The Dual State Renegades are here to help you navigate the ever changing landscape that is college recruiting. We also realize that many of you may want to pursue a private HS education and we are here to help facilitate you in that endeavor as well. With that said, the most important aspect of playing lacrosse at the next level can be summed up with on word:
The opportunities to play after HS are many. We may all focus on the Maryland's, Denvers and Duke's of the lacrosse world (Div. I ) but there are literally almost 800 colleges offering different levels of lacrosse. From playing varsity at D3 NCAA winner TUFTS, to MCLA1 recent champion Cal Poly, you are looking at some fine academic institutions. Locally, you can play college club lacrosse at Boston College, U of New Hampshire and even UMass. But, at the end of the day, your academics need to be in order. Often, Post Grad year (PG ) may help.
Club lacrosse is relatively new, preceded by decades of playing in summer leagues. I remember having practice for the Hero's league in Maryland and our coach was the legendary Buddy Beardmore, as Hall of fame member. With the growth of the game, first across the NorthEast, then across the country, the landscape started to change. College coaches needed, or wanted, a centralized venue to recruit players. (In 2005, Massachusetts had 117 boys/146 girls HS teams. This past spring saw 220 boys /208 girls HS teams competing ) This morphed into the giant showcase/tournament business where players and colleges "verbaled " to commit to each other. And the players were getting younger and younger every year. In the end, the verbal commits held no merit, as players "traded up" colleges or injuries made coaches look elsewhere.
This past spring, new recruiting rules were passed. (see below )
The NCAA, along with the IWLCA and USILA, have adopted some new recruiting guidelines.
Click HERE for Amended Rules!
Click HERE for Summary of Rule
In a nutshell, the new rule means this:
“This proposal was intended to simplify the legislation by making September 1 of a prospective student-athlete’s junior year the starting date for all communications and contacts.”
What does this mean for Dual State Renegades ?
As a program that values skill development in a fun, fast paced atmosphere, the new rules benefit the DS Renegades greatly. Lacrosse can now be about getting better and having fun, without the pressure or choosing a college before your child is even a teenager, let alone driving. Learning to play lacrosse intead of "hero ball" is also better for the college coaches as the kids get to develop their "lax IQ". The Dual State Renegades also want to keep our program local and affordable. Spending thousands to travel to play club teams that are often literally your neighbors in often counterproductive. It is also against the rules for a college recruiter to contact "Johnny or Janey" rising 7th grader, meaning playing for the perceived "right club" means less and less. The focus can now be on where it needs to be, high school performance.