Gamebreaker Football Camp Lake Forest College

Gamebreaker Football Camp Lake Forest College
Gamebreaker Football Camp Lake Forest College

The Gamebreaker Summer Youth Flag Football Skills Camp at Lake Forest College is designed for youth football players looking to improve their skills in a safe and controlled setting.

Head Coach Jim Catanzaro serves as director and is joined by other coaches and players.  Youth Football and High School Football players will train at the positions of their choice while being educated on the proper fundamentals and techniques to ensure concussion safety and education.

Highlights Include

  • Gamebreaker Softball Helmet for each Participant
  • Flag Football Competition
  • Skill Development Drills by Position
  • Discussions on Proper Technique and Concussion Safety
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Jim Catanzaro
Camp Director

Jim Catanzaro

The 2017 season will be the ninth year as Lake Forest College’s head coach for Jim Catanzaro, who will also serve as the team’s defensive coordinator for the 12th straight year.

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The 2016 Foresters finished the year with an 8-2 record. Lake Forest's 10 selections (eight players) were the second-most in the conference. The Foresters posted an 8-2 overall record and finished in third place in the league standings with a 6-2 mark in MWC play this season.

The 2015 Foresters climbed a spot the third place in the Midwest Conference South Division standings with a 3-2 record in league play. Eight players on the team earned All-MWC South honors, including three on the First Team, and five Lake Forest seniors played in the Tazon de Estrellas (Game of the Stars) in Baja, Mexico.

The Foresters posted their second straight 8-2 overall record in 2013 and matched the 2002-03 squads for the highest two-year victory total in program history. The team also went undefeated at home for the second year in a row and its 10-game home winning streak matched the school record set more than 100 years earlier. The 2012 Foresters went 8-1 in league play and earned share of the fifth conference title in team history.

Catanzaro was named Midwest Conference Coach of the Year in 2012 and has been a finalist for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year award twice in his tenure. After just seven seasons as head coach, Catanzaro already ranks tied-for-third in program history in career victories. His players have earned 63 All-MWC honors since he took over as head coach, including 21 First Team accolades and an Offensive Player of the Year award. Four players on the team have been named All-Region by D3football.com and two have earned All-American distinction. The Foresters have also broken or tied 39 school records during that time.

Lake Forest has been especially successful on the defensive side of the ball since Catanzaro took over as defensive coordinator in 2006. In addition to ranking among the conference and national leaders in several statistical categories as a team, individual defensive players have tallied 51 all-conference honors in 10 seasons.

Catanzaro’s team’s improvement on the field has coincided with its increased success in the classroom. The Foresters earned a team record 16 Academic All-MWC awards in 2015-16 and have amassed 87 such honors in his seven seasons as head coach. In addition, five players on the team have been selected to the prestigious Hampshire Society of the National Football Foundation and one was named Capital One Academic All-District® in 2013.

Forester Football has also been extremely involved in the community under Catanzaro’s watch. The team’s annual Heroes Day efforts have generated more than 250 care packages to be sent to American troops overseas and the squad has raised more than $75,000 over the last seven years in Lake Forest’s Relay for Life initiative. The College has twice presented the team with the Program of the Year award for its participation in on-campus events. Catanzaro’s players have also contributed to numerous other community service projects, both individually and as a group, and have averaged more than 500 hours of community service per semester over the last four years.

Catanzaro came to Lake Forest from NCAA Division II Wingate University, where he was the defensive line coach for three seasons. The Bulldog defense tallied 86 sacks, led the South Atlantic Conference in turnovers twice, and helped the 2004 team post the best single-season record in the program’s history. In addition, a pair of Wingate players earned All-American honors under his direction. He was also the head strength coach for all Wingate sports.

Prior to his time at Wingate, Catanzaro served as the defensive line coach, recruiting coordinator, and head strength coach for three seasons at Glenville State College. The Pioneers claimed the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title in 2001 and he was a member of that year’s SAC Coaching Staff of the Year.

Camp Details

With the growing concern of concussions in youth football, the goal of Gamebreaker Youth Flag Football Camps is to provide football skills camps across the country that not only protect and educate our youth but also provide the highest quality football instruction possible.

More Important Camp Details

Each camper receives position specific training from college coaches and players along with an official Gamebreaker Football Camp Headgear.

The Soft Protective Football Headgear and Sizing Chart

Gamebreaker’s uniquely designed padded & soft protective football headgear is molded out of the finest EVA rubber foam, offering maximum protection from impacts and collisions. The hook and loop chin strap combined with adjustable laces in the back, enables the protective headgear to custom fit each person’s head. 

CHECK-IN

8:45 a.m. on the field  

CHECK-OUT

Half Day Campers Depart each day at 12 p.m.

Full Day Campers Depart each day at 4 p.m.

PLEASE BRING:

Lunch (Full Day Campers)
Water Bottle
Cleats
Sneakers

REGISTRATION PACKET

A detailed camper registration packet containing check in location, health/release forms, emergency contact numbers, and a checklist of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers in the Spring. The Health and Release Forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp and every camper must have one to participate in camp.

Facilities

Lake Forest College is a coeducational undergraduate institution located just 30 miles north of Chicago in the small city of Lake Forest, Illinois. One of the most beautiful suburbs on Chicago’s North Shore, Lake Forest provides a secure, supportive environment for the College. The beautiful 107-acre campus sits just a few blocks from Lake Michigan and is within walking distance of the train station and the shops, cafés, and restaurants of downtown Lake Forest.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 8:45 a.m. Camp Check In
  • 9:00 a.m. Discussion - Concussion Safety/Technique
  • 9:30 a.m. Session 1 - Offensive Skills by Position
  • 10:30 a.m. Session 2 - Defensive Skills by Position
  • 11:30 a.m. Speed, Agility, Quickness Session
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch/Half Day Campers Depart
  • 1:00 p.m. Session 3 - Offensive Skills Small Group
  • 2:00 p.m Session 4 - Defensive Skills Small Group
  • 3:00 p.m. Competition
  • 4:00 p.m. Camp Check Out

Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: General Skills
Age Group: 8 - 16
Gender: Boys
Day (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) $295.00
Availability: Open

Half (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) $195.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camps. See "Camp Details" above for more specific information.
For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.