Kaitlyn Stankavage Commits to Temple University
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Each week, Showcase Lacrosse will bring you blogs focused on recruiting and the uncertain times ahead in an effort to help you maximize this time off and best prepare you for when you are back out in front of college coaches.
You have lost your spring lacrosse season and valuable recruiting time. So what now? Each week, Showcase Lacrosse will bring you blogs focused on recruiting and the uncertain times ahead in an effort to help you maximize this time off and best prepare you for when you are back out in front of college coaches. Topics will range from changes happening in the world of recruiting, such as the dead period and transfer portal; to tips on how to improve your highlight tape and what you should be messaging coaches. This week, we will tackle the “dead period”.
Before we get to maximizing your time off, let's get to know some of the new rules put into place. We have entered a recruiting dead period. So what does that mean and what do we do now? First off, it is important to know that the dead period varies depending on division, conference, and even school.
For Division I & II, the dead period is in place until May 31st. Meaning a college coach will not be able to recruit you in person until June 1st. Division III has not officially implemented a dead period but expect those schools and coaches to follow along with DI. However, the NESCAC, a DIII conference, has implemented an in-person recruiting ban for coaches which is currently in place until June 15.
So what is, and isn't allowed during this time?
Bottom line, players are still allowed to have full virtual contact with coaches as long as they are beyond September 1st of their junior year. In-person communication and recruiting have been put on pause.
In addition, with the start of the summer recruiting circuit being pushed back, it is important to know that there are currently no plans of time being added to the back end. Meaning, come August 2nd, all in-person evaluations, and any communication with college coaches will not be permitted until September 1st (DI). As it would any other year. The summer recruiting period will likely be the shortest in recent memory.
Players should take this time to get organized and reach out to schools. Reach out to coaches you have already been in contact with. Reach out to new schools and let the coaches know you are interested in their program. Make sure all the coaches you are in communication with have your most up to date highlight reel, test scores, or any other relevant information.
With a shortened summer recruiting circuit on the horizon, make sure you are doing everything you can now to prepare for when you are back out in front of coaches at a NXT Showcase event.
COMING NEXT WEEK: Recruiting 101 - Highlight Reels
Brian Dougherty, one of the greatest lacrosse players ever, joins this episode and does not disappoint. One of the sport's most decorated and accomplished goaltenders as well as one of the sport's biggest personalities, "Doc" has some great stories and insights. He talks through teaching himself the position, running with it through his playing career at Episcopal Academy, University of Maryland, The MLL (Major Lacrosse League), and finishing in style with Team USA. Other topics discussed include being the son of a legendary coach, being a natural communicator, coaching stops at every level, teaching goalie play through NetNation, and much more. Learn more about NetNation here: https://netnationlacrosse.com/
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