There will be TWO overnight camps this year at
Allegheny College in Meadville, PA
Last summer (2021) even with Covid, quarantines, and lockdowns we had over 120 people email asking if the camp was still happening!
We expect both overnight camps to sell out this year
just like they did in 2018 and 2019!
PLEASE NOTE: ALLEGHENY OVERNIGHT CAMPS ARE
Glide Shot, Rotational Shot, Discus, and Javelin 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.
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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 AND WE HAD OVER 80 ON THE WAITING LIST!
THE 2020 OVERNIGHT THROWS CAMP WAS ALMOST SOLD OUT
IN MARCH OF 2020 BEFORE COVID HIT!
WE ARE EXPECTING BOTH CAMPS IN 2022 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.
The first camp is July 6th to the 9th
and the second camp is July 10th to the 13th.
This will be our 7th year at Allegheny College and we are PUMPED!!
Elite Throws Coaching is extremely excited to head back PA this summer!
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 (2021) Olympic Throws Coach - (Coaching Both Camps)
Coach Gary was the 2020 (2021) Olympic Throws Coach!!
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 - Thiel College - 6-Time All American - Coaching Both Camps
Kim is the head track and field coach at Thiel 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. After Capital, Kim became the throws coach for Allegheny College in 2017. She has been the head coach at Thiel College since August of 2021.
Coach Michael Hambrick - LSW Elite Throwers - Coaching Both Camps
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 recently stepped back on to the championship podium placing 2nd at the 2021 USA Masters National Throws Championship in the weight pentathlon!
Coach Dan Freeman - 2017 Maccabi Games Gold Medalist - Coaching Both Camps
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 - Coaching Both Camps
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 19 Rhode Island shot put and discus state champions and has had multiple athletes place at the New England and National high school championships.
Coach Ryan Protzman - Bucknell University - Coaching Both Camps
Coach Protzman joined the Bucknell track and field coaching staff as throws coach in August 2021 after working as the throws coach at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa. During his time at Westminster, Protzman helped the women's program to PAC indoor and outdoor team championships in 2020-21, while combining for five individual titles in the indoor and outdoor championships. Coach Ryan also served as an assistant track and field coach at Moniteau High School in West Sunbury, PA, coaching 25 state qualifiers, nine state medalists, and 15 national qualifiers.
Prior to his coaching career, Protzman excelled in both football and track and field at Thiel College. Protzman earned gold in the discus while also taking third in the shot put at the 2007 PAC Championships.
Coach Trevor Roznowski - Alpena High School/Up North Throws - Coaching Both Camps
Trevor Roznowski is a 1st Year Head Girls Track and Field Coach and Educator at Alpena High School in Alpena, MI. Coach Trevor enters his new role following four years as a Throws Coach at AHS. A recent graduate of Ferris State University, Trevor was an Honorable Mention GLIAC Discus Thrower in 2021 while also competing in Weight Throw, Hammer Throw, and Shot Put over the course of his career. 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 National Qualifiers, two All-State Athletes, and a State Champion in Boys Discus. Trevor is also the founder of Up North Throws, a throwing club 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 to camp!
Coach Wade Floyd - Allegheny College Throws Coach - Coaching Both Camps
Wade Floyd joined the Gator coaching staff in the fall of 2021.
Prior to joining the Allegheny coaching staff, Floyd was a graduate assistant coach with the Muskingum track & field and cross country teams. In that role, Floyd worked primarily with the throwers. Floyd also helped with practice planning, recruiting and the strength and conditioning of those programs.
Floyd graduated from Muskingum with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sports Administration, Health and Fitness while minoring in nutrition. He also earned a Master’s of Adult Education from Muskingum.
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. 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 7 coaches and you are left with a very small ratio of 10 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 - SINGLE DORM 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 are suite-style upper class housing.
You will have a single room with an extra long single bed (no roommates). Four single bedrooms are connected to a master suite with tables, chairs, couches, kitchenette, and bathroom. No sharing a bathroom with an 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 College has 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? The field house at Allegheny is right next to the throwing circles. We can store our throwing equipment in the locked garage so you don't have to lug it back and forth to the dorm after every session.
EVEN THE FOOD IS GOOD!
The cafeteria at Allegheny is a short walk from the dorm and we serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with snacks and desserts. Food is included in the price for all overnight campers. Allegheny is 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, Allegheny actually gets 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.
Overnight Camper Price - $575
Overnight camper price includes 4 days and 3 nights in a suite-style, air conditioned, single dorm room, 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 - $475
Includes everything as the overnight campers except there is no room or food included in the price. Commuters will have access to the dorm common rooms between sessions so they can get some air conditioning, hang out with new friends, and relax between sessions.
Commuters are encouraged to bring meals with them or purchase meals in the dining hall.
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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 the college'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.