Lacrosse Recruiting Guide For High School Players
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Our recruiting handbook will help you navigate today’s accelerated recruiting process and learn practical tips for featuring yourself to college coaches.
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Use Lacrosse To Help You Get Into A Great School
According to a study by former Princeton president William Bowen (published in the New York Times) that analyzed admissions data at Harvard, Middlebury, Virginia and other top schools:
A recruited athlete was 30% more likely to be admitted than a non-athlete.
For comparison, an African American, Native American or Latino was 28% more likely to be admitted than a Caucasion or Asian and a legacy was 20% more likely to be admitted than an applicant of a parent that did not attend that college.
New NCAA Lacrosse Recruiting Legislation
Specifically, this restricts verbal commitments, phone calls and unofficial visits until the above date.
Recruits can and should still message college coaches with their player info / video and visit college campuses at their target schools, but not request to meet with the coaching staff.
We’re excited for this change as we believe it will help recruits focus on academics, enjoy their high school experience, better develop their college preferences and ultimately get recruited to the right school. We hope that it will reverse the increase in college transfers as recruits will have more time to find the right fit both on and off the field.
The Supply And Demand Of Lacrosse Recruiting
Lacrosse recruiting is essentially supply and demand. In this case, the demand or number of talented, high school recruits is growing much faster than the supply or number of available roster spots on college teams.
In 2006, there were 40 high school players competing for every Division I Men’s roster spot. In 2016, there were 55 players competing for the same spot. Women’s lacrosse has seen competition increase from 31 to 40 over the same period.
Below Are Some Of The Topics Covered
- The Recruiting Landscape Today
- Reality Check: Lacrosseby the Numbers
- Shifting Away From Early Recruiting
- New Recruiting Rules = Better College Matches
- The Future of Lacrosse: Forecast = Hot
- Scholarship Myths: Important Considerations
- Questions & Answers: The Competitive Recruiting Landscape
- Diligence Items: Key Questions to Ask College Coaches
- Club Teams: Recruiting Exposure
- MCLA / WCLA: Competitive Lacrosseat Great Schools
- Coach Interaction: 10 Tips for Making a Strong Impression
- College Preferences And Visit Checklist
- Tips for Building a Great Highlight Video
- Why Geography Matters
- The LacrosseRecruiting Calendar
- Additional Resources to Review
- Step-by-Step Recruiting Timeline
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Experts Provide Insights Regarding the Altered College Recruiting Landscape
The coronavirus pandemic has unquestionably and perhaps irreversibly upended the college sports ecosystem. Lacrosse, a spring sport with an active summer recruiting season, is caught in the centrifuge.
How are college coaches adapting to the disrupted recruiting cycle? How has the traditional timeline changed? And what should rising seniors and juniors do to ensure that opportunities are not lost?
Earlier this week, US Lacrosse assembled a panel of college and club coaches and industry insiders to help provide some clarity in the final installment of its Leadership Panel Series with a webinar entitled, “College Recruiting in the COVID-19 Era.“
Panelists were Jesse Churchward (Next College Student Athlete), John Danowski (Team USA, Duke), Jenny Levy (Team USA, North Carolina) and Theresa Sherry (The Tenacity Project). US Lacrosse Magazine’s editor-in-chief, Matt DaSilva, served as the moderator.
“This is a hard time to be seen because it’s a team sport,” Levy said. “We’re waiting on the opportunity, as coaches, when the COVID starts to clear up and we have a safe solution to playing. We are being pretty patient. Lots of players have sent us video and film from last fall and last summer. The best way to be seen is keep working on yourself. Keep improving on your skills. Everybody should be digging into their personal development at this time. And when the time is right, you will be seen.”
“The biggest thing is to focus on your personal health and safety,” Danowski said. “Going forward, let’s prepare for fall sports. Maybe you weren’t thinking about being involved in a fall sport, but now you are excited to give it a try. Challenge yourself to get out of your comfort zone by playing something else to improve your athleticism. Here’s an opportunity, if you are starting your junior or senior year in high school, to be with your friends and try new experiences. There’s nothing wrong with that.”
“The shift in focus could be from being seen to being ready. Get bigger, get faster. There’s so much that kids can do to control that.” — Theresa Sherry
High school players are being encouraged to be creative and proactive.
“If you don’t have a ton of great game footage, high-end skills footage will be a good supplement, but you need to make sure you are doing it game speed,” said Churchward of NCSA, the official Responsible Recruiting Services Provider for US Lacrosse. “Also, it’s important to development relationships with coaches since they can’t see you play live this summer. Recap the summer in detail for them.”
“The shift in focus could be from being seen to being ready,” Sherry said. “Get bigger, get faster. There’s so much that kids can do to control that. And there are things that you can measure, like your sprint times. We’re empowering the girls to do it on their own and drive the process. Focus on the little things that they can do every day.”
The NCAA’s potential extension of the dead period for recruiting could alter the approach for college coaches. The landscape is constantly changing, and patience is encouraged.
“This is all unchartered territory. Patience is very difficult because we live in a quick-time society,” Danowski said. “We don’t even know how we are going to practice yet. Can we have contact? Can we be in the locker room? We’ll figure those things out as they come along.”
