Interview By Josh Staph
Sports like football and basketball are head count sports; each player gets a full-count scholarship. However, lacrosse is an equivalency sport. There are kids who play at the best programs in the nation, but get no money at all, while some just get books. Others get five to 100 percent of their tuition paid for. Because of this situation, we have to assign value to our players. Players we really need get a higher value, which makes getting recruited harder.
So many kids have already committed and made sacrifices within a program but get very few dollars. Some kids who choose to go here but don't get any money off the bat will earn a partial scholarship from us later. Last semester, we added four kids to our scholarship list. Although this is usually done at the end of the year, it can be done mid-semester if a kid has economic hardship, like one of his parents loses a job. It's a personal decision to go to a program with no money available, and try to get some a year later. It does happen.
A few things to remember about lax scholarships:
Whether you are in a lacrosse hub or not, you have to work to get noticed. Showcase yourself by playing on club teams, going to camps or in-state all-star games. Attending camps of a few colleges you're interested in is one of the best things to do. And just because you make all-county or All-American doesn't mean you will get recruited.
Participate in a strength, conditioning and speed program. A lot more kids in our sport are doing this. It hasn't always been this way, but the importance of physical development is getting closer to that of football.
The lacrosse recruiting process has sped up. Make your college decision based on what's best for you. Don't follow everyone else. Make your decision when you're ready, not when the coaches are ready.
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