Recruiting Basics

STEP 1 - SET YOUR TIMELINE

  • Focus on your grades and work hard in the classroom – A’s are the best grades
  • Play lacrosse and other sports you enjoy: Grow in your sport skills – IMPROVE/LEARN each day!
  • Compete with the club and get to know your teammates, the system, and hi-intensity play
  • Colleges are familiar with your club, which is HUGE in the process
  • Attend college games and camps of schools you MAY be interested in or that are hi-intensity
  • Focus on being the best PERSON you can be on and off the field and at home
  • Take your PSAT’s
  • Continue to focus on your grades. A’s are the best grades!
  • Play lacrosse and other sports you enjoy: Grow in your sport skills – IMPROVE/LEARN each day!
  • If you drop another sport, enroll in a speed/agility/strength training program in the off-season
  • Research your schools of interest utilizing “The Draw” and “The College Board website”: - Decide what characteristics in a school are most important for YOU (assignments)
  • INTRODUCTION LETTER – send this to your schools of interest (assignments): - Hard copy to coach introducing yourself and expressing interest in their school/lacrosse program. - Follow Your Assignments for mailing and emailing colleges in the recruiting assignments
  • QUESTIONNAIRE - Most colleges will respond by sending you a questionnaire—return it complete and send important updates through email.
  • College Coaches cannot call you. You can call THEM. D3/NAIA are exempt from this rule.
  • SPRING: Email your top colleges (D1 level) your high school schedule and summer travel information.
  • SPRING: If you have a DVD Hi-light video, send it to your top D1 choices with a hard copy of your summer schedule and a personal note (well written) on the bottom.
  • SUMMER: Compete with the club, be at your best and never quit.
    Colleges are familiar with Southern Rage.
  • SUMMER: Attend camps that provide you exposure to a variety of coaches for recruiting
  • Play lacrosse and other sports you are varsity-level and passionate about – budget time wisely
  • Enroll in a speed/agility/strength training program in the off-season (Summer, Fall, and/or Winter)
  • FALL: Narrow down your list of top choice schools (10) – follow up with coaches and show interest!
  • FALL: DVD HIGHLIGHT FILM – send this to all your schools of interest - Showcase your talent in highlight clips (10 minutes: no mute the video/no music); Include your best 15 minutes of game film against good competition (club or high school) as a separate file on the DVD menu titled “Sophomore Game Film vs _____”
  • FALL : College coaches may WRITE YOU email or regular mail. College coaches can receive but can not make or return phone calls. YOU follow-up with a phone call or email with ALL schools that are on your list.
  • College coaches are not permitted to call until after July 1st after your JUNIOR YEAR.
  • FALL Visit (unofficially) as many of your Top-10 schools to get a better feel
  • Ask questions/concerns/talk to the team and get a real feel for the school
  • Email College Coach ahead of time to set up a meeting to discuss his/her lacrosse program.
  • Bring with or send transcript + SAT’s directly from the college board or ACT’s (if you have taken them).
  • SPRING: Email coaches your high school and summer club schedules: Use assignment templates.
  • SPRING: Take standardized tests (SAT/ACT) until they meet requirements of your top-choice schools
  • SPRING: Ask high school or club coaches for evaluations if college coaches want them
  • SUMMER: Compete with the club play as much as possible, be at your best
  • You have made a name for yourself in a great CLUB which is HUGE!
  • SUMMER: Attend camps at your school of interest or where the coach will be working
  • There is TIME for you to research all your options – do NOT allow a coach to bully you into a  ‘early’ commitment.
  • CALL YOUR CLUB DIRECTOR if this happens and we will contact the college coach directly.
  • Start the application process with your top-choice schools—be aware of early admission deadlines.
  • Take official visits if they are offered to you (you are only allowed 5 so choose wisely)
  • Compete in the FALL recruiting events if you are AVAILABLE and still open to schools that are out there.
  • Our Club has traditionally performed GREAT at Fall TournamentsPlay in them
  • Make the best decision and have CONFIDENCE that you have followed a GREAT PROGRAM!

