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.