I came across this web site recently (http://www.scholarshipstats.com/lacrosse.html) and I thought it was great information to share with our players and parents. The web site shows the number of Division I, II and III programs in the country (Division III does not award scholarships) as well as the tuition costs, room and board costs, number of athletic scholarships, roster size, SAT scores for admission and the financial assistance percentage each player receives on average. I speak with and meet regularly with players, parents and college coaches to help our players with the recruiting process. It is a fun and interesting journey. The dream of a scholarship is within reach (for some) but I constantly preach about the importance of education and excelling in school because that is where the real money is. Until lacrosse is mainstream and people can make an actual living at it we will continue to see the disparity of athletic scholarships among sports. Football and Basketball are mainstream sports and have fully funded programs. Baseball has scholarships along with the allure of minor league baseball. Lacrosse struggles to be relevant even though it is the most rapidly growing youth sport in the country. This chart illustrates the point I am making:
Number of High School players: Men 106,720 Women 81,969
Number of College Lacrosse players Men 13,857 Women 10,869
% of High School Players in competing in College Men 13% Women 13.3%
NCAA Division I men’s Lacrosse teams have an average roster size of 45 players but only a maximum of 12.6 scholarships to award per team. This means that the average award covers less than 30% of a typical athlete’s annual college costs. Lacrosse is an equivalency sport for NCAA limits, so partial scholarships can be awarded (up to 30 per team in NCAA I) as long as the combined equivalent awards do not exceed the limit. For example, an NCAA Division I school can award 24 women lacrosse players each a 1/2 scholarship and still meet the limit of 12 per team.
This web site is one of the best information sources I have seen as it gives a true picture of what is out there for our players. I strongly suggest that you review this information as a family so you can make an educated decision when choosing a school that is right for you.
Don’t get caught up with DI vs DII vs DIII it’s a zero sum game.
See ya on the field,