“There are so many unknowns. Thinking about doing in-home visits and first contacts is really not top-of-mind for us,” Levy said. “There’s such a bigger thing going on with COVID. There’s so many bigger things than the recruiting piece. I just want to re-emphasize working on self-improvement. Read an article a day about what’s going on in the world. Educate yourself. It’s not just a sport focus, it’s a human focus. How we can all come together and become better people?”
The panelists had slightly different for messaging for the class of 2021 versus the class of 2022.
“There’s a little more urgency for the 2021s,” Sherry said. “But the process varies school by school, so it’s really about asking the right questions around timeline and about their roster. As schools are figuring things out, it looks like the 2021s are starting to get some answers. There will be some decisions made in July, and there are also kids that will have to wait until the fall to go through the admissions process. But it all continues to evolve. For the 2022s, the advice we are getting from most college coaches is, they will have next summer, so focus on being the person and the player you can become. Focus on being that whole person that coaches want on their roster.”
“You never know in life how things are going to go,” Levy said. “Isn’t this a lesson for everyone to learn? Do well in school. Look for the universities and colleges that fit you as a human being, not just the lacrosse piece. Maybe this is an opportunity to reset our priorities. In women’s lacrosse, there are a lot of lacrosse programs out there. There are a lot of spaces for these players to end up. There are a lot of great places to get a great education and have a great lacrosse experience. There are a lot of opportunities. For the 2022s, it goes back to the old school recruiting. There may not be college coaches recruiting in any sport until the end of 2020. There’s also discussion about pushing back the first date of contact (currently Sept. 1 of a player’s junior year). So my message to the 2022s is that you have to be patient. It’s okay, because everybody is in the same spot. And when it re-opens, everyone will be on the same page.”
Due to the NCAA’s granting of a fifth year of eligibility to all spring college players, roster management is still a work in progress for many coaches.
“The issue is incredibly complex,” Danowski said. “You have to get back to the basics of why you go to college. Number one, it’s to earn your degree. Socially, where do you belong? Do you like a big campus? Do you like being in the city? Then, when you find that right place, does it have a lacrosse program where you fit in? Right now, in Division I, all the rosters are bloated for the men. We’re all talking about rosters in the mid-50s and above. Division 2 and Division 3 are great options. There are great schools with great coaches. In some places, students are better suited. They still get to travel, they still get to compete, and they still get to play the game. And maybe it’s a little bit healthier than it is in some places in Division 1. If football doesn’t happen in the fall, we won’t even be worried about recruiting. There will be no lacrosse at the Division 1 level. They make the money that allows the rest of us to do what we do.”
“I have heard a lot of my clients talking about taking a PG (post-graduate) year or doing a year of junior college,” Churchward said. “So we talk to them about being creative with their timeline. I tell our young high school players that it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. It’s about getting better every single season. Enjoy the summer. You’ve got to recharge your batteries. Play the sport for the right reason. Yes, you want to play at the next level, but you’ve got to enjoy it. ”
“There’s an incredible amount of unknown,” Levy said. “What I know for next year, and our team, is that we’ll have a bigger squad size than we’ve ever had. But we’re just not sure how it’s going to play out. We’ve got an incoming class, a current team, and players who now have an extra year of eligibility. Maybe there will be more transferring going on because people are unhappy with a role or an opportunity that they didn’t get. I don’t know if we can answer that right now. The experience on a bigger team might be different than in the past. For example, women’s lacrosse in the ACC, we can travel 32 players. That’s a hard and fast rule. It might be like when I was in college, where you had to look on the coach’s door to see if you made the travel list.”
“If you’ve created a positive culture, where kids enjoy the program, you might have more guys who choose to return for the extra year,” Danowski said. “We have the potential of eight guys returning, who just three months ago, they were all out. And now they are all in. The logistics of what we do creates a logjam, and its going to trickle downhill.”
College Recruiting Timeline for Lacrosse
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Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S., and one of the better ways of obtaining a scholarship for college through athletics.
If you play lacrosse as well as another sport, you might want to consider which one might offer less competition for college scholarships. The earlier you make this decision in your high school career the better. And if you’ve never considered playing lacrosse, now might be a good time to give it some thought.
Here’s a suggested timeline for high school lacrosse players for navigating the recruiting process and helping to pay for college through the great sport of lacrosse.
Freshman (9th Grade)Fall
- Play in the fall if possible
- Look into playing in a winter league or attending a winter camp
- Visit a couple schools to get an idea for what you are interested in
- Think about what division of lacrosse you would like to play
- Prepare for spring season and play well
- Start thinking about what camps to attend for the summer
- Play in tournaments
- Attend a camp if possible
Sophomore (10th Grade)
- Try to determine what type of school you want to go to and what type of program you want to play for
- Make a list of your top 20-30 schools
- Look into playing in a winter league or attending a winter camp
- Start contacting coaches at your top 20-30 schools
- Try and attend some college lacrosse games (preferably at your top schools)
- Continue to modify your top 20-30 schools list and email coaches of any additions
- Start thinking about what camps to attend for the summer
- Send coaches at your top 20-30 schools an email with your camp and summer tournament schedule
- Send coaches at your top 20-30 schools a reminder email 1-2 weeks before every tournament or recruiting camp you are attending
- Play in tournaments
- Attend a camp if possible
- Visit schools and arrange to meet coaches if possible while you are on campus
- Get video of you playing made
Recruiting: How To Talk to a Lacrosse Coach on the Phone
If you’re going through the process of getting recruited to play goalie in college, there will arrive a moment when you have to speak to coaches on the phone.
