College Recruiting Timeline for Lacrosse

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Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S., and one of the better ways of obtaining a scholarship for college through athletics.

If you play lacrosse as well as another sport, you might want to consider which one might offer less competition for college scholarships. The earlier you make this decision in your high school career the better. And if you've never considered playing lacrosse, now might be a good time to give it some thought.

Here's a suggested timeline for high school lacrosse players for navigating the recruiting process and helping to pay for college through the great sport of lacrosse.


Freshman (9th Grade)

Fall
  • Play in the fall if possible
Winter
  • Look into playing in a winter league or attending a winter camp
  • Visit a couple schools to get an idea for what you are interested in
  • Think about what division of lacrosse you would like to play
Spring
  • Prepare for spring season and play well
  • Start thinking about what camps to attend for the summer 
Note: Consider camp as a great way to see a campus and get to know coaches from different schools.

Summer

  • Play in tournaments
  • Attend a camp if possible

Sophomore (10th Grade)

Fall
  • Try to determine what type of school you want to go to and what type of program you want to play for
  • Make a list of your top 20-30 schools
Winter
  • Look into playing in a winter league or attending a winter camp
  • Start contacting coaches at your top 20-30 schools
Note: You are allowed to contact them, but they cannot contact you this year. This includes phone calls, e-mails, letters, instant messages and text messages.

Spring
  • Try and attend some college lacrosse games (preferably at your top schools)
  • Continue to modify your top 20-30 schools list and email coaches of any additions
  • Start thinking about what camps to attend for the summer
Note: Consider camp as a great way to see a campus and get to know coaches from different schools.

Summer

  • Send coaches at your top 20-30 schools an email with your camp and summer tournament schedule
Note: Make sure to include your club team information, jersey number, and position.

  • Send coaches at your top 20-30 schools a reminder email 1-2 weeks before every tournament or recruiting camp you are attending
Note: Make sure to include your club team information, jersey number, and position again. You do not need to send a game schedule.

  • Play in tournaments
  • Attend a camp if possible
  • Visit schools and arrange to meet coaches if possible while you are on campus
  • Get video of you playing made
Note: Most coaches don’t want to just see highlights. Make sure to include live game footage so they can see how effective you are in a given amount of time.

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