Going through the recruiting process can be stressful especially when you do not even know where to begin. There are many steps that should be taken in order to have the potential opportunity to play at the next level. Having all the information about the basics of getting recruited can make those vital summers of your high school career a lot easier.
It is especially important to understand that you should never assume that your time has passed to get noticed by a coach. The acceleration of the recruiting process has been a large topic of conversation amongst the prospects in the lacrosse world, but that still does not mean that all hope is lost for rising juniors and seniors. There is a large percentage of coaches that have said they still evaluate their senior players, as well other coaches who have said although a large part of their senior class has been filled, they still look for independent players at camps or tournaments. So never assume and always be open to opportunities and chances to get yourself noticed by coaches.
Take note of these tips and statistics for typical questions that parents and players have about recruitment. Keep them in the back of your mind during your own process, but do not over think! Just play your game.
1) Where do I go to get noticed by coaches?
A lot of times players are concerned that they are not getting enough face time with coaches and will not even get the chance to be seen by them. Finding yourself a solid club team with a trustworthy coach is VERY important. This way you have a team to compete with at tournaments, which 40% of college coaches say is their main hunting grounds for spotting their recruits. When attending tournaments you should absolutely send emails out to coaches for schools that you are interested in, letting them know exactly where you are playing, against who, what time and your basic profile and information so they can come watch you play.
Attending camps is another very important place to get on a coaches radar. Camps are unique from tournaments because a lot of the time coaches are the ones running stations and drills, so you can have a hands on experience with them. 38% of coaches find camps to be very telling and informative when coming to a decision about who will be on their team. While camps are a great way for players to meet coaches and look to see what coaching style they like, camps are also a great place for coaches to look to see what players are coachable, as well as what players can perform well in any setting, with anyone.
When sending out an email to a coach letting them know you are interested in their team and school, a lot of the time, coaches say that including a highlight reel will boost their inclination to respond. Having film on your original email gives coaches a visual of your skills and abilities right away so they can see if you are the type of player they would be interested in pursuing.
2) What are coaches really looking for in a player?
Technical and refined skills are a very important part of the game and obviously something that coaches look for in a player when watching or coaching them. So never abandon WALL BALL! However, at the same time raw, athletic ability, hustle and attitude are just as important, if not more.
Coaches really look for players who naturally have the things they cannot teach. Hustle is one of the most highlighted things when coaches explain what they look for in their recruits.
Attitude is also something that should never be overlooked or under appreciated. Coaches notice if a player can work well with any one and/or any team, and if they share the ball. While at the same time, also players who are not afraid to get the ball. Drexel Head Coach Hannah Rudloff says, “we as coaches definitely look for signs that you are mentally tough and focused as we watch you play.”
3) How do I get about making a decision when committing?
Although committing early is exciting and something every player (and parent) would love to have happen, committing to schools is not something that should be rushed.
>Take your time committing. Find a school that is right for you not just based off of lacrosse alone, (even though that is extremely important), but financially, educational and locationally.
> Find a team and coach that you see yourself doing well with. Having a relationship with teammates is one of the most important parts of playing a college sport. That being said, keep an open mind when it comes to meeting new people.
>As corny as it sounds, follow your heart and your instincts. A lot of times when players are committing they go on visits to campuses, meet players and take tours. Many times girls have said that when they find their school they know right away. Sometimes you can just tell you will love a school by the feel of it and the people around you. At the same time, do not get frustrated if you do not seem to be falling in love with a school right away. Good things take time and there is a school (and team) out there for everyone!
Be confident in who you are as a player and person and do everything you can to stand out and be unique from others. But remember it’s not a race so do not ever give up! @ConnectLAX