Today’s post is inspired by an email I received from a young goalie going through the recruiting process.
Hey Coach Damon,
In the past few weeks I’ve sent out my recruitment emails to many colleges, and I’ve been getting a few responses! Yet, I’m somewhat confused on what are the right steps to make. There are many detailed articles on how to send out a great email to a coach, but I can’t find any thing to help with how I should talk over the phone to a coach. I would like to know how to get them to come down and see a game without being pushy, how to plan a visit on campus, and some tips on making a more personal connection whit a coach.
M.E. – thanks for the question and first of all, congratulations on getting interest. That’s awesome news!
Here are my tips for how to handle a phone call with a college lacrosse coach.
Do Your Homework
A recruiting call with lacrosse coach is no different than a phone job interview or a sales call with a potential client.
The more prep you do, the more likely you are to succeed.
Lacrosse coaches, like recruiters and clients, are busy people. Asking them basic questions that you easily could have Googled shows a lack of respect for their time.
Alternatively doing research ahead of time on the university and its lacrosse program demonstrates your interest and your work ethic to the coach.
So before any recruiting call with a coach take some time to do basic research on the school and its lax program.
This research may also inspire some interesting questions, which leads me to my next tip…
Prepare Interesting Questions
When a lacrosse coach asks you if you have questions – “No, I’m good” is the wrong the answer.
Asking some good questions will help you make a personal connection with the coach and get a good, natural dialogue going.
So prior to the call pull out your notebook and jot down 3-5 questions you’d like to ask the coach during the call.
Something like –
Coach, when you think about the players who’ve had success in your program what characteristics did they share? And on the other hand when you think about players who did NOT have success in your program what some similar characteristics?
Coach, what is something that players are surprised about when they 1st join your lacrosse program?
Questions along these lines will help you understand more about the coach and his program and also get a good conversation flowing between you two.
And because this is a phone interview and not a live chat you can have the questions printed out and sitting right in front of your as you take the call.
Figuring Out If You Have a Match
Remember that the recruiting process is a two-way street.
The coach is trying to figure out if you’re a good fit for the program. But you should also be trying to figure out if the lacrosse program is a good fit for you.
If you have to endure 4 years of a coach whose style totally conflicts with your personality or your preferred method of handling business, your college lacrosse experience won’t be as enjoyable.
If you a beach guy and the school is located in the frigid northwest, you need to make sure the entire experience is going to be a fit for you.
So as you approach the call with the coach keep this in mind and allow it to help guide your conversation.
Ask the Coach
M.E. – regarding your specific requests of the coach, here’s what I’d say. While I do advise that you do prep work before the call, you certainly don’t need to have everything figured out.
You don’t have to have all the answers. Ask the coach in a polite and courteous manner. And if he declines, don’t get discouraged, just move along in the call.
Assuming they have some tenure they’ve been through this process and know exactly how it works.
Coach, I’d love to visit your campus and possibly meet the team. Is that possible? How would I do that?
Coach, if possible, I’d love for you to see me play. I’m playing in [game or tourney as close to them as possible] on this [date]. Is that something you’d be interested in?
I’m pretty sure all college lacrosse coaches would have no problem answering these type of questions as long as you’ve done your basic research.
Basic Phone Call Tips
Here are a few tips for any type of professional phone call, whether that is a recruiting call with a coach or your first job interview via the phone.
Take the Call in a distraction free environment
Schedule the call for a time when you can focus completely.
Be in a quiet place where you are comfortable and unlikely to be interrupted.
“Smile” on the phone
If you smile while talking on the phone you’ll find that your voice sounds more upbeat and engaged. Your “smiles” will be heard by the coach or interviewer on the other end of the line.
Some even suggest placing a mirror by the phone and looking into it to ensure you’re smiling while talking on the phone. Start doing that next time you talk on the phone so you’re comfortable with it.
Use a landline if possible
These ancient beauties are becoming more and more rare but if possible use a landline for the call. A cell phone’s connection is less reliable, and the call could get dropped.
Don’t have a landline? Then make sure that your cell phone is fully charged and that you take the call in a place where your reception is at its best.
And be sure you have the coaches phone number in the event you get dropped.
Learning to prep for a phone call with a lacrosse coach will help you in life.
Regardless of which profession you end up working you’ll likely have to take an important call over the phone.
By following the tips I outline in this article you’ll maximize your chances for success. Good luck in your call M.E.!
