Recruiting Camp Guide

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The Top Lacrosse Recruiting Camps for 2014

This is the sixth year that we have written our recruiting camp guide, and each year, the date that we publish continues to get earlier. As of this writing (September 2013), players have already started receiving invitations to Jake Reed’s Nike Blue Chip, Maverik’s Showtime Spotlight and are applying to Super Sophs.

As lacrosse has grown, the number of "recruiting" events has grown even faster. It is important to go to the camps/showcases attended by the schools you would like to be seen by. All events are not created equal. Remember, you do not go to recruiting events to be discovered. You go to be seen by schools that already know about you, but want to see more.

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Our Lacrosse Camp Guide

This guide is a valuable resource for parents and players who are trying to decide which camps are worth attending. From all of the camps that we have attended as players, coaches and spectators, we put together a list of the top recruiting camps for 2014. Each lacrosse recruiting camp review has three sections. The first section, “Summary,” contains information taken from the event website. This provides a general overview of the camp. The second section, “Overheard,” features the perspective of players, coaches or parents regarding the event. This section provides a first-hand view of the lacrosse recruiting camp. In the final section, “Our Take,” the LacrosseRecruits.com experts provide their perspective.

Elite 180
Fab Frosh
  • Greenwich High School
  • Greenwich, CT - July 25, 2014
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Good To Great Lacrosse Showcase
  • Amherst College
  • Amherst, MA - July, 2014
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Jake Reed Nike Blue Chip
  • UMBC
  • Catonsville, MD
  • Rising Seniors Jun 21-23; Rising Juniors Jun 23-25; Rising Sophomores Jun 25-27; Rising Freshman Jul 17-19
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Maverik Showtime National Recruiting Spotlight
  • Western Connecticut State University
  • Danbury, CT - July, 2014
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New England Top 150 Lacrosse
  • Portsmouth Abbey School
  • Portsmouth, RI - July, 2014
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Super Sophs
  • Greenwich High School,
  • Greenwich, CT - July 26, 2014
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Texas 99
  • Greenhill School
  • Addison, TX - June, 2014
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Top 205
  • East – Towson University
  • Towson, MD; West – University of Colorado, Boulder, CO - June/July, 2014
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Top Prospect Camp
  • St. James School
  • Hagerstown, MD - June, 2014
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Elite 180

Summary
As former Head Coach of the Amherst College and the current head man at Guilford College, Tom Carmean found it to be ineffective to travel to each and every recruiting venue looking for a small faction of student athletes who could meet the academic and athletic demands of the Northeast's most prestigious schools. In turn, Elite 180 seeks to bring together the nation's best student athletes with the some of the nation's best schools. All of the teams at the camp are led by college coaches, providing a great opportunity for the players and coaches to get to know each other. The quality of student athletes is excellent at the Elite 180 camp from top to bottom. This is a great camp for rising juniors who want to get their names out to the most selective schools in the country, as well as rising seniors getting their final looks.

Overheard
"We found that this camp allowed our players to get that early look from these highly competitive schools that they might not gotten elsewhere. This exposure no doubt, allowed our players to get a better handle on the recruiting process as it relates to these schools."

Our Take
Elite 180 focuses on exactly what Coach Carmean set out in his camp's mission statement, specifically, giving players the opportunity to be seen by coaches from high-end academic DIII schools (mainly NESCAC) in a competitive atmosphere. Unlike some of the larger camps, Elite 180 keeps the number of campers on the low end. It has traditionally been known as a NESCAC breeding ground. If you go through the rosters of schools like Middlebury, Williams, Tufts and Trinity, you will find multiple players who went through Elite 180. Also of note: The camp holds informative night sessions, which provide players with recruiting talks and details on the admissions processes at these selective institutions.

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Fab Frosh

Summary
This one-day showcase for only rising sophomores allows players to compete in front of an impressive list of college coaches. Fab Frosh is kept to 200 players, and each player gets a chance to showcase their skills in at least three games. The showcase is run by the same group that operates the Super Sophs events, and builds upon the success the group has had there. Particpants and their parents take part in a recruiting seminar to start the day before players then compete in a SPARQ combine and games. Each player has access to game film from each game throughout the day. The event has steadily increased in popularity: Last season, participants hailed from 25 States, 148 high schools, and represented over 100 club teams. Athletes competed in front of an impressive list of DI and Northeast coaches.

