Lacrosse Recruiting Highlight Video

Having a good recruiting video is extremely important for every high school lacrosse player hoping to earn a college lacrosse scholarship.

Coaches generally don’t have the time or travel budget that it takes to see dozens of lacrosse recruits in person. That’s why a well-made highlight video is an essential portion of your online resume.

It takes just a few minutes for a recruiting video to show off the skills of a high school lacrosse recruit.

But realize that if you want your highlight video to be effective, you need to be aware of what exactly lacrosse coaches are looking for. In terms of recruiting videos, each sport is different. NCSA knows what lacrosse coaches want to see. For example, a lacrosse highlight video for field players should use 20 to 40 plays taken from game footage. Goalkeepers should combine in-game clips with a fair amount of skills footage.

Follow NCSA’s guidelines if you want to create an excellent recruiting video. Doing so means that you’re taking the first step toward earning a college lacrosse scholarship.


How to Film:

  • Tape from a high perspective when possible (at least several feet from the ground).

  • A tripod is highly recommended. 

  • Do not zoom in and out.  The wider the angle the better.

  • Imagine the field separated into thirds (offensive, middle, defensive). When the ball is in the offensive or defensive third of the field, film the entire 18-yard box and beyond. When the ball is in the middle of the field, film the entire middle third.

  • Show enough of the field so that we are able to see the player’s vision, runs with and without the ball, use of space, combinations with teammates, etc.

  • Coaches want to see the progression of each play so you need a wide enough angle to capture multiple players, but they also want to see foot skills and technical abilities so do not lose focus on the primary player you are recording.

Field Players: Game footage

  • Generally one to two matches is sufficient, but if you are not able to log 40 worthy plays you may send additional games.

  • Send games against your best competition (Club, US Lacrosse, competitive high school teams). 

  • Goal Keepers: Half game footage and half skills footage will be beneficial.  Skills footage should be no longer than 10 minutes in its raw form.Yes


Position Specific Inclusions:

Field Player: match footage only

  • Shooting: High, middle and low shots on goal, both stationary and driven shots

  • Stick Skills: Handling the ball under pressure from another player as well as unguarded

  • Passing: Show 5 repetitions of each lateral and forward passing, as well as 5 repetitions each of the player receiving lateral and forward passes

  • Off-Hand: Repeat shooting and passing skills with your off hand (left hand for right handed players and vice versa)

  • Ground Balls: Scooping up ground balls at game pace and/or under pressure

Goalies: skills footage and match footage

  • Shots: Show someone shooting on you. Vary the shots and highlight your ability to cover shots on the ground, at the crossbar and in the corners.

  • Clearing: Show yourself clearing the ball from the goal and from outside the goal in the crease.

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