Until next time, Coach Damon
College Lacrosse – Options Are Endless
Over the last 20 years, the college lacrosse program ranks have certainly grown, but they have not kept up with the growth of the game at the high school and youth levels. This means there are more good players interested in playing college lacrosse than ever before. We have seen rosters grow, but we have also seen each level of college lacrosse take a step up in terms of quality and depth.
The above scenario can make it seem like college lacrosse is an impossibility for some, or that to make it happen you must follow a clearly prescribed set of steps, but college lacrosse still has the potential to be whatever you want it to be, as long as you’re willing to look at things a little differently, and trust your own process!
So if you’re looking for a different approach to recruiting, or a different approach to playing college lacrosse in general, then please read on, open your mind, and look at your path to college lacrosse in a whole new way. In a more competitive world, it may be your best chance. You will not be able to magically change the school or lacrosse program you choose to fit your needs. You need to find the right school and program, and then get to work!
If you can keep your wits, and not get caught up in the hype, college lacrosse can still be whatever you want it to be. It’s all about finding the right fit, at the right level, at the right school.
Accepting The College Lacrosse Status Quo
Before I go any further, you should be aware that I don’t accept much of what we “know” about recruiting and college lacrosse as fact. Parents and coaches I speak with often tell me “how it works”, but from my perspective, it is simply not a science or cut and dry formula. At my most generous, I will call recruiting an art form, and even then we are still just getting past the point of finger painting. Perhaps you accept the “play club ball, go to elite showcases, AAU model from 10-18 years old” approach. If so, that’s cool and you don’t need to read on, because you already know how it all works. Best of luck on your journey!
BUT, if you don’t accept the status quo, and are willing to look past what you’ve been told is fact, then please do read along further. Kids make it to D1 from ALL OVER. It’s a brave new world.
The Big Myth – There Is Only D1 Path
There is a well defined path for many of the kids who end up playing D1 lacrosse, but it is not the only path to a D1 roster spot. Yes, a lot of kids find their way on to top level D1 programs by playing club ball, doing all the right invite-only showcases, receiving 1-on-1 professional personal training, specializing early on, and/or focusing on lacrosse all the time… but there are still plenty of other kids out there who play D1 that do not follow that path. Sometimes, these are even the most successful players.
The D1 calculus is so much more complicated than just the club scene. So where do all these non-AA club players come from?
Many are phenomenal athletes, and some are so good that they play two sports in college. Some get recruited as football players or wrestlers and walk on to the lacrosse team. Others use their diverse HS sports backgrounds to show what amazing athletes they are. No coach is blowing off an all-state linebacker from Texas, an all-state hockey player from Minnesota or a 6’4 225 pound monster who runs a 4.5 40. If an interested lacrosse prospect is also getting D1 basketball looks, any smart coach will surely talk to him. Club ball or not, those kids exist.
But many other eventual D1 lacrosse players are simply high character kids with a great GPA, a team first attitude, and just enough skill and athleticism to earn them a spot on a D1 roster. Some focused on lacrosse primarily, others played multiple sports, but they all share certain traits that D1 coaches look for and none of it has to do with what we view as “typical recruiting”.
I call these types of players “backbone recruits” because while they may not be the team’s on field stars, they often make up the backbone of the team and define the program off of the field. Look past the top 15-20 players on any roster. How do those “next up” players act? How do they carry themselves? How hard do they practice? These guys might not see the field for the first 1-3 years of college or ever earn any scholarship dollars, but they are on the team and looking to contribute in games eventually, and they are incredibly important to any program. In fact, if you look at any D1 team, there are backbone guys on every single roster.
While these spots have always been important, after some of the college lacrosse “incidents” of the last decade or two, they have taken on an increased role of importance for a program, and for any coach who wants to keep their job. The lacrosse team can’t be Animal House anymore, times have changed. This is not a judgement of mine. Ask ANY D1 coach if he’s willing to risk having a questionable character on his team. I’d bet the number who would say yes has dropped precipitously over the last 10 years. If the kid isn’t a stud player? The chances drop even further.
So if every team has more backbone guys like this on the roster now, and NEEDS guys like this on their roster, but not all these kids were playing for the biggest name club teams at summer tournaments or invite-only showcases, how do they make it work? How did they find a spot on a D1 roster?
Simply put, they are proactive.
These players get their HS coaches to help them with advice and recommendations, and they work any connections they have to schools that may be of interest to them. They are often multi-sport athletes, but top level grades and test scores are usually a must. It checks a big box for any coach. These players do their research, and look for programs and schools that will be a good fit. It’s not about where dad played, or what team they wanted to play for when they were 10 and still collecting Pokemon. They are making an informed decision for themselves, and thinking about their future in a realistic way.
Perhaps more importantly, these players are honest with themselves about where they fall on the academic and athletic spectrums and look for high quality college matches. When they find a good match, they pursue it with vigor. They don’t wait for a call from the coach, they call the coach. They write sincere hand-written letters of thanks to coaches that talk to them. They go the extra mile. They apply to schools they love even if they don’t get officially recruited there.
