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Do Kids Have To Play Travel Lax To Get Recruited? #274091
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The cost is borderline insane. I'm just wondering from people who have been through the process.......does travel lax really matter if you want to play in college?

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The cost is borderline insane. I'm just wondering from people who have been through the process.......does travel lax really matter if you want to play in college?


Gary, for the most part, the answer to your question is yes. Playing travel lax [for the right club] has it's obvious benefits from playing against top competition, practicing more with different players and exposure to the college coaches in Team Showcases & help getting into an individual showcase in which a coach or club director/owner can play an integral role in helping a child to be brought onto a colleges radar or helping with getting them getting seen again.

Few and far between have there been recent players who have not played on a club team and were offered a scholarship to play at the college level, especially at the D1 level. (Not sure what Division you were inquiring about).

If you paid to enroll into a handful or more prospect days as they are typically only seen by that 1 institutions coaching staff in addition to enrolling into 3+ individual showcases so you can be seen by 20-40 different college coaches at each one of those but again, individual showcases can be political so getting into the stronger ones typically for D1 prospects affects your question potentially but this could be a way to get exposure and I know of only a few players who have been fortunate to get recruited this way.

I also know of those who only played with their school team and on a 'showcase team' in a few showcases and the above approach who went on to play at the DI, II & III levels. This is something I am seeing a higher trend of now due to the obvious costs some clubs charge or for peoples lack of interest for playing on a club team all year round.
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Re: Do Kids Have To Play Travel Lax To Get Recruited? [Re: gary1075] #274101
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Gary - I will give you my son's experience as it relates to D3. He's a current senior (class of 2019) who stopping playing club lacrosse in 9th grade when he realized he was not going to be a D1 player. It was the hayday of early recruiting. He is on age and played at a pretty high level (Philly Freshman Showcase and Maverik Showtime invite) but saw others around him committing early and my son had limited D1 looks. The difference between many D1 commits and good D3 commits is pretty razor thin.

He went to 2-3 D3 showcases the last two summers (Elite 180, Good 2 Great, etc) and a few prospect days of of school he was focused (NESCAC, Swarthmore, Haverford). We were also the family that went to the Princeton, Georgetown, Yale, Colgate, Army, etc prospect days in 8th and 9th grade hoping to garner interest. Lots of time and money spent!

He committed this summer to a top 10 liberal arts school to play D3 lacrosse. He is beyond thrilled. It is not easy to get committed for D3 without a club program but clearly happens. My son came across a number of kids in similiar situations who were looking at elite liberal arts schools but many more kids who played for club programs across the country.

Good luck to you and your son.

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If your son is going to be at Haverford, Swarthmore, or any of the NESCAC’s...congrats! The education and alumni networks from those schools are top notch.

The area of PA that Haverford and Swarthmore are in is beautiful and an easy ride from the Island. The level of lacrosse being played at the top of the NESCAC and the Centennial is most certainly comparable to the Division 1 level. ( If you are offered by Tufts/ Wesleyan and Marist/Sacred Heart... D1 isn’t always the best choice.)

In terms of NEEDing to be on a club team to be recruited? No, you don’t necessarily NEED to play club ball ( especially if you play at WM, GC, Manhasset, etc. as they will garner interest from college coaches through their HS play as well.) Many college coaches speak to club coaches and directors often... especially ones they know and trust, for information not only on their own players, but others as well ( most club coaches know who the top players in each organization are.). So all things being equal, a respected club coaches recommendation goes a long way. The other HUGE thing about club ball is that parents are present at games. Coaches are recruiting the player, yes, but they are also recruiting the family. If a players parents are the ones screaming negative things on the sidelines, yelling at refs, coaching from the sideline, etc. That behavior most likely will be the same in college, and most coaches don’t want the headache.

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Originally Posted by gary1075
The cost is borderline insane. I'm just wondering from people who have been through the process.......does travel lax really matter if you want to play in college?


