With the school year starting and fall sports beginning, I want you to think about this.
Parents, coaches and athletes all share a common goal, the goal of helping you stand out, gain attention, and solidify a spot on a collegiate roster. Conversely, most of your money is spent on things that help you fit in not stand out. You’re investing in the wrong things. We all want to "earn" an opportunity, but we don’t want to "pay" the price to get there. Being a great athlete is no longer enough. Practicing extra is no longer enough. Ability and time are two constants every athlete has access to. You must invest in the 10 percent extra that 90 percent of athletes do not have.
The rising popularity of men’s and women’s lacrosse and the influx of collegiate programs has diluted the scholarship opportunities nationwide. Unlike major NCAA sports such as football, hockey, basketball and baseball, secondary sports yield lesser funds available for larger pools of participants. NCAA Division 1 men’s lacrosse teams have an average roster size of 45 players but only a maximum of 12.6 scholarships to award per team. This means that the average award covers less than 30 percent of a typical athlete’s annual college costs.