Submitted by LacrosseRecruits.com Staff”
As the recruiting process has become more competitive, so has finding spots at the top recruiting camps and showcases. Below is our guide to The Top Summer Recruiting Camps Across the Country for 2010. There is nothing like this anywhere on the internet.
It is important to remember that there is lots of legwork that goes into getting a spot at these camps and showcases (need recommendations from your coach, must get paperwork together, etc) but ever more work goes into making sure you are on the map approaching the summer. A LacrosseRecruits.com profile and highlight reel enables a coach see your son’s potential and then make arrangements to see him play in person over the summer. Just because you received some letters does not mean you are in the clear.
The Top Summer Recruiting Camps Across the Country for 2010
This guide is a valuable resource for parents and players who are trying to decide which camps are worth attending. From all of the camps that we have attended as players, coaches and spectators, we put together a list of the top recruiting camps for 2010.
To simplify the process of selecting the lacrosse recruiting camp that best meets your needs, we have provided a write up on the top summer recruiting camps across the country. Whether your recruiting goals are Division 1 or Division 3, the information below will help you evaluate your options.
Each lacrosse recruiting camp review has three sections. The first section, or “summary”, is information taken from the lacrosse recruiting camp’s website. This provides a general overview of the recruiting camp. The second, or “overheard”, section features the perspective of players and coaches. This section provides a first-hand view of the lacrosse recruiting camp. In the final section, “our take”, The LacrosseRecruits.com experts provide their perspective on which players can benefit most from that specific lacrosse recruiting camp.
Lacrosse Recruiting Camps Guide
Blue Chip 225
Bryant College, RI
It is one of the top recruiting camps for high school lacrosse players in the Northeast. You can expect to be coached during the week in both practice and game situations by college coaches, and to be observed by other college coaches who attend camp as observers and evaluators. You can expect to learn about the college recruiting process from the people who do it. What are the recruiting rules; who to talk to; what to expect on visits, how to communicate with coaches and a whole lot more.
“This camp is worthwhile if you are invited to play in the Elite Division. Prior to the camp, there are invitations sent to select players to compete on elite teams. The college coaches tended to focus on the elite level games. In the first night, there are scrimmages and players can be moved to the elite teams.”
Coach Spencer does a good job drawing top talent to the camp along with a strong showing of D1, D2 and D3 coaches. Last year, he joined forces with Coach Pressler to host the camp at Bryant. The location secures its spot as a Northeast destination for exposure to Northeast programs.
CT Super Sophs
New Canaan, CT
A one day showcase allows the top players in the tri state area to compete at the end of the summer when Division 1 coaches are focused on Rising Juniors. The event is kept to 120 players so each player gets a chance to showcase their skills in front of college coaches. Last summer was the first year of the event and they had a very strong showing of Ivy and Northeast coaches. Players and their parents participate in a recruiting seminar, a SPARQ combine, and then play games. Each player has access to game film from each game throughout the day.
“CT Super Sophs provided that us everything that we needed to move forward in the recruiting process. From exposure to college coaches, to a great recruiting Q & A session, to very good game film that we have used for our highlight reel.”
Disclaimer: LacrosseRecruits.com is involved with organizing this event. (We are not being biased… I promise) It is a great day of lacrosse and allows players to play in front of college coaches in an intimate environment. As the parent said above, the event gives a player everything they need to approach the recruiting process going into September of their Junior year.
Elite 180 Lacrosse Camp
Keene State, NH
As the Head Coach of the Amherst College Lacrosse team, Coach Tom Carmean found it to be ineffective to travel to each and every recruiting venue looking for that small faction of student/athlete who could meet the academic and athletic demands of the Northeast’s most prestigious colleges. In turn, Elite 180 seeks to bring together the nation’s best student/athletes with the some of the nation’s best colleges.
“We found that your camp allowed our players to get that early look from these highly competitive schools that they might not gotten elsewhere. This exposure no doubt, allowed our players to get a better handle on the recruiting process as it relates to these schools.” Ken Miller, Owner Long Island Sting
Elite 180 focuses on exactly what Coach Carmean set out in his camp’s mission statement. Giving players the opportunity to be seen by coaches from high level academic schools (Ivy, NESCAC, Patriot) in a competitive atmosphere. Unlike some of the larger camps, like 205 or Peak 200, Elite 180 keeps their limit of campers low. If you visit their website, they provide a unique list of camp alumni, schools where players move on include, Kenyon, Dartmouth, Haverford, Bucknell, Providence, etc.
Jake Reed’s Blue Chip
It is the premier recruiting camp for high school lacrosse players. 2009 was the first year of Jake Reed’s Nike Blue Chip camp for rising Sophomores. Just like the Junior and Senior camps, the rising Sophomore camp will be held at UMBC. Invites are sent by the camp in the fall to players that pass a strict referral process. There is a 120-player limit for each session of the camp. If the invites are not accepted, additional invitations will be sent to alternates. Last year, all invitees accept by November 22nd.
“If you think your son or player is good enough to play at the highest level, do everything you can to get them at this camp. Be proactive, try to get as many respected coaches as possible to lobby for your son’s spot at this camp.”
If you get an invitation to this camp… go. It is that simple, if you want to play at the highest level of college lacrosse, this camp is your best opportunity to impress top tier coaches by showcasing your skills against the highest level of competition. The number of total players is kept to a manageable level, so coaches are able to get a good look at each player. Important Notice: Jake Reed does not have a website. All of his invites are sent in the mail. All recommendations for players to attend come from college coaches and lacrosse influencers.
