Things To Know About Men's Lacrosse Recruiters
Earning a lacrosse scholarship can be a difficult process. Lacrosse is a rapidly growing sport, but scholarships for lacrosse are still limited because it is offered at fewer colleges than most sports. That’s why learning exactly how the lacrosse recruiting process works from a trusted resource like NCSA is essential.
1. When does the lacrosse recruiting process start?
Lacrosse recruiting starts early because the competition for lacrosse scholarships is extremely high. There are fewer than 300 men’s and fewer than 400 women’s college lacrosse programs. Compare that to a sport like men’s basketball, which is offered at 1,800 colleges, and it’s easy to see why schools are selective and why preparing for a lacrosse scholarship has to start early.
2. How do I get discovered?
A third-party evaluation from a trusted neutral source like NCSA is essential. Lacrosse is growing in the Midwest and California, but the East Coast is where it easily has the most popularity. Getting exposure can be difficult if you don’t play club lacrosse or reside on the East Coast. But, when college lacrosse coaches can identify you as a prospect using online tools from a trusted resource like NCSA, you gain instant exposure and credibility regardless of where you live.
NCSA head lacrosse recruiting coach Jesse Churchward explains you can still earn exposure on the field if you’re not on the East Coast.
3. How do coaches evaluate prospects?
The Internet is your best lacrosse recruiting tool. Scouting for lacrosse isn’t easy. Budgets for college lacrosse teams aren’t as big as they are for basketball or football, so the best way a college lacrosse coach can evaluate you, without spending money on travel, is the Internet. Easy
access to video highlights and statistics from a third-party evaluator like NCSA helps lacrosse coaches find players that fit their system. Showing your skills on the Internet makes the recruiting process easier and improves the chances of earning a lacrosse scholarship.
4. Where am I qualified to play?
Roughly just 3% of the nearly 160,000 student athletes that participate in high school lacrosse will play at the Division I level. The majority of college lacrosse programs aren’t in DI, so set your expectations accordingly. Nearly 80% of men’s lacrosse players and 75% of women’s lacrosse players compete at the Division II, Division III or junior college level. NCSA is an experienced neutral talent evaluator, and can tell you what level your skills are best suited for and where you’re likely to find the most success.
5. What is my coach’s role?
Your coach can help with your on-the-field development, but getting a scholarship for lacrosse is your responsibility. A high school or club lacrosse coach is likely very busy and has too many responsibilities to be able to dedicate the time that the recruiting process requires. There’s a good chance that you’re not the only one on your team that is hoping to earn a lacrosse scholarship, and having a high school coach manage the recruiting process for several athletes at once is an impossible task.
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