Over the last decade, the college recruiting process has been trending earlier and earlier on an annual basis. Even parents that have been through the process before find the changes dramatic just a few short years later. US Lacrosse is here to help you navigate the process with our recruiting handbooks.
The Truth About Scholarships
Scholarships in lacrosse generally cover just a portion of the costs associated with going to college. The chart below shows the maximum number of scholarships permitted in NCAA Division I and II lacrosse as compared to the average roster size per team. Not all schools award the maximum number of scholarships allowed and no scholarships are awarded in NCAA Division III based on athletic ability.
|Division||Scholarships||Avg Roster Size|
|NCAA Division I (Men’s)||12.6||39.3|
|NCAA Division I (Women’s)||12||29.9|
|NCAA Division II (Men’s)||10.8||39.8|
|NCAA Division II (Women’s)||9.9||22.9|
It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint
Recruiting at the elite levels has trended earlier on an annual basis, but it’s not a sprint. Yes, Division I programs are securing commitments from freshmen and sophomores, but the majority of programs are still evaluating players into their junior years and a recent IWLCA survey showed that 45 percent of NCAA coaches were still evaluating seniors as late as November of their senior year. Even beyond the NCAA level, there are hundreds of club teams offering quality playing experiences for your child to find a fit for them.
There are tens of thousands of high school lacrosse players, many with dreams of playing in college. Make college coaches jobs easier by reaching out to the schools you are interested in learning about. Send them video to evaluate, a copy of your grades, and let them where they can see you play.
Playing Collegiate Lacrosse
Lacrosse is the nation’s fastest-growing team sport and opportunities abound at both the varsity and club levels. Well over 30,000 athletes play some form of collegiate lacrosse each year. The links below will take you to the major college lacrosse organizations.
The Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) includes about 200 club teams from around the country and concludes its season with national championships at the Division I and II levels. The National Collegiate Lacrosse League (NCLL) is primarily based along the Eastern Seaboard and features more than 140 teams.
The Women's Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) are college club teams and nearly 200 teams compete under the US Lacrosse umbrella. US Lacrosse conducts a national championship for Division I and Division II teams each spring.