Rising Freshmen to Rising Senior - Blue Chip 225 is the place for you in in 2015. Spots are filling fast.
Position Evaluation and Skill Training
Supervised dorms and great dining
College coaches - one coach /10 players
Coaching in team play
Skill check in competitive games
Coach panel discussion on planning
Compete with nation's best
Reality check on college planning
College coaches - one coach for each ten players
Challenge yourself in top team play
Skill development sessions by position
Coach panel discussion on recruiting planning
All games filmed
Varsity and Elite Divisions
All coaches are college coaches
Connecting with College evening panel
Showcase your individual skills
Live all star game for coaches nationally
Your data on Coach Packet for recruiting
Up to 7 games for maximum showcase
100 college coaches on site
Coaches from all divisions and areas
College coaches - one coach for each ten players
Coach packet gives onsite coaches your data
Nationally videocast all-star game
Recruiting for Seniors panel discussion
Varsity and Elite Divisions - Recruited equally
Whatever your grade Blue Chip 225 works for you. Beyond the lacrosse skills and college showcasing, Blue Chip 225 is a place to meet players from your region and beyond. Our new dining program offers a dining card which let's you eat whenever you like in one of the many and varied food service dining centers on campus.
Enjoy the UMass, Amherst campus, and its outstanding fields only a short walk from the dorms. Compete against top competition to test your skills. Connect with the large number of college programs on staff and on campus as observers.
Join us at Blue Chip 225. Our goal is to help players make memories and plan their future.
Spots are filling fast and we may have the earliest waiting list ever. If you have your invitation, click the registration button below. If you don't have your invitation click the request invitation button. If you'd like more information visit our website.
Contact us at email@example.com or by phone 925-718-5758 (PST) if you have any questions. We have convenient payment plans available.
Blue Chip 225 is open to all but requires that a coach recommend you for either the varsity or elite divisions. They can do this by sending an email firstname.lastname@example.org
The criteria for each division are available by clickinghere.
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Going to College? - Time is Short!
As the end of your sophomore or junior year of high school approaches, you are facing a series of challenges and decisions which will determine the course of the rest of your life.
This Recruiting Tips email and the ones which will follow can help you connect your lacrosse experience and your college goals
The more you plan ahead, the better the chances you will have to achieve your goals. As you work through the plan, define your tasks and keep track of your progress. Even though college seems far away, time is short, and you have no time to waste.
Listed below are tips that will get you started. Your choice of a college will have major impact on the rest of your life. Plan well and implement carefully and thoroughly.
March 15 Until April 15 - Survey the Field
Let's assume you want to play lacrosse in college. This limits your college choices to: 67 D1 Colleges 57 D2 Colleges 213 D3 Colleges You're now limited to 337 NCAA 4 year colleges out of almost 3,000 in the US. If you include colleges with club teams, there are 213 colleges in the MCLA and 127 in the NCLL for a total of 340 additional four year schools where you can play lacrosse.
Now, narrow the list down a bit to make your task of deciding which colleges to consider. Consider your grade point average and ACT/SAT scores and rule out the obvious colleges you can't be admitted to.
While the list is now smaller, it will be smaller yet when you consider where you want to go to school. Don't want the South? North? big city? small town? - Narrow the list to schools in areas you want to consider.
Are you open to attending faith based colleges, public universities, huge colleges, tiny colleges? Go through the remaining list and rule out the schools whose location or type is unacceptable which narrows the list further.
While 50% of students change their majors in their first two years, it is likely you have an idea of the area of your major interest: astronony? business? engineering? Examine schools with strong programs in your area of interest - good track records of successful graduates. The list grows smaller.
Finally, by now you have an idea of the level of your skills in feedback from coaches at all levels. If you are third string in a weak high school, you probably can rule out the top ten D1 schools. If your GPA is high and you have strong SAT/ACT scores, you likely can be assured of being admitted to a 4 year school - so you can drop the 2 year programs. If you are a top 10 player with a very weak GPA and poor ACT/SAT scores, you probably can realistically rule out the Ivy League schools.
So, by process of elimination you have created a list of 12-15 colleges that are likely choices for you and you're ready for the next step of your plan.
April 15 - May 30 - Scan the Field
You can learn a great deal about a college without leaving home. The internet offers virtual tours, academic information, course information, cost and financial aid data, team, coach, and player info, a wide variety of feedback about each college, as well as contact information for the school and coaching staff.
Define the field - Choose a college search tool such aswww.collegeview.com. It is an easy to use tool that will do the narrowing down for you, provide you with information, and then let you compare schools that look like possibilities to you. Print out the list of likely schools, and their comparison and contact information.
Check Out the College - The cold facts of a college tell you little about the life of the campus, and the attitudes and feelings of the students. Check out your school list on the feedback sites which provide student feedback
Look for themes - not just a comment here or there, but the overall perceptions of people who go there.
Step 3: Scout the Team - Browsethe college site, click on athletics, then teams, men's lacrosse. Look at the roster - how many players are there in each class at your position? If you are a goalie and they have three sophomore goalies, there might not be a spot for you as a major recruit. Look at the coach biography. Is this someone who seems positive for you? Review the team record over the past season. If you the school is of interest, be sure to fill out the Prospective Student Questionaire to let the coach know of your interest.
Step 4: List your schools by their location so that you can
Grades: Most colleges use your GPA and your ACT/SAT scores as the major elements in the admission decision. Study for your finals, make sure you have all your work in.