These are mature and driven young adults. They know their top choice may have no interest in them as a lacrosse player. They seek out criticism, and work to address their weaknesses and turn them into strengths. They have a contingency plan if that doesn’t work out. And another one after that. They have honestly looked at D2 or D3 schools and decided that playing D1 really is that important to them. They know they may not play for a couple years, possibly ever, and have talked to current players in that position. College isn’t going to be lacrosse and some partying. It’s going to be a lot of lacrosse, and a lot of academics.
If you are NOT a D1 level stud, you had better be a backbone recruit/walk on. If you’re not a backbone player, a roster spot is highly unlikely these days, and even if you do make the team at first, there is no guarantee they keep you on board. If you want to play D1, be prepared to put in work, and lots of it, but don’t think that just because you didn’t play in the National Lacrosse Recruiting Showcase Extreme 250 Combine you don’t have a shot.
Be a stud or be a backbone player, but be proactive and open minded, or be prepared to look elsewhere.
Ok, so if D1 really is this limited, how can college lacrosse still be whatever you want it to be?
D2 & D3 Diversity
A lot of what I said above holds true for almost all of the top level and established D2 and D3 programs out there. These teams are obviously looking for stars and the best recruits they can grab, but like their D1 counterparts, they are also very much looking for backbone players, and the doors are more open than at most D1 schools. While many of the best players at the D2 and D3 levels went the elite showcase and high level club ball route, many others did not. You have a lot more kids who played “non-elite” club lacrosse (that’s most club teams by the way and it’s not a knock, just reality) and the coaches never saw them play at any of the lower level tournaments, because they weren’t there to watch.
These players often get recruited at first off of word of mouth, highlight tapes, online profiles, and coaches connections. But MOST IMPORTANTLY… these players really get recruited from showcases AT THE SCHOOL where the coaches get to see the kids up close and in person. This is not a showcase for 100 coaches, it’s a chance for you to show a school you are interested in what you’ve got, and it is the great equalizer. It doesn’t matter how good a club team your club coaches assembled. It matters how good YOU are. Can you hang? Can you impress the coaches enough for them to be interested? This is true for a lot of D1 backbone guys as well. If you shine at a showcase, coaches will take notice. You can’t be average though, you need to impress them all day, in every way. It’s about play AND character.
I know, it’s hard to imagine that the best player on the No Name No Famous Coaches Club Team might be better than the worst players on Hotbed AA Club Alpha, but it does happen, and these showcases run by the schools really are the best way for players to be seen, and the best way for coaches to evaluate talent. As D2 and D3 coaches recruit from a wider base, these showcases will only gain in importance, and if a kid stands out who doesn’t play club at all, then so be it! Since players only have so many free weekends, and can only attend so many showcases, it forces players to really pick and choose which schools they are truly interested in. D2 and D3 coaches have to handle a lot when it comes to recruiting, so they love it when qualified, talented kids seek them out early on. It makes their job a little easier.
Now here is the BEST THING about the D2 and D3 scene – the diversity of program and academic experience available to you is HUGE!
You can find D2 and D3 programs in almost every state, in every US region, and they span the gamut of academic and athletic rigor. Looking for a top level academic school with lower level lacrosse? You can find that. Want nerds AND titles? Also an option. Rural? Urban? State? Private? Religious? Secular? WHATEVER you want, you can find it. The range from D1 level lacrosse to just above rec league exists, along with every academic option.
It takes work, but if you are proactive, honest, and a backbone style player, I guarantee you can find a spot in the D2 and D3 world that meets all of your requirements. But be forewarned, a lot of these coaches won’t be able to find you, you will need to find them and then prove you are a backbone guy or a stud they missed. Even if you’re just looking for an NCAA place to play, you can find a good home in D2 or D3 at newer or lower tier programs.
When it comes to finding a home and place to play, you have hundreds of choices at the D2 and D3 levels. Look into it, find 10-20 schools that match up well with your academic requirements, and see if the lacrosse there would be a good fit. Narrow your search, and get proactive!
What other options are out there?
Update: NAIA – I Missed One!
The NAIA is an alternative overseeing body to the NCAA, and up until a couple of years ago, the NAIA didn’t sponsor men’s or women’s lacrosse, but it was noted as an “emerging sport”. The 2016 season saw that change as lacrosse was moved to an “invitational” status, and NIT championships were held in 2016 and 2017. A sport must remain invitational for two years, and while I have not seen news of another change to fully sponsored status, it does seem like that will happen eventually. With around 40 active men’s programs and around 35 active women’s programs, the NAIA lacrosse scene is geographically focused on the southeast and midwest, and it’s worth a look. I myself need to learn more about the NAIA, but like any level of college lacrosse, you should look for a school that fits you well, and then see how their varsity or club lacrosse matches up to your needs. The NAIA is no different, but they do offer scholarships, unlike D3 schools, and they can offer more than the four scholarships D2 schools can offer.
MCLA and NCLL – Give It A Look!
I very much wanted to play in the NCAA and I had a great experience playing all four years under a great coach, all while receiving a challenging and exciting education. It was a great fit for me. My younger brother, who was a better player than I was and got recruited by D1 and high level D3 schools, decided to play club ball in college because that’s what he wanted. He played lacrosse all four years, and also got a great education and had a great experience. We both got what we wanted, and needed, out of our college experiences, inside and outside of lacrosse.
