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5 Things We Learned About College Recruiting For Lacrosse

[The #1 purpose of this article is to share information and tips to help lacrosse families in their college recruiting process, as we just experienced this journey. Since I’ve had many questions about this, thought I’d share a few insights on our story. Hope you find it valuable.]


It’s over.

The lacrosse college recruiting process for us has finally come to a close.

This week our daughter verbally committed to playing lacrosse at the collegiate level.

What an amazing experience the recruiting process was.

As I write this, it has been 53 days since the college recruiting process officially began. 

With that said, I wanted to share our experience so that it helps you in your own unique journey.

And remember, it is an individual journey and every athlete has their own unique experience.

While there is so much I could share, here is my best advice in your college recruiting journey:

1-CAST A WIDE NET

Let’s start with the most common mistake that I became aware of during the process and I was determined that we avoid it.

If you do just one thing after reading this article, cast a wide net. 

By all means, dream big.

But if you solely focus on just your top schools, what happens when none of those schools work out? What will you do?

You have to be prepared and constantly adjust.

You have to broaden your focus. Have a big list of schools (30-40 schools is a good idea) and constantly revise that list as things develop.

Schools will be moved on and off your list all the time.

You should keep your college list very dynamic.

Have your top “dream” schools, your mid-tier schools, and your “settle for” schools. You just don’t know how things will unfold and there are too many moving parts in the process.

Do not limit your options and…

2-DON’T SAY NO (TOO FAST)

You might have schools reach out that aren’t on your list.

Or maybe you never heard of the school that contacts you.

Don’t say no too fast.

Some of the best advice I ever got was from a fellow lacrosse parent on our team.

Not too long ago, he said “we’re not saying no until we say yes.” 

Think about it because it makes a lot of sense.

I think it’s too easy to snub a school that maybe you’ve never heard of.

Keep an open mind, research the school, and keep every option under consideration. 

Unless you’re 100% that it’s a school you wouldn’t attend, don’t say no.

Again, don’t say no until you say yes.

3-OPEN DIVISION MENTALITY 

D1, D2, D3, NAIA? There are benefits across the board.

All divisions have things to offer so keep open-minded to any college that reaches out.

I understand many athletes are dialed in on the D1 (Division 1) schools. I have my thoughts on that for another time.

But be open-minded as there are so many considerations for each individual athlete that go far beyond the D1 focus.

There are just too many great schools in every division.

Big school. Small school. Football school. High academic school. There’s a lot of considerations in finding the right school for you.

There were schools that reached out that we had never even heard of. After doing a little research and due diligence, we added some of the schools to our list.

Our list constantly evolved.

Rule nothing out.

Understand that D1 and D2 schools may offer you both athletic and academic scholarships while D3 is pure academic.

Each division offers a different focus on athletics versus academics (ex. D1 is more athletic focused whereas D3 is more academic and D2 is more of a balance.)

Check out this summary sheet to learn more about NCAA D1, D2, and D3 options.

What is really most important is…

4-THE RIGHT FIT

The right athlete for the right program.

It’s about the right athlete with the right program with the right coach and culture. 

Coaches are looking for the right athletes for their programs, right?

Well you should be looking for the right program and coach for you.

Fit is everything. 

5-YOU WILL LAND (WHERE YOU’RE MEANT TO BE)

Finally, the single greatest concept that gave me unbelievable “peace of mind” is the belief in this simple statement. 

Every athlete will land where they are supposed to be.”

It’s as simple as that. 

And if you believe that, you have nothing to worry about. 

You will land where you’re meant to be…

I hope these 5 insights help you in your desire to be recruited in college lacrosse.


FINAL THOUGHTS

It’s a hard process, I’m not going to lie.

But our process was relatively smooth and every camp, visit, and showcase experience was valuable in our journey.

Don’t put pressure on yourself, just let things shake out and what’s meant to be will be.

Always be willing to pivot, keep open minded and do not limit your options.

You must truly believe that you will end up where you’re meant to be.

Trust the process, enjoy the journey and you will land somewhere special.

We are thrilled with the outcome and I’m sure you will be too.


This is only the tip of the iceberg on college recruiting. There is a lot to absorb.

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me here.

I’m truly happy to help.

Or email me at DisruptiveLacrosse@gmail.com.

Coach Scott

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