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Picking the Right Camp: 4 Big Questions

February 4, 2014    4158 Views

Chris Meade | @lacrosserecruit

Picking the Right Lacrosse Camp

This is a guest post from Chris Meade, co-founder of Visit LRNews for more content on the realities of recruiting.

Over the past few years, competition for spots in top camps and showcases has pushed the registration process earlier and earlier. The result? An overwhelming number of anxiety-ridden phone calls from parents to our offices.

I am here to tell you not to fret. Everything will be OK. You have options.

Most players — likely including your son or daughter — will not play Division I lacrosse after high school. You don’t necessarily need to get into an elite camp to play Division II, Division III or club lacrosse.

Here are four questions to consider as a family when choosing a camp or showcase for your prospect.

  1. Have you received honest feedback from a travel or high school coach about your child’s ability?
    Your camp selection should be based on a realistic evaluation from your coaches. They have experience with players who have graduated to college lacrosse and know the events those players attended to get evaluated.
  2. Do attending coaches and their institutions match your academic ability, region and level of play?
    Research camp and showcase websites, talk to players who previously attended the camp and email camp directors to get this information up front.
  3. Is there an instructional component to this camp — or is it just games?
    Most showcases will “roll the balls out” for players to compete in games, but some also offer educational sessions run by current college coaches. Every recruit needs to continue to develop his or her skills. A college coach can provide instruction you might not otherwise get from a high school coach.
  4. Do you need recommendations from travel and high school coaches?
    Most camps require a recommendation form filled out by a coach. This is an important part of finding a spot in a camp or showcase, and it can be time-consuming. Contact your coach early so you are not left in the dust.

A version of this article appeared in the October 2012 issue of Lacrosse Magazine, the flagship publication of US Lacrosse. Don't get the mag? Join US Lacrosse and its 400,000-plus members today to start your subscription.

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