Flames Futures men's lacrosse camp still set for next week
July 8, 2020 | Lynchburg, Va.
Following a steady rise in participants in Liberty University's Flames Futures Men's Lacrosse Camp over the past six summers — from 27 in 2014 to 60-plus from 2015-17, 70 in 2018 and 97 last year — Assistant Coach Mike Zumpano is hoping to attract 40-45 campers to next week's event.
COVID-19 restrictions have shortened the July 13-16 camp to four days and limited it to daytime activities based out of the East Campus Fieldhouse at the Liberty Lacrosse Fields. Organizers will be as accommodating as possible and have arranged for out-of-town players — from as far away as Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Pennsylvania, including a few Flames prospects — to stay at local hotels, rather than on campus as usual for the overnight session.
"As one of the few camps still running in 2020, we hope to be able to offer lacrosse sessions and some activity sessions as well," Zumpano said. "It is open to all skill levels, including incoming recruits, and is a good chance for players to be able to showcase their skills to be a part of our team in the coming years. We will still provide a full slate of food and utilize some other facilities where possible. But with the shortened dates, we are going to maximize the time we have playing lacrosse, except during the hottest parts of the day."
Derrick Esh, a Liberty attackman who graduated in May, offers advice to a camper last summer.
Check-in starts at noon on Monday before the first day's camp offers instruction until 8:30 p.m. The second and third sessions will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. before the fourth and final day goes from 8:30 a.m. to a 3 p.m. check-out. Players, ranging in age from 9-18, will be divided into two groups based on age, skill, and position. (A Flames Futures Showcase Elite prospect camp for rising high school sophomores through seniors is scheduled for Aug. 22.)
As many as 10 current players — including graduating attack Caleb Britton and goalie Ryan Reynolds who will return for a fifth year of eligibility after having their senior seasons cut short by COVID-19 — will help work as camp staff. They will provide individual skill sessions, based on their positions, and run team drills as well as directing seven-on-seven games to stay in compliance with COVID restrictions.
As he has for the Flames Summer Hockey Camps over the past three weeks, Club Sports Assistant Director of Business Operations Reese Braband will lead three chapel services. Zumpano is also arranging a recruitment meeting and prospective student tours out of the Hancock Welcome Center.