I put together a Recruiting 101 section on my high school team’s web site for my players AND their parents. From my own experience there is not enough insightful information, guidance, counsel. etc for the kids AND their parents. The are just winging it. Not a good plan for such a huge expenditure of money!
I certainly would be willing to put something together for you from my own experiences, talking with college coaches and other high school coaches.]]>
Here’s how I see things. Everything you said was true. But the title of the post was “So you want to play lacrosse in college…” so I think it’s fair to say that it was directed to kids who definitely think they want to play lacrosse in college. Meaning that much of the process you thought I missed, was assumed to be covered. Sorry if that was unclear! Also, I don’t say that playing D1 is the only option. MCLA lacrosse is great, but should a kid who wants to play there NOT do anything I listed out above? I’d love to hear why you think that…
You talk about a focus on academics. And I’m right there with you. In fact I go so far as to say “If you want to go to college, you need to have good grades in school. But it’s more than that. Going to college is an opportunity, and a great one at that. Don’t take it for granted. Be stimulated by SOMETHING in school, and pursue it with vigor in college. Otherwise, you’re just wasting everyone’s time. I could have worked harder in the classroom when I was in college, and not doing so is actually one of my biggest regrets in life. Don’t take the college experience for granted. Soak it in.”
That convinced me! haha. Also, please note that this list was not in order of importance. I said that at the bottom, but it could easily have been missed.
Your point in financial requirements is rock solid. And definitely something that needs to be addressed. But this is a list of things that EVERY kid can control and change. The financial situation isn’t always the same, and kids rarely have control over their family’s finances. But you’re right, it’s a big topic! Choosing which college one attends with finances in mind should probably be its very own post…
We need someone experienced in the situation to write it though… have any interest, Rick?!?!?!? Seriously!
Thanks again! Super insightful and helpful comment!]]>
Not everyone is a D1 laxer because of ability, commitment or prioritization. In the long run, playing DI, DII/DIII, JuCo or playing MCLA and excelling on the field and in the classroom takes a ton of work on AND off the field and not only during the season. I didn’t play DI, I put education and degree program first. I had the school selected based on academic program of study, NOT, how good the lax team was or whether it was DI or not. I started as an incoming freshman, started all four years and played in every game except one because of injury. I had a GREAT college lax experience and got a top notch education. Im in my 50s and still play in various leagues and tournaments throughout the year.
I have 7 sons, my eldest was an All State Player his senior year, made First Team All Conference two years in a row went to play DI. My next son will likely play at a top tier MCLA program. Good lax player, made All Conference his freshman year, will be at a college recruiting tournament this summer. Maybe will be better than his older brother. But, his academic/career interests are leading him in his own direction. I do not view them differently because of where they go/are going. My other five are younger and are just beginning their lax “career” and they will be guided about lax/college education reality like my other two.
Frankly, later in life it REALLY does not matter what level you play in college, what matters is what you are as a human being. There is nothing special about DI, just because you played at that level does not necessarily make you a better human being. The goal is to continue playing for as long as you physically can.
I constantly tell my high school players to think about their college decisions very hard. Dont let your ego (“Im a DI recruit and I’m better than you” or “I got a letter from a coach but its only a DIII school”) get in the way of making a sound decision. “Do you want to play or wear the team jacket?” is what I ask my players when they are trying to make a decision. “What are you wanting to do with your life after your college playing days are over?” You have to be MORE mature in this decision, you have to think this through!
Also, what schools have the better academic programs you are interested in? What is that academic departments placement rates of graduates? What about financial aid? Some schools have great and very liberal aid packages, some schools are NOT”need blind” in their acceptance policies. So what, you played four years of college lax and all you have to show for it is huge debt!?!? Not a good plan.
I think there needs to be a lot more real discussion about the realities of playing at these different levels and educational and financial considerations.]]>
I left it out because playing D1 athletics is almost always a “job”, and I assumed everyone else assumed that as well, which was clearly silly of me.
Would you be interested in writing a post about that ever? Would love to get a new former D1 player’s perspective on that issue!
Thanks for the comment!]]>