SO WHAT IS THE DEAL WITH CLUB LACROSSE?
With the growing popularity of lacrosse, club lacrosse has become more important for athletes. Athletes who want to play more than just the spring season, turn to clubs to hone their skills with other competitive players. Clubs typically formulate teams of like minded players from the area who train together to compete in various tournaments.
There are many tournaments during different times of the year, but most often clubs compete in the Fall (First three weekends in Nov) and in the Summer (June & July). Those who travel to tournaments are typically girls who are interested in being competitive. They are athletes who, for the most part, take the game seriously. It is not recreational lacrosse. Each tournament has brackets where clubs will self select the level of competitiveness.
While it certainly isn’t required, Club lacrosse is a good way to gain visibility with college coaches. Many college coaches attend tournaments to evaluate and recruit players. College coaches just don’t have time or resources to attend high school games, and unless you attend a powerhouse high school that reaches the state finals every year, odds are a college coach may never see your high school team play.
SAME NAME, DIFFERENT GAME
The rules and play of women’s lacrosse is significantly different from men’s lacrosse. Everything from the field markings, number of players on the field, equipment used and rules are very different. Don’t watch a women’s game from a men’s lens. Appreciate each game for what it is!
WHAT IS IMPORTANT ABOUT SELECTING A CLUB?
It’s all about the fit. For some, it’s about location, where do they practice, and how often. For others it’s connection with the coach. And still others, it’s the reputation of the club. Be sure and ask yourself, your daughter, and your program questions before committing to the club…
What will I get out of this club?
Do I share the club’s philosophy?
Do I agree with the coaching style?
What is the playing time philosophy of the club?
What is the training commitment for the team?
How frequent and where are the practices?
Is my daughter joining just to be with friends?
Can I get feedback about my daughter’s play?
What do you do to help my daughter play in college?
Do your due diligence, it will serve you well! Changing clubs isn’t the end of the world, especially in middle school, but in high school, ask the right questions to secure your future.
Bottom line – It’s about your daughter’s happiness and development. The Key Questions…
Is she learning?
Is she having fun?
Does she connect with the coaches?
Are they leaving it on the field?
Are we competitive?
GROWING THE GAME
Lacrosse is experiencing phenomenal growth. It is quickly becoming one of the most popular sports at the high school level. Over the past five years:
Male participants grew from 41,822 to 59,993—a 43.5% increase
Female participants grew from 32,403 to 48,086—a 48.4% increase
Total participants grew from 74,225 to 108,079—a 45.6% increase
The number of schools with men’s teams grew from 938 to 1,334—a 42.2% increase
The number of schools with women’s teams grew from 783 to 1,270—a 62.2% increase, and
The total number of schools with a lacrosse team grew from 1,721 to 2,604—a 51.3% increase.