Lacrosse recruiting timeline for men’s college lacrosse recruits
The NCAA D1 and D2 college coaches follow a strict lacrosse recruiting timeline that does not allow them to contact student-athletes prior to September 1 of their junior year, but that doesn’t mean student-athletes can begin to market themselves. There are currently no restrictions on when athletes can start reaching out to college coaches. Student-athletes should begin by researching and building a list of prospective schools, as early as freshman year and send introduction letters to the coach at those programs. While the NCAA recruiting rules prohibit coaches from responding to student-athletes before September 1 of their junior year, this is a great first step for a student-athlete to express interest and get on a coach’s radar.
Between freshman year and September 1 of their junior year, student-athletes need to prepare for the official recruiting process. This means filming highlight tape, scheduling unofficial college visits, playing for a club lacrosse team, filling out questionnaires and continuing to research schools and build relationships with coaches. When the time comes for college coaches to begin reaching out, the student-athlete will have already built out their recruiting profile and can focus on relationship building and timely communication with coaches.