College Recruiting Timeline for Lacrosse

Junior (11th Grade)

Fall
  • September is the first month college coaches can mail to you and initiate e-mail contact with you
  • Respond to coaches immediately
Note: Most colleges will send out questionnaires. Fill these out appropriately and send back immediately. It does not hurt to send an email to each school saying you have put the questionnaire in the mail and are very interested.

  • Email the coaches of your top 20-30 schools with your fall tournament schedule
  • Make sure to play in some fall tournaments
  • Get a solid list together of your top 10 schools
Winter
  • Look into playing in a winter league or attending a winter camp
  • Sign up for the early Spring SAT or ACT testing dates
  • Keep coaches of your top schools up to date on anything new and on your upcoming season
Note: Make sure you show interest in the season of the schools you are interested in when you correspond with them.

Spring
  • Try and attend some college lacrosse games (preferably at your top schools)
  • Continue to modify your top 10 and top 20-30 schools list and email coaches of any additions
  • Take SAT
Note: Make sure that you indicate the NCAA Clearinghouse number (9999) as a place to send your scores.

  • Start thinking about what camps to attend for the summer
Note: Sign up for a camp or camps that is either at a school that you like or has coaches from schools that you like.

  • Email coaches about your high school season and with your summer tournament and camp schedule
Note: Make sure to include your club team information, jersey number, and position again. You do not need to send a game schedule.

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.

  • Send coaches your most recent telephone numbers so they can contact you come July 1
  • Send coaches a complete high school transcript from grades 9-11
  • Register for the NCAA Clearinghouse after your junior year
  • Retake SAT and ACT tests as needed to improve your scores
  • Play in tournaments
  • Attend camps where coaches you want to play for will be
  • Visit schools and arrange to meet coaches if possible while you are on campus
  • Get video of you playing made if you have not already and send out to at least your top 10 schools
  • July 1 is the first time coaches are allowed to call you. The process starts on this day, but goes until at least September
Note: Coaches will begin to extend scholarship offers at this point and will continue to extend offers throughout the year on an individual basis with each recruit. If you do not get offered one in July, it does not necessarily mean coaches are not interested.

  • If possible, you should take unofficial visits to all the schools in which you have an interest by the end of the summer
  • Begin planning official visits if they offered to you
Note: You are only allowed to take FIVE official visits and visits taken for other sports count towards your five total allowed visits.

  • Keep an open phone line and communicate with college coaches at least once a week and you can also send an update email

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