Deciding where you’re going to spend the next four years of your life is tough. It is important to find the right college that fits you both academically and on the field.
Where to Start:
First, decide what your parameters are for a school purely based on academics (location, size, programs of study offered). With the excitement of being recruited, athletes sometimes forget about the strength of an academic program and focus solely on the name and strength of the athletic program that they received a recruiting letter from. Keep in mind very few people make a living off of lacrosse – it’s the degree that you earn at the end of your four years that will set the path for your future.
1st – Evaluate the College or University
Make sure the institution you’re interested in has a strong program for the degree you’re interested in. Some ways to tell how strong a program is are as follows: most colleges have should be able to tell you what the job placement rating (%) is for students graduating from that given program. What type of accreditation does the institution have? Do they have a strong internship / mentorship programs? Visit campus and take a tour – does it feel like home? Can you see yourself there for 4 years?
2nd – Get Noticed by College Programs
The best way for players to get noticed by college programs is to be proactive. Many athletes are unsure on how to approach a coach.
o Address the head coach as Coach [Last Name]
o State your interest in the program and degree you would like to study
o Brief introduction and background on yourself
o State that you would like to set up a time to visit and tour campus
o Provide your summer or fall recruiting schedule and invite them to watch you play
o Provide a link to your highlight tape (keep it below 2 minutes)
o Name of tournament you will be attending
o Date & Location of the event
o Game times
o Field Numbers
o Jersey Number
o Attend Individual Showcases
o Attend Prospect Camps
3rd – Questions to ask a coach:
Be prepared to do your homework on the coach and program because they will do their homework on you.
o Are my grades good enough to get into the school?
o Where do you see me fitting in your program?
o How many recruits are you bringing in?
o What’s are your short-term goals for the program?
o What do you think I need to improve on?
o Are you full-time (this shows a school commitment to the program)? If a coach is part-time, move on.