How To Get Recruited For Womens College Lacrosse

Kristi Tamasitis

Kristi Tamasitis against UMass

If you want to play the sport you love past the high school level, it’s going to take some work both on and off the field.  Here are some great tips to help you get the attention of prospective Women’s College Lacrosse programs.
Sophomore year in High School for many may just be another year of getting acclimated to a new school, but if you are interested in getting recruited to play college lacrosse this is the time to start work towards it! Although some coaches will make the trip to a High School game, the best way to get looked at is playing in recruiting tournaments and this article will help you get the most out of that experience.

1. Get On a Club Team

There are club teams all over the US and Canada that attend recruiting tournaments all summer long. After my first high school varsity season in 2005, I joined the club team All State Select, which is now called the South Jersey Devils (or South Jersey Select). Most of the club teams have more than one team for each age group and there is a tryout before the summer season begins.

Playing for All State Select was a great way for Division I, II, and III coaches to watch me play. I emailed coaches of all different levels, and some coaches I didn’t have contact with still sent emails if they watched one of my games. The experience allowed me to better myself by playing great competition, watching great players, allowing colleges to see me, and I also was able to make great friends throughout the process!

2. Send Coaches Introduction Emails

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Photo of the Coaches Area at a summer girls lacrosse tournament

Send emails to coaches introducing yourself prior to tournament season, and prior to tournaments you will attend.  I made this really easy for you.  Just copy and paste the examples we laid out for you and fill in the necessary information relevant to you.  I did provide you some examples but make sure you put your own spin on it.  Also, make sure you mix it up and vary the email slightly.  If you feel like a spam robot sending out the same email over and over, that is likely what the coach on the other end will see it as.

Remember this is about building a relationship so make this email an introduction that tells that coach this is not the last they will hear from you.  Consider researching something unique about that coach or about the school and establish a connection to that.  “I would love to come out and see the campus at UMASS.  When I was a kid, our family used to go on vacation in the Birkshires and it will be so cool to see the area again.”  I am not saying you should make anything up but try to make some connection so that your story sticks out in the coaches mind.

3. Practice! Wallballl! Practice! Wallball!

Wallball means EVERYTHING to getting on a team as well as bettering yourself on whatever team you are on. Whether that be on your JV High School team, or on a Division I lacrosse team. I played wallball 2-3 times a week in the summer when I was in high school, but I soon found out that wasn’t enough! In college, I soon found out I needed my stick in my hand at least once a day, outside of practice.

EZGoal Lacrosse Folding and Tilting Rebounder

EZGoal Lacrosse Folding and Tilting Rebounder

High school makes it difficult to find extra time for wallball; however, throwing with a partner for 10 minutes before or after practice makes you a ten times stronger player. Weekends and vacations are perfect for playing wallball or partner passing. Wallball and passing are easy, but along with this scrimmaging with friends or with a summer league team is the best way to improve your game for college scouts.

Growing up 20 minutes from the Jersey Shore I totally understand getting distracted from your fitness routine over the summer. My cousins and I (Maggie Tamasitis, Notre Dame 2012; Courtney Tamasitis, Duquense 2008) could in our beach chairs for 8 hours a day, but we wouldn’t have made it to the next level without designating that hour of running time before hitting the beach! If you go back and forth between long, steady runs for 20-50 minutes, and running and sprinting for 30-45 minutes. If you can lift a little that would also be helpful, but not too much without instruction from a professional!

4. Don’t Be Intimidated

Don’t pay attention to college coaches, relax, just play the game and HAVE FUN! One of the BIGGEST downfalls my teammates and I had during the tournament games was playing too much attention to the college coaches. You can be physically prepared and in shape, but if you are mentally not in the game, you will make silly mistakes. Dropped balls and bad passes in my chance only came from nerves! You have to think you can beat your opponent no matter who they are, what team they play for, or how much longer they have been in the game.

This does not mean cocky, but confident that you play with anyone. Tune out the scouts, sometimes I pretended that I was already on a college team and just playing a regular season game. Other times it was just a matter of tuning out the college coaches and having fun with my teammates. A good laugh or a little dance session are some of the ways I eased my nerves before a tournament game.

5. No One Is Perfect, Not Even You!

College coaches are not looking for perfection. How do you react when you lose the ball? How do you talk to you teammates? What is your field sense like, off ball movement? When I was in high school I went to camp at Villanova University. Here I heard the best evidence: Coaches would rather see a whole game verses a high light tape. The high light tape shows you making great plays, which is awesome, but a full game shows the coaches who you are as a person and a player.

My best games were ones against Ohio State and UMass where I would be challenge and get the ball striped, because then I showed what I was really made of. College coaches want to see high school players that loose the ball and chase a player all the way down the field. They love to see that player who misses a shot and gets the rebound goal. Nothing is better than seeing a player play hard defense, exhausted with 3 minutes left. After you make a mistake in tournaments it is all about how you react.

I would always think during games, this is only a fraction of time out of my life I know I am tired now, but I can sit down in only a ____ amount on minutes!

6.  Build a Relationship With Coaches and Recruits – Send Followup Emails

Sending follow up emails are something you are going to continue to do for the rest of your life: emailing coaches, professors, thank you letters after interviewing for jobs. People love to be respected and college coaches are no different. If you are not recruiting it it still extremely important to send that email. Women’s lacrosse coaches are all connected, and this “world” of college coaches are more closely knit than you think! Everyone knows everyone, trust me. A thank you really goes a long way!

If you want to ask questions or feedback that wouldn’t be a bad idea. Even if the coaches are too busy to email you back, knowing you are open to constructive criticism will be a positive in every coach’s book! You can ask questions like: pros and cons of the game, what they are looking for in a player, or even what their expectations are for freshman. It is really great to start email coaches your freshman and sophomore year, even if you are too young to be on their radar yet, it is a good idea to start early.

Emailing coaches young gives them more time to watch you play and evolve as player. As I mentioned before, July is absolutely insane for these college coaches, just because a coach is responding doesn’t mean they aren’t interested!

7. Make a Spreadsheet Checklist of Your Communications

My mom is a wonderful business woman which means one thing: GREAT excel spreadsheets. When I was going through the recruiting process my mom can a spread sheet of all of the Division I, II, III schools that had women’s lacrosse (yes she has a day job). The different columns were based upon different things, some were things I wanted in a lacrosse program and school, while other columns just kept us organized! Some of the columns I included were: State, SAT/ACT score to get in, Number of Students, Tuition, Major I Want, Status on Emails (first, second, follow up), Notes.  We have put a sample spreadsheet together for you that you can download and make your own.

In the notes sections make sure you add anything you love or hate about the college itself or the lacrosse program. I would add if they had a lot of players on their team, a team with almost 40 girls would be a lot for me to handle. Maybe a team already has a lot of people that play my position, that would be in my notes. If I really had a great conversation with a coach, loved the campus, or anything else that you really want to remember.

Again, you can add different categories that fit your needs for a college/lacrosse program. Remember to look for places and teams that fit you and your needs specifically because this college is going to be your home for the next 4 years, and the team will be your family!

To download a free recruiting spreadsheet template.

To view sample emails/letters, click here.

Kristi Tamasitis

Kristi Tamasitis

Kristi Tamasitis is a staff writer at GirlsLacrosseHQ.com and former Division 1 Womens Lacrosse Player at Saint Bonaventure University.

3 Comments

Celina 18-02-2016, 06:24

you would need to send in video to the coaches to even be criendeosd for walking on. Go to the football offices, ask to speak to one of the GA’s or football ops. coordinator and ask them what they’re looking for and if they’d consider a try-out for you in spring ball. Good luck!

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