Camp Details - Coaches, Instruction, Special Events


2017 Camp Coaching Staff (2018 staff being updated)


Bennett Gaebel  - Instructional Director  Head Coach, Clarkson Women's Lacrosse; Goalkeeper, SUNY Cortland; National Championship 2006

Amy Simon - High School Instructional Leader   Fredonia Head Coach; SUNYAC First Team, Athlete of Year; All American; Leading Scorer - Holds School Record

Lindsay Abbott - Buffalo State Head Coach; Cortland player

Jillian Gaebel -   Former Asst. Coach, Fredonia; Player, Cortland '07 - All Regional Team; Potsdam HS Coach; Section X, Co-Coach of the Year 2013

Kristy Grossman - Elementary Instructional Leader    Coach, Amherst High School Varsity; Canisius College '03; All MAAC Team 1999- 2002; Third in NCAA History in Caused Turnovers; PE Teacher, Amherst Schools

Dennis Truman - former Clarkson University Assistant Coach; current Eastern HS (Kentucky) Coach - State Runner Up 2017

Doug Kohler - former Canisius College and Clarence High School Coach; Clarence Teacher; Erie County Historian

Mike Maisano - Athletic Trainer

Heather Wolf-Rochford - Coach, Amherst High School; Teacher Kenmore Schools

Emily Bitka - Slippery Rock  '18, Goalkeeper; HS All American;  All-Region honors South Region IWLCA; All PSAC honors.

Cori Zaccagnino - Amherst High School '10

Sarah Cilano - John Carroll University

McKenna Rushford Amherst '16; Cincinnati '20  Prep Talk Athlete of the Year; All American 2x

Camryn Sullivan - Amherst Central '17 heading to Philadelphia University; AWNY honors

Grace Lawson  - Mercyhurst

Emma Falter - Mercyhurst

Grace VanBuren, Tess Weber, Caroline Yoder - Amherst HS



Camp Features 

  • 10:1 Camper:Coach ratio
  • Sponsorship by Blue Bison
  • Instruction for field players and goalkeepers of all ages and abilities
  • Each camper will receive a goodie bag, lanyard, ball, and pinnie
  • Daily prizes and giveaways
  • Camp lunch offered at a nominal price
  • Games and contests to maximize learning and participation
  • Discounts for siblings and teams
  • Camp store that offers equipment and supplies from area merchants.
  • Indoor facilities at Amherst Middle School in the event of inclement weather
  • Daily Raffles
  • Loaner equipment available upon request 

 Instructional Emphasis 

  • Individual Skills
    • Passing, Catching, Cradling, Ground balls, Shooting, Defense
  • Special Situations
    • Free Positions, Throws, Draws, Double Teams, Clears
  • Team Strategy and Game play
    • Offense, Defense
  • Goalkeepers
    • Stick Skills, Angles, Cage positions, Clears, Free Positions

Campers Must Bring -

  • Sneakers (in the event of rainy day indoor activity) and Cleats (if desired)
  • Mouthguard, goggles, stick (loaners available), sunscreen, water, and lunch

Camp Schedule

  • 8:45 - 9:00
    • Drop off
  • 9:00 - 9:30
    • Announcements and Warm Up
  • 9:30 - 10:00
    • Skill Activity 1
  • 10:00 - 10:30
    • Skill Activity 2
  • 10:30 - 11:00
    • Skill Activity 3
  • 11:00 - 12:00
    • Scrimmages
  • 12:00 - 12:30
    • Lunch
  • 12:30 - 1:00
    • Guest Coach will speak to campers at the last half hour of lunch and we will hold Raffles
  • 1:00 - 2:00
    • Skills and Games

Special Events (plans developing)

Tuesday: Coaches Talk: Fitness, Academics, Character, Q/A Session

Wednesday: High School Players Talk; Q/A Session

Thursday: Blue Bison on-site for the camp store.

Camp Payment

  • Cost to Attend
    • Full-day camp: $225 before 5/1//18; $250 on 5/1 and after.
    • Hot Shots Tots Camp (Half-day camp for grades preK - 3): $100 before 5/1/18; $125 on 5/1 and after
    • Stripe (online payment accepts Visa, MC, Discover), Cash, or Checks Payable to Hot Shots Lacrosse Camp
      • Checks mailed to Janet Battaglia, HotShots Lacrosse Camp  173 Washington Hwy, Amherst, NY 14226
  • Full balance due on or before the first day of camp
  • Refund Conditions:
    • Before 5/1/2018: Full Refund.
    • On or After 5/1/2018: 50% of tuition paid.
    • Injury (with doctor's note): Full Refund (less $25 processing fee).

Discount Options (Only one may apply per camper)

  • $25 off tuition for early registration and payment-in-full by 5/1/2018 for full-day or Tots campers.              
  • $25 off for each sibling registered together for full day camp. Siblings attending Hot Shots Tots will receive a $10 discount.  Only one discount applies.
  • $20 off per full day camper with a team discount (seek coupon code from coach).


Do you have 5 or more players from the same team signing up? If so, contact us.




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