Overheard
"We had a great experience at Fab Frosh. Of particular note was the recruiting seminar and Q&A, which was very informative. The venue is intimate and there were some impressive colleges represented.

Our Take
A Disclaimer: LacrosseRecruits.com is involved with organizing this event. (We will leave biases aside). Fab Frosh builds on the trend to move early on top-level talent as they move from freshman to sophomore year. The recruiting timeline has continued to accelerate – as of this writing, over 50 2016s have committed to some of the top Division I programs in the country. Similar to Super Sophs, Fab Frosh is a great day of lacrosse and allows players to play in front of college coaches in an intimate environment. The goal is to give a player everything they need to approach the recruiting process going into sophomore year and beyond.

Click here for the event recap video of 2013’s event via LR News
http://lacrosserecruits.com/news/featured/event-recap-video-fab-frosh-showcase

Click here for the Featured Five players from 2013’s event via LR News.
http://lacrosserecruits.com/news/featured/featured-five-fab-frosh-showcase

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Good To Great Lacrosse Showcase

Summary
Run by Amherst College head coach Jon Thompson and his staff, this showcase separates itself from other events by having a philosophy that is different than others. The focus of the staff is on individual enhanced skill development as a staple of the program. The camp teaches players how to develop their offensive and defensive arsenal from some of the nation's best coaches. This development is then enhanced by the opportunity to showcase your skills in front of coaches from some of the most prestigious schools in the country. Attention to detail with both tactical and technical development is paramount. Campers play a minimum of five games, with potential for an All-Star game. The event is a three day, two night showcase based entirely on the campus of Amherst College. Participants stay in the dorms, go to the dining hall, and play on the Amherst College fields.

Overheard
“This camp was most impressive, especially for players looking to play at Ivy League, Patriot League or NESCAC schools. Held at Amherst, the Showcase provides players with a first-hand experience at a NESCAC school. Coach Thompson and his staff run a smooth and refreshing event.”

Our Take
Many times, parents are looking for a camp where their son is going to get more out of the experience than just the three days of games. This is exactly what Good to Great has to offer. Coach Thompson stresses an instructional element that is too often overlooked at showcase events. The limited number of spots will guarantee more personal learning experiences while not allowing the talent pool to dilute. For many families outside of New England, small Division III institutions are a bit of an enigma, notably when coming from an area that is dominated by larger state schools. This camp allows student athletes the chance to spend time on a smaller campus and see if they could see themselves ending up at a similar school. When you look at the numbers, the majority of college lacrosse options are small to medium sized Division III institutions. This is a great opportunity to get a feel for what that size campus is like.

Personal Anecdote From LacrosseRecruits.com Co-Founder Chris Meade
The Summer before my junior year of high school, my father and I visited Amherst on a New England college road trip, which also included stops at Brown, Providence, Dartmouth, and UMass, (as well as shooting pool and testing the limits of my learner’s permit in New Hampshire). Amherst was my first experience with a small liberal arts school, and it was the perfect spot to open my eyes to the benefits of a smaller school. Amherst is located near UMass and has a very cool college town feel. It was the first time that I really considered the benefits of going to a school with less that 5,000 undergraduates. It opened the doors to schools like Haverford, Hamilton and Wesleyan (my alma mater!).

Click here for the event recap video of 2013’s event via LR News.
http://lacrosserecruits.com/news/featured/event-video-recap-good-to-great-lacrosse-showcase

Click here for the Featured Five players from 2013’s event via LR News.
http://lacrosserecruits.com/news/featured/featured-five-good-to-great-lacrosse-showcase

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Jake Reed Nike Blue Chip
  • UMBC
  • Catonsville, MD
  • Rising Seniors – June 21-23; Rising Juniors – June 23-25; Rising Sophomores – June 25-27; Rising Freshman – July 17-19
  • http://lacrossecamp.com

Summary
Jake Reed’s Nike Blue Chip is the premier recruiting camp for high school lacrosse players. The event for seniors has existed since 2001. All of the sessions operate and take place at UMBC in Catonsville, Maryland – which is about 10 minutes from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The camp is an exclusive one: Organizers send invites in the Fall to players that pass a strict referral process. There is a 120-player limit for each session of the camp. If the invites are not accepted, additional invitations are sent to alternates.

