Sunday, October 18, 2015
The Hill School in Pottstown, PA
Welcome to The Match™ and the chance to introduce yourself and your lacrosse playing talents to some of the top Division III coaches in the county. We are confident you will come to the event ready to Light It Up!
The Match™ is returning to the Hill School in Pottstown, PA and, new in 2015, is adding a girls’ session. On the boys’ side, 300 players from 8 states participated in 2013 and 2014. Close to 50 Division III colleges have attended the showcase.
The event is specifically designed for players (2016, 2017, 2018 graduation years) who are (or have the potential to be) strong Division III candidates – athletically and academically. All players must be nominated by a high school /club coach. Players are selected by position based on qualifications, credentials and promise in a competitive process. It is best to submit applications early. Invitations are issued on applications supported by nominations where warranted on rolling basis. Any player who completes the application process will receive a free 3-month ConnectLax membership. Participants in The Match™ will enjoy a free membership through January 31, 2016.
The event features, in part, a novel 7v7 short-sided format. This portion of the event is designed to maximize player touches and give participants the chance to showcase their skills on offense, defense, in transition and in the goal in a fast-paced setting. The Match™ is a truly unique and participatory recruiting event.
The name “The Match™” is intended to reinforce an overlooked reality in today’s frenzied recruiting scene. While many high school players dream about playing Division I lacrosse, the truth is that spots are limited, the competition is great and not every strong player is going to find his or her way onto a Division I roster.
Many players (and parents) recognize this reality late in the pursuit, but not until after devoting time, emotion and resources and experiencing a level of frustration in the process.
Aspiring players should reach for the stars. But at the same time, they (in consultation with parents and coaches) should be realistic, strategic and proactive, focusing on colleges that might be the best fit for them academically and athletically. Strong players have an opportunity to leverage their lacrosse talents to get the best education they can, while competing at the highest possible level. And such a college experience can prepare a student-athlete for life!
Put differently, the “Fit Is It,” and we encourage all candidates to focus on the fit and not the frenzy! Often the fit is the best school with a lacrosse program that promises to permit the player to contribute in a meaningful way sooner rather than later.
We have scheduled our event in late October to avoid the established fall recruiting events and the hype of the November circuit. Participation in those events may still be a part of a player’s game plan. But our hope is to attract uncommitted players, including proverbial “late bloomers” or those who are still “under the radar,” who are considering playing high caliber lacrosse at the Division III level and want to compete in front of high caliber Division III coaches.
The Match™ will feature fellow aspiring student athletes, all of whom have been recommended by high school and/or club coaches, as well as an array of college coaches who are also looking for a fit, all in a competitive showcase that will take place in an intimate setting afforded by the Hill School and its wonderful Far Field facilities.
Register soon! Space is limited!! We look forward to seeing you at The Match™!