My point here is don’t allow lacrosse to be the ONLY guiding principle when you look at schools, but do consider it IF it is that important to you. We both loved lacrosse, but we wanted different things. Beyond that, consider HOW lacrosse is important TO YOU in even more general terms! Do you care about matching helmets and a full on college sports experience? Do you care about that, and playing the game at the highest level? Or do you just care about playing? Is fun more important than winning? Or does winning matter to you, no matter what level you end up playing? I wanted a serious experience, my brother said he wanted it to be fun. We found what we wanted, found enjoyment in it, and did not simply do what our level of skill dictated.Photo: Jim Allen Photography
In the MCLA and NCLL, you will find everything above and beyond. The world of club ball is different in many ways, as players often pay to play, but it offers a similar range to many of the D3 options out there. Some teams really get after it, and take it as seriously as anyone else. Others tone it down a little. Still others are just there to have some fun. In the club world, it makes a LOT of sense to talk to the coach and a club representative to figure out how that club operates. Each one can be quite different.
In fact, the MCLA and NCLL options are likely the most diverse in all of college lacrosse. You have a huge range of schools to choose from, and even if you can’t make the varsity team at Navy, Salisbury, or Albany, you can still play college lacrosse for their NCLL team. You might not be playing NCAA lacrosse at Chapman, BC, or Simon Fraser, but their MLCA teams are legit, and it’s a serious lacrosse experience.
Most of these schools can’t help you get in for lacrosse, but they can offer a compelling college experience, and help create friendships for life, and stoke an eternal love for the game.
If you live in Canada, check out the CUFLA! It’s excellent!
Junior College – It’s Coming Back!!!
College is getting more and more expensive, and there doesn’t seem to be any end in sight to this trend. Keeping this in mind, I can see the NJCAA making a big jump in the years to come. Many community colleges offer good two year programs, and the fees are considerably lower than they are at most four year institutions. If players can play two years of great lacrosse in the NJCAA, then transfer to an NCAA school and play two more years, still graduate with a degree in four years, AND save a ton of money, what’s not to like?
For a long time, Junior College lacrosse has been written off as only having 1 or 2 good teams, but that is rapidly changing, and at least 4-5 teams can be seen as contenders in 2018. NJCAA schools are slowly adding lacrosse, and we have seen programs in New Jersey start to show serious promise. Maryland now has 4 very good programs in their state alone, and there is a bonafide NJCAA team in Indiana, believe it or not!
There is some REALY good coaching at the NJCAA level, and these guys legitimately care about their players, and where they go in the future. Onondaga is known for getting guys to the next level, and Howard’s current slogan is “play here to get there”. They are far from alone as programs like Genesee, Nassau, and others continue to get guys to the next levels. NJCAA lacrosse is about opportunity, and as more people look at staggering college bills with disgust, junior colleges should become even more attractive. As more NJCAA schools add lacrosse, and the league grows due to demand, more and more players will look to the NJCAA for their first two years. You can still graduate with a degree from a D1 school if you go to an NJCAA school for two years, and you might save a big chunk of change. It’s a great option these days!
Outside of the top couple programs, a lot of the NJCAA teams are looking for kids. If you’re not a backbone player already, a lot of these coaches will help you become one if you want it and are willing to listen. Enroll locally, take your academics seriously, and play as much lacrosse as you can. The NJCAA doors are typically wide open if you’ll walk through them, but it does take effort and outreach.
The Big College Lacrosse Picture
As college lacrosse has grown, the recruiting landscape has changed. Today’s elite level world is more like the AAU basketball scene than ever before, and it’s a natural progression. I don’t see it stopping, nor do I care. It is what it is. At the same time, lacrosse still offers a different path to even the highest levels for those who are willing to take it. D1 rosters are littered with walk ons and backbone players. These guys never made all-star teams at tournaments, and they didn’t shine at elite showcases, but they proved they were team first athletes who would be good for the program in other ways.
You can find this type of player at every level, on every team, and while it is not THE path to success, it is more common than many seem to think in today’s recruiting world. The only guarantees on this path are the struggles and the challenges, but it makes the potential triumph in the end that much better. It requires honesty and sacrifice, but if it’s done right, it can result in the best fit for your college experience, and an undying love for the game.
In the end, it’s really not that different from the approach that most people take when they are looking into a college education without athletics. There is a large and potentially confusing calculus required to find a good fit. The only real difference for you is that lacrosse figures into this complex equation and you have a coach to impress. If you can remember that it is only part of this mathematical statement AND figure out how big that part is, you will find a good fit, and be part of a backbone of success within your program, in your academic pursuits, and in life.90,000 College Admissions – 2021 – Ucheba.ru
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Calendar of admission campaign
Applications for next year’s college are open until August 15th. Until March 1, colleges will post admission rules, conditions for paid employees and state employees, a list of entrance examinations, specialties and professions on their websites and information stands.Until June 1, the number of budget and paid places, as well as the number of places in hostels, will become known.
|June 20||Start of acceptance of documents for the 1st year|
|August 15||Completion of the acceptance of documents from applicants passing the additional creative or professional exam|
|August 25||Completion of acceptance of documents from applicants entering without entrance exams|
|Until 25 November||Prolongation of acceptance of documents from applicants subject to availability of vacancies|
Each college sets the terms for admission to full-time, part-time and paid places independently.
