Welcome to the Maryland Roughriders Recruitment Q&A. Since 2006, the Maryland Roughriders organization has grown into one of the most respected Boy’s Club Lacrosse programs in the nation, sending kids each year to play college lacrosse at the Division I, II, and III level. In efforts to continue our success with the recruitment of our players, we have created this page to help facilitate the communication that you should maintain with yourself, your parents, and your coaches as you experience the recruiting process. Make sure to also check out our Q&A with some former Roughriders >>>
*Information pulled from US Lacrosse and other lacrosse outlets
Taking that next step after high school is a lot of work, but it can extremely rewarding and fulfilling. Before the college search begins, there are important questions that you need to be prepared to answer….
How important is the sport to you?
What are your grades like?
There are also a few questions the student athlete should ask himself….
Be prepared to be asked by coaches….
When visiting schools, ask yourself these questions….
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NCAA Eligibility Process and Lacrosse Recruiting Timeline
Athletes interested in playing collegiate lacrosse must initiate registration with the NCAA Eligibility Center by completing a NCAA student release form during junior year.
Men’s lacrosse tournaments and camps are offered and promoted to prospect student athletes annually, and players as young as rising high school freshman are being encouraged to participate in the recruiting process.
College coaches are allowed to have in-person contact with student athletes and/or their legal guardians. Coaches can watch student-athletes compete anywhere, and the coach can write and make telephone calls.
The college coach cannot make in-person contact with student-athlete or their legal guardians. This prevents the coach from making any evaluations of student-athletes whatsoever. However, the coach can make telephone calls to student-athletes or their legal guardians.
It is permissible for the college coach to evaluate student-athletes at their high school or any other place where they are competing. During this period the coach cannot have off campus in-person contact with a student athlete or their legal guardians. The coach can still make telephone calls to the student-athlete or their legal guardians, and student-athletes are allowed to make campus visits during this period.
During this time a college coach cannot watch student-athletes compete at any location. A college coach can make in-person contact with a student-athlete or their legal guardians if it occurs on the coach’s campus. Coaches are allowed to make telephone calls to student-athletes and their legal guardians, and student-athletes can make visits to college campuses during this time.
NCAA Initial-Eligibility Center
Initiate registration with the Eligibility Center by completing a NCAA student release form during your junior year. See your guidance counselor for forms and evaluation of your eligibility status.
All prospective Division I or Division II student-athletes must complete an amateurism questionnaire through the Eligibility Center. If the student-athlete is a two- or four-year transfer from a non-NCAA Division I or
Division II school, the amateurism questionnaire is still required before he is eligible to compete.
Paying for college can be an overwhelming process for parents and student athletes alike. You should weigh all the options that are available to you. Look for scholarship opportunities in your local area, but also ask college
recruiters about the opportunities for financial aid and athletic scholarships. Before you start weighing your options, sit down with your parents, coach or guidance counselor to go over all preliminary steps associated with paying for college.
The first step is to complete the Free Application for Student Aid, commonly referred to as, the FAFSA. Completing the FAFSA will allow you to see which federal grants and assistance programs you are eligible. This will also allow you to see what you will be able to borrow through federal loans programs like Stafford, Perkins and PLUS loans and what private lenders may be able to offer.
Consult your parents, guidance counselor, coach and financial advisor to what might be the best option for you.
When beginning your college search, you should also investigate what scholarships are available to you from local and national organizations. While this can be a painstaking initiative, it will ultimately lower the amount of student debt that you can accumulate through college. There are scholarships for everything, so don’t be reluctant to start the search regardless of grades. If you completed countless hours of community service or are focused on becoming an actor, doctor or marine biologist, there is probably a scholarship out there for you.
There are large misconceptions about scholarships when it comes to college lacrosse. The full-scholarship is rare in the sport, but partial scholarships or need-based aid are more commonplace. There are exceptions to NCAA scholarship limits as schools like Army, Navy, Air Force, Merchant Marine Academy and Coast Guard Academy are exempt from limits as every student and student-athlete receives a full scholarship. Ivy League institutions offer no athletic scholarships, but only academic and need-based aid. When you start to investigate schools, ask coaches what options are available to lacrosse players. Every school is different, so be sure to know all the rules and regulations when it comes to recruiting.
The Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA.us) member institutions offer a wide range of educational opportunities all across the Country. Unlike NCAA Division I, II, and some III schools, the MCLA recruiting process is year round. Some things to keep in mind while you consider your options are: