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2009 COLLEGE LACROSSE RECRUITING SEMINAR. sponsored by…………. Metacomet Select Lacrosse. and RILAX, the Rhode Island Chapter of USLacrosse. Special thanks to. Coach Keely McDonald Head Coach: Brown University. Coach Lars Tiffany Head Coach: Brown University. Coach Mike Pressler

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sponsored by………….Metacomet Select Lacrosse



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Special thanks to

  • Coach Keely McDonald

  • Head Coach: Brown University


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Coach Andrew Fink

Head Coach: Mount Ida College


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Coach Meg Miller

Former Assistant Coach: Brown University


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LYNCHBURG

VIRGINIA

DENVER

UNION

WNEC

WNEC

CORNELL

BRYANT

JOHNS HOPKINS

UNION

UNION

DENVER

CONNECTICUT

COLLEGE

ROLLINS

BRYANT

GETTYSBURG

NAVY PREP


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OUTLINE

  • So you want to play in college? What you need to consider.

  • What level is best for you?

  • A recruiting timetable

  • Recruiting guidelines

  • Admissions policies

  • Financial considerations

  • Additional sources of information


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What to consider in a college

  • Academic goals

  • Financial considerations

  • Geographical location of the college

  • Size of the college

  • Take lacrosse out of the equation


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Lacrosse considerations

  • Review the roster. How many and where are they from. How many play your position? How many return after freshman year? www.laxpower.com/links

  • Review the schedule. Local games? Spring trip?

  • Review the stats. Won/loss record. How many players get game time?

  • Review the coach’s bio and team philosophy

  • Review the commitment.


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What level of play?

  • Division I

  • Division II

  • Division III

  • Club


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Division 1

  • 59 men’s and 88 women’s teams

  • 12.6 and 12.0 scholarships – for fully funded programs

  • High profile

  • Major time commitment

  • Men’s teams with recent RI grads include Bryant, Cornell, Denver, Hartford, Johns Hopkins, Virginia

  • Women’s teams with recent RI grads include Cal, Davidson, Harvard, Oregon, Presbyterian


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Division II

  • 34 men’s and 50 women’s teams

  • 10.8 and 9.9 scholarships for fully funded programs

  • Moderate to major time commitment

  • Wide range of competition

  • Men’s teams with recent RI grads include: Assumption, Merrimack, Rollins and St. Anselm

  • Women’s teams with recent RI grads include: Bentley, St. Anselm, Stonehill


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Division III

  • 156 men’s teams and 185 women’s teams

  • No athletic scholarships

  • Wide range of time commitment and competition

  • Men’s teams with recent RI grads include: Bowdoin, Clark, Conn Coll., Curry, Gettysburg, Roger Williams, Salve Regina Stevens, Union, WNEC and Wooster

  • Women’s teams with recent RI grads include: Babson, Catholic, Conn Coll., RIC, Skidmore, Wm. Smith and Union


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Club

  • Over 200 men’s and women’s club teams

  • Most are “pay for play”

  • Very wide range of commitment and competition level. “Virtual varsity” to pick-up.

  • Local teams include Bridgewater St., Boston College, Boston U., UConn, Northeastern, URI and WPI.

  • National teams include BYU, Colorado St., Michigan, Tennessee, Texas


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Timetable

Sophomore year

Junior year

Rising Senior

Senior year

Note that timetables vary among colleges. Many Division I and some top level DII and DIII have accelerated recruiting schedules.


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Sophomore year

  • Maintain high academic standards

  • Start to visit colleges to compare big vs. small, urban vs. rural, academic profiles, etc.

  • Try to be a multi sport athlete

  • Attend either team camps or individual camps in the summer


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Junior Year

  • Register and take the SAT, SAT II, ACT

  • Take as many Honors and AP courses as you can

  • Create a resume/profile. Include your H.S. and summer lacrosse schedule

  • Begin to narrow your list of potential colleges. Consider academic profile, level of lacrosse, type of school, distance from home, cost. Be realistic.

  • Complete on-line questionnaire for schools of interest.

  • Take unofficial college visits. Junior days.

  • Participate in multiple sports if possible


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After the junior season

  • Contact the coaches at the top 5 -10 schools that you are considering and indicate that they are at the top of your list.

  • Ask coaches what summer camps they plan to attend.

    Obtain references from as many sources as possible.

  • Prepare a DVD. Include at least 15 minutes of unedited game film. You can also include highlights of your play. Send the DVD with your academic/lacrosse resume and summer schedule to your top college choices.

  • Attend recruiting camps and/or participate in team recruiting tournaments.

  • Consider attending a summer camp at a particular college of interest.


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Summer Camps and Tournaments

  • Boys’ vs. Girls’ summer experiences

  • Showcases: IAS (boys and girls), NEPL

  • Select teams: Metacomets, NESLL, Next Level, Ocean State Lacrosse, etc.

  • Recruiting camps: LT 300, Big 3, NE 150, Elite 180, Peak 200, Top 205, Jake Reed/Jen Adams

  • Team tournaments: NESLL Bulldog Classic, Champ Camp, Hotbeds, Brine Shootout, etc and National Draw, All Star Express, Champions Cup and Capital Cup

  • Specific college camps

  • Remember to tailor your summer schedule to your ability and aspirations. Beware of burn out!


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Senior year

  • Continue to challenge yourself academically. Honors/AP classes.

  • Retake standardized tests if necessary.

  • Evaluate your academic and athletic profile. Does it match the profile of the schools that interest you?

  • Talk with past teammates about their college experiences. Reference “recruits” section on www. laxpower.com

  • Register with the NCAA clearinghouse if considering DI or DII.

  • Overnight visits.


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Senior year, continued

  • Maintain contact with coaches. Update them with academic information and test scores.

  • Answer all questionnaires and letters. Be honest with coaches; let them know where they stand and what you are thinking.

  • Visit your top choices and meet with the coaching staff. Be prepared and ask questions.

  • Make a decision on ED, EA, regular decision application.


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Guidelines for contacts

Division I

  • Contacts and phone calls not allowed until July 1 after junior year.

    Division II

  • Contacts and phone calls can not be made prior to June 15 following junior year.

    Division III

  • Contacts allowed after junior year

  • No restrictions on phone calls


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Contacting Coaches

  • Be informed. Research the college and the team.

  • Complete on-line questionnaire.

  • E-mail or mail your academic and lacrosse resume. The coach will determine if you are “recruitable”.

  • Include HS game schedule and/or summer schedule and contact info for your current coaches.

  • Send academic transcript if requested.


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Sample lacrosse resume

  • Contact Information

  • School information

  • Academic information: GPA, Class Rank, Honors/AP courses

  • Lacrosse team information: HS and Club

  • Lacrosse Stats and Honors

  • Spring and/or Summer schedule

  • References


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Meeting with a coach

  • Be prepared, do your homework. Look and act mature. Ask questions that may include:

  • How much class time is missed? Travel, etc.

  • How many players are you recruiting at my position and where do I stand?

  • How do you see me contributing to the team?

  • What is your roster size? How many at my position?

  • What is your policy on cuts?

  • Do you require Early Decision?

  • Will you support me for admission?

  • Be honest with the Coach!

  • Parents: Let your child do the talking!


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Overnight visit

  • Most often during fall of Senior year.

  • By invitation from coach

  • Allows prospective student athlete to interact with current team players on a social level, attend class and observe practice. Dress and act appropriately.

  • The visit is a mutually beneficial event.

  • Send a thank you note to Coach and host

  • Make a pro’s and con’s list after visit.


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Admission information

  • Early Decision vs. Early Action vs. Regular Decision: Pro’s and con’s

  • Admission support varies a great deal and can come at different times.

  • Priority Applications and Pre-reads

  • Slots for athletes

  • Compare your GPA, test scores, etc. to middle 50% of last year’s class

  • Be realistic about your chances for admission as well as academic success


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Financial Considerations

  • Merit Aid

  • Financial Aid

  • Athletic scholarships


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Merit Aid

  • Much more common than athletic aid, especially for local players. Good academic credentials can save you a lot of money.

  • Information is available on college websites in the “grants and scholarships” section. Colleges often use a matrix that includes GPA, test scores and class rank.


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Financial Aid

  • Does the college practice Need Blind admissions?

  • Does the college completely cover EFC?

  • Deadlines are very important

  • FAFSA and Profile forms

  • Grants vs. loans

  • Rhode Island College Planning Center: Bristol and Warwick

  • Not for profit vs. For profit scholarship and financial aid resources


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Athletic Scholarships

  • Scholarship limits per division

  • Most DI and DII teams are not fully funded and some do not offer athletic scholarships (Patriot League, etc)

  • A “full ride” is a myth. Most colleges allocate scholarship funds among many student athletes.


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Resources

  • Team links: www.laxpower.com

  • Women’s recruiting guidelines: www.eteamz.com/IntercollegiateWomensLacr/

  • NCAA clearinghouse www.ncaa.org/eligibilitycenter

  • Faceoff magazine and recruiting articles: www.insidelacrosse.com

  • The Draw magazine: www.womenslacrosse.com

  • Local lacrosse news: www.rilacrosse.com

  • Recruiting article: www.lhs.lexington.org/sports/lacrosse/forparents

  • Choosing DIII: http://myespn.go.com/blogs/highschoollacrosse/0-3-37/Campbell--Choosing-Division-III.html%3Cbr%20/%3E


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Recruiting Showcases and Camps

  • N.E. Top 150 boys’ recruiting camp: www.newenglandtop150lacrossecamp.com.

  • LT 300 boys’ recruiting camp: www.brownlaceossecamps.com

  • New England Premier Lacrosse Showcase: www.premierlax.com

  • IAS Showcase for boys and girls: www.indooractionsports.com

  • Top 205 recruiting camp for boys: www.top205lacrossecamps.com

  • NESLL/Bulldog Classic for boys and girls: www.nesllbuldoglacrosse.net

  • Elite 180 Recruiting Camp: www.elite180lax.com


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Select teams

  • Metacomet Select Lacrosse (girls): www.metacometselect.com

  • NESLL (boys and girls): www.nesll.org

  • Team Lacrosse/Next Level lacrosse: www.teamlacrosse.net

  • Ocean State Warriors (boys) www.oceanlax.com


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