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It is this simple, quality game video will be one of the most important resources to get the majority of players recruited.

I know there is the assumption that coaches need to see players in person to evaluate them, but getting the opportunity to be on a coach’s radar is initiated by a coach seeing a combination of highlight video and game video. As everyone knows, coaches are increasingly stretched thin. On average, there will be four or more major recruiting events each weekend from June until the end of July. The coaching staffs will divide and conquer by taking responsibility for tournaments in certain areas of the East Coast or the entire country. At larger programs, a staff of four paid coaches will have much better coverage than a smaller D3 program that consists of two paid coaches.

To help coaches recruit you, especially the coaches from smaller programs or outside your geographic region, you have to give them the opportunity to see you play. Seeing your game video can ultimately lead a coach to plan on attending a specific tournament or make sure they are on Field 12 at 2PM to watch you play in person. The video package that you provide is the first opportunity for a coach to evaluate you. You get to pick the clips and performances that best exemplify the type of player you are. The process is not easy, but the time and effort you put into your video will help yield greater results with coaches.

How do you get game video?

A small percentage of high school programs organize filming of their lacrosse games. As a parent or player, you can see if your school already films, has video equipment available through the Athletic Department or you can hire a professional videographer. As we get closer to the summer tournament schedule, you should see if different tournaments offer filming services. For example, LacrosseRecruits.com will be at 13 boys and girls events over the summer providing filming.

What games should I get?

You should try to get video against the best opponents on your team’s schedule. Coaches like to see how a player performs against quality programs or against specific players who are headed to play college lacrosse. For example, if you are an attackman and have a great game against a UNC commit, that game video will allow coaches to compare you to D1 talent. If you play in developing areas, you may not have many opportunities to play against great competition, so I suggest that you focus on getting film from tournaments or camps over the summer.

What type of video should you include to the coaches?

The type of video that coaches like to see varies from program to program. Typically, you should include a highlight video that is no more than 6-8 minutes and the video from your best full game or two of the best halves from the season. The highlights give you the opportunity to showcase your ability, athleticism and attitude. A coach does not want to see 6 minutes of you scoring goals though. For an offensive player, they want to see the different facets of your game, dodging, shooting, feeding, off ball movement, riding, picking up groundballs and other intangibles. You want to include full game video or your best halves, so a coach can see how you perform within the flow of a game. It is important to help a coach get a better sense of you as a complete player.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Chris Meade at chris@lacrosserecruits.com. I tell a pretty good video mix up story that landed me at Wesleyan University.

Chris Meade is Co-Founder of LacrosseRecruits.com. He grew up playing lacrosse on Long Island and graduated from Wesleyan University in 2005. Chris was a team captain and led the team to their first NCAA tournament appearance.

Post by:
Brian Paris, DC, CBP Fellow, NASM-PES & Colin Cooley, MS, NASM-PES of Performance Lacrosse

Sagittal plane movement is the dominant plane of training in the exercise and conditioning world. The training world is filled with open chain exercise machines that stress unidirectional movement in this plane. Chest press, shoulder press, leg press, and lat pull down machines flood gyms and training facilities across the world. Their prevalence stems from the training origins of body building and the fact that these movements can be easily observed in a mirror. Anyone with an interest in training cannot forget its origins but research dictates that we must move beyond the world of open chain hypertrophy training. Understanding how the brain and body function synergistically helps the lacrosse player become more effective on the field and avoid injury.

During your last lacrosse game, did you press a heavy load slowly off your chest while sitting with your feet off the ground or did you press a heavy load slowly while sitting with your legs in the air? Well, if you answered yes then you are not playing the fastest game on two feet. These sagittal plane exercises/machines are designed to create muscle hypertrophy (increase in size) and strength based on the anatomical origins and insertions of specific muscles or muscle groups. In order to move fast in the sagittal plane on the lacrosse field one must train the muscles, more specifically the muscle groups that produce force in this plane of motion. One must also prepare the nervous system (brain) and body to fire off synergistically during these movements. Hard work AND smart work is required to perform better on the lacrosse field-train smart, train hard. The lacrosse player must be concerned with becoming stronger, faster and smarter.

