Due to the Covid-19 outbreak across the world, all overnight summer camps scheduled for the summer of 2020 have been canceled.
Information regarding refunds will be emailed to those campers who have already registered.
Thank you for your understanding during this difficult time.
PLEASE NOTE: ALLEGHENY OVERNIGHT CAMPS ARE
Glide Shot, Rotational Shot, Discus, and Javelin Only.
ST. MARY'S PREP OVERNIGHT CAMP IS
Glide Shot, Rotational Shot, and Discus Only.
****ETC Overnight Camps are for HIGH SCHOOL AGED ATHLETES ONLY****
This means the athlete needs to be in high school or has either just finished 8th grade and is in the summer before Freshman year or the athlete just finished high school and is in the summer before Freshman year of college.
JUNE ALLEGHENY COLLEGE
JULY ALLEGHENY COLLEGE
JULY ST. MARY'S PREP
Orchard Lake, MI
2019 was the Best Camp Yet!
"Just wanted to let you know my daughter loved the camp. Working with Coach Gary on the discus has her excited. She is going to do a few open meets before Fall and she is excited to get going with high school track and to keep improving this summer!
THE 2019 OVERNIGHT THROWS CAMP COMPLETELY
SOLD OUT LAST YEAR AND WE HAD OVER 80 ON THE WAITING LIST!
WE ARE EXPECTING ALL 3 CAMPS IN 2020 TO
SELL OUT AS WELL.
PLEASE REGISTER ASAP IF YOU PLAN ON ATTENDING!
Our Next Overnight Track and Field Camps will be held at
Allegheny College in Meadville, PA and
St. Mary's Prep in Orchard Lake, MI.
There will be one camp in June and two camps in July.
This will be our 7th year at Allegheny and our 1st year at St. Mary's.
Elite Throws Coaching is extremely excited to head back PA this summer
to go to Michigan for the first time!
Keep reading below for more details!
I can't wait to see you throw some PRs with us this summer!
Meet Your Coaches
Coach Gary Aldrich - 2020 Olympic Throws Coach - July Allegheny Camp (maybe!)
Coach Gary was just named as the 2020 Olympic Throws Coach!! Due to the hectic schedule this summer with Olympic Trials, the Olympic Games, and other Olympic responsibilities, Gary is a maybe for the July Allegheny College Camp.
Gary Aldrich is the head coach of the Carnegie Mellon track and field team. Gary was also part of the U.S.A. coaching staff as the Assistant Throws Coach for the IAAF World Outdoor Championships summer 2017. In July 2010, Gary served as the assistant throws coach for the NACAC Under 23 Team and in July 2012, he served as the throws coach for the United States at the World Junior Track and Field Championships in Barcelona, Spain. Two years ago, Gary coached the throwers at the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada, before being named the Men's Throws Coach for the 2016 World Indoor Championships last March in Portland, Oregon.
Coach Kim Gallavan - Allegheny College - 6-Time All American - June PA, July PA
Kim is the throws coach at Allegheny College and brings her knowledge of the throws to our camp for the third straight year. Kim was a 6-time Division III All American for Baldwin Wallace. As a senior, Kim was a three-time NCAA champion capturing gold in the indoor and outdoor shot put as well as the indoor weight. Kim holds the Baldwin Wallace school record in the weight throw, shot put, and the hammer throw. Her personal best in the weight of 18.33 meters is the top mark ever in the Ohio Athletic Conference history! Kim holds 13 all conference honors in addition to her All American status. After coaching at her alma mater Baldwin Wallace, Kim went on to serve as the throws and jumps coach at Capital University before coming to Allegheny College in 2017.
Coach Makiba Battan - Western Michigan University - July MI
Makiba is the head coach of the Western Michigan University track and field and cross country teams. Before joining the Broncos as head coach, Coach Battan was an assistant coach at Wayne State University where she produced one All-American, two Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champions, and seven All-GLIAC selections. Makiba recently coached Chioma Onyekwere to a gold medal in the discus at the 2018 African Games. She also coached Nia Henderson to the 2016 Olympic Trials in the shot put.
Makiba competed in the throws at Florida State University from 1999-2004. She was a NCAA All-American in the discus in 2000 and participated in the USA Olympic Trials in 2004. She qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2000, 2001 and 2003, winning shot put at the Indoor and Outdoor ACC Championships in 2000.
