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Here are the numbers...

  • High school women's lacrosse players: 112, 865
  • Average roster size: 27
  • NCAA - mandated maximum number of scholarships per program (over four years): 12 at DI, 9.9 at DII
  • Average scholarships per program per year: 3
  • Average players per recruiting class: 9
  • Average estimated scholarships: 33%
  • Fully funded programs: 50
  • Total scholarships available: 780
  • Players receiving some scholarship over four years: 2,363
  • Odds of any high school female landing any DI scholarship: 2%


So what are some ways you can set yourself apart...


  1. First and foremost, coaches will tell you that what catches their eye initially would be your ability, your lacrosse IQ or your grades.
  2. Multi-Sport Athletes: There are many good reasons why coaches love this, but two take the cake.  First, the student-athlete is learning how to be competitive in a different environment.  She now can bring what she learns in that environment to her lacrosse game. Second, the player has not maxed out her lacrosse potential yet.  She only has been playing part-time during the year.  The opportunities and likelihood for this player to get better are far greater. 
  3. Reputation: What her teachers and guidance counselors say about her; they see the students in a different light than coaches do.  They may even know the student on a more personal level and be able to give a better overall evaluation. 
  4. Is She A Worker?: Thomas Edison once said: "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."  Most kids simply will not go after every groundball 100%.  Not every attackmen will ride until the opposite restraining line.  The ones that do however typically own a pair of overalls. 
  5. Character: Each coach will have his or her own definition of this but I think we all have a general sense of what this is.  The best example of this I learned from a very good coach.  He told me that he loved watching a recruit interact with her family while on a recruiting trip.  He said if the recruits disrespect their siblings and or parents in front of you, what do you think she will be doing in your locker room? Young women who are constantly working on their character and realize every decision affects it, typically separate themselves from the heard pretty quick. 
  6. Invested: If the player has more community service hours, you can bet she is invested in her school, community, church or whatever else was important to her.  Coaches love looking at a student's resume and reading that a player was involved. It takes a big-time commitment and it is not necessarily fun but the reward is great.  Hmm - much like being a DI athlete! With the role the athlete now plays on a college campus, being invested is vital to your success. 


Basic Tips

  • Don’t wait for coaches to contact you.  There are a lot of athletes out there and there is no problem with sending an email with your athletic profile to a coach and letting them know you are interested in their program.  This shows initiative and leadership.  Colleges are more likely to recruit student athletes who demonstrate interest.  Further, make sure to personalize the letters/emails to coaches using the coach’s name.


  • Choose your college as much for the education you will receive as for your sport. Very few college athletes will play their sport professionally. Should you get injured, decide later not to play during college, or not make the team it is important to be enrolled in a school that meets your academic needs.


  • Make sure you keep up-to-date records of your statistics and, if possible a highlight reel, that is readily available to share with coaches when asked for. A well-made video that showcases your athletic talents and skills should be 5 to 10 minutes in length regardless of your sport and position. Include video of your drills or fundamental skills, in addition to competition highlights.


  • Take standardized tests (e.g. SAT/ACT) during your Junior year.  Study hard for the ACT/SAT.  These are an important part of the recruiting process and can have positive or negative effects on the process.


  • When meeting a coach face-to-face, be well-groomed and neat in your appearance. Your appearance provides a first impression that is long-remembered.


  • If a coach advises you that you are not a good match, accept the news and quickly move on to identify and contact colleges that can be both an academic and athletic fit.


  • Send thank you notes to every college coach during your recruiting process. Your courteous follow-up communication with the coach could open the door for you in the event another student declines their scholarship offer. Whether a coach replies (s)he is not recruiting your athletic talents or you decide not to attend the college, thank all coaches involved for their time and interest. Thank you notes following unpaid, as well as paid, college visits present a positive image of you both as a player and a person.




Basic Contact Guidelines


Phone Calls

  • Allowed to begin July 1 after completion of your junior year.
  • Limited to one per week to prospect or parent(s). (One call per institution, i.e. coach or faculty member or other athletic department personnel.) There are exceptions at the times surrounding official visits and signing dates.
  • Prospect or parent(s) may phone a coach as often as they wish.
  • Enrolled collegiate student athletes may not make recruiting calls.
  • You may telephone enrolled collegiate student athletes at your own expense.
  • Email is not considered a phone call, therefore, is not limited. Unclear rules concerning social media.



  • Letters/printed materials are permitted from coaches (or others at the college) beginning September 1 of your junior year. A coach may send email to a prospective student athlete beginning September 1 of your junior year
  • Email and fax are considered correspondence.
  • Text messages are prohibited until a National Letter of Intent is signed (DI & DII) or the player accepts and offer of admission (DIII).
  • A college coach may contact a prospect or parent(s) off-campus beginning June 15 after your junior year.
  • Limit of three contacts per institution.
  • A coach may not contact a prospect or parent(s) during competition.
  • A player CAN call or email the coach before her junior year. At the Division I level, the coach just can’t call or email her back if she leaves a message.


Unofficial Visits

  • Unofficial visit: A visit made to the institution at the prospect’s own expense.
  • May make unofficial visits an unlimited number of times.
  • May be made before your senior year in high school.


Official Visits

  • A visit made to the institution’s campus at the expense of that institution.
  • Maximum of five official visits may be made, but only one per institution.
  • 48-hour limit.
  • You must provide the college with an academic transcript and an ACT or SAT test score prior to the visit.
  • Entertainment money may not be used to buy souvenirs for yourself.
  • Prospect may receive transportation.
  • Prospect and parents may receive meals, lodging and admission to campus events.
  • A prospect visiting an institution may participate in physical workouts provided the activities are not organized or observed by members of the coaching staff.
  • Prospective student athletes must be registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center; and be placed on the institutional request list (IRL).





For more in-depth information follow any of the links below…


US Lacrosse Recruiting Guidebook (Include Coach Contacts)


NCAA Recruiting Resources


NCAA Recruiting Facts
















US Lacrosse


Inside Lacrosse: Bear Davis