existence since 2007. The 2023 camp will be the sixteenth, making the Commonwealth Lacrosse Camp one of the longest-running camps in the nation.
Q: Who is eligible to attend the camp?
A: The camp is for boys entering grades 9 through 12.
Q: Is the camp an instructional camp or a recruiting camp?
A: It is a bit of both. While the primary focus of the camp is instruction, college coaches are on staff and many campers have been recruited based off of their performance at the camp.
Q: What is the level of play at the camp?
A: The camp is for boys of moderate to high skill level. It is not for beginning players. Most campers are either varsity or aspiring varsity level players.
Q: Is the camp for individuals or for teams?
A: Both. Since its inception in 2007, the camp has attracted individuals, groups of teammates and full teams.
Q: How are campers grouped?
A: For individual and skill group instruction, campers are grouped by position and grade. For team teaching and game play, campers attending the camp with other teammates are grouped together. Individual campers are placed onto teams based on position played and grade.
Q: Who serves as the camp counselors and what are their credentials?
A: The camp staff consists of adult coaches who have extensive coaching experience at both the college and high school levels. A few select college players are also employed as counselors.
Q: Where are residential campers housed?
A: Residential campers stay in air-conditioned on-campus residential halls consisting of suite-style rooms with private bathrooms.
Q: Can campers request a roommate?
A: Yes, and every attempt will be made to meet all requests.
Q: Are the residence halls supervised?
A: Absolutely. Counselors reside in the same residence halls as the campers and are responsible for being available 24 hours a day.
Q: Where do campers eat?
A: All meals are served in Virginia Tech's nationally acclaimed and award-winning D2 dining center. Portions are all-you-care-to eat and campers can select meal offerings from any of the eight different shops housed within the center. Commuting campers receive lunch and dinner only.
Q: Is there a trainer on staff?
A: Yes. A certified athletic trainer will be at every session and will be available at all other times in the event of an off-field emergency.
Q: How many sessions of lacrosse are there each day?
A: Thursday will consist of two sessions of lacrosse. Campers will meet three times on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, there will be one final session. The daily schedule is as follows:
Q: Is there anything for the campers to do when they are not playing lacrosse?
A: Yes. Campers are free to explore and enjoy the Virginia Tech campus. They will also have complimentary access to the university's bowling alley and game during the evening.
Q: How does the commuter schedule differ from the residential camper schedule?
A: Commuting campers check-in prior to each day's first session and are dismissed at the conclusion of each day's final session. They may not leave the Virginia Tech campus in-between. Commuters may remain on campus in the evenings to enjoy use of the bowling alley and game room, etc.
Q: When do check-in and check-out take place?
A: Check-in will take place on Thursday, July 20 from 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. and check-out will occur on Sunday, July 23 from 12:00 noon until 1:30 p.m.
Q: How do you register for the camp?
A: Campers may register either online or by submitting a paper application. Here is a direct link to begin the online registration process: Commonwealth Lacrosse Camp Online Registration. Paper applications are contained within the Commonwealth Lacrosse Camp brochure.
Q: When are camp deposits and final payments due?
A: Deposits are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis as the camp's enrollment is limited to 175 boys. Balance payments are due by Friday, July 7.
Q: How is camp enrollment confirmed?
A: Receipt of applications and payments are confirmed via email. All additional correspondence, to include directions and items to bring to camp will also be delivered via email.
Q: What is the camp's refund policy?
A: Deposits and the $200 deposit portion of the camp fee are non-refundable at any time. For cancellations made within 30 days of the start of camp, all paid camp fees are non-refundable. If, however, a cancellation is due to a medical issue (documented by a doctor), the following applies: cancellation made at least 30 days prior to the start of the camp -- $200 credit applied toward the 2024 camp and refund of any other fees paid; cancellation made within 30 days to the start of camp -- credit of any fees paid applied toward the 2024 camp.
Q: What if there are additional questions?
A: Please feel free to contact Coach Swanenburg at (443) 690-7683 or at firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any questions.
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