What if your not happy with the colleges that have been reaching out? Seriously.... my kid is super smart but the options that she is being given so far is well below her academics? yet she wants to play help seriously
Have you reached out to the schools that your daughter is interested in?
It is very important to make sure that all of the coaches (head coach & assistants) at the schools that your daughter would like to go to are aware of your daughters genuine interest and desire to attend the school.
Ask your Club Director and HS Coach to reach out to the schools as well.
What level of lacrosse would you say the schools that have expressed interest are? Look for better academic schools that are of similar lacrosse level to the schools that have reached out.
Don't panic or get too stressed (do your best to help your daughter do the same). The process has just begun.
Develop a plan.....
Go to NCAA Women's Lacrosse website, select DI, click on rankings, Select RPI . There you will see all of the schools that offer Division I women's lacrosse. (you can do the same for DII & DIII as well)
Make a list of all the schools that your thinks she would be interested in and develop a strategy to "market" your daughter to the coaches at those schools. You do not want to be a pest but you want to make it known that your daughter would like to play for them.
Keep in mind, if your daughter has excellent grades she may be able to get a lot of academic $$ from schools that you feel are below her academically.
Hope that was somewhat helpful.
Thank you for this post! Very helpful and very sound advice. So glad to see this kind of helpful post on BOTC. Really appreciate the info. And positivity in the post.
Great advice above. My daughter had the same exact problem when she started the recruiting process. Your daughter will really need to advocate for herself to the specific schools she is interested in. This includes everything mentioned above. I cannot stress enough though the fact that she will need to market herself and also have her club and high school coach advocate for her as well. My daughter had done many camps over the years and had made many all star teams. She had been a part of the Under Armour Underclass and National Lacrosse Classic games. She was a starter for a club team that played in the top bracket at tournaments and is also a starter for a nationally ranked high school team. It’s still not super easy to get recruited to a school that you want to attend and that is a match for your daughter in all aspects. Just keep plugging away and don’t settle for less. My daughter did end up committing to a school that was an all around match but it took longer and was definitely a lot harder than we had anticipated. Patience and persistence is key.
Agree, there are only 15 - 20 Long Island girls max that will truly have their pick of the Top 10-15 type schools right now. Most (even if they are receiving interest) will have to go through the process. It is also important to remember that your daughter is not operating in a vacuum, the decisions / choices that other players make can impact your daughters situation. Every time a player commits the landscape changes, it’s a very fluid situation. Remember, no single program gets all of their top ranked recruits. If your daughter is not one of those top 20 or so kids make sure you are proactive with her top targets, be persistent but don’t become a pest. Things change, a coach who is not willing to make an offer today may be ready tomorrow or next week or next month, you never know. Be patient, persistent and positive. Also, keep an open mind and be willing to explore opportunities and possibilities that you did not think of or consider. There are a lot of great places to go to school and play lacrosse. Enjoy the process/ ride.