1. What should my highlight reel look like?
We have data showing the average coach does not watch more than 3-5 minutes of any video. This is why we strongly recommend you have 15-20 clips ranging from 5-15 seconds each, keeping your reel within this 3-5 minute time frame. In this video, coaches are looking for both athleticism and skill. Shy away from showing the same kind of play over and over.
2. How and when should I send my video/highlight reel to coaches?
If you want to get the attention of a coach you have been in communication with, we can tell you a secret: coaches love being able to track progression.
Coaches do not have time to watch full games of all of the prospects they’re interested in. Highlight reels have revolutionized the coaches’ capabilities to evaluate players. You need to send your highlight reel to all coaches you are interested in, or coaches you might be interested in. Coaches have busy schedules and can’t make it to all of the events they’d like to, so being able to evaluate you from their office, home, or on the go is pure gold.
3. What does a verbal commit mean to players/coaches?
The NCAA defines a verbal commitment as “non-binding”. This means verbally committed players are committed to the application process of a particular school but not yet officially admitted to the program or school. This verbal commitment becomes a binding contract when the National Letter of Intent is officially signed by the player. This is just like any deal in the real world, it’s not official until you sign the dotted line. Until then, many things can happen. By the way, here are some tips for that unnofficial/officail visit: 5 Tips for Your Official or Unofficial Visit
4. What does it mean to be invited or go to a prospect day?
Prospect days are a great way to get on a school’s campus and play in front of a school’s coaching staff. It doesn’t necessarily mean a school is interested in you as a “prospect” for their school. We recommend prospect days for schools you are very interested in or a school you have had previous correspondence with. All too often we hear, “but they sent me a prospect letter, that means they are interested in me!” That is not always the case. Coaches cannot send you personalized information before September 1 of the player’s Junior year in High School, so they use the prospect day letter as a general reply to a player’s email. That’s why picking up the phone and calling coaches can be valuable (this is not breaking any NCAA violation). Have you never received a prospect day letter? This is what they generally look like:
Go (Mascot name here)!!
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5. How do I find the best showcases?
If you watched the Events Roadmap Webinar, you understand why there isn’t a magical list of showcases that committed players attended. Showcases are meant to get you exposure to the types of programs you have interest in and gives you a chance to collect footage. Our best advice? Research! Research! Research! Don’t believe us? Check out The Recruiting Closet Podcast: The Three Pillars of Athletic Recruiting or reference the“Using Showcases to get Recruited” Webinar as proof.
6. When should we be contacting coaches and what do we say?
First, research the types of schools you’re interested in! Then, fill out your profile or recruiting resume. Then you are ready to email these coaches you’re interested in. Make sure you are personalizing these messages to each coach. They are smart and can sniff out a “blast” email (ahem, this is why we don’t let you do this on lacrosserecruits). While you might not want to email the same coach every day, you need to email them enough to let them know that you’re interested. Maybe give them a call and have a conversation about their season, your summer, your future plans, their plans, your personal goals, etc. Below are some great articles to reference.
- Recruiting Engagement: Contacting College Coaches
- Early Lacrosse Recruiting: Focus On You
- Sample Email Template to a College Coach
- 5 Must-Have Elements of Your Message to a College Coach
- 3 Keys to Engaging (and Reengaging) with a College Coach
7. How do we gauge if a coach is interested?
College coaches cannot contact prospects until September 1 of their Junior year. However, players reaching out to coaches is completely legal within the NCAA rules, this includes all kinds of communication vehicles. We recommend you call coaches, the very reason you just got nervous and don’t want to is evidence as to how few people actually chalk up the nerves to do it. When you do make that call, coaches know it takes guts and it might be what puts you ahead of someone else on their list. The recruiting process is about trying to separate yourself from the pack. Which coaches do you call? Any coach you want.
For our members, I would start with those coaches who are looking at you. For those who don’t know, LacrosseRecruits notifies you of which coach is looking at your profile, watching your video, or downloading your academic information. See the article below for more information on trying to gauge coach interest.
8. Why use your platform?
We understand you might be overwhelmed with all of the options out there. However, we believe Lacrosse Recruits will be your best resource to save you an incredible amount of time in the recruiting process: using an advanced school search to help you sort through thousands of schools to find ones that interest you, information on every program and school from U.S. News and World Report, email address database of every coach in the country, a messaging system to reach out to those coaches, a tracking feature to know which coaches are interacting with your recruiting information and analytics to help you digest and set realistic goals.