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 TOP 5 RECRUITING THINGS TO DO


1. Develop a recruiting plan and get evaluated by a third party.

What are you currently doing to get evaluated for college scholarships?  What results has your current plan produced?  If you are not currently being contacted by college coaches at least once per week, then you are not being actively recruited.   

You need to be evaluated by as many college coaches nationwide as possible to maximize your scholarship opportunities and securing a college roster spot immediately!   Attending available camps and showcases also increases your evaluation exposure to coaches.


2. Create your FREE MyScoutingReport NOW!  

Online profiles are the fastest way for college coaches to evaluate a prospects academic qualifications, athletic attributes, highlight/game videos, competition schedules, news articles and how to contact you.   Create your FREE MyScoutingReport immediately for scholarship evaluation by college coaches nationwide!

 

3. Take charge of your game, highlight, or skills video!  

DO NOT wait around for someone else to burn game DVD's or edit a highlight video for you!  Take control of your recruiting process by taking action each day until your video(s) are complete and accessible by college coaches.   


4. Be realistic about your projected college level.  

Too many college prospects get focused on competing ONLY for major NCAA Division I programs, that they miss out on opportunities to compete at a lower level and possibly on a scholarship.  


5. DO NOT LIMIT YOURSELF! 

Time and again college prospects limit themselves to only wanting to compete at a certain level, local area, in-state, U.S. region or certain conferences.  The fact of the matter is that college coaches get to choose which players they want on their roster and which to offer scholarships to.  It's not the players or parents that choose...once again, it's the college coaches.  By limiting yourself to only certain areas for recruitment, you can bet your life that there will be some college coach around the country that could use a student-athlete like you!    

WOMEN'S LACROSSE RECRUITING FAQ 


1.  When does the lacrosse recruiting process start?

The girl’s lacrosse recruiting process starts in middle school. Lacrosse recruiting starts early because the competition for girl’s lacrosse scholarships is extremely high. There are fewer 400 women’s college lacrosse programs. Compare that to a sport like women’s basketball, which is offered at nearly 1,800 colleges, and it’s easy to see why schools are selective and why you need to start early when trying to earn a lacrosse scholarship.

 

2.  How do I get discovered?

A third-party evaluation from a trusted neutral source like AASR is essential. Lacrosse is a rapidly growing sport in the Midwest and California, but the East Coast is where it has the most popularity. Getting exposure can be difficult if you don’t play club lacrosse or reside on the East Coast. But, when college women’s lacrosse coaches can identify you as a prospect using online tools from a trusted resource like AASR, you gain instant exposure and credibility regardless of where you live.


3.  How do coaches evaluate girl’s lacrosse prospects?

The Internet is your best girl’s lacrosse recruiting tool. The best way a college women’s lacrosse coach can evaluate you, without spending a limited budget on travel, is the Internet. Access to video highlights and statistics from a third-party evaluator like AASR helps women’s lacrosse coaches find players that fit their system. Showing your skills on the Internet makes the recruiting process easier and improves your chances of earning a girl’s lacrosse scholarship.

 

4.  Where am I qualified to play?

Roughly just over 3% of the nearly 70,000 student athletes that participate in high school girl’s lacrosse will play at the Division I level. The majority of college lacrosse programs aren’t in DI, so set your expectations accordingly. Approximately 75% of women’s lacrosse players compete at the Division II, Division III or junior college level. AASR is an experienced neutral talent evaluator, and can tell you what level you are best suited for and where you’re likely to find the most success.

 

5.  What is my coach’s role?

Your coach can help with your on-the-field development, but getting a scholarship for girl’s lacrosse is your responsibility. A high school or club lacrosse coach likely has too many responsibilities to be able to dedicate the time that the complicated recruiting process requires. You may not be the only one on your team that is hoping to earn a lacrosse scholarship, and having a coach manage the recruiting process for several athletes at once is an impossible task.

                            WOMEN'S LACROSSE SCHOLARSHIPS


                    Programs     Scholarships

NCAA I:              87                   12

NCAA II:             47                   9.9

NCAA III:          177                    0      

NAIA:                  0                     0

NJCAA:             16                   20

TOTAL:             335              


NCAA III do not offer athletic scholarships, but offer academic scholarships and financial aid.  

WHAT ARE COLLEGE LACROSSE COACHES LOOKING FOR?


