Things to Know About Lacrosse Recruiting

Earning a girl’s lacrosse scholarship can be difficult. Girl’s lacrosse is a rapidly growing sport, but scholarships for lacrosse are limited because it is offered at fewer colleges than many other sports. That’s why letting a trusted resource like NCSA show you exactly how the girl’s lacrosse recruiting process works is essential.

 

When does the girl’s lacrosse recruiting process start?

1. 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.

 

How do I get discovered?

2. A third-party evaluation from a trusted neutral source like NCSA 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 NCSA, you gain instant exposure and credibility regardless of where you live.

 

NCSA head lacrosse recruiting coach Jesse Churchward breaks down how many opportunities there are to play lacrosse in college.

 

How do coaches evaluate girl’s lacrosse prospects?

3. 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 NCSA 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.

 

Where am I qualified to play?

4. 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. NCSA 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.

 

What is my coach’s role?

5. 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.

 

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