Reception of applications
From this year, colleges are required to accept applications, including in a distance form. Applicants can choose their preferred option for submitting documents:
- in person at the selection committee;
- on the college website, college email;
- by mail through a postal operator;
- through regional portals of state and municipal services (for Moscow colleges – through the Official website of the Mayor of Moscow).
Colleges accept 9th and 11th grade graduates. To go to college, applicants do not need to provide the results of the OGE and USE. It is enough to submit an application and provide a certificate of completion of 9 or 11 grades. Competitive selection of freshmen is carried out according to the average score of the certificate. The better a student did in the last year at school (grade 9 or 11), the higher his chances of being enrolled in a budget place.
An exception is a number of specialties of secondary vocational education that require certain creative or professional qualities.This year, a new specialty has been added to the list – “Theater and Audiovisual Technique”.
Specialties for which you need to take entrance exams
|Directions and specialties||Complementary Exam|
||General physical fitness|
||Drawing / painting / composition|
||Creative exam / audition|
Last year, the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation granted colleges the right to decide for themselves whether to conduct additional exams for these specialties or not. At the same time, it was recommended to organize internal tests in an online format using remote technologies. This year exams will be held both in person and remotely.
For many years, the most difficult to access specialty for college applicants is “Economics and Accounting”. Budgetary places here remain the prerogative of specialized financial colleges and financial and economic colleges at universities. Since there are few budget places, the passing score is “off the charts”.For example, last year, for admission to the Moscow Financial College at the Financial University, it was necessary to demonstrate an average grade of the certificate of 4.85, to the College of Multilevel Professional Education of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration – 4.78, and the Moscow Industrial and Economic College of the PRUE. In general, Plekhanov accepted only excellent students, the passing score here was 5.0. A similar situation has developed in the specialty “Law and Organization of Social Security”. Budget places here are open only in colleges at specialized universities; for admission, an average certificate score of at least 4.8 was required.
It is a little easier to enroll in IT-directions, there are much more budget-funded places than in economic and humanitarian specialties. For example, many colleges accepted schoolchildren with a more modest certificate for Information Systems and Programming. For example, the Polytechnic College. N.N. Godovikova (from 4.3), College of Automation and Information Technology No. 20 (3.3).
The easiest way to enter the technical and technological areas, for example, “Maintenance and repair of engines, systems and car assemblies”, “Technology of public catering products”, “Technology of aesthetic services”.The passing score here ranges from 3.5 to 4.2.
Often, applicants from the regions and the Moscow region who enter Moscow colleges are faced with the problem of a lack of hostels. Historically, unlike universities, colleges rarely have a hostel. Most often it is provided by colleges at state universities, sports and theater schools, as well as many non-state colleges. Follow the link to find an up-to-date list of Moscow colleges with a hostel.
Benefits of going to college
Public colleges are free to study. In many areas of secondary vocational education, the volume of the budgetary department is very impressive. For example, this year in Moscow colleges there are more than 1000 budget-funded places for the specialty “Chef, Confectioner”, 600 places for Construction, 500 places for Design, 200 places for Hairdressing Technology.
Enrollment in most specialties of secondary vocational education is carried out on the basis of the average score of the certificate.It is enough to submit an application and provide a certificate of completion of 9 or 11 grades.
Practice and employment
The program of secondary vocational education in the specialty is more focused on practice than the program of universities. Up to 50% of college time is devoted to practical training. All colleges cooperate with the basic enterprises of their industry, where students undergo practical training and internships. All colleges guarantee their graduates 100% employment in partner companies.
College students receive additional benefits in the form of various social benefits. Full-time students are eligible for reduced price meals and reduced travel on public transport (student pass). A scholarship is paid.
Cups and sections
In all educational institutions there are associations and sections where you can both get additional qualifications and choose a program of interest, for example, programming, photography, English.Colleges also offer their students a large selection of sports clubs.
Accelerated education at a university without the exam
Many college applicants consider secondary vocational education as the first stage of a bachelor’s degree. College graduates have the right to continue their studies at an accelerated program. They enter the university on the basis of the results of internal exams, without passing the exam.
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IThub college is an international college of information technology. The key advantage of the college is an intensive training program designed to meet the requirements of the leading IT companies in Russia and the world. Students receive a practice-oriented education: they learn through business roles (a set of relevant competencies), building a development trajectory on an interactive online platform.
The only college in Russia where international certification is built into the educational process.During their studies, students receive international certificates from Microsoft, Adobe, Autodesk, Cisco, Oracle, etc. and begin a career in IT with a portfolio of projects and a strong resume.
College admissions are already open. To enter, you need to write an application and submit documents. Before enrollment, testing is carried out in Russian, mathematics and English to determine the level of training.
