Want to Play Lacrosse in College?
Figuring out your whole college plan is tough. Where do I want to go? How do I pay for it? What will I do if I don't get in to my top choice?
There's a lot to figure out, and that's before you factor in trying to be an athlete.
I started playing lacrosse too late to get any serious consideration from anybody, but I was scouted and contacted by a few DIII schools for football, and navigating the recruiting game is tricky, particularly in the world today where you hear about verbal committments coming from middle schoolers. With that in mind, I wanted to share something that came across our desks here at USL yesterday afternoon.
Titled 'So... You Want to Play Lacrosse in College?, these new guides were put together by the Men's and Women's Game committees of US Lacrosse, and serve as a road map for the complicated process of playing the game at the college level.
The idea behind the handbooks -- which are available for free here (Download Men's Guide | Download Women's Guide) -- is to give you a baseline of facts that all colleges have to adhere to and therefore you should know. The baseline is to to "present hard facts, dispel the myths, and to promote the essentials, according to Chuck Rubeling and Nancy Haws, chairs of the Men's and Women's Game Coaches Subcommittee for US Lacrosse, respectively. (Rubeling is the head coach of the Delbarton (N.J.) boys lacrosse team while Haws coaches the Western Albemarle (Va.) girls team).
The guide is broken into eight chapters, covering everything from grades and character information to a list of questions to ask during the recruiting process, to a current college coaches directory.
Long story short, there's a lot of great information available for people who may be entering this recruiting scene, and I thought it was worth sharing.