His entire lacrosse life, former Baltimore Thunder captain Jim Huelskamp has had great coaches to help bring out the best of his abilities.
Now, he's taking the time to share some of those abilities that made him a first-team All-American at Salisbury State University by conducting a week-long lacrosse clinic beginning on Dec. 27 at Super Sports Arena in Eldersburg.
Huelskamp is bringing with him some of the top college coaches and finest players in the world to teach the game's fundamentals.
"The camp is designed to make these kids better lacrosse players. It will be a lot of work," said Huelskamp.
"The idea is to stress the fundamentals and get them exactly right so a player can get to the next level. With correct fundamentals and a lot of hard work, there is no limit on how far a player can go in lacrosse."
Among the coaches helping with the camp are former Thunder coach John Stewart and present coach Skip Lichtfuss, Salisbury State coach Jim Berkman, Gettysburg coach Hank Janczyk, VTC UMBC and former Johns Hopkins coach Don Zimmerman and Western Maryland coach Keith Reitenbach.
Some of the players on hand will be Dave Pietramala, an All-World player who is also an assistant at Loyola College; John Tucker, a three-time member of the U.S. World Team; Jeff Klozden, a Mt. Washington Lacrosse Club and Baltimore Thunder player; and John Blatchley, a first-team All-American from Towson State who now plays with the Philadelphia Wings.
"There will be plenty of one-on-one teaching and a great potential for a player to go in and get a lot from these top coaches," Huelskamp said.
The camp, which will conclude Dec. 31, will be divided into two groups: pre-high school (boys ages 11-13) from 8 a.m. to noon and high school (boys 14- 17) from 1 to 5 p.m. Both will be divided into four rotating stations with each having its own specialized theme.
The Supersports Arena, located in the southern part of Carroll County, will enable players from Carroll and Howard to sharpen their skills. Huelskamp said there are advantages in having the ,, camp during the holiday break.
"Carroll and Howard both appear on the verge of having some of the top high school programs," Huelskamp said.
"This camp can be like a springboard in helping them come along. Kids go to summer camps, and by the time spring rolls around, they've forgotten the things they've learned."
Huelskamp said you don't have to be any special size to play the game of lacrosse, unlike some other sports. He said there are plenty of opportunities to get college scholarships in the sport.
"There are plenty of lacrosse programs in need of great athletes," he said.
"I didn't begin playing the game until the ninth grade and I was hooked on the sport instantly. I went to camps and took the fundamentals I learned and worked on them in my backyard."
There's still room in both age groups for those wishing to participate in Huelskamp's camp. For more information, call Super Sports Arena at (410) 549-9300.