Recruiting Guide – V: NCAA and Other Resources
By Bill Allen, LaxPower.com

College-Bound Student-Athletes Initial-Eligibility Resource Center. This useful section of the NCAA web site includes:

2010-11 Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete (recommended)
NCAA Eligibility Center
Academic Certification
Amateurism Certification
Recruiting Information
Health and Safety Programs
Who to Call / Where to Go
    • Eligibility Center - 877/262-1492 (8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET Monday-Friday)
    • Academic & Membership Affairs - 317/917-6008 (noon to 4:00 p.m. ET Monday-Friday)
      (for parents, student-athletes, and the public)

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Brochures and Presentations (recommended)
    • Roadmap to Initial Eligibility Presentation for student-athletes
    • Roadmap to Initial Eligibility Handouts for student-athletes
    • Initial Eligibility Brochure for student-athletes and parents
Forms


National Letter of Intent. This site, now housed at NCAA.org, provides information on the National Letter of Intent, including detailed explanations, videos, dates for the early and regular (spring/summer) signing periods, a document library, and FAQs (frequently asked questions).

Lacrosse Magazine. US Lacrosse's publication produced a 10-part series of recruiting articles from in 2008 and 2009. Here's the link to Part 10. From there you can access the earlier pieces in this series.

A Letter to Parents - Lacrosse Magazine. In a 2006 open letter to parents, Virginia men's head coach Dom Starsia provides some thoughts about the relationships between coaches and parents. As a coach for over 35 years and the parent of two NCAA athletes, Starsia tries to provide his perspective on the often misunderstood relationship between the two.

Active.com has a blog with real-life stories from actual athletes about their experiences. Read their thoughts about the recruiting process at From the Trenches.

Kudda.com's Coaches Wisdom Video Library (for purchase) features college coaches providing video clinics on a number of recruiting subjects:
    • Benefits of Going D-III
    • D1 or D3: What are the Main Differences?
    • Girls’ Lacrosse: What D3 Coaches Look for in a Player
    • The College Recruiting Process
    • The Recruiting Process for D-III Bound Players
    • What College Coaches Look for During Summer Recruiting Tournaments
    • What College Coaches Look for in an Athlete
    • Recruiting Do’s and Don’ts

See the US Lacrosse web site for general information, national and chapter events, tournaments, and the like.

Finally, the LaxPower Recruits database can be useful to find where friends are going and who may be going to schools of interest. For example, if you are a goalie and another All-State goalie signs with your #1 school choice, you may need to ask a question or go to Plan B.

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