Coach Michael Hambrick - LSW Elite Throwers - June PA, July PA
Coach Mike is arguably one of the best high school throws coaches in all of Pennsylvania. We can take this whole space to list the athletes that Mike has worked with over the years but one recent PA thrower really stands out...Jordan Geist.
Jordan is the PA state record holder and graduated high school as Indoor and Outdoor national champion in the shot put with a PR of 76 feet! Coach Mike was part of the team (along with Judy and Jim Geist) that helped guide Jordan throughout high school to where he is now. Coach Mike brings his expertise coaching young throwers to our camp this year and we are extremely excited to have him with us!
Coach Dan Freeman - 2017 Maccabi Games Gold Medalist - June PA, July PA
Coach Dan has been a staple at many ETC overnight camps over the years and for great reason. Dan is a fantastic javelin coach and thrower proven by his gold medal performance at the 2017 Maccabia Games in Israel. Dan competed for UNC Charlotte where he was a 2x NCAA championship competitor and school record holder in the javelin. Dan was also an all state javelin thrower in Rhode Island his senior year of high school.
Dan also worked with the UNC Charlotte strength and conditioning staff helping train many different sports. In addition to throwing javelin post-collegiately, Dan also competes in weightlifting and is a USAW Level 1 weightlifting coach.
Coach Matt Ellis - Owner - Elite Throws Coaching - June PA, July PA, July MI
Coach Matt is the owner of Elite Throws Coaching, the Elite Throws Camps, and Primal Athlete Training Center. Like a lot of athletes who might read this, Coach Matt started throwing in high school with great coaches but no one to show him what to do in the weight room. When Matt got to college, he had great coaches in the weight room, but no throws coach. That frustration led Matt to fall in love with coaching throwers upon graduating college.
Since starting Elite Throws Coaching and Primal Athlete Training Center in 2010, Coach Matt has held overnight camps and weekend clinics all around the country including PA, NJ, MA, RI, CT, OH, WI, MI, WV, and MN. Matt has coached 17 Rhode Island shot put and discus state champions and has had multiple athletes place at the New England and National high school championships.
Coach Michael Hale - Owner - Kaizen Throws LLC/L'Anse Creuse High School - July MI
Like many of the athletes who attend the Elite Throws Camps, Coach Mike had no throws coach in high school and was left to figure things out on his own. He finished his freshman year with a discus PR of 50 feet! Fast forward to his senior year and Mike added over 100 feet to his freshman PR and became a 2x state qualifier while placing 3rd in his state his senior year earning All State honors.
After high school, Coach Mike attended Saginaw Valley State University and was a thrower for their track team. After graduation, Mike went on to teach and coach for L'Anse Creuse High School. Over the past 16 years as a coach, Mike has coached 8 county champions, 16 additional 2nd and 3rd team honors, 12 regional champions, 16 state qualifiers, 7 all state athletes, and 3 state champions. Most notably, Mike also worked closely with Brian Williams. Brian was the runner up at the 2019 US Nationals who also competed at the World Championships in Doha and is a 2020 Olympic hopeful!
Coach Ryan Protzman - Westminster College - June PA, July PA, July MI
A common theme among most of our coaches at Elite Throws Camps is their rocky start in high school and how hard work and determination got them to be one of the best. Coach Ryan is no exception. Coach Ryan joined his track team at Moniteau High School at the urging of his high school football coach. As a senior, Ryan placed 5th in PA in the shot put with a PR of 52' 11.5"
In 2010, Ryan began coaching throwers at Moniteau. Over his 10 years at Moniteau, Ryan has coached over 50 district medalists, 25 state qualifiers, 9 state medalists, 15 national qualifiers, a state discus champion, and a javelin All-American! Beginning in 2015 Ryan also began coaching throwers from his area who needed additional help. Following the 2019 outdoor season, Coach Ryan started his coaching career at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA.
