You could have a million ideas, but they’re all worthless if you don’t get them done.
— Lauren Amarante

While I've never heard of the very, very bright woman responsible for this quote, it completely resonated with me in a slightly different way than she intended. 

The other day I received an email asking for camp recommendations. Over the last three years of being back in Pittsburgh, I've provided a list of camps and showcases for local athletes to consider. It can be difficult to make camp and showcase recommendations to families if their child has no idea what he wants from his college experience. What makes one camp experience great for one athlete doesn't mean it will be great for another athlete. Our common advice is if you don't like winter in Pittsburgh please don't consider attending a recruiting event in the New England area because the bulk of the schools attending will be regional schools. 

The summer camp market has of course fluctuated wildly since the early 2000s. At one point, a middie from Mt. Lebanon received a small write up in the Post Gazette for being invited to participate at Top 205. The camp website is no longer functioning which is to say the camp no longer exists. 

For several years, families were flying to winter tryout camps for the hopes if being invited to a "better" camp in the summer. That tryout camp bubble recently popped and their winter camp programming contracted from five or six sessions down to just two. 

Now families are navigating the surge of prospect day camps which every D1 school and some higher level D3s are using to court dedicated athletes. Prospect days are a typically a one shot deal in terms of exposure, but often times D1 schools will allow a few regional D2 and D3 schools to attend. The challenge with prospect days is determining which ones to attend. The best advice is to only attend if the school is in your top 5. Remember just because you were invited via email doesn't mean the coaches actually know who you are beyond having your an email address. Some prospect days are larger than others and are used as a way to help pay the coaching staff.

Remember the Amarante quote?

You could have a million ideas, but they’re all worthless if you don’t get them done.
— Lauren Amarante

Let's reimagine that statement as it pertains to lacrosse.


You could attend a million showcases, but they’re all worthless if you don’t perform.
— 412 Elite Lax

Not an easy pill to swallow, but an important message for all to hear and understand. 

It doesn't matter:

  • Where you are from
  • What club team you play for
  • How many camps you attend

If you're not good enough...if you don't absolutely go off at these events, than you're not good enough.

This message isn't for everyone.

This message is for the kids and families who are researching, "what's the best recruiting camp?" instead of going to the gym. This message is for the kids reading tweets about recruiting commitments instead of shooting or picking up 500 ground balls. 

This message is definitely for the kid who is more interested in the ego stroke of being recruited than actually playing college lacrosse. 

This message is definitely for the family that thinks they can buy their way onto a D1 roster.

This message is not for the kid who has a focused list of D3 schools that offer his major, are all the same size, and are all within a four hour drive from home.

Read more about Lauren Amarante below. Pretty fascinating young woman.

Via Junior Biz:

Lauren Amarante is a born leader. When she was nine years old, she used to get all of her friends to join together after school and sell things like sandwiches, Oreos, and lemonade.

From elementary school to high school, Lauren was a perennial class president and team captain. Then, when her high school basketball coach was diagnosed with breast cancer, Lauren helped plan and organize an event to raise money for a cure, which has become a yearly fundraising event.

Later on, as a sophomore at Arizona State University, Lauren co-founded World Entrepreneurship Day (WED). WED’s first celebration of entrepreneurship, in 2009, was a huge success: 22 countries around the world participated. Since then, WED has partnered with the United Nations to scale its successful model around the world. The 2010 WED was kicked off at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City and celebrated in over 35 other countries around the world. Speakers included Marc Ecko (founder of Marc Ecko Enterprises), Beth Comstock (CMO, GE), and Maria Bartiromo (CNBC’s ‘Closing Bell’).

Lauren is going to be a senior this fall at ASU. She plans to continue growing World Entrepreneurship Day and inspiring people around the world to action.