In order to move effectively and produce force in the sagittal plane one must focus on training movements in the sagittal plane. When the brain and body coordinate to move, the muscles that create that movement are trained. So don’t fret that you may not get a pump or feel like you did not work out if your focus is on training movements, not muscles. The easiest example of a sagittal plane movement is sprinting forward or backpedaling. However, for this article we will focus on training methods as opposed to conditioning and/or running. Traditional lacrosse training and conditioning stresses sagittal plane movements such as sprints, backpedaling, burpees, etc. It is less common to see teams including transverse or frontal plane movements in their training and conditioning, however, most of the game of lacrosse involves explosive movement in these overlooked and under trained planes of motion.

The intention of these articles is to provide a training platform of full body movements in the sagittal, frontal and transverse planes, starting with stability, and then adding strength and power or explosive exercises. Using full body movements in training engages the core and prepares the nervous system for the variety of movements in lacrosse. A training program should always first center on stability. Training without stability is like shooting a cannon out of a canoe. Many athletes are ‘functionally dysfunctional’ and end up injured or immobile later in life. These movements must be integrated in the training and conditioning of lacrosse prior to engaging in strength and power movements. Stability can be broken down into static and dynamic. Static stability is also known as posture. This is where all movement begins. Abnormal posture in any plane starts the athlete with an asymmetrical platform for movement. It alters the length tension relationships of muscles and ligaments. Abnormal posture also alters joint position sensors (mechanoreceptors) which diminishes the brain’s ability to feed back and feed forward information for effective movement. Dynamic stability is symmetry of movement through all degrees of freedom. Abnormal static posture will lead to abnormal dynamic abilities.

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Sagittal plane posture is your posture from the side. For reference points, your ears should line up over your shoulders, your shoulders over your hips and your hips over your ankles.

The picture to the right  illustrates frontal and sagittal plane ideal
posture.

Dynamic Flexibility
Dynamic flexibility has been proven to be more effective in preparing the brain and body for the movements of sport.   So what is wrong with old school static stretching? Numerous studies are showing the same finding: Static stretching before an

athletic event notably impairs the capability of our muscles to produce peak force output. It has been studied in specific sports: lacrosse players cannot sprint as fast, basketball players cannot jump as high, rugby players can’t push as hard, when they do a static stretching routine before these events. Why? Well static stretching does not raise your core temperature at all, so your body is not becoming any more ready to go into full drive. You are stretching your muscles past their normal flexibility and this decreases the force capability of the contraction thereafter. In some cases, hyper extension injuries were shown to be higher when an athlete followed a static stretching regimen prior to an event. Static stretching is not bad; it just has no place in the realm of preparing athletes to play a dynamic, multi-planar athletic event. Dynamic warm ups get our bodies ready to do what we need them to. They increase our range of motion dramatically, warm up our bodies significantly, stretch all core muscles including the legs trunk and upper body and can be made to be sport specific. Below are some dynamic warm up examples (sagittal plane).

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Strength Exercises
Strength is the body’s ability to produce force against resistance. The exercises below demonstrate using body weight and gravity as resistance. The affect of gravity is enhanced by performing these movements from a suspended position. Suspended pushups and pull ups are great starter exercises for building full body strength in the sagittal plane.

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Power/Explosive Exercises
In physics, power is defined as the amount of energy required or expended for a given unit of time.  In other words, power and explosive movements are strength over a period of time. To move fast on the field, training must  encompass using strength in shorter periods of time. Improving power and explosiveness requires altering the time variable.

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Starting Position

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Hip rotation with eccentric loading of the posterior chain

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Explosive contraction of the posterior chain posterior chain

Lots of players and parents ask LacrosseRecruits.com about the NCAA lacrosse recruiting regulations that prohibit coaches from calling and emailing players.  So here is a quick summary from a Division 1 coach’s point of view.

“If you are a current junior or younger please note that the NCAA prohibits us from calling you back until after July 1 prior to the start of your senior year. However, feel free to keep calling /emailing us (text messaging is prohibited), as there is no limit on your contacts, initiated by you to us via email or phone. We are not allowed to call or email back unfortunately. Keep trying, we look forward to hearing from you. Be relentless!”

