College Lacrosse Recruiting
If you want to play lacrosse at the college level, it will be very important to be proactive! This means creating a lacrosse recruiting video, compiling a resume, attending camps and showcases, and getting in touch with coaches! You won’t be found by college coaches if you wait for something to happen.
College Lacrosse Recruiting Basics
There are 290 NCAA men’s lacrosse programs and 335 women’s lacrosse programs at the Division I, II, and III levels in the U.S.
Men’s lacrosse offers 12.6 scholarships per team at Division I, 10.8 at Division II, and 20 at NJCAA levels. Women’s lacrosse offers 12 at DI, 9.9 at DII, and 20 at NJCAA. Lacrosse is considered an equivalency sport, so coaches are free to divide the scholarships among as many players as they choose.
Make sure you are playing for a competitive lacrosse team; good stats won’t mean anything to a college lacrosse coach if it’s for a mediocre-level lacrosse league.
Make your Summer Lacrosse Recruiting Count
Summer is an ideal time to make progress in your recruiting. This means keeping on a training schedule with your team and attending lacrosse camps and showcases. It will be important to contact college coaches before attending camps as well, so they know who they are looking for. Coaches don’t show up at camps and tournaments hoping to find a good prospect. They are there to see an athlete they have already been on contact with. And make sure to do your research before signing up for a camp. The camps need to be high-level competition showcases or good quality instructional camps with college lacrosse coaches involved throughout the duration of camp.
Partial and Full Lacrosse Scholarships
There is more than one way to play for a college team besides earning a “full-ride”. Because lacrosse is an equivalency sport, it is very difficult to earn a full-scholarship. You would have to be top-ranked in the entire country in order to do so. Besides that, there is a much better chance that you will earn a partial scholarship or a walk-on spot. The most important thing to remember is that scholarships are granted on a year-to-year basis, not all four years. This means if you are not able to earn a scholarship your freshman year, you could earn one after that for any amount of money that is available.