Contact Football

Lake Forest College in Lake Forest Illinois

3 Reviews
Average Rating 4.67 / 5
  • 4.67/5.

Camp Highlights

Serious Fun at Contact Football Camps

Camp at Lake Forest College is a great experience for campers of all skill levels. Campers all have different reasons for attending our camps whether it be for having the upper hand at next years school tryout or maybe just wanting to have a good summer activity meeting new friends and playing some football.  With this being said, many of our previous campers have went on to play at the collegiate level for various well renowned programs across the country.  

Highlights Include
  • Wide age range of 8-18 year old's
  • Contact drills and scrimmages
  • Individual position work with specialized coaches
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Camp Directors

  • Jim Catanzaro

    Camp Director Jim Catanzaro

    "Sports continually stress selflessness, and a willingness to achieve things that can only be accomplished by an individual when he is part of a group. The mental focus, physical development, and dependence on character are evident throughout the entire process. Without preparation there is not achievement, and the process is what we celebrate." - Jim Catanzaro

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Lake Forest Facilities 400

Farwell Field

Thanks to a land donation from Senator Charles B. Farwell, who also funded the College’s gymnasium 13 years earlier, Farwell Field was opened in 1903 for Lake Forest’s football and baseball teams. It has been home to Forester football ever since and was renovated prior to the 2004 season. New bleach ...

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Camp Details

Summer fun lead by top coaches nationwide with slow progression into full contact. At camp, we stress the importance of easing into a "limited" full contact setting, as safety is our number one priority.  Campers receive the full experience of learning proper technique at camp while also have a fun time that they will remember. Learning to work together as a team is one of the most important aspects the coaches teach the athletes.  Focusing on the individual aspects of play also is something the coaches love to show the campers whether it be form tackling to proper pass blocking.  

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Check-in for the All Skills Camp takes place between 11:00am-12:00pm on Sunday. Opening Ceremony will be on the field at 1:30pm and the first practice (full gear) will begin immediately following around 2:00pm.  Parents are invited to watch.


Campers scrimmage in the morning on the last day of camp, beginning with the youngest campers. Youngest campers will be ready to check out by 11:00am and all campers should be finished and checked out by 12:00pm. Parents are encouraged to attend the final scrimmages! Check-out is on the grass practice field. 


Check-in for the Specialty Clinic takes place at 8:30am on Sunday. Clinic will end at 12:00pm.


Campers need a full set of football equipment - helmet, shoulder pads, two jerseys (one light/one dark), pants and pads, football shoes (NO metal-tip cleats), athletic supporter, cup and mouthpiece. For campers without equipment, Contact Football Camp has equipment for rent prior to camp at $150 per set (helmet, shoulder pads, pants and pads) and $175 per set if rented on the first day of camp. Individual pieces of equipment are available at $75 per item.


Quarterbacks – Personalized attention and instruction by our quarterback coaches. The focus of the instruction includes the following: leadership, passing techniques, drop-backs, quickness, footwork, speed and agility, ball handling, hand-offs, pitches and options, passing techniques, sprint-outs, bootlegs, rollouts and play-action, passing drills, grip, QB/center exchange, pivots, sprint-draw and play-action pass, progression for finding the open receiver, mental and physical preparation for playing QB, warm-up drills, reading coverages, secondary pressure, and audibles.

Wide Receivers - Personalized attention and instruction by our receiver coaches. The focus of the instruction includes the following: reading coverages, correct pass routes, working back to the ball, catching the ball at the highest point, catching the ball, following the ball to the hands, speed control, how to get open, spotting defensive coverages (man-to-man, zone and combinations), running drills, receiver drills, stance, release, patterns: out, post, hook, curl, post/corner, fade, in, fly, cross, etc.


  • Foresters finished 8-2.. this is the first time that LFC has had back to back 8 win seasons in school history (we've been playing football since 1882)

  • Coach Cat named a finalist for the Liberty Mutual D3 National Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year

  • Coach Cat named coach for Team Stars and Stripes (2nd year in a row) in the Tazon de Estrellas Bowl Game

  • 12 players named all-conference

  • Lake Forest College defense ranked in the top 10 in the country in three categories

Day 1
  • 8:30 a.m. Clinic Campers Check In
  • 11:00 a.m. All Skills Camp Check In/Rules/Orientation
  • 2:00 p.m. Regular Camp Schedule
Day 2-4
  • 7:15 a.m. Wake Up/Stretch/Run
  • 7:45 a.m. Breakfast
  • 9:00 a.m. Practice #1, Offensive Emphasis
  • 11:30 a.m. Lunch/Free Time
  • 2:00 p.m. Practice #2, Defensive Emphasis
  • 4:00 p.m. Day Campers Depart
  • 4:30 p.m. Free Time/Dinner
  • 6:45 p.m. Practice #3, Competition
  • 8:15 p.m. Evening Activities, Meetings, Speakers
  • 9:00 p.m. Extended Day Campers Depart
  • 10:00 p.m. Lights Out
Day 5
  • 7:15 a.m. Stretch/Run
  • 7:45 a.m. Breakfast, Warm Up, Drill Recap
  • 9:00 a.m. Games
  • 12:00 p.m. Camp Check Out

Camp Reviews

    • 5/5.
    Worth It!

    June 18, 2018: Very well run. I appreciate the organization and the communications. This is one of the few camps my kids attend where I can say it is worth every dollar.

    — Mike T. Parent
    • 5/5.
    Loved it!

    June 18, 2018: My son loved the camp so much and valued the experience and training the coaches provided. They were great!

    — Stephanie Parent
    • 4/5.
    Everything we expected and more

    July 3, 2017: The camp provided every thing we expected and more. We love the drills and the teaching of leadership skills which kept the player organized. Wish my all the kids on my sons team could experience this next year

    — Chris F. Parent

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Lake Forest College

Jim Catanzaro, Camp Director
Lake Forest Football Field 555 N Sheridan Rd Lake Forest, Illinois 60045
Camp Phone: (224) 789-8534

Farwell Field

555 North Sheridan Road

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Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: Specialty Clinic - QB, WR
Age Group: 8 - 18
Gender: Boys
Please review our cancellation policy thoroughly. You are required to agree with our policy before completing your registration.
Half Day (9:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.) $165.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: General Skills
Age Group: 8 - 18
Gender: Boys
Please review our cancellation policy thoroughly. You are required to agree with our policy before completing your registration.
Overnight $755.00
Availability: Open

Extended (9:00 A.M. - 8:30 P.M.) $655.00
Availability: Open

Day (9:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.) $495.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-433-6060 we would be happy to help you.

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