Since the passing of NCAA legislation last April, college lacrosse coaches may no longer contact prospective players until Sept. 1st of their junior year of high school. Students as young as middle school had been making verbal commitments to college recruiters, who were banking on their athletic and academic success in high school. There has been lots of opposition to this practice, and much celebration when the legislation was passed.
Does this mean you can’t do a little planning ahead? Not at all. As an HGR team member, we will help you every step of the way. First of all, we will make sure your lacrosse skills are as good as they can be via our camps and clinics, our drills and practices, and the best coaching staff around. Health, safety and fitness are a priority with our athletes, in addition to sportsmanship and exceptional team-play; all important qualities in the eyes of the college recruiter.
Next, we make sure your knowledge and understanding of the game is superior. We strive to develop every player’s Lacrosse IQ, which involves not only the principles and rules of the game, but having a good grasp on strategy, decision making/reacting, and thoughtful observation and assessment of the play in front of you.
Other steps you can take to impress college recruiters:
- Keep fit year-round.
- Play, play, play.
- Keep your eyes open for skills clinics and camps, particularly those offered by colleges and universities.
- Be academically impressive and keep your discipline record clean.
- Know the NCAA and NAIA rules and regulations, including those involving eligibility.
- If you are a player with HGR, you can download HGR’s Recruitment Guide at http://www.hgrlacrosse.com/setting-sights-college-lacrosse/
Good luck, be safe, have fun!