Division 1 coaches are not allowed to send recruiting information by mail or email to players before September 1st of their junior year and can not call until July 1st before their senior year.  Typically, if you are on the recruiting radar of a school you will start to receive letters in the first days on the September and telephone calls in the first days of July.  Schools are allowed to send you questionnaires and camp information though before September 1.

As the message from the coach above mentions, you want to be proactive getting your recruiting information in front of coaches by calling them and emailing them.  As a sophomore, you want to make sure that you let a coach know that you are interested in their program and include your camp/tournament schedule for the upcoming summer.  Including your video and profile gives them the “bait” to make sure they take the time to see you play over the summer.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend.  If you have any questions, feel free to email me directly at chris@lacrosserecruits.com.  Also, if anyone can tell me which coach tells you to “Be Relentless,” I will hook them up with Reebok lacrosse gear.

Thanks, Chris

Post by:  Brian Paris, DC, NASM-PES of Performance Lacrosse

Lacrosse is a sport that requires training in all planes of motion. This article aims to teach the reader some tips on enhancing lacrosse performance in the sagittal, frontal and transverse planes of motion. Also the reader will learn about the importance of including the nervous system in training.

Although we classify movement in three planes of motion when training, one must also be aware of the six degrees of freedom in movement. For example, printing forward would be considered movement in the sagittal plane and so would sprinting backwards.  The same goes for the frontal and transverse planes. Such as, laterally shuffling to the left or laterally shuffling to the right, or  diagonal running to the left or diagonal running to the right. Training for lacrosse must have a focus on training for these types movements not solely muscles. Training the muscles to get bigger and stronger only does not train them to move more efficiently. If you want to move fast on the lacrosse field you must train fast. This is how the nervous system works. Just like ‘you are what you eat’, you perform how you train.

Movement preparation must also be done in all three planes of motion. This better prepares the nervous system for the demands of the game. Keeping your nervous system in tune for efficient movement requires flexibility and good joint mobility. This allows the best feed-back and feed-forward of information resulting in stability. If a player has tight hips he will be unable to get lower while changing direction. This also puts more abnormal strain on the knees and ankles leaving them more susceptible to injury.

Your core (everything except your arms and legs) is best trained in all planes of motion. If you were on the lacrosse field in the same position you are when doing crunches then chances are you just got leveled. Crunches were designed to make the abdominal muscles bigger in one plane of motion (sagittal) so they look good when you are static (not moving). Think about the complexity of all the movements that occur while playing lacrosse. Full body actions during training that combine planes of motion best prepare the core to integrate movement between the upper and lower body. This will help the athlete avoid injury and perform  optimally.

University_of_MichiganLacrosse is the fastest growing sport in America. For the past 10 years or more it has been exploding out of its traditional hotbeds on the East Coast. In states like Utah and Idaho, where there was no lacrosse at all, there are now 20, 30 or maybe even 50 high school teams. In states like Michigan and Ohio, where there were maybe 20 teams a dozen years ago, there are now over 100.

College lacrosse is growing just as quickly. With over 200 varsity teams and more than 300 club teams, there are now opportunities to play lacrosse at every type of college in every corner of the country.

I’m often asked for advice on what it takes to build a good high school program. Great coaching is one obvious answer. A good youth feeder program is another. School, family and community support is also important. Recruiting athletes who are playing other sports like football and soccer in the fall and basketball and wrestling in the winter is a must.

One thing that is often overlooked when building a high school program is the culture of the team. The best teams have everything I listed already, but they also have built-in expectations of playing at the next level. Most, if not all, of the players on those teams expect to play lacrosse (or one of their other sports) in college. They take their athletic participation very seriously because it’s fun, yes, but also because they understand what playing team sports can mean to their futures.

