Bill Pilat’s The Goalie School in Florida

Bill Pilat’s The Goalie School in Florida
Bill Pilat’s The Goalie School in Florida

Get away to the warm sunshine during the Holiday season! The 2017 Winter Goalie School in Florida for boys will take place this December in beautiful Vero Beach at the Vero Beach Sports Village. From the moment you arrive until it is time to leave, everything you need is here at this beautiful 80-acre sports and conference center. Campers will play on premiere grass fields with warm weather before their spring season.

Quite simply, "the best goalie camp in all of lacrosse." Extensive Video taping, talks from All American Goalies, and attention to detail separate this camp from the rest! Coach Pilat and his carefully selected staff offer 4 day programs of intense instruction and drills to improve performance of the goaltender. 

Highlights Include

  • Great instructional staff to work with all goalies
  • 4 to 1 Camper to Staff ratio; the best ratio in lacrosse camps
  • Programs with a strength and agility coach
  • Fun and exciting goalie games
  • Coaches talks and demonstrations
  • Rooms in the Sports Village are Air conditioned!
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Bill Pilat
Camp Director

Bill Pilat

Directing the TGS Florida camp this winter at the Vero Beach Sports Village is Bill Pilat. In his 28th season on the Roanoke College sidelines, Bill Pilat has accumulated nearly 68-percent of the men’s lacrosse wins in school history.

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A 1985 graduate of the college, Pilat has won 302 games in his head coaching career. Pilat is the winningest coach in program-history, winning all but 162 games in the program's nearly 50-years of existence.  His win 70% win percentage is also the best in the history of the ODAC.

Coach Pilat earned his 300th career win on April 19th, becoming the 15th men's lacrosse coach in all of NCAA Divisions I, II or III to accomplish that milestone.  During his tenure as coach, Pilat has led the team to 10 ODAC Championships and now 12 NCAA Tournament appearances after appearing in the NCAA Tournament yet again in the 2015 season. The Maroons finished the season with its program record setting seventh consecutive 10-win season.

Pilat is an integral part of Roanoke’s lacrosse excellence both as a player and a coach. As a player, Pilat was a three-time All-American, two-time ODAC Player of the Year, and the 1985 Roanoke Male Athlete of the Year. Also in 1985, Pilat received the C. Markland Kelly Award and the Hero’s Award as the nation’s top goaltender. With 710 collegiate saves, he has 29 more stops than any other keeper in school history. In addition to leading the program in career saves, Pilat has also coached six of the nine other players ranked in the top 10 all-time saves list at the school. Three of those goalies have earned All-American status.

In addition to coaching and recruiting, Pilat has been very active in the lacrosse community. A former member of the Division III Advisory and All-American committees, he has served as the president of both the ODAC and Division III Coaches associations. He has been the chairman of the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association’s Century Club and was a member of the U.S. World Lacrosse Team player selection committee. His talks at the annual national lacrosse conventions have drawn interest from coaches throughout the country. Pilat is also one of the nation’s most recognizable summer camp directors, running several camps in Virginia, Florida, Connecticut, Ohio, and New York. The Bill Pilat Goalie School is regarded as the nation’s best camp for goalies. Pilat’s latest venture is a new goalie video aimed at improving the skills and fundementals of both novice and advanced keepers. In five years on the market, Pilat’s video has sold over 3,000 copies.

Pilat graduated cum laude from Roanoke in 1985 and earned a master’s degree from Alfred University in education in 1986. While at Alfred, he served as a graduate assistant with the Saxons’ lacrosse program. Pilat spent the 1987 season as a member of the Washington & Lee University staff, helping the Generals to a national semifinal appearance, before returning to Roanoke as an assistant in 1988.

Camp Details

This winter, The Goalie School is offering one session of overnight with a commuter (Extended Day Camp 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM) option available at the Vero Beach Sports Village. Come see why this goalie camp is filled before any other goalie camp in the country. 

OVERNIGHT CAMP AMENITIES

• 2 nights lodging • All meals
• Reversible Nike practice jersey

EXTENDED DAY CAMP AMENITIES

• Lunch & dinner
• Reversible Nike practice jersey 
• Camp hours: FRI 2PM-8PM, SAT 9AM-8PM, SUN 9AM-12PM

More Important Camp Details

A detailed camper registration packet containing check-in location, health/release forms, emergency contact info, and a list of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers prior to camp. Our health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp.

  • CHECK-IN: Check-in takes between 12:00-2:00pm on Friday, December 15th. 
  • CHECK-OUT: Check-out takes place between 11:00-12:00pm on Sunday, December 17th. 

OVERNIGHT CAMPERS - CAMP LODGING

Roommates
If you have a roommate request, and have not already given it to us, please do so as soon as possible and no later than 10 days before the start of camp. If you don't have a roommate request, you will be placed in a room with someone near your age. It will be a great opportunity to meet someone new!

  • Campers will reside 3 per room and are assigned by age and roommate requests.
  • Each room has two queen size beds & a rollaway bed
  • Roommate requests are not guaranteed!
  • No Fan Needed– Rooms are air-conditioned

Campers are supervised 24 hours a day. The staff live in the dormitories with the campers and participate in evening activities. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco are strictly prohibited, and constitute, along with general misconduct, grounds for dismissal from camp without a refund.

