College lacrosse camps are critical to the recruiting process and an important investment for serious players looking to compete at the next level. Take your game to the next level and showcase your talents in front of college coaches at a men’s lacrosse camp near you.
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.
IMG Academy’s boys lacrosse camps feature position-specific, customized training for players seeking to reach their full potential. With several program options to choose from, IMG’s philosophy revolves around ensuring players receive both individual and group instruction from industry-leading coaches who have both collegiate and professional experience. With a progressive model, athletes develop through both on-field tactical and technical training along with Performance aspects, such as mental toughness and physical conditioning.
Participating in lacrosse tournaments give student-athletes an opportunity to play in front of college coaches and showcase their talent by competing against other top athletes. 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.
Yes, lacrosse prospect camps offer invaluable recruiting exposure to college coaches. During a prospect camp, athletes have the opportunity to showcase their skillset in front of actively recruiting college coaches through various drills and gameplay. Athletes also have the opportunity to tour campus and hear recruiting speeches from the coaching staff, which can help athletes evaluate a college program to determine if it’s a good fit for them.
Athletes should arrive for camp in compliance with the gear required by the NCAA. This includes: a mouth guard, NOCSAE helmet with 4-point chin strap, gloves, shoulder pads, and shoes. Goalies must also have a throat protector, chest protector and arm pads.
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