Steps to Help in Your Recruiting Process
Recruiting Timeline Check List
- Create resume and cover letter
- Start attending camps and tournaments in different areas
- Write down what you like and don’t like about the area/school
- Make sure to work hard in school and keep up your grades, because you are a student first and an athlete second.
- Get video taped. Take every opportunity to get some footage of yourself playing: tournaments, practices, tryouts, games, etc…
- Get more aggressive about your college search and start your research.
- Update cover letter and resume then send it out.
- It is recommended to send out a video tape of your freshman/sophomore year.
- Keep the coach updated throughout the year on any changes.
- Start taking unofficial visits to campuses or working in campus visits on family vacations.
- Attend camps and tournaments in new areas.
- Review your list you made in the past to see if you still have the same feelings.
- Send out your cover letter, resume, and video tape in the fall.
- Remember the coach cannot start sending you emails and mail starting September 1.
- Filter your choices in potential schools to pursue.
- Remember you can take as many unofficial visits as you want so start going!
- Write down all your initial reactions and feelings when you visit the school.
- Attend camps and tournaments in new areas with recruitment opportunities.
- Take your PSAT and SAT tests and don’t forget to send them to coaches.
- Time to get serious. Take your official visits in the fall.
- You should have a solid idea of where you want to go to school and how serious you want to be committed to a lacrosse program.
- Try to compete in at least one last showcase in the fall, because coaches can actively come up and talk to you.
- Write down your initial reactions and feelings towards the school and the team. Remember your teammates will be your family for the next four years!
- You want to make your decision towards the end of fall/late winter.
NCAA Recruiting Tips
1 ) Review of NCAA Rules and Regulations
Full description of rules and regulations are found at the NCAA website: www.ncaastudent.org
Here is a list of contact rules during your high school career:
- A college coach may not contact you until:
- September 1 of your junior year: by mail and email only
- July 1 after your junior year: by phone only once a week
- You may contact the coach at any point of your high school career by email, mail or phone. The coach will not return phone calls, emails or letters until the above dates of permission.
- Unofficial Visits: you may take as many as you would like at any point of your high school career.
- Official Visits: you are allowed up to 5 official visits and may only take them once you have started your senior year for Division I and II; you may take as many official visits only once per college or university for Division III.
- Unofficial Visit: campus visits you and/or your family may take at your own expense. A college coach may only allow for you to have free admission to school sponsored athletic events and only up to three.
- Official Visit: campus visit paid for by the college or university that is arranged by the head coach. The athletic department may arrange and pay for the following: round trip transportation from your home to campus, up to 3 meals a day, and reasonable entertainment such as free admission up to 3 athletic events on campus.
- Verbal Intent: you verbally commit to a coach that you will be attending that college or university.
- Letter of Intent: you sign a document committing yourself to that college or university.
2) For every school interested, go to their website and fill out all recruiting info.
3) Follow up with each school an email to head coach with your high school or elite team coach’s information such as game schedules, all the tournaments, camps, clinics that you will be attending in and out of season. Be ready to give the coaches information about you. The below steps will help with the preparation of that information.
- Research Lacrosse Programs
- Go to college website, athletics, women’s lacrosse, then recruiting. Fill out the lacrosse recruiting questionnaire. This will get you into their system or database. When researching colleges, remember the “Broken Leg Principle”: If you attended a college and intended to play lacrosse, but then broke your leg and couldn’t play, would you still be happy at the school?
- Myths about Divisions
- Just because a school is Division I doesn’t mean it’s the best at lacrosse. It’s all about finding the right program for you. Sit down and think how involved and intense you want to be with lacrosse in college. Check out websites like www.ncaa.org or www.laxpower.com for school’s rankings nationwide to get an idea of how intense their program is. Usually a program in the top 20 for all Divisions is going to be pretty intense!
- Division I - school is granted money to give to students for athletic purposes. This only means a school has X amount of athletic scholarship money available to put them in this tier.
- Division II - school is granted money to give to students for athletic purposes. Again this is similar to Division I but has less amount of athletic scholarship money available than Division I.
- Division III - school is not granted money to give to students for athletic purposes. The school can supplement an athlete through academic or other means of financial aid.
- Create “cover letter” email:
- This cover letter serves as a means of introducing who you are, expressing your interest in their lacrosse program, explaining why you think you are a good fit for the program.
- Summarize your lacrosse experience, strengths and skills. Mention the names of your high school and/or club coaches.
- Create “Athletic Resume” including:
- Contact information: Mailing address, email, phone.
- Personal information: Age, height, weight, 1 mile running time, 400 yards, 200 yards, 100 yards, and 40 yard dash running time.
- Academic information: Standardized test scores, class rank, AP coursework.
- Lacrosse information: High school team, club team, lacrosse camps, positions played, lacrosse honors, statistics.
- Other extra-curricular activities: Sports, arts, leadership positions, community service.
- Other honors and awards.
- Tell the college coach that your high school and/or club coach will be following up with a reference letter on your behalf in the near future (similar to how you need letters of reference for jobs or letters of recommendation for college).
- Let the college coach know which tournaments and/or camps you will be attending this summer.
- Also let the college coaches know how they can contact you. Let them know that your athletic resume is attached for their review.
- Recommendation letters:
- First, ask your high school and/or club coaches if they would be willing to write letters of recommendation for you.
- Narrow down your list of schools
- Find out the names of the coaches in charge of recruiting for the programs of interest. Sometimes the head coach is not the main recruiting coach- especially at D-I level.
- Clarify whether the high school coaches’ recommendation should be sent to the college coaches by snail mail or email.
- Clarify due dates for recommendation letters. Typically, want this information to be in the college coach’s hands before your senior year.
- Provide the coaches who are writing the recommendations with the due dates, email addresses, and, if the recommendations need to be sent by snail mail, provide your recommender with already stamped and addressed envelopes.
4) Make sure to mention that you have a film that can be sent in if wanted. Create lacrosse video. Have your parent’s record high school or club games. Provide some unedited game footage (so college coach can see how you fit into the big picture of a game situation), as well as some edited clips of your highlights.
5) Try to attend summer camp of the schools you would like to attend. If attending camp, contact the coach and let them know that you are attending their camp. It’s a great way to get noticed and actually get a taste of what it’s like to work with that coach.
6) Remember to keep updating coaches as your season develops with new cover letters, resumes, and video tapes. The more contact and interest you show the better! Don’t ever feel like you’re nagging a coach. They love to see that you are interested in their program and any efforts they see doesn’t go unnoticed. Just remember they can’t contact you until your junior year so don’t get discouraged.