Recruits for girl’s college lacrosse need to know that there are plenty of steps that can make the process easier. NCSA can help make sure that you do every little thing that you can to separate yourself from other girl’s lacrosse recruits.
1. Develop your game plan and get evaluated by a third party. Recruiting for girl’s lacrosse is a little different than it is for bigger sports. College lacrosse coaches don’t always have the budgets to travel and see a lot of potential recruits in person, so they rely heavily on evaluations from a trusted source like NCSA. Because NCSA is a neutral third party, we provide an honest assessment of your skill level, which helps you set realistic goals about where you want to play college women’s lacrosse.
2. Post your academic/athletic resume online. NCSA has the largest digital platform available to high school athletes, which makes it easy to post videos and profiles and makes girl’s lacrosse recruits visible to hundreds of lacrosse coaches.
3. Create a winning highlight/skills video.
College lacrosse coaches may not be able to frequently travel and see girl’s lacrosse recruits in person, and that’s why a good highlight/skills video is essential. Use between 20 and 40 match highlights (about five minutes worth), preferably from club lacrosse against solid competition, that show you’ve got the skills for your position.
Field players should highlight:
- The ability to shoot stationary and driven shots to all areas of the goal.
- Handling the stick under pressure as well as unguarded.
- Show five repetitions of lateral and forward passing, as well as you receiving five repetitions of later and forward passes.
- Shooting and passing with your off hand.
- .Scooping ground balls on the run or under pressure.
Goalies should highlight:
- A mix of skills footage and match footage.
- The ability to stop shots at all areas of the goal.
- Clearing the ball from the goal and from in the crease.
NCSA head lacrosse recruiting coach Jesse Churchward explains what to include on your highlight video.
4. Contact up to 50 realistic lacrosse programs. Fewer than 400 colleges have a women’s lacrosse program. When you’re a recruit for girl’s lacrosse you should begin with a large group of potential colleges to help ensure that the perfect fit rises to the top when the lacrosse recruiting process ends. Using NCSA’s digital space makes it extremely easy to get your information to dozens of prospective colleges. It’s important to realize that the majority of college lacrosse teams aren’t in Division I. Roughly 75% of women’s college lacrosse players compete at the Division II, Division III, or junior college level.
5. It’s not a four-year decision. It’s a 40-year decision. One of the most important decisions of your life is selecting the right college. Do your research to help make an educated decision, not only as a recruit for girl’s college lacrosse, but also as a student athlete. Input from a neutral third party like NCSA can help you find a school that’s an ideal fit for you during the four years that you are there.
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