The opportunity to play lacrosse in college has never been greater. There are a growing number of club, and NCAA D1 - D3 opportunities around the country. Choosing the goal of playing in college is a significant commitment especially when playing in Arizona. To be successful it is critical to be informed about the realities of college sports and the level of commitment necessary to get there and still get a good education. In this section we will provide information of playing college sports.
We have coaches that have played NCAA sports at all levels (Club, DI - III) and have children who have gone through the recruitment process.. We are happy to discuss goals with parents and players and will provide a realistic assessment and assist in whatever way possible. our goal in the end is that they find a pathway to becoming successful adults.
Many large Universities have very competitive club lacrosse programs and the caliber of play can be very high. All the major Universities in Arizona have club teams. In cases where the University also has a D1 team the club team often gets players that quit and still want to play. the larger clubs play in the WCLA and players can win All American and All Academic honors. In most of the clubs the players need to pay to play and fund raise to cover travel.
NCAA D III
More than 180,000 student-athletes at 450 institutions make up Division III, the largest NCAA division both in number of participants and number of schools. Academics are the primary focus for Division III student-athletes. Division III athletics provides a well-rounded collegiate experience that involves a balance of rigorous academics, competitive athletics, and the opportunity to pursue the multitude of other co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities offered on Division III campuses.
Division III features student-athletes who are subject to the same admission standards, academic standards, housing, and support services as the general student body. the caliber of play at the D III level can be very high with excellent players who could play at a higher level choosing academics first. There are not athletic scholarships in D III but a majority of the players receive academic or needs based funding. There are no specific recruiting rules of Division III.
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NCAA D II
Division II is a collection of more than 300 NCAA colleges and universities that provide thousands of student-athletes the opportunity to compete at a high level of scholarship athletics while excelling in the classroom and fully engaging in the broader campus experience.
Division II student-athletes are just as competitive and in many cases just as skilled as their Division I counterparts, but institutions in Division II generally don’t have the financial resources to devote to their athletics programs or choose not to place such a heavy financial emphasis on them.
Division II offers a “partial-scholarship” model for financial aid in which most student-athletes’ college experiences are funded through a mix of athletics scholarships, academic aid, need-based grants and/or employment earnings. There are specific recruiting rules and calendars for Division II athletes.
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NCAA D I
Among the three NCAA divisions, Division I schools generally have the biggest student bodies, manage the largest athletics budgets and offer the most generous number of scholarships. Schools who are members of Division I commit to maintaining a high academic standard for student-athletes in addition to a wide range of opportunities for athletics participation.
Division I is subdivided based on football sponsorship. Schools that participate in bowl games belong to the Football Bowl Subdivision. Those that participate in the NCAA-run football championship belong to the Football Championship Subdivision. A third group doesn’t sponsor football at all. The subdivisions apply only to football; all other sports are considered simply Division I.
There are over 110 schools that offer D1 women's lacrosse and are organized into 16 conferences. There are specific recruiting rules and calendars for Division I athletes.
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If you are interested in playing lacrosse at the college level you should create a profile page and certification account with the NCAA.
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