New England Top 150 Lacrosse
Portsmouth Abbey, RI
The New England Lacrosse Camp Top 150 provides the experienced high school player with excellent competition and advanced coaching techniques. Each player will have the opportunity to improve their individual techniques and tactical knowledge and to compete against strong competition. Over 50 Colleges are in attendance providing student/athletes an opportunity to meet college coaches.
“The camp has the best corral of Ivy and NESCAC coaches out there. They aren’t just scouting, they are getting players better. And you will see lots of high level, intelligent lacrosse players.”
Coach Brown puts together one of the best camps in the country for players who want to improve their game and compete at a high level. This is one of the rare recruiting camps that teach players how to become better. It also boasts a full roster of coaches from the top programs in the Northeast. Every level, D1 to D3. From UMASS, Yale, Tufts, Providence, Bryant, Vermont, Middlebury, Bates, to name a few. The coaching staff is excellent, and they care about the players and helping their game. The experience is more personal than most camps out there.
The Peak 200 Lacrosse Camp is a focused, competitive program designed to provide the best possible advanced coaching and playing experience for the nation’s most exceptional secondary school players. Each player will be on a team with its own complete coaching staff and will be exposed to individual, position and team training. Emphasis will be placed on advanced techniques, tactics and strategies from some of the top coaches in the country.
“It is a fun camp that has good competition, good numbers and a number of scouts.”
Having a college coach as the coach of your team at Peak 200 gives you an opportunity to be exposed to great coaching for the entire week. Not only are you getting better, but as you play all the other teams at the camp, it also gives you the opportunity to play in front of a lot of coaches. Peak 200 also has a great “College Fair” night where each school in attendance sets up a booth and you are given time to speak with all the coaches.
Peter Worstell’s California Gold
Osage Station Park, CA
According to their website, CALIFORNIA GOLD invitational was more successful than ever imagined with over 30 college coaches in attendance. Emails from players continue to come in as numerous success stories emerge. It is a credit to the effort and passion that all these players displayed. According to multiple college coaches, CALIFORNIA GOLD recruiting invitational has elevated itself above all others in the west from a credibility, quality and productivity standpoint. My objective is to keep pushing the bar upward and provide the level of value all participants are looking for.
“The best exposure event on the West Coast. The tryouts in Oregon, Northern CA and Southern CA can be a pain, but it is worth it if your son is selected to play at the camp.”
Peter Worstell has built a very good camp that rivals Jake Reed, Top 205 and Showtime for exposure to top D1 programs like Hopkins, Syracuse, Duke, Cornell and Maryland. The one knock is that it lacks the depth of coaches that other camps have because of its location. It is a tough trip for coaches to make it to California.
Showtime Recruiting: National Recruiting Showcase
160 of the top rising sophomores (Class 2013) and juniors (Class of 2012) with college lacrosse aspirations will compete from July 12th - July 15th, 2010 at Western Connecticut State University, in Danbury (Fairfield County), CT. Participants will have the opportunity to showcase their skills while being individually assessed during position specific instruction and game sessions. CT. Many top DI, DII, and DIII coaching staffs will be in attendance. In 2009, some of the nation’s top coaching staffs were in attendance, headlined by Johns Hopkins and Syracuse.
“Besides Jake Reed’s Blue Chip or Top 205’s MD All Star game, the afternoon/evening of the Showtime All Star game had more top D1 programs than any other event of the summer. (D3 Assistant Coach)”
This camp is run by former Syracuse standouts, Paul Carcaterra, Joe Ceglia and Mike Springer. They offer invite only spots to rising Sophomores and Juniors. The camp is in its 3rd year at Western Connecticut State University. Last year’s camp drew a wide range of top-notch players from throughout the country. The lowdown on this camp is that it is a great place to be seen by some big time programs. As we quoted above, the sideline of the All Star game was extremely impressive with almost 20 of the top 30 D1 programs in attendance. Since the camp is only open to rising sophomores and juniors, this camp is for top players that want to play at the highest level.
The camp covers the Top 99 players in the state selected by the HS coaches. Over 50 colleges were represented. Top 20 D1 schools like Harvard, Notre Dame, Yale, Towson, Ohio State, Navy, Army, Air Force, Maryland, Dartmouth and Penn State as well as developing programs like Hartford, Bellarmine and Manhattan College. Additionally, top D2 and D3 programs like Washington and Lee, Salisbury State, Merrimack College, Bates College, Bowdoin, Limestone, etc attended.
Coach Byrne from ND runs a very well attended camp. You can see by the schools that they list above on their website. The camp is a lifeline for strong high school players from Texas who might not have the opportunity to attend camps on the East Coast. More and more this camp is becoming a feeding ground for D3 programs that are looking for players outside their traditional regions.
College Park, MD/Towson, MD, CU-Boulder, CO
The original recruiting camp. It is still regarded as one of the best opportunities to be seen by the top-level coaches. They offer three sessions for players, rising juniors and two open Top 205 camp sessions. The 4 days provide players with the opportunity to go from unknown to on the tip of the coaching communities tongues with an impressive couple of days of play.
“Do not expect to get much individual instruction, this camp is almost all playing, but coaches are camped out on the sidelines.”
The camp is known as a stronghold for colleges from the South. The opportunities are there to be seen. It is the best alternative to Jake Reed’s Blue Chip camp. If you make the All Star team you are guaranteed looks from top 10 Division 1 programs. The new Top 205 West is a good opportunity for Western players to be seen East Coast coaches.
Submitted by LacrosseRecruits.com Staff”