Camp Details - Coaches, Instruction, Special Events


2019  Camp Coaching Staff (being updated)


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

Wendy Stone - Niagara University Head Coach; Director of Stampeded Lacrosse and Next Level Lacrosse;         US Womens Team Manager; Williams College Athlete

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

Jillian Gaebel - Camp Operations - Cortland Lacrosse 2007; Regional Team Player; Physical Educator and Coach at Potsdam High School.

Emily Bitka - Assistant Coach Stevens College; Slippery Rock  '18, Goalkeeper; HS All American;  All-Region honors South Region IWLCA; PSAC Player of the Year 2018

Dennis Truman -  Coach - Sacred Heart High School,  Louisville, Kentucky  - State Champions 2019

Angelina Simon - Mercyhurst 2019

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

Mike Maisano - Athletic Trainer

Heather Wolf-Rochford - Coach; Teacher Kenmore Schools

Sarah Cilano - John Carroll University

Camryn SullivanPhiladelphia University '21 - League Honors; Amherst Central '17

Tess, Weber, Grace VanBuren,  Caroline Yoder, Krysta Frankowski - Amherst HS

Lyla Militello - Williamsville East High School



Camp Features 

  • 10:1 Camper:Coach ratio
  • 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: 

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 5/1/2019: Full Refund.
    • On or After 5/1/2019: 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.  Use Code SIB19  
  • $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.

Below are some frequently asked questions:

Is there space left in camp?  

We allow registration and payment up until and including the first day of camp.

My daughter is a beginner.  Is that camp right for her?

We offer an instructional camp. We are able to group by age level, we teach all players the same skills and make sure that practice, drill and game activities are progressively appropriate for each player.

Can my daughter be with her sister/friend?

Girls are grouped by age/grade level - Tots, elementary, middle school and high school.  If there is a case where there is an extreme circumstance or close in age group please approach the director.  

My daughter cannot attend camp.  Can we get a refund?

The refund policy is noted on the camp website at registration.  We begin to order sportswear, hire coaches, take out insurance and field space based on the enrollment in May.  Our refund policy is:

Refund Conditions:

  • Before 5/1/2019: Full Refund.
  • On or After 5/1/2019: 50% of tuition paid.
  • Injury (with doctor's note): Full Refund (less $25 processing fee).
We understand that there are often extenuating circumstances, and are open to discussing those situations.  We will often allow parents to keep money on an account for the next year.  Contact the director.  Thank you for respecting the conditions of the refund policy.

I've heard there are discounts available.  Can you tell me more?

We offer early registration, sibling, school, team and club player discounts.  Sibling discounts are offered at registration.  School, team and Club player discounts are made available to coaches who ask.  If you are wondering about a team discount, feel free to contact the director.  Thank you for honoring the discounts available to specified players within an organization.

What if we cannot afford to come to camp?

Our goal is to grow the game of lacrosse.  Often times school districts are able to assist athletes with contributions toward camps.  Check with your school first.  If there is nothing available, we can definitely work with you to get your daughter to camp.

Can we borrow equipment?

We have loaner sticks and goggles available.  Email the director ahead of camp and it will be ready for day one.  Goalies should check with their school district to borrow equipment. All girls should bring a mouth guard.  We can consult with you if you are looking to buy your own equipment as well.  Remember that a girls stick is very different from a boys stick in the head and pocket specs.


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