General Recruiting Information
"What are the realistic odds of playing lacrosse in college?
In 2010 there were 90,700 boys playing high school lacrosse, growing at a rate of 2.4% per year. Approximately 22,675 seniors played lacrosse.
856 of those seniors signed to play Division 1 lacrosse, or 3.8%
- 60 total D1 teams with approximately 14 players per class
507 of those seniors are playing Division 2 lacrosse, or 2.2%
- 37 total D2 teams with approximately 14 players per class
1,533 of those seniors are playing Division 3 lacrosse, or 6.8%
- 166 total D3 teams with approximately 9 players per class (D3 schools tend to have many walk-ons)
In total, 12.8% of high school seniors will go on to play college lacrosse at the D1, D2, or D3 level.
"When can/can't college coaches evaluate and commincate with High school players?"
It is very important for players and families to understand when college coaches are permitted to evaluate and communicate with prospects as well as what type of communication is permitted. The last thing a player/family wants to do is travel across the country to a perceived recruiting event when college coaches aren't even permitted to be there !
August 1, 2012 through August 5, 2013
(See NCAA Division I Bylaw 13.17.5 for Men’s Lacrosse Calendar Formula)
The dates in this calendar reflect the application of NCAA Division I Bylaw 13.17.5 at the time of publication of this manual but are subject to change per NCAA Constitution 188.8.131.52 or if certain dates (e.g., National Letter of Intent signing dates) are altered.
(a) August 1-6, 2012: Contact Period
(b) August 7-13, 2012: Quiet Period
(c) August 14-31, 2012: Dead Period
(d) September 1 through October 31, 2012: Contact Period (No Evaluations)
(e) November 1-20, 2012, [except for (1) below]: Contact Period
(1) November 12-15, 2012: Dead Period
(f) November 21-25, 2012: Dead Period
(g) November 26 through December 23, 2012: Quiet Period
(h) December 24, 2012, through January 6, 2013:
(i) January 7-21, 2013: Contact Period (No Evaluations)
(j) January 22 through February 28, 2013: Quiet Period
(k) March 1 through May 23, 2013, [except for (1) below]: Contact Period
(1) April 15-18, 2013: Dead Period
(l) May 24-28 (noon), 2013: Dead Period
(m) May 28 (12:01 p.m.) through July 31, 2013: Contact Period
Contact Period Dead Period Dead Period
Contact Period - college coaches are permitted to conduct in-person, off-campus evaluations and contacts.
Quiet Period - in-person recruiting activity is limited to contact on campus, as part of an official or unofficial recruiting visit.
Evaluation Period - college coaches and other authorized staffers are allowed to assess the athletic and academic ability of prospective student-athletes, but cannot conduct off-campus visits.
Dead Period - nearly all recruiting activity is temporarily shut down. College coaches cannot make in-person recruiting contacts, conduct in-person evaluations (on or off-campus), schedule official campus visits, allow unofficial campus visits, and/or offer complimentary tickets to games. The only permissible communications during a dead period are phone calls (limited by NCAA regulations to one call per week) and correspondence.
"What role do camps and tournaments have in the recruiting process compared to the regular season?"
College coaches rarely recruit during the regular season outside of the east coast. For players in Ohio and surrounding states, the main in-season recruiting opportunities are the MSLCA Tournament (normally teams that make the A or B bracket unless a college coach intends to watch a specific player) and State Championship games. Very rarely do college coaches make trips to evaluate a player during their regular season, as college coaches are normally in the middle of their own respective seasons.
Off season tryouts, camps, and tournaments are by-far the best opportunities for college coaches to evaluate players. The goal of any player interested in playing lacrosse in college is to be evaluated by as many coaches as possible (and to play his best while being evaluated). Participating in tryouts, camps and tournaments does not guarantee that he will be recruited to play college lacrosse, but it is the best way to get exposure that lead into those opportunities. By the time a player makes his college decision, it is better for him to have a list of college coaches who have said "no" rather than a list of coaches who have said "I have never seen you play." Exposure is key.
"When does recruiting start and stop at each level of college lacrosse?"
Top D1 lacrosse programs (which can be identified by viewing the USILA and/or Nike/Inside Lacrosse rankings) start recruiting "blue-chip" players as early as the end of their freshman year in high school. Normally these programs are finished with their respective "classes" before those players have stepped onto the field for their junior seasons. Although this is the norm, often times these schools will add one or two players during the summer between a player's junior and senior year of high school.
The remainder of the D1 lacrosse schools and D2 and D3 schools tend to do the bulk of their recruiting from a player's junior season until as late as the end of his senior season, depending on the situation.
"How should we communicate with schools once we hear from them. What do these letters mean?"
Communication between PLAYERS and coaching staffs is critical. Coaches are interested in players who are interested in their respective programs. Players should communicate what is going on with them (grades, awards, etc) and which tournaments they plan to attend (be sure to clearly explain which dates you will attend the tournament, which team you will be playing for, and what number you will be wearing).
There is a time and place for parental involvement in the communication with coaches. In the early stages of communicating with college programs, parents should monitor communication and encourage their son to remain diligent and accountable for reaching out to coaches. As the recruiting cycle progresses and opportunities/offers arise, parents may take a more active role in the process, especially on topics like coach/program philosophy, admissions, scholarships, etc. Parents should not feel shy about asking questions. A good college coach will be more than willing to answer any question (and likely has answered that same question 50 times before).
Throughout the recruiting process players may receive a number of communications from college coaches. These communications can often times be confusing- whether they come in the form of letters, emails, and/or phone calls.
A few simple rules of thumb:
1. If it looks like a form/generic letter, it probably is (often times these letters will not have specific info about the player)
2. If it is a hand-written letter, that is a VERY good thing
3. If a school says "there is no rush" they most likely have other players they want more than you, but those players
may commit somewhere else so they may end up wanting you.
4. If a school says we love your game and would like for you to be a part of this class the school only mean that if it
is ready to offer you at the very least a roster spot.
5. Verbal commitments are not binding on the player, although I HIGHLY discourage breaking the commitment. Verbal
commitments are rarely ever (I have never heard of one) broken by the coach unless something bad happens (player gets in
Last rule of thumb, which is more a reality check than anything else: "truly, actively recruited" and "being looked at" is whether the college coach/program would offer at least a roster spot if that player called and said "I want to commit to your program." Just because a player receives a questionnaire or generic letter, it doesn't mean that player is being actively recruited.