No. Ferris Lacrosse is a "Club" team. We function in an atmosphere of "Virtual Varsity."
We operate as a D-III program would, with 4 to 5 practices a week, that generally
last 2 hours. The University does offer the team a lot of support. We play and practice
on Top Taggert field, the Universities stadium (the only club them to do so). We have
access to multiple training facilities and support staff. The lacrosse team here at
Ferris enjoys many luxuries that most clubs do not have. With have an impeccable reputation
on campus, we are well received, and well respected. The personal support is from
the President, the Athletic Director, Webmaster, NCAA Eligibility Chair, and many
others in the Ferris community that push for our support. The ultimate goal is to
reach Varsity status, but we have to do the work. The University is pushing for our
success, and is waiting for us to grow.
Despite the ever-increasing support, the tight financial situation here at Ferris
will not allow the University to increase funding. The University does support 5/8
of our budget, with the rest coming from the student athletes, immense fund raising,
community sponsors and alumni support.
A person decides to become a member of the team for many reasons. Mostly because of
its many unique academic programs, Ferris is an institution that offers degrees that
you can only get here in Big Rapids, Michigan. In addition, Ferris offers lacrosse
on a very competitive scale, with many rewards. The team is where many make friendships
that last a lifetime. Most spend time together on and off the field. From living together
to socializing after games. The ultimate reward is the chance to be involved in something
We focus on lacrosse, but give the players the freedom to concentrate on academics.
The players are expected to dedicate themselves to the program, but are given the
flexibility to get it done in the classroom. A few of our players have passed up scholarship
offers to come to Ferris for the above stated reasons. Ultimately, the goal of the
team and staff is to have fun, and win a whole lot of lacrosse games.
Ferris State University is a member of the United States Lacrosse Men's Division of
Intercollegiate Associates (USL MDIA aka
USLIA) -- the largest lacrosse league in the world. The USLIA consists of over 195
schools from all regions throughout the country. Ferris is a member of the CCLA, which
is division of the USILA. The CCLA is associated with over 19 teams spread throughout
the Midwest, including Michigan, West Virginia, Calvin, Pittsburg and many others.
All teams in the USILA are organized, well-coached (most), and for the most part compete
on a national scale. Ferris consistently plays one of the toughest schedules in the
nation. Due to the outstanding B Conference where we hold membership, competition
is fierce year-in and year-out.
You should do a few things. First, contact the Head Coach or Advisor, and let them
know you are interested. Contact the school and get some information. Maybe even set
up a tour. By contacting the Coach or Advisor, you could potentially come out to see
a practice, or have a chance for one of the team members to guide you around campus.
Mostly, research the University and see if it is the right choice for you.
The team has never had to make cuts, but this does not mean that we will not in the
future. We take players with all skill levels. We are only looking for hard-working,
dedicated, and motivated individuals to be a part of our team. This is all we ask
of our players. Make no mistake; we have some outstanding talent from all reaches
of the country, and right here in Michigan's backyard. We have players from as far
away as Colorado and Maryland, and some from the best programs in Michigan. As a team
and organization, we always strive for success.
- Go to camps, where players get a lot of one-on-one attention, and really explode as
a player after attending.
- Get on the wall. The wall never misses, and always shows up to play catch. The wall
is one of the best tools to utilize. (I have some drills I could email if someone
- The sport is growing quickly, some say too fast. I do not agree with the "too fast"
comments. However, coaching expertise is where I do see that the growth hurts. Many
areas of the country do not have qualified coaches. Thus, many kids are struggling
with improper techniques and guidelines. Michigan is no exception. What can you do?
Listen to people that you know, that are knowledgeable about the sport, and be a sponge.
- Play with better talent than yourself.
- Watch some instructional tapes; there are some really good ones out there. (Mark Milloin's
is highly recommended. Also, the U.S. Lacrosse tapes are archaic, but full of great
- Just keep the stick in your hand. Become proficient both right and left handed from
the beginning. Nothing replaces playing catch. Playing catch is probably the best
thing you can do. The team that throws and catches the best always wins!