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  • egelloc80egelloc80 798 replies20 threads Member
    This is unfortuant because I'm currently a junior. I'm from the midwest and hoping to play college lacrosse but didn't know anything about it. I've been researching it recently since the 1st person in our school (neighbor and friend-year older) has been recruited to Boston. This thread and some of the other things I've read have not been what I've wanted to hear. What are some things that someone like me can do to increase my chances of getting recruited being a junior?
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  • DreadpiritDreadpirit 488 replies3 threads Member
    @ejelloc80 There is nothing to be overly concerned about. There are many, many college lax teams out there. Most of the discussion about early commits concerns top absolute top tier of players and teams.

    You should spend the next couple of months putting together a list of schools that match your interests and abilities both academically and athletically. If unsure where you might fit athletically talk to local coaches with some experience evaluating players. Once you have your list, start contacting coaches and let them know of your interest and where they can see you play.

    College camps and recruiting showcases are good ways to get in front of many coaches at the same time. The key to getting noticed is being proactive. If you wait for coaches to come find you, you will probably get left out in the cold.
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  • fauvefauve 3500 replies26 threads Senior Member
    fogfog- The NCAA rules booklet does indeed allow young athletes to contact coaches. The junior can call the coach to speak. But the coach cannot initiate the communication until the NCAA calendar allows. The NCAA page you reference is the guideline for coach-initiated calls to students, not student calls to coaches.

    In sports like swimming, rowing,track and cross-country, athletes generally continue to improve their PRs, so recruiting is often done much later (after junior year). A coach wants to see the latest races.

    With the large rosters for soccer, football, LAX, etc., coaches want to start the process earlier to pinpoint the standouts, and build relationships.
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  • SteveMASteveMA 6020 replies59 threads Senior Member
    OP-if your son is a sophomore in high school and isn't showing signs of entering puberty, have you considered having him tested for growth hormone deficiency? Not all kids mature at the same rate but even the late bloomers should be showing signs by now. Just a thought. This issue runs in our family and the latest family member has grown 8" in the past year and a half on the hormones.
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  • sportsnutzsportsnutz 10 replies2 threads New Member
    Thanks, SteveMA. We were concerned so had him tested recently. All looks ok and starting to show signs of puberty but bone age is a few years behind chronological age. They predict an above average adult height but it will take a few years to get there. At this point, I think we'll just sit tight and see what happens and have him work on developing his skills and not doing any showcases until he catches up a bit physically. We are hopeful that not all of the ships will have sailed at that point!
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  • egelloc80egelloc80 798 replies20 threads Member
    ^ I hope too
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