Attending a lacrosse camp or clinic is a good idea during the recruiting process, and camp can help a high school lacrosse player in a number of ways.
- Instruction provided by college lacrosse coaches and former players is a good way to learn new techniques and improve your skills.
- Camps do provide some exposure to college lacrosse programs. But it’s important for lacrosse recruits to realize that you’re not going to be “discovered” at camp. Coaches already familiar with you may evaluate your skills more closely, but if a coach doesn’t know who you are when you show up at lacrosse camp, they probably won’t know you when you leave.
- Camp shows how you measure up to other high school lacrosse players. This can help you realize which skills you need to work on the most.
- A college lacrosse camp can give you a good feel for campus life. You get to live in the dorms, see a school’s athletic facilities and experience the college in ways that might make it easier to choose a school when the recruiting process comes to an end.
Choosing a Lacrosse Camp
Do your research, and decide if you’re going to camp mainly to work on your technique, or because you want to gain exposure.
If you’re going to lacrosse camp to improve your technique, learn as much as you can about the coaching staff. What’s their level of experience? Do they have a history of guiding winning programs? Ask someone who’s familiar with the camp about the athletic talent there.
If you want to gain exposure, go to camp at a college that’s recruiting you. Remember, coaches don’t really scout at camps, so go to a college where they already know you. Find out which lacrosse coaches will be there, and contact them before camp starts to let them know you’re coming.
What’s the difference between invite-only “elite” lacrosse camps, college lacrosse camps, and private camps and clinics?
Elite lacrosse camps (like Jake Reed’s Nike Blue Chip, which finds players through a national scouting and intense recommendation process) are generally invitation only. Because of this, the level of talent and instruction at these camps is usually extremely high. If you’re interested in attending an elite camp, the first step is to have your coach submit a letter of recommendation.
College lacrosse camps are run by college coaches, and can offer an excellent level of instruction as well. But college camps also offer a recruit the chance to get a feel for the lacrosse program he’s considering. Attending camp at a school you’re interested in lets you check out the school’s campus and athletic facilities, as well as become familiarity with the coaching staff.
Private lacrosse camps and clinics are not associated with college programs. There are plenty of high-quality private lacrosse camps around the country. If you’re thinking about attending one, it’s a good idea to learn as much as you can about the qualifications of the staff. If you’re strictly looking for skills instruction, these camps can be a great option.
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