University of South Carolina - Columbia, SC Boys Lacrosse Camp

University of South Carolina - Columbia, SC Boys Lacrosse Camp
University of South Carolina - Columbia, SC Boys Lacrosse Camp

2019 will be our 4th year at the University of South Carolina! The school provides a perfect location for our top rated instructional lacrosse camp and gives campers a true taste of what it means to be a collegiate athlete.

This year's Nike coaching staff will be led by Eric McKinney, former Head Coach at Brevard College.  Always a camper favorite, Coach McKinney, along with the rest of the coaching crew, will help campers reach a new level of play.  In between field sessions, campers will have an opportunity to cool off in the campus swimming pool, hang out in the student center, refuel in the dining hall, and relax in the air conditioned dorm.  Get ready for some high level lacrosse instruction and big time summer camp FUN!

Highlights Include

  • FIRST 20 registered campers will receive a free NIKE Vapor 2.0 Head!
  • 10 to 1 Camper to Staff ratio
  • Boys ages 10-18
  • All Positions - All Levels of Play
  • Position Specific Training
  • Olympic Size Swimming Pool
  • Air Conditioned Dorm Room
  • Reversible Jersey & Lanyard
  • Special Goalie instruction
  • Pre-Camp Specialty Clinics available (Shooting & Defense)
  • Competition Prizes and Raffle on the last day of camp!

Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Eric McKinney
Camp Director

Eric McKinney

Directing camp this summer at South Carolina is Eric McKinney. Coach McKinney brings an abundance of coaching experience to our program.

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After spending two years as the men's lacrosse assistant coach at Brevard College, Eric McKinney was elevated to head coach on May 31, 2017.  In just one season, Coach McKinney helped turn the program around by leading the team in 2018 to a 9-3 record compared to a 2-12 record in 2017.

McKinney served as interim head coach of the Tornados for the final four games of the 2017 regular-season. Under McKinney's leadership, the blue and white averaged just under 10 goals in their final four contests, while surrendering 14. 

Brevard displayed a renewed sense of worth and excitement for the game following McKinney's promotion. The Tornados lost their next two contests by a combined three goals, against Catawba (12-10) and Lees-McRae (14-13), before suffering a 17-4 downing to nationally ranked Wingate on Apr. 15. 

McKinney rallied his troops following the match with Wingate as the Tornados nearly knocked off the Mars Hill on senior day before falling 14-11.

Along with the excitement and enthusiasm the at the close of the 2017 campaign, Brevard saw four players finish with 20 goals in a season for the second time in the programs four-year history. Seniors Ryan Taylor and Mathew Dropuljic tallied 20 and 26 scores, respectively, while the sophomore due of Jackson McKaig and Kyle Hunziker finished with 33 and 26 goals, respectively. 

As a team the Tornados finished tops among the SAC with a 36.2 shot percentage, which also ranked third in the nation, while their 70.7 shot on goal percentage was also tops in the conference.

McKinney, a Cincinnati, OH native, was a midfielder at the College of Wooster, where he earned first team all-conference honors with the Fighting Scots. He was an integral member of the first College of Wooster team to win the NCAC conference title and qualify for the NCAA Division III tournament.

McKinney served as an assistant varsity coach and head junior varsity coach at Wooster High School in northern Ohio. Additionally, he spent time coaching both high school and middle school programs in southeastern Maine.

McKinney graduated from The College of Wooster in 2006 with a degree in sociology.

Camp Details


Xcelerate Nike Lacrosse is excited to offer an outstanding Boys Lacrosse Camp at the University of South Carolina. Our goal is to bring out the very best in every player we coach.  In doing so, we focus our energies on building self-confidence and improving skills through innovative drills, small-sided games, position specific training, and team driven competition.  We encourage our campers to work hard, be creative, and have fun!  At the end of the week, our campers leave with a higher lacrosse IQ, an enhanced skill set, new role models, new friends, and a true love of the game.

Monday, June 17th to Thursday, June 20th
Overnight & Extended Day Camp (9:00AM to 9:00PM) options available. 

• 3 nights lodging • All meals
• Reversible Nike practice jersey

• Lunch & Dinner 
• Reversible Nike practice jersey 
• Camp hours: MON 4:00PM-9:00PM, TUE-WED 9:00AM-9:00PM, THURS 9:00AM-11:30AM

More Details

A detailed camper registration packet containing check-in location, health/release forms, emergency contact info, and a list of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers prior to camp. Our health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp.


Xcelerate Lacrosse offers a specialized Shooting-Dodging clinic and LSM-Defensive clinic from 1:30pm-4:30pm on the first day of camp. Clinic check-in is at 1:00pm with dinner at approximately 5:00pm. The clinics will be taught by top players and coaches.

  • Shooting & Dodging Pre-Camp Clinic (Optional)
  • LSM & Defensive Clinic (Optional)

Pre-Camp Specialty Clinic Check-in Monday, June 17th
• Check-in between 1:00-1:30pm at Honors Residence Hall.
• Once checked in parents do NOT have to stay for general check in at 3:00pm.
• The specialty clinic fee is an additional $85.

