July 27, 2016 // Armonk, NY
Playing lacrosse in high school is just one part in the steps that need to be taken in order to get recruited to the next level. Finding yourself a strong club team is the next move in the recruiting process, while signing up for summer camp is just another way to ensure you get on college coaches radar as a stand out player. Finding the right camp can be a difficult process and it is definitely important to go somewhere that will make sure you get the right attention to mold your skills, as well as the potential to be taught and/or watched first hand by college coaches.
Throughout the summer of 2015 and previous summers before that, there have been camps that have proven themselves as standouts, causing players to not only improve lacrosse skills physically, technically and mentally, but also have gotten players recruited to the next level.
Here is a list of noteworthy camps for high school girls looking to make it to the next level:
1) Elite 180 (Keen State, Keen, NH)
Elite 180 is known for having very close individual attention to each player in order to give them a full picture of what the recruiting process is like and what is necessary for a player to do in order to get on a coaches recruiting map.
“Elite 180 provides a wonderful perception of DIII lacrosse, as well as the ability to play competitively. This camp was beneficial for me during my recruiting process and I would definitely recommend it to other high school student athletes.”
2) Maximum Exposure (University of Maryland and Loyola University, Baltimore area)
Every single current college coach attends Maximum Exposure, which is an advanced camp to develop the skills of players, as well as expose them in front of coaches to prepare them for the next level. This camp is available for rising juniors and seniors.
“Maximum Exposure has become a more important stop for Freshman and Sophomore players with DI aspirations. There are a few ‘diamond in the rough,’ players who will get noticed in the older age groups. But for the most part, the older players are either committed or going DIII.”
3) Northeast 215 (Kimball Union Academy, Meridan, NH)
Northeast 215 is made up of some of the brightest minds in lacrosse, all of whom guide and instruct players through the 3-day camp that include various drills, games, coaching talks, and scrimmages. Campers will work directly with the staff and be instructed in high-level technical and tactical components of the game.
“I found this camp to be extremely beneficial during my recruiting process. NT215 pulled coaches from the Northeast and beyond. It gave me the exposure I needed with some top schools. I’d recommend it to any high school player looking to play competitively at the next level.”
4) Super Sophs (Greenwhich HS, CT)
This one day show case is primarily for rising juniors to exemplify their skills in front of a vast group of college coaches. The show case is comprised of about 200 players to ensure that each camper will be able perform and be noticed in front of the coaches. Players and parents also take part in a recruiting seminar so they have all the available knowledge about the recruiting process.
“Super Sophs was a great one-day format that supplied us with both information and exposure we did not find at many other events.”
5) FLG Premier Girl’s Showcase (Long Island University, Brookville, NY)
FLG is a one-day showcase event for coaches to monitor players’ games throughout the day. Throughout the day and once the day is finished, coaches can request players profiles and information in order to find out more about the players they have put on their radar.
“FLG is a first-class program, and this event promises to be in-line with the organizations reputation.”
6) Nike Top of the Class (Governor’s Academy, Byfield, MA)
This camp is unique because college coaches run each of the stations that are provided during the camp’s sessions giving players individual guidance and professional advice from coaches across the country. This ensures that each camper will be personally attended to and will allow them to receive valuable insight on how to improve their game.
“This camp is really fun and challenging. You are provided many chances to learn skills as well as display your own. The coaches and counselors are helpful and very approachable for any questions you have. I would recommend this camp to anybody who is interested in competitive lacrosse.”
7) Northstar Invitational (Northwood School, Lake Placid, NY)
The Northstar Invitational was developed as an invite-only camp for the nation’s very best high school girls lacrosse players to compete and perform within a format which best showcases their abilities to top college coaches. This invitational will secure the chance to be seen first hand in front of coaches all across the country.
“Northstar allows coaches to evaluate the hand-selected talent from across the country, all in one prime location. The structure and format of Northstar allows coaches to watch and evaluate athletes across all different aspects of the game. I look forward to seeing the highest level of talent in what promises to be one of the most competitive environments within the women’s recruiting landscape. Northstar provides the perfect opportunity for young girls who are invited to showcase their abilities, and ultimately bring their game to the highest level.”
8) Triple Threat (Episcopal HS, Alexandria, VA)
Triple Threat is an extensive 4 day camp that works players to improve on their skills technically and physically. Each camper is put into a group based off of their age (10th-12th grade) as well as their skills in order for each player to get the right attention they need to advance their game.
“I have sent a number of my players to this camp. It is a high octane camp where girls get better over four days. It is also nice that the coaches on staff are so hands on.”