Overheard
"If you think your son is good enough to play at the highest level, do everything you can to get him to this camp. Be proactive, and try to get as many respected coaches as possible to lobby for your son's spot at this camp."

Our Take
Simply put, this event is the gold standard. If you get an invitation to this camp: Go. If you want to play at the highest level of college lacrosse, this event is your best opportunity to impress top-tier coaches by showcasing your skills against the highest level of competition. The number of total players is kept to a manageable level, so coaches are able to get a good look at each player. Nike Blue Chip remains the place to play the best players in front of DI coaches.

Coverage of last Summer’s events via LR News

Click here for the event recap video of the Rising Junior session
http://lacrosserecruits.com/news/featured/event-recap-video-jake-reeds-nike-blue-chip-rising-juniors

Click here for the Featured Five players from the Rising Junior session
http://lacrosserecruits.com/news/featured/featured-five-nike-blue-chip-rising-juniors

Click here for the event recap video of the Rising Sophomore session
http://lacrosserecruits.com/news/featured/3273

Click here for the Featured Five players from the Rising Sophomore session
http://lacrosserecruits.com/news/featured/event-recap-video-baltimore-summer-kickoff-session-1

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Maverik Showtime National Recruiting Spotlight

Summary
160 of the top rising sophomores (Class 2017) and juniors (Class of 2016) with college lacrosse aspirations will compete at Western Connecticut State University. Participants will have the opportunity to showcase their skills while being individually assessed during position specific instruction and game sessions. Many top DI coaching staffs will be in attendance – in 2013, the Top 50 DI programs in the country were all represented. The All-Star Games for each age group are highly coveted slots: Sidelines for those games are lined with almost every prestigious DI program in the country.

Overheard
"Besides Jake Reed's Blue Chip, the afternoon/evening of the Showtime All-Star game had more top DI programs than any other event of the Summer.”

Our Take
This camp is run by former Syracuse standouts Paul Carcaterra, Joe Ceglia and Mike Springer. They offer invite-only spots to rising sophomores and juniors. Last year's camp drew a wide range of top-notch players from throughout the country. Showtime is a great place to be seen by the big time programs. The sideline of the All-Star games was extremely impressive, with many DI programs in attendance. Since the camp is only open to rising sophomores and juniors, this camp is for top players that want to play at the DI level.

Coverage of last Summer’s events via LR News

Click here for the event recap video
http://lacrosserecruits.com/news/featured/event-recap-video-maverik-showtime-national-recruiting-spotlight

Click here for the Featured Five Players from the Class of 2015
http://lacrosserecruits.com/news/featured/featured-five-maverik-showtime-national-recruiting-spotlight-2015s

Click here for the Featured Five Players from the Class of 2016
http://lacrosserecruits.com/news/featured/featured-five-maverik-showtime-national-recruiting-spotlight-2016s/

Click here for quick highlights from the Class of 2015 All-Star Game
http://lacrosserecruits.com/news/lacrosse/quick-highlights-maverik-showtime-2015-all-star-game

Click here for quick highlights from the Class of 2016 All-Star Game.
http://lacrosserecruits.com/news/lacrosse/quick-highlights-maverik-showtime-2016-all-star-game

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New England Top 150 Lacrosse

Summary
The New England Top 150 Lacrosse Camp provides the experienced high school player with excellent competition and advanced coaching techniques. Each player has the opportunity to improve his individual technique and tactical knowledge while also competing against strong competition. Over 50 colleges are in attendance, providing student athletes an opportunity to meet college coaches.

Overheard
"The camp has a great corral of Ivy and NESCAC coaches. They aren't just scouting, they are getting players better. And you will see lots of high level, intelligent lacrosse players."

Our Take
This is one of the rare recruiting camps that teach players how to become better. It also boasts a full roster of coaches from the top programs in the Northeast: Schools like Babson, Bowdoin, Union and Tufts, to name a few. The coaching staff is excellent and they care about the players and helping their game. The experience is more personal than most camps out there. Coaches love attending because of the targeted group of players as well as the beautiful setting of Portsmouth Abbey. This camp has some of the best variety of DIII schools available.

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Super Sophs

Summary
Super Sophs is a one-day showcase that allows top players in the Tri-State area to compete at the end of the Summer when Division I coaches are focused on Rising Juniors. The number of players is kept lower so each player gets a chance to showcase their skills in front of college coaches. Last summer’s event drew an impressive list of Ivy and Northeast coaches. 2013’s participants hailed from 21 States, 159 high schools, and represented over 120 club teams. Players and their parents participate in a recruiting seminar to open the day. The players then participate in a SPARQ combine before participating in games. Each player has access to game film from each game throughout the day.