EXTENDED DAY CAMPERS

On the first day of camp, all extended day campers should arrive between 1:00-2:00pm for check in. On all other days, the arrival time is 8:45am at the Dorm for attendance.  Departure on other days is 9:00pm and campers can be picked up at the field.

  • Friday: Commuter Campers stay until 8:00pm. Dinner is provided.
  • Saturday: Commuter Camper Hours - 9:00am-8:00pm. Lunch and dinner provided.
  • Sunday: Commuter Camper Hours - 9:00-12:00am. Check-out is immediately after camp concludes with the closing ceremony.
  • Daily Schedule: FRI 2PM-8PM, SAT 9AM-8PM, SUN 9AM-12PM

Camp Extras

COACH PILAT'S INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS:

Coach Pilat has produced two videos for goalies. Purchase Advanced Techniques (2015) or Basic Techniques (2001), or buy both! 

Basic Techniques - The Ball Stops Here I: Was produced in 2001 and is still a valuable resource to learn the basics of goaltending as well as a few new tricks. Content Includes - Basic Proper Goalie Warmup, Basics of Stance, Stopping Screened Shots, Stick Skills and Basic Clearing, Stopping One-On-One Shots, Basic Proper Technique for stopping all shots, Unique drills, Goalie Arc Play, Pipe Play, Field Communication. Price: $30

Advanced Techniques - The Ball Stops Here II: Advanced Techniques is designed for goalies and coaches who are ready to move to the next level. Content Includes - TGS Method (Advanced Goalie Routine), Advanced Warmup, Advanced Drills, Mental Strategies, Scouting Opponents (watching film), Advanced Clearing Concepts, Weight Training for Goalies, Stick Repair and Stringing. Price $30

The Ball Stops Here Combo Package: Players of all ages can learn from over 90 minutes (combined) of concentrated instruction on both videos and Coach Pilat recommends both videos to any goalie. Order yours today! Price $55

Note: DVD's will be HANDED out at camp check in.

Facilities

FIELDS AND PRACTICE AREAS

Historic Dodgertown has played host to NFL football teams for training camp and playoff preparations, Division I college football programs for bowl preparations, Women’s Professional Soccer for pre-season training camp and numerous international baseball teams for spring training.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:30 AM Wake Up (overnight campers)
  • 8:00 AM Breakfast in Dining Hall (overnight campers)
  • 9:00 AM Goalies filmed in cage, Coaches Talk, Station work
  • Noon Lunch in Dining Hall
  • 1:30 PM Remaining Goalies filmed in cage, Rapid Fire, Agility work
  • 2:30 PM Clearing stations, Small group Coaches Talk
  • 3:30 PM Rest time, Pool Opened, Camp Store Opened
  • 5:00 PM Dinner in Dining Hall
  • 6:30 PM Goalie 10 on 10 Games!
  • 8:30 PM Back to dorms, Day campers depart
  • 9:00 PM Rest time, Camp store opened, pizza orders
  • 10:45 PM Lights Out!

Camper Reviews

Parent of Florida Goalie School Camper '16

  • 5/5.
Wonderful job!

The coaches did a wonderful job advancing individual players' skill set while maintaining a competitive, yet playful environment for the athletes to grow. There was no sense of favoritism as all the athletes received equal attention. Although fun was emphasized, my son has attended the camp twice and has left a better player each time. 

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Parent of Florida Goalie School Camper '16

  • 5/5.
Best instructional camp!

Bill Pilat's camp is the best instructional camp I have ever been to. It was a great mixture of both fun and learning the fundamentals with focus clearly on the position of goalie. The staff was experienced and personable I have sent both my son and daughter to this camp and both have excelled with the training learned there. I would highly recommend to any goalie.

Florida Goalie School Camper '16

  • 5/5.
Great coaching staff!

This camp has a great coaching staff, they will give you the tools and techniques that you need to succeed and it will help you to prepar youself whether your moving up to high school or collage lacrosse! 

Florida Goalie School Camper '16

  • 4/5.
Great!

The Goalie school is great for all athletes and all skill levels. It teaches you little ways to become that much better. This is a great camp to improve your skills and meet new people.

Florida Goalie School Camper '16

  • 3/5.
I really enjoyed camp and learned so much!

Coach Pilat has a staff who have played the goalie position and understand the game so well. I really enjoyed camp and learned so much. I would like to learn more of the mental aspect of a goalie and taking things to the next level and what to do when you're in certain situations.

Parent of Florida Goalie School Camper '15

  • 5/5.
Great staff!

Coach Pilat and his staff are passionate, hardworking and knows their stuff. Great Staff!

Florida Goalie School Camper '15

  • 5/5.
Amazing Program!

Amazing program that not only will teach you great goalie skills, but life skills as well.

Parent of Florida Goalie School Camper '15

  • 4/5.
Best camp ever!

I just wanted to tell you that my child attended your Goalie School last week and it was by far the best camp ever!  I promise we have spent a lot of money on camps and private lessons and they learned so much at your camp.  Most camps simply don't focus enough on goalie instruction!  This was by far the best choice and investment we have ever made in our childs future as a goalie.

Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: Goalie School
Age Group: 10 - 18
Gender: Boys
Overnight $675.00
Availability: Open

Extended 9:00AM-8:00PM $600.00
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.