Note: Space is limited


Check-in Monday, June 17th
• Check-in between 3:00-4:30pm at Honors Residence Hall.
• Camp will begin with an orientation at 4:45pm, followed by dinner and our first field session.
Check out Thursday, June 20th
• Check-out between 11:00am-12:00pm at Honors Residence Hall.
2 campers per room. If you have a roommate request, and have not already given it to us, please do so as soon as possible. Roommate requests are not guaranteed.  If you don't have a roommate request, you will be placed in a room with someone near your age. It will be a great opportunity to meet someone new!

Dorm: Honors Residence Hall
Bathrooms: shared
Linens: Not provided
Air Conditioning: Yes
Suggested spending money: $40
Medical facility: a certified trainer will be on staff during field sessions
♦ No fan needed - dorms air-conditioned

Campers are supervised 24 hours a day. The staff live in the dormitories with the campers and participate in evening activities. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco are strictly prohibited, and constitute, along with general misconduct, grounds for dismissal from camp without a refund.


Monday, June 17th
• Check-in between 4:00-4:30pm at Honors Residence Hall.
• Camp will begin with an orientation at 4:45pm, followed by dinner and our first field session.
• First Day pick up time and place will be provided at check-in.
June 18th & 19th
• Precise drop off and pick up locations for extended day campers will be provided on the first day of camp.
• Lunch & Dinner included.
Thursday, June 20th
• Last Day drop off and pick up locations for extended day campers will be provided on the first day of camp.
• Please note:  No meals provided on the last day of camp.

Daily Schedule: MON 4:00PM-9:00PM, TUE-WED 9:00AM-9:00PM, THURS 9:00AM-11:30AM


Campers have the opportunity to pre-order an Xcelerate Nike t-shirt in the camp registration process through May 1, 2019. You will receive items purchased on the first day at camp check-in.

  • Xcelerate Nike T-Shirt - Price: $25
  • T-Shirt Sizes Available in Adult Small, Medium, Large and X-Large


We have three sessions per day. A great deal of instruction takes place in the early part of the day, demonstrations and instruction mid-day, and games during the evening session. We also like to throw in a number of ‘fun’ activities like our fastest shot contest, freestyle/skills competition, swim time, rec time, and camper vs. coach game.
Below is a template and is subject to change.


Early Bird Discount: $50. (Available until January 31, 2019). You can call 1-800-645-3226 to receive the early bird discount over the phone or you can enter in the offer code XLR819 when registering via our secure website. The early bird discount cannot be combined with any other discount.

Goalie Discount: $100. To ensure each session has enough goalies for drills and scrimmages, all goalies automatically qualify for a special $100 discount. You can call 1-800-645-3226 to receive the goalie discount over the phone or you can enter in the offer code XLGK19 when registering via our secure website. PLEASE NOTE:  Once we’ve reached our quota of registered goalies the discount will no longer be available. The goalie discount cannot be combined with any other discount.

Team Discount: $25. If five or more campers register together, each camper is eligible for a $25 discount. Please have a team contact reach out directly to the USSC office at 1-800-645-3226 to receive a discount code to identify your group. Campers may then register through the website at their convenience and apply the coupon code during check-out.

Note: If qualified, you may choose ONLY ONE discount.


University of South Carolina

The University of South Carolina is home to more than 200 years of history and tradition. From humble beginnings in a single building on what would become our historic Horseshoe, the University has grown in fits and starts over the centuries. 

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:30 AM Breakfast (Overnight Campers)
  • 8:45 AM Extended Day Campers Arrive
  • 9:00 AM Station Work, Drills, Position Work
  • Noon Lunch
  • 12:30 PM Rest Hour / Camp Store / Swimming
  • 2:00 PM Demonstrations, Position Work
  • 3:00 PM Small Group Scrimmages, Team Play
  • 5;00 PM Dinner
  • 6:15 PM Team Instruction / Games
  • 8:45 PM Extended Day Campers depart
  • 9:00 PM Free Time / Camp Store / Pizza
  • 10:45 PM Lights Out!

Camper Reviews

Parent of South Carolina Camper '18

  • 5/5.
Looking forward to next year!

My son's highlights were interacting with coaches, especially with Coach McKinney.  He is already looking forward to next year!

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Parent of South Carolina Camper '18

  • 5/5.
Awesome camp!

It was such an awesome camp my son wants to go back asap​​!

South Carolina Overnight Camper '17

  • 5/5.
Great camp!

There is nothing else to say, other than, Great camp!

South Carolina Overnight Camper '16

  • 5/5.
Great experience!

Great place to meet other players in the region. I have friends now all over the state. The coaches were very friendly and welcoming.  I learned a lot and am excited to bring it to my team! 

Parent of South Carolina Overnight Camper '16

  • 5/5.
Truly enjoyed it!

My son truly enjoyed the coaches and felt welcomed by the staff. The coaches were great at identifying stengths and weaknesses and giving appropiate feedback.  Can't wait for next year! 

Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: Complete Skills
Age Group: 10 - 18
Gender: Boys
Overnight $579.00
Availability: Open

Extended 9:00AM-9:00PM $479.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-645-3226 we would be happy to help you.