The following information is a brief overview of what student-athletes should be preparing for in their pursuit of becoming a collegiate student-athlete. Your High School Guidance Counselor is your best resource in assisting you in your college application process. The following links have some great information on the processes a student-athlete will need to follow in their recruitment process:
- “A High School Athlete’s Recruiting Guide for College Lacrosse”: A great US Lacrosse resource describing the process, pitfalls, and steps needed to take in the recruitment process. Click Here for the Guide
- “Guide to the College Bound Athlete”: A great resource that reviews the steps required in the process of becoming a collegiate student-athlete. Click Here for the Guide
- NCAA Clearing House: Every prospective high school student-athlete needs to register with the Clearing House in order to participate in collegiate athletics. The Clearing House also previews what courses a high school student-athlete must take and complete in order to qualify academically for college. Click Here to Register
General Insights on the Recruiting Process
- As of Jan 2010, there are 59 Division I schools playing lacrosse, 38 Division II schools playing lacrosse, and 156 Division III schools playing lacrosse. Division I schools can offer up to maximum of 12.6 scholarships for the entire program, but not all DI programs are fully funded. DII schools can offer up to a maximum of 10.8 scholarships for the entire program, again, not all DII schools are fully funded. DIII schools do offer athletic scholarships.
- There is more scholarship money for academics than athletics, be very pro-active and research the many different academic scholarships that are available.
- The college recruitment process is one of self promotion. Be very pro-active in your pursuit of becoming a collegiate student-athlete. Identify schools of all levels, start out with a large number of schools, start refining that list as you research and find out information about those schools. Contact coach’s by email and phone calls and let the schools on your list know you are interested in attending and playing lacrosse at those schools. Remember, after 4 years of college, you will need to find a job and a career that you have a desire and passion for, try to find those schools that will prepare you for life after collegiate lacrosse. Lacrosse may get you into a school you may not have qualified for as a regular student, but find the best school to match your personality and desires.
Overview of the Student/Athlete’s High School Goals
- Academics – Academically, if you need to improve your SAT/ACT scores, find the best way to prepare and retake the exams. All high school student athletes need to clear NCAA academic eligibilty requirements in order to play in college, follow the instructions above to register for the NCAA Clearing House. Keep your grades up and continue to work hard in the classroom. Most schools require a 3.0 GPA as a minimum.
- Recruiting – In the lacrosse recruitment process, most DI programs have identified their 8-12 recruits and have been in contact with the players they are recruiting. The first binding agreement between an athlete and a college program that is offering an athletic scholarship is the National Letter of Intent signing, which takes place in November or April of the players senior year. If you haven’t received any interest from the DI programs, don’t give up. There are a lot of DI programs still looking to fill their recruiting rosters, they leave a few roster spots available for the recruitment of seniors. The DII and DIII coaches are actively pursuing players to fill their recruiting spots. With the new trend of this early recruitment process, there are a lot of quality players who fall through the cracks. Don’t get discouraged, there are many quality schools to attend and play lacrosse. Identify the schools you are still interested in, contact the coach, and ask questions. You have to be very proactive and work extremely hard in pursuing your dreams.
- Academics- Academically, all student athletes need to pass Clearing House guidelines before being cleared to play in college. You can find out if your high school course load and classes are in line with the required academic criteria needed for college eligibility by going to the NCAA Clearing House at www.NCAAClearingHouse.org You can also work with your counselor at your high school for more information.
Concentrate on preparing for your SAT/ACT exams These are still used by most colleges as the one constant in determining your academic requirements for gaining admission into a college. Almost every school will first ask about grades, class rank, and SAT/ACT scores to decide if you will be academically competitive and meet the minimum requirements in gaining admission.
Get letter of recommendations from your high school coach, guidance counselors and community leaders and determine if the admissions process allows you to send the additional letters of recommendation.
11/06/2016: Tournament News: Lax Clash 2016
The 2024 Ladies went back to familiar grounds for their 2016 Fall Tournament. And 2016 was a lot like 2015 for these little divas…
2016 Lax Clash Champions!!!! Congrats to Coach Beth, Craig, Players and Families. We are so proud of you!
11/12/2016: Recruiting News: Austin Bonaventura
Ground Control is excited and proud to announce Austin Bonaventura has committed to Limestone College. Great young man led by two great parents. We, the GC family, are extremely proud of you Austin.
11/05/2016: Recruiting News: Rachel Gardner & Erin DePaul
Huge Congrats to Rachel Gardner and Erin DePaul off of the Ground Control 2017 Ladies team on committing to Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee. We are extremely proud of you both and the state of TN is getting two really good ones
11/03/2016: Recruiting News: Autumn Arvig
Ground Control is proud to announce that 2017 Ladies player, Autumn Arvig, has committed to Roger Williams University. The GC family is very excited for Autumn and her family. Special thanks to Autumn’s mom Dawn for taking so many great pictures for everyone through the years. Your loyalty to our program has been amazing and we thank you. Congrats!
10/09/2016: Recruiting News: Savannah Langley
Congrats to Ground Control Ladies 2017 Goalie Savannah Langley on her commitment to Goucher College. So proud and excited for you Savannah and family. We know you will be in good hands with that awesome coaching staff at Goucher.
10/06/2016: Recruiting News: Nolan Bosserman
Ground Control LC is proud to announce that Varsity Midfielder, Nolan Bosserman, has Verbally Committed to attend Bryn Athyn College. Nolan has been a GC member since the day we started the club and him and his family mean a great deal to us. Nolan’s list of offers is too many for us to list from D1 to top 5 D3. Nolan is following his heart and we, the GC family, fully support him. Great decision, Love you “Big Nol”
10/02/2016: Recruiting News: Regan Rich
Ground Control Ladies 2017 Regan Rich has committed to Tiffin University in Ohio. She was a huge asset to our defense and boy is she vocal. We are extremely proud of you Regan. Also a congrats and a Huge thank you to “Team Mom Cher” and dad “Coach Stan” for the setting the standard on our girls program. We Love the Rich family!
09/25/2016: Recruiting News: Makenzi (Kenzi) Cullings
Congrats to Ground Control Ladies 2017 Makenzi Cullings on her commitment to Barton College in North Carolina. Kenzi is Extremely loyal and supportive of everything GC does. Always there to cheer on the boys and girls teams no matter what the event it is. Your face will be missed around here, that’s for sure. We, the GC Family is very proud and excited for you Kenzi. Best of luck on your next journey.