I’m not going to get into all of the possible benefits of playing a sport in college. There are too many to list here. Instead, I’m going to give you a few ideas on how to build that culture I mentioned on your high school team. If you are a coach, captain or booster, here are some things you can do:

1. Research summer and fall camp opportunities for your players. What camps should they attend based on their needs and skill level?
2. Get to know the recruiting process. Talk to high school lacrosse coaches at established programs for their advice (good high school coaches should be helpful through the process, but not controlling).
3. Talk to college coaches about the recruiting process to get their perspective. What are they looking for in a player? How should players contact them?
4. Get to know as many college coaches, at all levels, as you can. Invite some of them to come to events to speak to your team’s players and parents about recruiting and college lacrosse opportunities.
5. Film every game! Not only is the single most useful tool for improving your team, but it’s also very valuable for putting together recruiting videos for your players.
6. Watch college games as often as possible. Whether it’s the latest Virginia vs. Syracuse game or the local college club team game, expose yourself and your players to college lacrosse as much as possible. Record games on TV and show them to the team weekly.
7. Invite college players to speak to the team about their experience.

These are just a few things you can do to start building a culture on your team that leads to more players aspiring to play at the next level. It will help your players individually, and it will make a huge difference for your team.

Good Luck!

John Paul
Michigan Lacrosse

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I thought it would be helpful to address a common question that I have been receiving from many parents and players; is it a good idea to go to a particular school’s camp or a true recruiting camp like the Top 205 or Peak 200?

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Both types of camps offer benefits for you son or daughter. You need to understand what each type of camp offers and how you can leverage your exposure.

School’s Camps

Typically, a school’s camp is a great way for your son or daughter to get exposure to/attention from that school’s coaching staff. The camper will have four days to exhibit their lacrosse abilities as well as their personal character. Coaches feel that this is an opportunity to learn more about a particular player’s leadership ability, how they interact with teammates, and their athletic performance over a period of a few days as opposed to a few games.

The downside of attending a school’s camp is that you narrow your scope of exposure. Typically, at the Duke lacrosse camp, there will be Duke coaches and at the Brown camp, there will be Brown coaches. If opportunities at these schools do not pan out, you will be forced to rely on video to give coaches the opportunity to see you play.

Recruiting Camps

Recruiting camps like Top 205, Peak 200 and New England 150 (among others) are the staples of the summer recruiting circuit. Each camp has facilitated the recruitment of hundreds if not thousands of lacrosse players. Coaches have an opportunity to watch players that they may not have a chance to see play during the season. Also, it is an opportunity for players who may play against weaker competition during the school season to compete against better players. As a camper, if you have a few great days at one of those camps, your stock can rise exponentially.

The downside of attending a recruiting camp is these camps are normally larger than school’s camps. To make a recruiting camp worthwhile, you should reach out to schools of interest and make sure that you will be attending a camp where the coaches on your schools of interest list will be able to watch you play. If you do not make these connections, the chances of a certain coach watching you make a great play is very random. You have to be proactive in contacting coaches and making sure they will be at certain camps on certain days.

Of course, LacrosseRecruits.com makes all of this very easy. You can quickly figure out if the program you are interested in will be at the camp you are going to and if so, you can easily send a coaching staff a message alerting them that you will also be at the camp in question and inviting them to view your profile and video with the click of a button.

YaleOn Monday, LacrosseRecruits.com decided to take a field trip to Yale University to sit in on an Admission’s Information Session and meet with a financial aid officer to discuss how a recent $24 million financial aid budget increase effects financial aid packages for students, and in particular, athletes.

Useful Information from Yale’s Admissions Information Session

An admission counselor discussed the different ways the school evaluates potential students…

1) Your Transcript! Your grade point average is important, but having a 98 average will not go too far if you are not challenging yourself with honors and AP courses. Along with each transcript is a copy of your high school’s academic profile. The admissions officers will see what classes are offered at your high school and how many challenging courses you enrolled in over your four years.

2) Standardized Tests! Tests results still weigh heavily in the admissions process. Yale requires the SAT and two SAT 2 tests or the ACT. Students are allowed to combine their highest individual scores in Math, Verbal and Writing on the SAT. Students are not allowed to do the same on the ACT. Next year, the College Board will add the option for students to choose which scores go to certain schools, Yale will not allow students to do this.