Train - You are going to camp to showcase your talents. Keep your game sharp and your conditioning in top form. Camp days are long and demanding. Your endurance is important.
Plan Your Summer - If you're playing for a tournament summer team, list your schedule. Line out your camp dates. Then schedule visits to your top college choices.
Communicate with Coaches- Use the Blue Chip 225 Player Profile to update coaches with your schedule. If possible, coordinate your campus visit so you can meet them.
Update your profile with your most recent academic and athletic information.
Camps, Colleges and Coaches -- July- August
Showcase your skills and personality to college coaches
at Blue Chip 225! (and other programs if you must). As with your visit to college campuses, you should make each moment count. Coaches seek players who are not only outstanding individual players, but also consumate team sparkplugs, responsive to coaching instruction, well behaved and focused on their sport.
Secure your video highlights. This has become almost required by colleges for reviewing players. Having quality video showing you against top competition in challenging situations is key. Check out this article which quotes coaches of top college programs on the value they place on videos from prospective recruits.
Contact Coaches After camp, send a copy of your video along with a letter to each coach of a school you are considering thanking him for observing your play, referring to your videos, updating him on your upcoming schedule and your interest in his school.
Make the most of each visit. Take your visits seriously. Be thorough. Record your notes during and after each visit.
Check out www.cappex.com , a site that helps set up and plan your college visit tours.
Summer Summary -September
Summer is over. You have narrowed your list of colleges and, and you have at least several colleges listing you on their recruiting board.
You have opened communication with several coaches and you're well on your way. Take a deep breath and prepare for the next phase of the process. There is still a long way to go.
We're Here to Help
We hope you find this information helpful. The process of finding and selecting a college, being recruited, admitted and funded is a stressful and exciting one. Your goals will best be achieved through planning and thorough follow through.
We appreciate your interest and look forward to any questions or comments you may have.
Our goal at Blue Chip 225 is to help players connect with colleges through showcasing their individual and team skills against top competition. We do all we can to ensure that the results of players' performance is shared with college coaches on staff, those who attend, those who view games via archived video, and those who watch our live streamed all star games.
Beyond the value of the showcase are the steps YOU take to prepare for being recruited and for college and post high school lacrosse. This newsletter and others during the course of the year are tips on how to maximize your own efforts toward the goal of making the most of your athletic skill and goals.
If you're going into your freshman year:
Find a Fall team if you can.
Check out Fall tournaments in your area. Click here for search
Check out and get registered for indoor /Winter lacrosse
It is also permissible for you to receive a maximum of three complimentary tickets to a college sporting event. You can talk with college coaches but this must be on campus. You can call a college coach but he cannot call you or return your call.
You can make unofficial visits to a college campus. It is also permissible for you to receive a maximum of three complimentary tickets to a college sporting event. You can talk with college coaches but this must be on campus. You can call a college coach but he cannot call you or return your call.
If you're going into your junior year:
School starts about the same time as coaches are allowed to contact you. Give your best work and attention to both. Respond right away to any communication from coaches.
The quality of EVERYTHING you do with coaches is part of how you are evaluated. This includes the questionnaires you received from colleges and any notes you write to them. In reviewing your material, the number of spelling mistakes (including misspelling the names of the colleges themselves) is of concern. If you aren't serious enough to get the spelling and typing right a coach will wonder how serious you are about your sport.
Many colleges will send you questionnaires. Fill them out and return them quickly and accurately.
Sign up for Fall tournaments and email coaches in the schools you're thinking about your tournament schedule.
Make visits to colleges and begin to narrow your list to maybe a dozen that seem to be a fit for you and that seem within your ability range. As with your choices of colleges, pick some "safe bets", some good choices, and some "reach" schools. Find the balance between selling yourself short and being a 5'2" guard in the NBA.
Grades - Grades - Grades - As you go through school it becomes more difficult to recover from low grade point average. Be as serious about your academic achievements as your are your athletic ones.
Recruiting: Junior year from September 1
College coaches are allowed to send you information about their athletic program and about their school. this can include: media guides, schedule cards, personalized letters, photocopies of newspaper clippings and official university admissions and academic publications. The college coach is now allowed to answer your emails and send emails to you as well.
Junior year from July 1
A college coach is only permitted to contact you in person off the college campus only on or after July 1st when you have completed your junior year of high school. If the coach meets with you or your parents and says anything to you or them then this is considered a contact. Anything more than a very basic hello is a contact.
College coaches are permitted to make one telephone call each week to you or your parents. You can call the coach as often as you wish.
If you're going into your senior year:
You can make up to five Official - expense paid visits to college campuses. the visit to the campus cannot be longer than forty eight hours in duration. you are are not allowed to have an official visit until after your first day of classes of your senior year.
College coaches need to have an official ACT or SAT score and a copy of your official high school transcript before you can make a visit.
Coaches can make telephone calls and send written correspondence as per the rules for your junior year.
if your at a tournament and the coach does not talk to you don't take it personally. The National Collegiate Athletic Association has specific recruiting rules that puts limits on communication at tournaments.
A college coach can sit down with a guardian or parent at a competition site. This is counted as one of the three in-person off-campus recruiting contacts a coach is permitted
Do your official visits to your schools and consider what each one offers, where your academic and athletic goals are most likely to be realized.
In early November the National Letters of Intent are sent and it is decision time. Consider carefully with focus on the things that will matter in years to come. Ask yourself if you are permanently injured is this the place you want to be. Know what the National Letter of Intentmeans for both you and the college.