Recruiting for High School Players
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Handbook - So you want to play Lacrosse in College?
High School Players who intend on going to college need to understand and be prepared for the recruiting process, and start early!
Please read this information and visit the websites for more information on recruiting. It does not need to cost a lot, however it will take your time and attention to details!
Here's what College Coaches say in recruiting seminars:
They're looking for multi sport athletes. Specializing in lacrosse year round form most of your High School career usually means you'll be burned out before you complete your college experience. They like to know that you play more than one sport in the school year: football, basketball, hockey, soccer, track, cross country and wrestling all have merits and carry-over skills and show you are a dedicated student athlete. Attending a slew of pay-to-attend lacrosse events helps expose you to more competition but logging massive hours at these events means less that you think. Pick you events, make an all star team and spend time working at a second sport to stand out!
Everything starts and finishes with academics.
SNLA Student-athletes need to understand the importance of focusing on their academics first and foremost, especially given that lacrosse is most prevalent at top-notch academic universities.
At the current time very few athletes make a living playing professional lacrosse. Therefore, players should ALWAYS lean towards the best ACADEMIC opportunities over ATHLETIC opportunities. The ideal situation is one where either the college mixes appropriate academic and athletic opportunities or, even better, the player’s athletic abilities gain him/her admission into a university that he/she might not otherwise be admitted.
The tool links below can assist in getting visibility with colleges and coaches, as well as help with understanding the requirements for being recruited to a university or college to play NCAA D-I, D-II, D-III or MCLA (club) lacrosse.
Their are many opportunities for lacrosse in college, but most do not mean "full-ride" scholarships. What these opportunities DO mean is an ability to continue playing a sport you love, and possibly gain entrance into a school which may otherwise have been out of grasp.
SNLA COLLEGE RECRUITING TOP TEN DO'S AND DON'TS
10. When narrowing down your schools, have a few schools in each category (dream/reach school, great school, safety/fall-back school), this way you are safe all the way through the process. Start Early! many of the Top programs in the counrty are full before recruits enter their Junior year in high school, if you are going to get on their radar it will have to be the summer after your sophomore year.
9. When you e-mail or write a coach about your interest, make sure you include your home address, email, cell number and home phone number, as well as what your cumulative GPA is. (Be sure to give the most accurate GPA, do not estimate or round up because this will give a false assessment of your academic ability.) Understand the NCAA controls when and how a coach may contact you. Sometime you can call him but he can't call you back. Visit this site for more info: Click Here
8. If you decided to take an unofficial visit with your parents on campus or a coach comes to your home, let the player do most of the talking and answer the questions, not the mother or father. Remember first impressions mean everything and the coaches want to see who is engaged in this process!!
7. When you play in tournaments where you know there will be a lot of college coaches, make sure that your coach has given the tournament directors the correct numbers and names of the players so the college coaches know who they are evaluating. You want the college coach to be evaluating you and not someone else because of an incorrect roster. When you arrive at the tournament check the roster to make sure you are represented properly (jersey number, address, age, year in school, etc....)
6. Be pro-active in finding out about a school, and don't believe what your friends say or what you read on the Internet. Your recruiting process will be different from everyone else so don't follow others lead; it could lead you down a dead end.
5. When a coach calls you, ask questions to the coach that you think are important and don't freeze when it comes time to ask them. Everyone has different dreams and needs and sometimes you go to a place as a freshman and it's not what you expected. This often not the coaches fault, but rather the recruits for not doing all their homework on the school.
4. If you decide to email a coach a highlight video of you playing, make sure you send an entire game as well. The perfect video is a short highlight of your ability coupled with a full game tape. Make sure the video is of high quality and your jersey number is clearly seen. Make sure you list your number and jersey color in the email. YouTube links are convenient and easy.
3. When you are competing in front of college coaches, you are being evaluated on a lot more than how skilled you are as a lacrosse player. Your attitude , how you treat your teammates, how hard you play and how you adapt to adversity are as equally as important as anything else.
2. During the recruiting process be completely honest with coaches. If you commit to a school, go out of your way to let all of the other coaches know you have committed so they don't waste time on you and can move forward.
1. When you decide to take an official visit to a school. Remember that you are not only evaluating the school you are visiting, but also the coaches, the players and the program. Also, the current players are evaluating you yourself. Be a stand up person and carry yourself in a way that is respectful and courteous to those around you. No matter how good a player you are, if the players and coaches don't like you, they will stop showing interest in you.
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Questions to Ask Potential College Coaches
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For more information- Please download this Recruiting Handbook
All HS students considering NCAA play should consider registering and receiving an NCAA Clearinghouse # by their Sophomore year ($75). College coaches will require to see you have one, and it guides you through the process and requirements to meet initial NCAA eligibility. Click Here to register with NCAA Eligibility Center
Lacrosse is still a growing sport and the SNLA hopes you can take advantage of any opportunities it will offer you in your future education process. Check out this blog for other information: http://thegrowthblog.blogspot.com/