My son played Travel from 5-8th grades, which helped him get better compared to the other kids who just played on middle school team.
Once in High School only practiced/played with HS team. Fall of 11th grade and summer prior to 12th, he went to several Prospect days to see the schools he was interested in and did a few showcases (prospect camps were cheap). If your kid is talented, he will be noticed either from playing on HS team or at one of the camps/showcases. My son ended up committing to a D2 school that showed interest from a showcase (D2 schools can offer both academic and athletic scholarships), but unless your son plays in front of the college coaches he will be hard to find.

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Originally Posted by gary1075
The cost is borderline insane. I'm just wondering from people who have been through the process.......does travel lax really matter if you want to play in college?


Boy or Girl?
What level in college are you talking about?
What HS does your child attend?

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There is a place to play for everyone. The bottom of D1 is like playing glorified HS ball. The top team in D2 and D3 treat their programs like a D1 team does. The bottom of all the divisions always have a place for athletes and walk ons so travel lacrosse isn't needed but don't fool yourself it is very very very hard to crack a decent program by not going the traditional travel route. All depends on what your kid wants.

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Originally Posted by Anonymous
There is a place to play for everyone. The bottom of D1 is like playing glorified HS ball. The top team in D2 and D3 treat their programs like a D1 team does. The bottom of all the divisions always have a place for athletes and walk ons so travel lacrosse isn't needed but don't fool yourself it is very very very hard to crack a decent program by not going the traditional travel route. All depends on what your kid wants.


Just not accurate . Not trying to knock any program or devision. But there is no comparison between programs like Maryland, Notre Dame, Duke, Virginia, Penn State, Syracuse, Ohio State, Michigan, Rutgers, Hopkins, Army, Navy. There are no DII or DIII programs that treat their teams like those schools do.

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There is a place to play for everyone. The bottom of D1 is like playing glorified HS ball. The top team in D2 and D3 treat their programs like a D1 team does. The bottom of all the divisions always have a place for athletes and walk ons so travel lacrosse isn't needed but don't fool yourself it is very very very hard to crack a decent program by not going the traditional travel route. All depends on what your kid wants.


Just not accurate . Not trying to knock any program or devision. But there is no comparison between programs like Maryland, Notre Dame, Duke, Virginia, Penn State, Syracuse, Ohio State, Michigan, Rutgers, Hopkins, Army, Navy. There are no DII or DIII programs that treat their teams like those schools do.


Agreed. If you think playing at Salisbury, Tufts, RIT, etc comes with the same perks as playing at a top D1 school you are fooling yourself.

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Originally Posted by Anonymous
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There is a place to play for everyone. The bottom of D1 is like playing glorified HS ball. The top team in D2 and D3 treat their programs like a D1 team does. The bottom of all the divisions always have a place for athletes and walk ons so travel lacrosse isn't needed but don't fool yourself it is very very very hard to crack a decent program by not going the traditional travel route. All depends on what your kid wants.


Just not accurate . Not trying to knock any program or devision. But there is no comparison between programs like Maryland, Notre Dame, Duke, Virginia, Penn State, Syracuse, Ohio State, Michigan, Rutgers, Hopkins, Army, Navy. There are no DII or DIII programs that treat their teams like those schools do.


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There is a place to play for everyone. The bottom of D1 is like playing glorified HS ball. The top team in D2 and D3 treat their programs like a D1 team does. The bottom of all the divisions always have a place for athletes and walk ons so travel lacrosse isn't needed but don't fool yourself it is very very very hard to crack a decent program by not going the traditional travel route. All depends on what your kid wants.


Just not accurate . Not trying to knock any program or devision. But there is no comparison between programs like Maryland, Notre Dame, Duke, Virginia, Penn State, Syracuse, Ohio State, Michigan, Rutgers, Hopkins, Army, Navy. There are no DII or DIII programs that treat their teams like those schools do.