Coach Jayne Beatty - Hall Of Fame Throws Coach! - June PA
Coach Jayne Beatty has been involved with the throws for 42 years as both an athlete and coach. She has coached several WPIAL and PIAA place winners, Atlantic 10 Champions, and NCAA Regional Qualifiers. Jayne was a six time All- American and an 8 time PSAC Champion in the Shot Put and Discus while competing at Slippery Rock University. She is still the current record holder in the shot put and discus at Slippery Rock and is a member of the SRU Athletic Hall of Fame, as well as the Butler County Hall of Fame.
Jayne was the throws coach at Duquesne University for 13 years when she retired. The love of the sport dies hard and she returned to coaching in 2015. Jayne currently coaches privately and works with several state medalists and champions.
Coach Trevor Roznowski - Alpena High School/Up North Throws - July PA, July MI
Trevor Roznowski is a current student-athlete at Ferris State University and 3rd Year Throws Coach at Alpena High School in Alpena, MI. Competing in Weight Throw, Hammer Throw, and Discus at the NCAA Division II collegiate level, Trevor attributes his strong background in throwing to his two experiences at Elite Throws Camps as a high school athlete.
With a coaching career that began working local throwing camps in Northern Michigan, Trevor has progressed to coach multiple Michigan State Qualifiers, two New Balance Nationals Qualifiers, two All-State Athletes (Shot Put and Discus), and a State Champion in Boys Discus. Trevor is also the founder of Up North Throws, a coaching and technical analysis platform that has enabled him to work with and highlight the accomplishments of Northern Michigan throwers and beyond! With unique perspectives on throwing and a desire to help others grow, Trevor is ecstatic to return for a second year!
Coach Kelly Garbig - St. Mary's Prep Orchard Lake - July MI
A fantastic throws coach, Coach Kelly Garbig is the Head Athletic Trainer at St. Mary's Prep in Orchard Lake, MI as has been at St. Mary's since 2005. Kelly attended Wittenberg University and was a 4 year letter winner for Track & Field while competing in sprints, middle distances, hurdles, relays, jumps, and throws. At Wittenberg she was a 2 time All-NCAC javelin thrower. Kelly then went on to attend Illinois State University where she earned her Master's Degree in HPERD for athletic training.
A track coach at every school Kelly has ever trained for, Kelly coached the current school record holder for discus at OLSM and was the head throws coach for the OLSM Men's State Championship teams in 2015 and 2016!
Why Choose Elite Throws Camps
Over Other Track Camps?
Unlike a lot of camps out there, the Elite Throws Camp is just for throwers only! No other track and field events are taught except for glide shot put, rotational shot put, discus, and javelin (javelin in PA only). This means throwers are not lost in a huge sea of runners, sprinters, and jumpers.
Throwers get all of the attention from our elite coaches.
SMALL GROUP COACHING!
ETC overnight camps are limited to 75 throwers...total. Divide those 75 throwers between 5 coaches and you are left with a very small ratio of 15 throwers to 1 coach! Throwers are not in a huge group of 30-40 kids like other camps and they receive tons of one on one attention and individual coaching.
CUSHY DORM LIVING - BRAND NEW ROOMS WITH AIR CONDITIONING!
Overnight camps can be tough on throwers if dorm life is difficult. Tiny beds, no air conditioning, no place to keep your drinks cold, and sharing one bathroom with the entire floor of your dorm! Not Our Camps!
Our dorms this year at Allegheny and St. Mary's are renovated suite-style upper class housing.
At Allegheny, you will have a single room with an extra long single bed (no roommates). Four rooms are connected to a master suite with tables, chairs, couches, kitchenette, and bathroom. No sharing a bathroom with an entire floor!
At St. Mary's, you will be in a brand new air conditioned double room with one roommate. Each room has its own sink and mirror. Two double rooms are connected to a master bathroom. Again, no sharing a bathroom with the entire floor!
ALL LEVELS ARE WELCOME!
It doesn't matter if you are a beginner throwing for the first time or if you are a state champion looking to get noticed by college coaches, you will see major improvement by attending this camp. In the past, we've had brand-new beginner throwers who never even held a shot, discus, or javelin leave camp throwing big distances with confidence. We help all levels so don't feel like you have to be a pro to sign up! Our coaches are skilled coaching all levels of throwers from beginner to advanced!
