This has been a long time coming and I couldn’t be happier! The NCAA finally did something right for a once and changed the recruiting rule for lacrosse. If anyone really wants to get technical with the different Bylaws and such you can Click Here to view everything.
To put it in very basic terms if you don’t want to put in the time and effort, the ruling is that no Division I team cannot contact a player or their family members until September 1st of their Junior Year. So now we won’t see kids that are in 8th grade and haven’t played a single second of high school lacrosse (unless they’re in private school) verbally committing to Syracuse, Maryland or Duke. In my opinion, I think this is a great step in the right direction for the craziness of recruiting and club lacrosse. Like my first sentence of this post said, I couldn’t be happier.
An aspect that has been brought to light which I think is honorable are the verbal commitments that have already been announced. They will be honored.
It really pains me to say this but from the information that I have gathered and obviously just looking at Google, it doesn’t seem fair for the Division I programs. Let me explain before I get killed, I think this should be for Division I, II, and III programs. Let’s be honest, some players know they’re going to a Division I school or not just based on their talent but it should span across all divisions, not just Division I.
I am praying and hoping that this affects the club lacrosse programs and here’s why. My hope is that club programs will start to hire qualified coaches that know the game and understand how to coach. Many club programs are for profit and they only care if you give them money so they can make a living. After coaching this summer, I can’t tell you how many times I saw club coaches arriving 5-10 minutes before game time and expecting a good performance. It doesn’t make any sense to me and these program directors don’t care about the player or their family unless they pay money. It is decreasing the talent and product of the game and my hope is that will stop.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.