“In 2021, we are waiting for students who are ready for a new generation of education. The main feature of the college is practice-oriented learning.Students solve real-life business problems. We cooperate with QIWI, CROC, Rosreestr, Rostelecom, Mildsoft, Astra Linux, etc. Everything works out when teachers are practitioners, multi- and mono-specialists with experience in mentoring in a business environment.
Actual knowledge and methods . In college, blended learning: we build a development trajectory on an interactive skills map. The program provides enhanced English: 6 lessons per week. We accept applicants with any initial level of knowledge of a foreign language, freshmen are divided into 5 groups.
Developing comfortable environment . Classes begin at 10:00. The college consists of two campuses: an agile office on Kurskaya and a technological space in the VDNKh park.
Student benefits . Everything that is required by law: a state diploma, deferral from the army, payment by maternity capital, reduced fare.
International certification . Certificates are an advantage when hiring.
Partnership programs with universities .Continuing studies after college on an accelerated program at universities such as PRUE. G.V. Plekhanova, RANEPA, Moscow Polytech, etc.
Global connections . Opportunity to undergo an internship abroad and participate in international projects (Germany, China).
We are enrolling 600 students in 2021. Acceptance of documents will end on August 25, but now there are 400 places left. Until May 1 – a simplified interview set. After – according to the results of the average score of the certificate and entrance testing. I advise you to submit your documents as soon as possible. See you at IThub! ”
College of Entrepreneurship and Social Management in Yekaterinburg
Shorikov Sergey Andreevich
SINKH-URGEU, 1995, specialty “Accounting and Audit”, Qualification “Economist”.
Teacher of general professional disciplines and disciplines of professional modules. Teaches under the programs: Banking.
Batmanova Yulia Alekseevna
GOU VPO Ural State Technical University – UPI named after The first President of Russia B.N. Yeltsin “, 2009, specialty” Accounting, analysis and audit “.
Teacher of general professional disciplines. Teaches under the programs: Banking.
Tukhtarova Natalya Vasilievna
Sterlitamak Pedagogical College, 2007, specialty “Social Pedagogy”, qualification “Social Teacher”. Chelyabinsk State Pedagogical University, 2012, specialty “Organization Management”, Qualification “Organization Manager”
Teacher of general professional disciplines and disciplines of professional modules. Teaches under the programs: Banking, Commerce, Law and Social Security Organization, Tourism.
Tkachenko Evgeniya Viktorovna
Tyumen State Pedagogical Institute, 1977, specialty “French and German”, qualification “teacher”.Diploma of prof. retraining, USU, 2007, “Teaching Psychology”. Honorary Worker of Secondary Professional Education.
Teacher of social studies and managerial psychology, honorary worker of vocational education. Teaches under the programs: Banking, Commerce, Law and Social Security Organization, Tourism.
Roshchina Natalya Viktorovna
USU, 2003, specialty “Journalism”, qualification “Journalist”
Teacher of Russian language and literature. Teaches under the programs: Banking, Commerce, Law and Social Security Organization, Tourism.
Raikova Elena Vladimirovna
, 1995, specialty “Information systems in economics”, qualification “Engineer-economist”.
Teacher of Informatics and Information Technology. Teaches under the programs: Banking, Commerce, Law and Social Security Organization, Tourism.
Announced Larisa Anatolyevna
GOU VPO Ural State University named after A.M. Gorky “, 2010, specialty” Public Relations “.
Teacher of sales technology and promotion of tourism products. Teaches under the programs: Tourism.
Makhotina Svetlana Nikolaevna
State Pedagogical Institute, 1984, specialty “English and German”, Qualification “Teacher of English and German”.
Teacher of English. Teaches under the programs: Banking, Commerce, Law and Social Security Organization, Tourism.
Eliseeva Maya Georgievna
Sverdlovsk Law Institute, 1989, specialty “Jurisprudence”, Qualification “Lawyer”
Teacher of general professional disciplines and disciplines of professional modules.Candidate of Pedagogical Sciences. Teaches under the programs: Law and Social Security Organization
Vselenskaya Elena Viktorovna
Ural State Pedagogical University, 2000, specialty “Social work”, Qualification “Specialist in social work”.
Teacher of Psychology. Teaches under the programs: Law and Social Security Organization.
Vandysheva Irina Alexandrovna
USTU, 1996, specialty “Automatic control of electric power systems”, qualification “Electrical engineer”.
Physics teacher, 1st category. Teaches under the programs: Banking, Commerce, Law and Social Security Organization, Tourism.
Vdovina Marina Sergeevna
SINH, 1973, specialty “Finance and Credit”, Qualification “Economist”.
Teacher of general professional disciplines and disciplines of professional modules. Teaches under the programs: Banking.
Shushpanov Boris Yurievich
International Law Institute, 2001, specialty “Jurisprudence”, qualification “Lawyer”
Teacher of general professional disciplines.Teaches under the programs: Law and Social Security Organization.
Muftakhutdinova Lilia Rafaelevna
MOU SPO “KPSU”, 2003. Specialty “Management”, qualification “manager”. NOU VPO “Ural Institute of Commerce and Law”, 2008, specialty “Jurisprudence”, qualification “Lawyer”.