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Exciting news for lacrosse players and their families: the NAIA just approved invitational status for men’s and women’s lacrosse, as its National Administrative Council announced last Thursday.
The difference between a club or an invitational or a championship sport, for the NAIA, is in the number of schools that have declared that they sponsor it. For example, there are currently 27 men’s and 30 women’s lacrosse programs in the NAIA — but only 25 are needed for a sport to become invitational. To compare, it takes 40 programs to become a championship league.
It seems like every day there’s a new opportunity to play lacrosse in college. Lacrosse programs have been expanding in the NAIA into southern and western regions of the United States.
What about lacrosse scholarships?
In 2014 the (then) 22 schools in the NAIA offered an average of $7,472 in athletic scholarships. Of course, that number includes a number of variables, like how much a school costs, and doesn’t include academic or other merit-based aid.
In NCSA Athletic Recruiting’s Class of 2014, more than 500 men’s and women’s lacrosse players were able to find a school where they could play lacrosse in college, with an average yearly offer (this is including both genders) of slightly more than $15,000.
What about finding the right place to play lacrosse in college for me?
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