The role of travel or HS club teams in lacrosse has grown significantly as college recruiting landscape has become increasingly competitive over the past few years (why? supply and demand). Change is scary; which is why this trend alarms some. But it is simply the natural byproduct of lacrosse recruiting following the recruiting timeline of college basketball, where AAU teams dominate the recruiting landscape.
Why is lacrosse recruiting so competitive like basketball when the pros don’t make much money? The reason is because lacrosse is a great tool to get into your dream school and get an education and network that will set you up for long-term success. Many of the country’s top universities have lacrosse programs. Back to travel teams.
Simply put, it is easier for college coaches with limited recruiting budgets to travel to “All-Star” tournaments and see many top players at once than travel to individual high school games that overlap with the college season. Further, coaches want to see how recruits compete against strong competition.
Travel teams are a great way to meet other players passionate about playing college lacrosse. Travel team coaches, many of which played in college, are often well informed about the recruiting process and have seen where previous recruits succeeded but also tripped up along the way. Their experience and relationships can be of great resource and help you identify college programs that fit you well. To jumpstart your researching of college programs; get a free, personalized list of target colleges here.
To make sure college coaches can find and track you while playing in recruiting tournaments. Make sure your mobile, recruiting profile is tied to your Travel team so coaches can find you on the field.