College lacrosse camps are an important investment for serious men’s lacrosse players who are interested in competing at the next level. This list should help you find lacrosse camps near you that will help you connect with college coaches.
There are two major types of high school boys lacrosse camps: lacrosse recruiting camps, and lacrosse instructional camps.
Lacrosse tournaments are another great option for lacrosse players serious about competing at the next level because college coaches are able to see more men’s lacrosse players at the same time.
Participating in lacrosse tournaments give student-athletes an opportunity to play in front of college coaches and showcase their talent by competing against top athletes. We hope this list is a starting point for you to decide which college lacrosse camp is right for you. Be sure to do your homework to decide if a particular camp is right for you and worth the investment.
There are two factors that should be considered when selecting the right lacrosse tournament. First, athletes and their families should think about the location of the tournament. If the athlete is an underclassman, there’s no need to travel across the country. Instead, focus on local and regional tournaments for skill development and competition experience. Once an athlete is an upperclassman, they can look into tournaments across the country where college coaches will be present.
The second factor is identifying what tournaments college coaches will be attending. Once a student-athletes has identified the college programs they are most interested in, they should research which tournaments those coaches have attended in the past to better the athlete’s chances of playing in front of the right audience.
Most lacrosse tournaments are structured similarly. Each tournament is generally broken down by division levels; Division AA or gold, Division A or Silver, Division B or bronze, High School JV. Athletes and their teams will compete at the division level of which their team is classified.
The first day each team will participate in pool play to determine where each team is ranked on the bracket. The results of pool play will be used to build the championship bracket and concession brackets, if necessary. Some tournaments will also host an individual showcase on the first day for athletes to show off their skills in front of college coaches. At each tournament, there is a “main field” where the winning teams will meet as the bracket proceeds. Tournament play will officially begin on the second day and student-athletes can expect college coaches will be present to watch the games in a designated area. If a student-athlete should see a college coach in passing, they are encouraged to introduce themselves briefly and let the coach know they will be in touch.
College coaches will contact student-athletes who impressed them during the tournament, as long as it’s after September 1 of the athlete’s junior year.
Insider tip: Despite the impact that coronavirus had on college sports, as of June 1, 2021, the NCAA resumed its regular recruiting rules and activity! Coaches are actively working to fill their rosters, so student-athletes should be proactive in reaching out to coaches. Read up on how the extra year of eligibility granted to athletes who were most affected by the pandemic in 2020 will impact future recruiting classes.
Participation in tournaments and camps are critical to the recruiting process. To alleviate the stress of tracking down opportunities to showcase your talents, we’ve identified every lacrosse tournament and camp in your area.
We are continuously adding new camps to this list, so check back often to find more camp opportunities!