3) Extracurricular Activities - The college is looking for well-rounded or well-lopsided individuals. The student speaker discussed his heavy involvement in music and theater throughout high school, and how the college was looking for theater students like him. He also said, if you are a Math whiz or an Oboe player, you should accentuate your talents and passions. With extracurricular activities, he also mentioned the importance of the “personal statement.” He advised that students find their personal voice and make sure to differentiate themselves.

4) Recommendations - Make sure that you are getting recommendations from teachers or advisers that know you on an academic and personal level. You want to have someone who can attest to your character as well as your ability to get “A’s.”

General Gist From A Financial Aid Officer

The conversation with the admissions officer can best be summarized with the information from their financial aid website. The sentences below will give you the general gist of how the increased budget changes student packages.  Also, please click here to learn about need based financial aid.  (every parent considering financial aid should read this!)

“Families earning less than $60,000 annually will not make any contribution toward the cost of a child’s education, and families earning $60,000 to $120,000 will typically contribute from 1% to 10% of total family income. The contribution of aided families earning above $120,000 will average 10% of income.

Yale also is increasing the number of families who qualify for aid, eliminating the need for students to take loans, enhancing its grants to families with more than one child attending college, exempting the first $200,000 of family assets from the assessment of need, and increasing expense allowances for foreign students during school vacation periods. Yale calculates financial aid by taking into consideration a family’s total income and assets, family size and number of children in college, family medical bills, state of residence, and a number of other factors.”

The other gem that I picked up from the financial aid officer, “every package is different and it would be a waste of our time to try to figure out potential packages for freshman or sophomore students in high school, so we have a financial aid calculator on the website for them.”

Similar to a mortgage calculator you find on the internet, Yale has a financial aid calculator (you will find these on most school’s financial aid websites). As Yale’s Financial Aid Departments states, “this calculator will enable you to make a preliminary determination regarding whether you may, or may not, qualify for need-based financial aid.” To see what type of package your family would qualify for, please click here!

I hope you find this post helpful.   Also, if you are going to New Haven and plan on having lunch at Prime 16, they are closed for lunch on Mondays.   If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly at chris@lacrosserecruits.com.

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Lacrosse Recruiting Camp Guide

We field daily calls from parents and players asking about the following camps, so we thought it would be beneficial to provide write ups for the top summer recruiting camps. Each camp write up consists of a “summary” from the camp’s website, an “overheard” section quoting players and coaches and an “our take” section which gives the LacrosseRecruits.com’s perspective on what players should attend each camp.Blue Chip 225
Bryant College, RI

Summary:

It is the premier recruiting camp 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.

Overheard:

“This camp is the best of its kind in the Northeast. If you aren’t going to Jake Reed’s Blue Chip and you want to play up North, you better be going to this Blue Chip.”

Our Take:

It is on point to say that this is the best recruiting camp in the Northeast. Coach Spencer does a great job drawing top talent to the camp along with loads of D1, D2 and D3 coaches. This year, he joined forces with Coach Pressler to host the camp at Bryant. The new location secures its spot as a Northeast destination. Blue Chip 225 is one of the best options for players who do not attend Jake Reed’s camps and want to attend college in the north.


Elite 180 Lacrosse Camp

Keene State, NH

Summary:

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.

Overheard:

“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

Our Take:

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
UMBC, MD

Summary:

It is the premier recruiting camp for high school lacrosse players. 2009 will be 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. Acceptances are due by November 22nd, 2008. 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. All current invitees accept by November 22nd.

Overheard:

“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.”

Our Take:

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.

New England Top 150 Lacrosse
Portsmouth Abbey, NH

Summary:

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.

Overheard:

“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.”

Our Take:

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.

Peak 200

Springfield, MA

Summary:

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.

Overheard:

“It is a fun camp that has good competition, good numbers and a number of scouts.”

Our Take:

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.

Showtime Recruiting: National Recruiting Showcase

WCSU, CT

Summary:

160 of the top rising sophomores (Class 2012) and juniors (Class of 2011) with college lacrosse aspirations will compete from July 13th - July 16th, 2009 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 2008, some of the nation’s top coaching staffs were in attendance, headlined by Johns Hopkins and Syracuse.

