The Reality of Recruiting, Showcases, Invitationals

 By Kevin Finn, Director of High School Teams, Boys National Program

“If I don’t go to this showcase, I won’t get recruited.”

“If I don’t make it to at least five events this summer, I won’t get seen and won’t get recruited.”

Have you ever thought about this? Have you ever experienced the recruiting event FOMO?

It seems like there’s always a frenzy about which events to attend to get recruited. Players and parents place so much importance on which recruiting showcases, camps, or invitationals they visit. Some players are traveling non-stop throughout the entire year to make sure they attend as many events as possible. Players can get emails from a showcase or prospect day director and think they’ve just found the golden ticket.

Often, these showcase or invitational directors will get a hold of a list of players and blast it out to hundreds, maybe even thousands, of players across the country. Let’s say you get one of these invitations. You register and show up thinking the coaches and directors are ready to watch you play, then find out that the 200 other players at the event got the same note you did.

These events demand time and money, both of which are important for a player and their family. To sign up and travel to dozens of events throughout the year is not only a drain on your resources but it’s also unnecessary.

How do you avoid stressing over which events to attend, attending too many, and experiencing burnout before you’re even recruited?

Here’s my checklist on how to navigate the process of determining which recruiting events to attend and avoid recruiting burnout!

Do the research

Don’t assume you received an email from an event director as an exclusive invitation. Do your research and learn more about the event before signing up!

Have a mentor

If you play for True Lacrosse, your director and coach are ideal resources to help navigate this process. All of our directors are experienced and knowledgeable when it comes to recruiting. They have connections with event directors and college coaches, so they can talk to the person hosting the event to see if they identified you as a top prospect.

Measure the opportunity vs. cost/time

Again, these events require money and time. It’s unreasonable for most players and their families to take on what can become almost a full-time job of attending recruiting events across the country year-round. After you’ve talked to your mentor/coach, determine which events are the best fit for you and your family, your financial situation, and your schedule.

1 Event/Season

Families will often make the mistake of having their young players attend too many events at a young age. It’s great to play and start getting on the radar, although one or two events are plenty. A coach cannot recruit you until you are a junior, and at that point, it won’t matter how you played as a 9th grader. It matters how you play when you’re at the age you can get recruited. Plan on one event in the fall, one in the winter, and one in the summer as you approach the time for recruiting.

Focus on your development

The reason you’ll get recruited is because of how skilled you are. It doesn’t matter how many events you attend if you haven’t put in the work to be the best you can be. Focus on your development. When the time comes to participate in these events, you’ll be ready to shine.

I hope this helps you avoid recruiting FOMO and burnout! As always, we’re here to help you become your best selves and navigate every step of the recruiting process.