STEP 2 - WHAT TO DO

Players

  • Submit packet to top choices with essentials: cover letter, transcript, profile, newspaper clippings, playing schedule (high school, club)
  • Send a short update email 3 weeks after mailing to confirm coach has received packet
  • Briefly respond to any emails from coaches
  • Realize coaches are dealing with up to 200 other prospective recruits
  • Speak for yourself!
  • Realize that you may have to make the first contact with a coach
  • Start the process early – waiting until Junior year is NOT ideal
  • Sign up for a club team early and give coaches a chance to see you play and develop
  • RECOGNIZE THIS IS A GAME OF MARKETING AND BRANDING, PRODUCTS AND SERVICES YOU have to be professional, organized and persistent – what is your story
  • Research colleges and create a top college choices list; this list must include DII, DIII choices (DI is always an option, but be aware of requirements on your time and the large number of girls looking at DI placements)
  • Start with a broad range of schools. Look at a lot to make sure you have examined all potential fits

Parents

  • Support your daughters and proofread all materials
  • Make sure your daughter signs up for camps/tournaments/clinics in advance
  • Attend campus visit, meet coach, and ask questions to supplement your daughters’ inquiries
  • Ask for advice from coaches if you are unsure
  • Talk to your daughter about being responsible on college visits, making sure they fully understand they get limited chances to represent themselves to the team and the coach and those first impressions are crucial going forward
  • Come on a visit (of any type) and be ready to ask questions that your daughter might not
  • RECOGNIZE THIS IS A GAME OF MARKETING AND BRANDING, PRODUCTS AND SERVICES – to you, your daughter is the best in the world, but to the coaches, she is a prospect

Players

  • Send too much information or multiple packets beyond initial contact - unless coach requests it
  • Excessively call or email college coaches for any other reason than to briefly update
  • Expect coaches to get back to you within the minute, hour, day
  • Be overly demanding of a coaches time
  • Allow your parents to do the work or make the contact for you
  • Depend on your guidance counselor, high school or club team coach, parents to do all your work
  • Assume inappropriate familiarity with the coach, they are not a peer
  • Restrict your list (at this point, your list should include at least 20 colleges)
  • Wait around for things to come to you

Parents

  • Make first contact with college coach on behalf of your daughter
  • Make all or most of continued contact with college coach on behalf of daughter
  • Call college coaches *unless you’ve spoken to Southern Rage staff about it
  • Write or prepare packet materials
  • Monopolize time with coach - allow daughter to speak for herself - she is the one they are recruiting
  • Make this your process
  • Make contact with coach at an event - this could jeopardize your child’s chance with that school or others

STEP 3 - BE POSITIVE

What HAPPENS when a school says “NO Thanks”?

POSITIVE: “I get to narrow my list and make a better choice! I hope I get to play that team in college because I will play awesome! Either way I am going to be better off!”

Frustration: “I really wanted to go there because my Dad and Mom went there and I have all that school’s sport’s clothing. I am really bummed!” (Choosing a school because of their colors or football team is nutz. Do your homework and do not be suckered by a school’s marketing department. Find the schools that are right for you and keep in mind that YOU will most likely tell as many other schools “No” as schools tell you “No”. It is a business – do not take it personally.)

What HAPPENS when a school says “We are looking at you and a couple of other people for the spot.”

POSITIVE: “It’s an honor just to be considered. It’s also great to know that they are being honest with me. I hope I get the spot, but if not, I am going to be pro-active and make sure that I don’t have a better opportunity somewhere else on my list of 10-schools. Either way, I am better off!”

Frustration: “OMG! I am so stressed out! What if they don’t want me! What if they DO want me! Then what do I do! I don’t know if I even want to go there. Maybe I do. I wish this would all be over!” (Relax! The answer was NO before you began the process anyway, so what is the worst thing that can happen! Keep your options open and be POSITIVE. You will be better off either way, trust me!)

What HAPPENS when your Grades/SAT/ACT are not good enough to get into a school?

POSITIVE: “I may still have time to get my grades and test scores up. I am going to get the best scores possible and let the chips fall where they may. In case my improvement does not help me get in, I will make sure to find my “sure thing” schools and make sure they know I am interested!”

Frustration: “Darn it! It KNEW I should have listened to my parents/coaches/club director/family member/teachers and paid closer attention to my studies! Now I am stuck going to a school that is not as good.” (This is not necessarily true…entrance requirements are not the true measure of a school. It is the quality of job/grad school options you have when you GRADUATE from college that really matter most vs. entrance requirements.)