WOMEN'S LACROSSE: ATTACK

Grades: 3.0 GPA + 24 ACT + 1000 SAT (out of 1600)

Tier 1 Attack

  • 5'9"

Coaches Keys:

The ability to take over a game at any point.  Handling the ball with pressure and confidence.  A high IQ and the Quarterback of the offense. A threat to score and distribute.   Tough player with great change of direction and vision.  Performs well in the biggest stages.

 

Tier 2 Attack

  • 5'8"

Coaches Keys:

Shows flashes of taking over games.  A consistent threat to score and point up points.  Handles the ball often and with successful out comes. Might not be the flashy player but always getting the job done.  Does all the little things well and competes.  

 

Tier 3 Attack

  • 5'7"

Coaches Keys:

A consistent ability to find teammates for scoring chances and steady offense.  Moves the ball well and can make a solid impact in goals and assist.  Good athlete who has the ability to create offense.

 

Tier 4 Midfield

  • 5'5"

Coaches Keys:

Steady contributor on offense.  Good athlete and quick.  Uses their advantages very well.  Finds a way to be a steady threat.


WOMEN'S LACROSSE: DEFENSE

Grades: 3.0 GPA + 24 ACT + 1000 SAT (out of 1600)


Tier 1 Defense

  • 5'11"

Coaches Keys:

Can take over a game or the player they're covering.  Great on-ball skills and the commander of the defenders around them.  Handles the ball often and a threat in the clearing game.  Always covering the top offensive player for the other team with great results.  A great mix of physical presence and technical skill.

 

Tier 2 Defense

  • 5'10"

Coaches Keys:

Steady influence on the player the are covering.  Steady mix of GB play and 1 vs. 1 defense.  Shows flashes of being the top defensive player on the field.   Can cover the top tier offensive threats.  Great athletic ability.

 

Tier 3 Defense

  • 5'9"

Coaches Keys:

Solid athlete who is a  steady contributor.  Handles the ball often and fins roles they succeed in.  Can cover solid offensive threats and performs well.

 

Tier 4 Defense

  • 5'7"

Coaches Keys:

Steady contributor in team concepts.  Good athlete and help defense.  Uses their advantages very well, and really helps out with communication.


WOMEN'S LACROSSE: GOALIE

Grades: 3.0 GPA + 24 ACT + 1000 SAT (out of 1600)


Tier 1 Goalie

  • 5'11"

Coaches Keys:

Can take over the game at any moments.  Shows that any goals come with difficulties.  Makes all the "must" saves and many they should not even have a chance on. Great at communication and the leader of the defense.  Can lead the break out, solid and accurate in the clearing fame.

 

Tier 2 Goalie

  • 5'9"

Coaches Keys:

Shows flashes of greatness and very stubborn in net.  Communicates and leads the defense in front of them.  Strong with handling the ball in clearing game.  Leads those around them.

 

Tier 3 Goalie

  • 5'8"

Coaches Keys:

Solid in net with fundamentals.  Communicates well with the defense and can keep a team in the game.  Strong in the clearing game and handles the ball with confidence.  

 

Tier 4 Goalie

  • 5'7"

Coaches Keys:

Gets to all the steady saves.  Strong communicator in the net and handles the ball often in the clearing game.


WOMEN'S LACROSSE: MIDFIELD

Grades: 3.0 GPA + 24 ACT + 1000 SAT (out of 1600)


Tier 1 Midfield

  • 5'11"

Coaches Keys:

Dominating athlete who runs well in transition.  Good two-way midfielder who demands double teams when of offense.  Great vision and can create offense at will.  Exceptional at defense & / specialty positions - FO / DM  

 

Tier 2 Midfield

  • 5'10"

Coaches Keys:

Great athlete who moves the ball and is a steady contributor on the score sheet.  Shows the ability to demand extra attention on the offensive end.  Solid on defense & / specialty positions - FO / DM  

 

Tier 3 Midfield

  • 5'8"

Coaches Keys:

Good athlete who knows their role.  Finds a way to steady be a factor and difference maker.  Solid dodger and feeder.  Shows flashes of the ability to be the go-to player.

 

Tier 4 Midfield

  • 5'6"

Coaches Keys:

Strong contributor on offense and truly finds their niche.  A threat in transition and finds teammates to incorporate / create scoring chances. 

