If you're a newcomer to the game of lacrosse, the way to be the best player is to learn from the best players. Find ways to start young and reach professional status.
- Step 1: Consider using a recruiting service if you're a high school student wanting to get your player profile to a Division-1 college lacrosse team recruiter.
- TIP: High school lacrosse players get noticed if they're among the top 90 seniors participating in the Under Armour All-America Classic tournament.
- Step 2: Choose the right college. A Division-1 college lacrosse player has the best chance of being recruited by a professional team.
- FACT: In 1763, British troops were defeated at Fort Michilimackinac while watching Native Americans play lacrosse, a ruse created by Chief Pontiac.
- Step 3: See national high school lacrosse rankings offered by the likes of ESPN. Attend one of the schools with a strong lacrosse program.
- Step 4: Pick the right camp. Ask for coaching staff credentials and ask about daily training details, such as position-specific training, drills, and scrimmages.
- TIP: Study lacrosse professional game videos, or videos in which professional players like Gary Gait demonstrate game tactics.
- Step 5: Find sports camps recommended by US Lacrosse, the national organized lacrosse governing body. Ages go from third grade to high school.
- TIP: Some lacrosse camps are sponsored by sports equipment companies, like Nike, or colleges, like Boise State.
- Step 6: Practice game tactics alone or with a partner. Throw with your right hand and catch with your left, and then reverse positions -- the best players are ambidextrous.