Over the years I have helped many players make the move to the College Level. Sometimes it is a simple call, email to a coach. Other times I sit down with the entire family to discuss the opportunities for the player. Being realistic of your opportunity is one of the most important aspects of the journey. Also being honest about your talent level as well as where you think you can play is also important.
The great thing about our sport is there is a place to play for everyone. From Club Lacrosse to NCAA DI, DII and DIII. Some players even play a year of prep-school (PG year).
I read the article below and it gives a good outline on preparing for the next step.
As Coaching Director or the Atlanta Coyotes and now the Roadrunners I have an extensive document on the recruiting process that I share with all of our club team players and parents.
Take and opportunity to read the article which I am sure it will help you on your journey to the next level.
Take Charge of Your College Recruiting:
If you are an athlete looking to play college level lacrosse, planning should be underway NOW… That’s right. Whether you are a Rising Freshmen or a Senior planning graduation, you should be taking the initiative in planning your future.
The earlier you start and the more actively you take charge, the more your future will meet YOUR goals. Don’t sit back and let the interest of a pool of coaches determine the full range of your options.
Seeking to use your athletic achievements in college requires that you start your search early – as early as possible – since you have to factor time to identify colleges and elicit coach interest.
Start early – Be Active!
FIVE WAYS TO BEGIN YOUR COLLEGE SEARCH:
- An excellent way to begin your search is with collegedata.com. It offers a matching service which includes your preferences for region, size of college and community, major, sport choice, financial support and much more. Simply complete the form, and it returns a list of colleges and links that provides a strong starting point for your college search.
- The standard in college search is Petersons.com which has long provided information and online tools for identifying colleges of interest.
- Once you identify a range of schools you can get the “inside scoop” from sites such as College Confidential, a source of student comments on their colleges. This site offers a wide ranging set of search criteria. Of particular note is the AI Calculator for consideration of Ivy and similar schools. You can begin to narrow your list.
- Now that you have a list of schools which meet your preferences you can begin to approach them and consider them in detail. US Lacrosse has a detailed and helpful guide to college selection and recruitment. Look particularly at pages 7-9 in evaluating colleges.
- As you begin to consider colleges, check out the rules of the recruiting world at the NCAA Recruiting Eligibility Center for vital information.
* The article was written by Ted Spencer of 3D Lacrosse.