BEAUTIFUL THROWING FACILITIES
Allegheny and St. Mary's both have absolutely wonderful throwing facilities. Plenty of space for throwing and drills, shady areas to get out of the sun, competition shot put circles, and great discus circles and cages. The best part is the field house at Allegheny is right next to the throwing circles. We can store our throwing equipment in the locked garage after every session so you don't have to lug it back and forth to the throwing area every session. The dorm at St. Mary's is right across the street from the track! No carrying heavy shots and discus bags to the other side of campus!
EVEN THE FOOD IS GOOD!
The cafeteria is a short walk from the dorms and we serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with snacks and desserts. Food is included for all overnight campers. Allegheny and St. Mary's are both great with campers that might have a food allergy or any dietary restrictions as well. Of all the camps and clinics we've hosted over the years, we actually get the best food reviews!
HIGH SCHOOL AGE THROWERS ONLY!
Another great thing about this camp is that it is designed for high school throwers. This camp is perfect if you are going into high school next September or if you just graduated high school this past June! This camp was created for the high school thrower. There won't be high level, 20-something year old college throwers living in the dorms with you and there won't be younger elementary school ages either. Ages 14-18 are welcome to attend.
CLOSE TO EVERYWHERE!
I'll admit it...I thought Allegheny College was located somewhere in the boonies! Boy was I wrong. Allegheny College is very close to a lot of major metropolitan areas and we have campers that come from all over. Allegheny is only...
2 hours from Cleveland
4 hours from Columbus
1 and a half hours from Pittsburgh
2 hours from Buffalo
3 hours from Penn State
and 45 minutes from Erie.
St. Mary's Prep in Orchard Lake, MI is also super close to so many major cities and attractions.
St. Mary's is only...
45 minutes from Detroit
45 minutes from Ann Arbor
1 Hour from Toledo
2 and a half hours from Grand Rapids
3 hours from Ft. Wayne
and 3 hours from Cleveland.
Overnight Camper Price - Usually $495
Early Bird Price Available All Spring! SAVE $50
Overnight camper price includes 4 days and 3 nights in a suite-style, air conditioned apartment style dorm, breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the school dining hall, t-shirt, insurance, access to all coaches and events, and sports complex access in case of rain.
Commuter Price - Usually $395
Early Bird Price Available All Spring! SAVE $50
Includes everything as the overnight campers except there is no room or food included in the price.
JUNE ALLEGHENY COLLEGE
JULY ALLEGHENY COLLEGE
JULY ST. MARY'S PREP
Orchard Lake, MI
All Camp Info Including Directions, What to Bring, Schedule, Frequently Asked Questions, Receipts, and Any Additional Announcements Will Be Sent to the Email Address You Entered when You Registered.
Please Make Sure to Enter an Email Address You Use and Check Daily.
REAL QUICK BEFORE YOU GO!!
I just wanted to say a quick thank you for checking out the camp and getting signed up. I love coaching athletes and helping to give athletes the opportunity to work with elite level coaches from around the country. If you have any questions at all about the camp before getting signed up, please let me know by emailing me directly at Matt@PrimalATC.com
LEGAL MUMBO JUMBO
This is the stuff that the lawyers and advisors tell me I need to put down here! Please read carefully!
I know this has been mentioned a few times on this page, but this camp does sell out every year and will sell out again this year. This is not some marketing ploy or strategy to oversell the camp. We are limited by dorm space. If registration is full, you do have the option to be put on a waiting list. If someone drops out of the camp, people on the list will be contacted in the order they registered to fill that spot.
LAST DAY TO CANCEL
The absolute last day to cancel and receive a refund is May 31st. After May 31st, your membership fee can not be refunded to you. The reason for this is simple, I need to provide the college with an accurate list of names of athletes attending, assign dorm rooms, let the cafeteria know how many are attending, and hire any additional coaches or training staff to accommodate. I also need to let the camp insurance company know an accurate amount of campers attending. This info needs to be in to the college by June 1st. We can always add to the number but we need to have that number by June 1st. After that, no refunds will be issued and you are locked in. Just like a concert, if you buy a ticket, the concert happens whether you show up or not!
IN CASE OF BAD WEATHER...
Elite Throws Camp does have use of both school's indoor sports complex in case of inclement weather. This is a rain or shine camp. Please make sure to bring rain gear with you.