Overheard
"Super Sophs is a fantastic, one-day event. From exposure to college coaches, to a great recruiting Q & A session, to very good game film that we have used for our highlight reel."

Our Take
A Disclaimer: LacrosseRecruits.com is involved with organizing this event. (We will leave biases aside). Super Sophs is a great day of lacrosse and allows players to play in front of college coaches in an intimate environment at Greenwich High School. The event gives a player everything they need to approach the recruiting process going into September of their Junior year, from a recruiting seminar and Q&A to exposure to college coaches in a smaller setting.

Click here for the recap video from the 2013 event via LR News
http://lacrosserecruits.com/news/featured/event-recap-video-boys-super-sophs-showcase

Click here for the Featured Five players from the 2013 event via LR News.
http://lacrosserecruits.com/news/featured/featured-five-super-sophs-boys-showcase

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Texas 99

Summary
Texas 99, which began in 2010, covers the Top 99 players in the state selected by high school coaches. The explosion of varsity lacrosse has resulted in the development of highly skilled players who have yet to be seen by the coaches of Top DI, DII or DIII NCAA programs. The availability of recruiting camps in the Northeast is limited for players from Texas, leaving 100+ plus college-capable players from being exposed to lacrosse programs. The shrinking budgets and staffs at the NCAA levels make it difficult for coaches to make recruiting trips west of Ohio. T99 fills that void for players from the State.

Overheard
“T99 is an outstanding opportunity for players in Texas to be seen by college coaches.”

Our Take
Notre Dame assistant coach Gerry Byrne runs T99, which is a very well attended camp. T99 is a lifeline of sorts for strong high school players from Texas who might not otherwise have the opportunity to attend camps on the East Coast. This camp is also becoming a feeding ground for DIII programs that are looking for players outside their traditional regions.

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Top 205
  • East – Towson University
  • Towson, MD; West – University of Colorado, Boulder, CO - June/July, 2014
  • www.205lacrosse.com

Summary
Top 205 is the original recruiting camp, and is still regarded as one of the best opportunities to be seen by the top-level coaches. Sessions include Rising Seniors East, Rising Juniors East, 205 West, and 205 Rising Sophomores. Each provides players with the opportunity to go from unknown to sought after with an impressive couple of days of play.

Overheard
"Do not expect to get much individual instruction, this camp is almost all playing, but coaches are camped out on the sidelines."

Our Take
Top 205 has been around for over 20 years, and is known as a stronghold for colleges from the South. The opportunities are there to be seen. It is a viable regional alternative to Jake Reed's Blue Chip. If you make the All-Star team, you are guaranteed looks from Top 10 Division I programs. The addition of Top 205 West is a good opportunity for Western players to be seen East Coast coaches.

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Top Prospect Camp

Summary
Top Prospect is the Mid-Atlantic area’s first highly selective youth lacrosse camp for the elite middle school player committed to success at the next level. Applicants must provide a reference as part of the selection process. Successful applicants typically will have been starters for their respective travel teams. Players will experience an intense, fast-paced teaching environment during the instruction sessions. These sessions will include both team dynamics as well as position specific breakouts.

Overheard
“The difference with this camp: My son walked away saying that he really felt like he was taught and learned a lot of new, helpful skills that showed in his subsequent games. He could tell the difference between the coaching he received at Top Prospect and other camps he has gone to.”

Our Take
Run by Baltimore Crabs LLC Director Ryan McClarnen, this event is outstanding for those looking to improve their game. It is not a recruiting camp, but rather focuses on educating younger players through individual instruction from leading lacrosse minds. Top Prospect has an “old school” camp feel, focused on player development through proper fundamentals as well as education via guest speakers. It is a refreshing event in that its focus is on teaching younger players the team game. Click here for the event recap video from 2013’s camp via LR News.
http://lacrosserecruits.com/news/lacrosse/video-blc-top-prospect-lacrosse-camp

Note
LacrosseRecruits.com has over 4,500 members. As part of select packages, we actually help you build a schedule of events based on the player's target list of schools. You can see a list of committed LacrosseRecruits.com members here, and you can see our packages here.

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