It is important for
rising juniors and seniors to spend time preparing for the
recruitment process. The amount of colleges playing lacrosse
is amazing. What the student athlete and his family need to
decide is at which level they might like to compete, DI, DII
or DIII. There are extremely competitive teams at every
level for every caliber of player.
Fall is also an
excellent time for student athletes to visit colleges.
E-mail coaches and let them know you will be visiting a
school on a particular day and see if you can stop in to say
hello. Follow that visit up with an e-mail thanking the
coach for his time and information.
At Blaze Lacrosse
we will do anything we can to help our members during their
recruitment process. Also understand that your high school
coach is still the best avenue for help with college
admissions. This recruitment page will offer advice and
information that should help in your process.
If you have further
questions or need more assistance, please e-mail us and we
will get back to you as soon as possible.
Our high school coach is not helping us that much, what
should we do?
Speak to your coach and ask if he could offer you more help
and guidance. Some coaches wait for parents or players to
ask for help and then they are more than willing to do their
Try to make your coach's job easier – come prepared with a
list of schools you are interested in, including those you
know you can get in (and make the team) and those that may
be "dream" schools. Have your list of what club or summer
teams you play for and which tournaments you will be
attending. Have your unofficial transcripts in hand.
Also speak to your college counselor at school and see if
they can help with narrowing your list of schools and help
with setting realistic goals. If you need more assistance
please don't hesitate to contact us for advice and
As a rising senior, is it already too late for me?
The biggest problem to arise with the new trend in
recruiting is that a lot of quality players fall through the
Also a lot of coaches and players make mistakes with those
early decisions leading to the high amount of transfer
players in college ranks these days. But please don't be
discouraged. As we have stated here and elsewhere there are
many, many quality schools to attend and play college
You need to work with your high school coach and college
counselor to find the right one for you. Just because you
weren't recruited by a school does not mean you cannot play
there. Contact the coach and ask questions.
Be proactive, because as a rising senior you need to act
We haven't been contacted by the schools we wanted?
College recruitment is an objective process with many
variables. College coaches are under a lot of pressure and
restraints with recruiting.
Certain years a school may have nine returning midfielders
and only five returning defensemen. A college coach in that
position is not going to spend a great deal of time on
midfield recruits. Don't take anything during this process
personally. Keep in mind that you need to find the best
situation for you and don't worry about the fact that John's
Hopkins isn't returning your calls.
Ask your high school coach for his opinion on your level of
play and narrow your list to those schools.
Also remember just because you have not been contacted by a
school does not mean they are not interested. Reach out to
them via your coach or e-mail and let them know of your
Keep in mind recruiting is a
business as much as coaches need to and do personalize it.
Coaches begin by speaking to as many players as possible. As
more information and commitments from players are made,
there sights narrow to their top 8-12 choices, just as your
do with college selection. If a coach is showing less and
less interest, e-mail him or have your high school coach
contact him to see why his level of interest has waned. In
most cases it is just a game of numbers and you need to move
to your next choice on your list of schools.
Remember, keep moving forward despite any frustrations you
SHOULD WE DO A HIGHLIGHT TAPE?
most cases, college coaching staffs will want to receive a
highlight tape (less than 10 minutes) and one full game tape.
While you want your
highlight tape to include the good stuff, DO NOT FORGET THE
Besides the sweet
goals, assists, faceoffs and takeaway checks, attackman
should include highlights of their ability to ride.
Defensemen include your ability to clear the ball, be the
SECOND slide and think on your feet. Midfielders include
your ability to play defense!
is the NCAA Clearing House and why do I need it?
The clearing house
in an eligibility system set in place by the NCAA to ensure
all prospective division I and II athletes meet the minimum
academic requirements necessary to be eligible to play as
Rising seniors will
need to fill out the clearing house application in order to
be eligible for the following season.
The clearing house
checks the core classes of the student athletes and makes
sure they are taking at least the minimum amount of core
classes needed to meet requirements.
You may use the
link below on the NCAA web site to browse the site and even
to fill out an application. Underclassmen can check
requirements as well (without applying) so they can
familiarize themselves with the requirements.