Overheard:

“The camp is still in its second year, so if you can go to Blue Chip, Top 205 or Blue Chip 225, you may be better off there. But Paul, Joe and Mike have lots of coaching connections and will be able to build their camp into a first choice camp for upcoming players.”

Our Take:

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 2nd 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. Word is that Syracuse found 4 or 5 players who are high on their recruiting lists for the upcoming season. As mentioned above, Hopkins was also patrolling the sidelines. The camp also drew a number of D1 and top D3 programs in the tri-state area. 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.

Texas 99

Summary:

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.

Our Take:

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.

Top 205

College Park, MD/Towson, MD

Summary:

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.

Overheard:

“Do not expect to get much individual instruction, this camp is almost all playing, but coaches are camped out on the sidelines.”

Our Take:

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.

If you have any suggestions for additions, please feel free to email me directly at chris@lacrosserecruits.com.

What would you rater have on your team someone that shoots the ball really hard but can’t control it or some that doesn’t have the shot speed and can put the ball where ever he wants every time he shoots?  

I would take accuracy every time at the high school level.  Why?  Because the easy answer is that goalies make mistakes.  I would much rather have the ball be somewhere on the net then and have a chance to score.  Listen I’m all for shot speed but, not at the expense of accuracy.  

Last year we had extra time to warm up before a game.  I was shooting with a player that was new to the team that year.  I didn’t know if I wanted to play him at attack or middie.  He had been playing middie.  As we were shooting I tried to call my shot by picking a corner.  Then we started to play P-I-G.  After a while I won, I told him you can’t score unless it is on the net.  He agreed.  Then during the game, I played him at attack and he scored.  Let me tell you it was a bad shot and the goalie just missed it.  I talked to him after about it.  And he said “coach you were right, get it on net right where I wanted it to go”.  I was shocked he scored on that shot, but it was on net.  Goalies make mistake just like every other player.  So, speed doesn’t matter like accuracy.  

So the next time you practice aim for the corners.  Once you can hit them every time, show your teammates.  They will be jealous, trust me.  I once told my team I was going to hit the top-right corner and I did.  It happened to be the first time I shot in front of them.  I earned their respect right way, from that accuracy shooting display.  It felt pretty good.  So, take the same pride and passion in you accuracy as you do the rest of you game.  

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The first rule is making sure your kids always know your rule for playing time.  It doesn’t matter if you are only going to play the best or if you are going to try to play everyone the same amount.  As long as the kids know your rule that is what matters.  Make sure they know before they sign up and on the any time you talk about playing time. 

This year the approach I’m going to take is varsity team is the best are going to play.  We want to win games, I know there will be some games when we are winning or losing by a lot and that is when I will get others playing time.  But, the overall varsity team philosophy is to win so; I’m going to play the best in order to make that happen.  But, the guys that will play have to be at practice if they want to see they field. 

On the other hand JV is about development.  I think we are at a stage where if the kids get good enough we need their help on varsity.  In the next two years we hope that will be our middle school team.  But, for now it is the JV team.  We try to get all the boys that practice equal playing time, so they can develop.  This helps making them the best they can be.

Is this the best way for your program?  I don’t know but sit down with your coaching staff and talk about the way you are going to approach this year’s playing time.  Then you can let the boys know and it will make everything run smoother when the season starts.

Now, I feel that players at the varsity level should be able to substitute on their own.  The great teams don’t need help they just play.  I’m going to set up a way I want my team to substitute and they should be able to do that on their own.  An example would be middies; it should go lines 1, then line 2, then line 3, then back to line 1.  If they kids can’t handle that we have other problems.  After we got that under control in practice, with scrimmages then we will add in LSM and offensive and defensive middles.  This way I can focus on the game and just coach.  And if the game gets out of control we can make the rotation go line 3, 4, then 5 (middie lines).  Then sub in the backup attack and defense. 

I wanted to tell you about this because last year I spent so much time with the JV on subbing that I didn’t get to coach as much as I wanted too.  The other way is to have another coach handle the substitutions and you can coach the game.  How ever you approach it have a plan.  Have a passion about the way you want to deal with substitution and it should run smoothly in future.

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