Lacrosse-trained adolescents understand the delicate interplay between ball and stick and prove adept at hand-axing apples in midair and catching cannonballs in butterfly nets. Keep a kid's skills keen with today's Groupon: for $125, you get admission to a four-day lacrosse skills camp for boys hosted by True Lacrosse at the Hope Free Evangelical Church in Dubuque (a $250 value). Full equipment is not provided with today's deal, but summer-camp rental packages are available.
True Lacrosse's elite coaching staff of pro and NCAA stars tutor stick handlers from grade 3–12 in their quest to hone abilities and earn college scholarships. The camp consists of four 9 a.m.–1 p.m. sessions, during which fledgling flingers learn to coerce the ball into the goal in its native language (Dutch) while developing individual skills and position-specific know-how. Each morning begins with group stretching and basic passing, catching, and cradling work before stick wielders split off to learn skills such as facing off, scooping up ground balls, and cranking shots. Sessions conclude with short-field competitive drills, during which players square off with pride and six months of BLT sandwiches on the line in one-on-one and two-on-two drills.