Ages: 12-18 years old

Dates: Monday June 19-Thursday June 22nd

Location: DME Academy -- 2441 Bellvue Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Price: $699.00

Max Campers: 80

Coach-to-Player-Ratio: 10:1

Check in/Check out: June 19th at 12pm & June 22nd at 12pm


Kyle Hartzell
Head Coach at The University of Texas, Redwoods LC LSM, Gold medalist Team USA

Tucker Durkin
Defensive Coordinator Drexel, Team USA Gold Medalist, Atlas LC Defenseman

Kevin Unterstein
Defensive Coordinator UNC, Team USA Gold Medalist, Former PLL Player

Myles Cohen
LSM/D for Furman University, LSM/D Boys Latin High School

Brett Moyer
Hofstra Lacrosse LSM, Former MLL Champion, Assistant Coach IMG Academy

Malcolm Chase
Whittier College Defenseman, Former MLL Pro


This Camp is designed for Defenseman, LSM's, Defensive Midfielders, and Offensive Midfielders. The Defensive Academy Overnight Experience will be run by world class defenders Tucker Durkin and Kyle Hartzell, along with other top collegiate coaches and players. Players will enjoy comfortable accommodations on a Private School campus, full access to meals and nutrition, and off-field experiences that keep the schedule fresh and enjoyable between lacrosse sessions. What's different? Training sessions, drills, film, yoga, pool sessions, strength and conditioning, strategy, and all other lacrosse components will be geared towards getting the most out of defensive players. If you're a defender, or midfielder looking to improve, there isn't a better camp available. Period.

The Defensive Academy's Overnight Experience will be led by current professional standouts Kyle Hartzell (Redwoods LC) and Tucker Durkin (Atlas Lacrosse Club). Kyle and Tucker are two of the most decorated defensive players in the professional game today. Each player represents Team USA and has been selected to multiple Pro lacrosse All-Star Appearances. Additional accolades include MLL Defensive Player of the Year, MLL Championships, MLL 1st Team All-Pro Nominations, NCAA All-American, and NCAA National Championships. Kyle has coached for private organizations as well as at the high-school level in Dallas, TX, and is the Current Head Men's Lacrosse Coach at The University of Texas. Tucker is currently the Assistant Coach at Drexel University in PA.

Skill Development Focus Areas

  • Defending from Behind the Cage
  • Defending from Up Top & Wings
  • Defending the 2-Man Game
  • Communication & Clearing
  • Off Ball and Inside Play
  • Team Defense
  • Offensive Transition Decision Making & Strategy
  • Body Positioning
  • Transition Defense
  • Man-Down Strategy
  • Strength Training
  • Speed & Agility Training
  • Yoga & Body Conditioning
  • Mental Training
  • Diet & Nutrition
  • Film study
  • Leadership Development

Sample Itinerary

7:30AM All-Up
8:00AM - 9:00AM Breakfast
9:30AM - 11:00AM Session 1: Skill Development (Stickwork, Groundballs, Checks, Footwork, 1v1 Defense, Team Defense, Body Positioning on and off ball)
12:00PM - 1:00PM Lunch
2:00PM - 4:00PM Session 2: Film Study & Group Speed Agility session w/ Strength Coach
5:00PM - 6:00PM Dinner
7:00PM - 8:30PM Session 3: Skill Development
10:30PM Lights Out