Agreed. If you think playing at Salisbury, Tufts, RIT, etc comes with the same perks as playing at a top D1 school you are fooling yourself.


What type of perks do they have in D1 compared to D2 and D3? Doesn't that depend on school not program? I can only speak for what I've heard in D2. Fully funded programs get all equipment paid for and travel costs. Some Schools have separate facilities for athletes (this includes gym, tutors, and food areas). Don't all divisions have rules around practice/games that must be followed at ncaa level?

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I think the jist of the post it was that the top D2 and D3 schools are committed to winning and put all the effort in to be contenders year in and year out just like top D1 programs (within the rules set fro D2 and D3) but if you don't think the top schools are bending rules with weight training and captains practices you are kidding yourselves. The same D2 and D3 schools are at the top just like UNC and Maryland are in D1.

As far as the perks and swag, that really has nothing to do with the play on the field

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There is a place to play for everyone. The bottom of D1 is like playing glorified HS ball. The top team in D2 and D3 treat their programs like a D1 team does. The bottom of all the divisions always have a place for athletes and walk ons so travel lacrosse isn't needed but don't fool yourself it is very very very hard to crack a decent program by not going the traditional travel route. All depends on what your kid wants.


Just not accurate . Not trying to knock any program or devision. But there is no comparison between programs like Maryland, Notre Dame, Duke, Virginia, Penn State, Syracuse, Ohio State, Michigan, Rutgers, Hopkins, Army, Navy. There are no DII or DIII programs that treat their teams like those schools do.


Agreed. If you think playing at Salisbury, Tufts, RIT, etc comes with the same perks as playing at a top D1 school you are fooling yourself.


What type of perks do they have in D1 compared to D2 and D3? Doesn't that depend on school not program? I can only speak for what I've heard in D2. Fully funded programs get all equipment paid for and travel costs. Some Schools have separate facilities for athletes (this includes gym, tutors, and food areas). Don't all divisions have rules around practice/games that must be followed at ncaa level?


Practice rules are different for D 1 vs. D3, D1 basically goes all year long, D3 practice schedule is restricted around the actual season.

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There is a place to play for everyone. The bottom of D1 is like playing glorified HS ball. The top team in D2 and D3 treat their programs like a D1 team does. The bottom of all the divisions always have a place for athletes and walk ons so travel lacrosse isn't needed but don't fool yourself it is very very very hard to crack a decent program by not going the traditional travel route. All depends on what your kid wants.


Just not accurate . Not trying to knock any program or devision. But there is no comparison between programs like Maryland, Notre Dame, Duke, Virginia, Penn State, Syracuse, Ohio State, Michigan, Rutgers, Hopkins, Army, Navy. There are no DII or DIII programs that treat their teams like those schools do.


Agreed. If you think playing at Salisbury, Tufts, RIT, etc comes with the same perks as playing at a top D1 school you are fooling yourself.


Engineering degree at Tufts vs History/Criminal Justice degree elsewhere in top D1. Hmmm, it's a hard decision.

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Originally Posted by Anonymous
I think the jist of the post it was that the top D2 and D3 schools are committed to winning and put all the effort in to be contenders year in and year out just like top D1 programs (within the rules set fro D2 and D3) but if you don't think the top schools are bending rules with weight training and captains practices you are kidding yourselves. The same D2 and D3 schools are at the top just like UNC and Maryland are in D1.

As far as the perks and swag, that really has nothing to do with the play on the field


Swag is meaningless. I'm talking about the fact that these top D1 teams have staff on hand who's sole job is to find paid summer internships for the players. Have a separate staff member that is solely responsible for assisting in finding team members jobs post college. The academic support available at these schools is heads and shoulders above their D2/D3 peers as well.

There are some great schools that play D3 lacrosse. Tufts for instance is one of the best schools in the country. There is a place for everyone pretty much. Kids should do what makes the most sense for them. But the experiences are completely different. I've had kids at both.

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