 LACROSSE RECRUITING CALENDAR


Freshmen Year

  • Research 2-3 schools per week
  • Create a list of prospective schools consider both athletics and academics
  • Film highlights tape
  • Join a local Lacrosse team

 

Rules/Tips to Remember:

  • Coaches are watching your development throughout high school at camps, in school and on the field
  • DI and DII coaches can’t personally contact you until Junior year
  • DIII and NAIA coaches can contact you at anytime
  • Important to do be familiar with the school both athletically and academically

Sophomore Year

  • Film your highlights tape
  • Get an evaluation of your skills tape
  • Continue to research prospective schools
  • Fill out questionnaires
  • Narrow your list of schools

 

Rules/Tips to Remember:

September 1st of your Junior year is the first day DI and DII coaches can send you more personalized letters and emails

 

Junior Year

  • Film your highlights tape
  • Follow-up with coaches you’ve contacted in a TIMELY manner
  • Invite coaches to your games - let them know about your season schedule
  • Ask coaches where you stand on their recruits list
  • Fill out questionnaires
  • Respond to EVERY coach
  • Make unofficial visits to schools
  • Narrow down your prospective schools list

 

Rules/Tips to Remember:

  • DI and top DII programs will make offers during Junior year
  • If you haven’t heard from DI coaches, start reaching out to DII, DIII or NAIA programs

 

Senior Year

  • Make official visits
  • Follow-up with coaches and respond in a TIMELY manner
  • Apply to the schools- applications
  • Apply for Financial aid – fafsa.ed.gov starting Jan. 1st
  • Sign and Commit to a school and program (Early signing- second week of Nov, regular-April)
  • Find out the summer workout schedule
  • Get ready for an experience of a lifetime 

                               FILMING YOUR LACROSSE VIDEO

 

Women’s Lacrosse Skill Video Guidelines

Having a good recruiting video is extremely important for every high school lacrosse player hoping to earn a college lacrosse scholarship. Coaches generally don’t have the time or travel budget that it takes to see dozens of lacrosse recruits in person. That’s why a well-made highlight video is an essential portion of your online resume. It takes just a few minutes for a recruiting video to show off the skills of a high school lacrosse recruit.But realize that if you want your highlight video to be effective, you need to be aware of what exactly lacrosse coaches are looking for. In terms of recruiting videos, each sport is different.

For example, a lacrosse highlight video for field players should use 20 to 40 plays taken from game footage. Goalkeepers should combine in-game clips with a fair amount of skills footage.Follow the guidelines below if you want to create an impactful recruiting video.

How to Film

  • Tape from a high perspective when possible (at least several feet from the ground). A tripod is highly recommended.
  • Do not zoom in and out. The wider the angle the better.
  • Imagine the field separated into thirds (offensive, middle, defensive). When the ball is in the offensive or defensive third of the field, film the entire 18-yard box and beyond. When the ball is in the middle of the field, film the entire middle third.
  • Show enough of the field so that we are able to see the player’s vision, runs with and without the ball, use of space, combinations with teammates, etc.
  • Coaches want to see the progression of each play so you need a wide enough angle to capture multiple players, but they also want to see foot skills and technical abilities so do not lose focus on the primary player you are recording.

Field Players: Game footage

  • Generally one to two matches is sufficient, but if you are not able to log 40 worthy plays you may send additional games.
  • Send games against your best competition (Club, US Lacrosse, competitive high school teams).
  • Goal Keepers: Half game footage and half skills footage will be beneficial. Skills footage should be no longer than 10 minutes in its raw form.

Field Player: Match Footage Only

  • Shooting: High, middle and low shots on goal, both stationary and driven shots
  • Stick Skills: Handling the ball under pressure from another player as well as unguarded
  • Passing: Show 5 repetitions of each lateral and forward passing, as well as 5 repetitions each of the player receiving lateral and forward passes
  • Off-Hand: Repeat shooting and passing skills with your off hand (left hand for right handed players and vice versa)
  • Ground Balls: Scooping up ground balls at game pace and/or under pressure

Goalies: Skills Footage and Match Footage

  • Shots: Show someone shooting on you. Vary the shots and highlight your ability to cover shots on the ground, at the crossbar and in the corners.
  • Clearing: Show yourself clearing the ball from the goal and from outside the goal in the crease. 

SAMPLE WOMEN'S LACROSSE RECRUITING VIDEO