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 If you can answer "yes" to these 3 questions, there is a roster spot out there for you:    
       
1.  Will I be a positive representative of the team, program and school?  ... Good Character  
2.  Will I be a positive addition to the roster and make the team better? ... Athletic Skill  
3.  Will I be able to succeed both athletically and academically at this school? ... Solid Academics  

 

 
** Steps to College: A Quick Overview of the Recruiting Timeline **
               
               
              Senior year HS
               
               * Narrow your list of schools to 3 to 5, stay in contact with coaches on a weekly basis.

 * Ask for the timeline in which they will make offers.


* Quickly let schools know if you're no longer interested

* Contact players on your short list of schools, get their direct feedback on the school and program.

* Take official visits to schools on your short list, meet coaches and players.

* Complete FAFSA form, get college applications in early and apply to all schools on your short list.

* Keep your grades up - avoid Senior Slump!

* Character is key, make good choices every day. Who are you when no one is looking?

  * Post nothing on social media you may later regret. Don't let a 100 character tweet cost you a $100,000 scholarship!

* Receive,  consider and respond to all written offers from schools

* Make the decision - make sure it's your decision!
          Junior year HS  
             
          * Continue to research schools but  narrow your list to 10 to 15 schools.
 
* Keep in contact with coaches often , let them know of your continued interest and also if you're no longer interested.

* Continue to send videos & grades  to schools you are interested in.  Be your own advocate & keep your name out there!

* Ask coaches where you stand on their recruiting list and their timeline.

* Take SAT/ACT Tests.

* Look to attend Showcase games and tournaments and let coaches know  your schedule.

* Continue to play at the highest level of club/HS team you can. Get feedback on where you can improve skills.


* Make unofficial visits to schools you're interested in.

* Take AP courses, challenge yourself academically!
 
      Sophomore year HS    
           
      * Register with NCAA & NAIA eligibility Centers, complete  recruiting questionnaires for all schools on your list.

* Begin compiling highlight & game videos, consider setting up a channel within YouTube.

* Continue to research and update  your list and write coaches & schools. Send videos and/or links to videos.

*  Consider working with a speech coach to develop and improve communications skills - make a good first impression when you  talk to coaches

* Begin making phone calls to coaches, let them know your game / meet / match schedule  - stay on their  radars!

* Take SAT / ACT practice tests and/or test prep courses, keep your grades up.

* Pick a good attitude and show it. Recognize that nothing is owed to you just because you're a good athlete.
 
   
  Freshman year HS      
         
  * Continue your research  & compile an initial  list of 20 to 30 schools  you're interested in.  Rank schools based on the attributes that are most important to you

*Begin writing coaches of schools you're interested in, get on their radars and get your name out there!

* Play at the highest level of club/HS team you can. Ask your coaches where  you need improvement and set goals.

 * Look for College camps and clinics to attend.

* Good grades are critical ALL 4 years of HS - hit the ground running freshman year!    
 
* Consider working with a personal trainer to improve speed, strength and overall athleticism.
  
     
       
       
8th Grade        
         
* Research & start a list of colleges you're interested in.  Aim to begin writing college coaches during your freshman year of HS.

* Work on study and time   management skills,  important to get good grades beginning with Freshman year of HS!

* Character matters, make good choices … every day. Learn to be very careful of what you put on social media.

* Play at the highest level of club team you can.  Ask your current coach what you need to do athletically to compete well at the HS level.
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
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This is a quick overview of the recruiting timeline. Timetables may differ somewhat by sport, division, school and gender, but this provides a basic idea of the process. There are some constants that that apply to almost all athletes in all sports: Start the process early,  thoroughly research your schools, take care of your grades,  advocate for but be honest about yourself, be proactive and be responsive.
 

 

  Recruiting Process Do's ... and Don'ts:  

Do's:

Do start this process early.  Step one is to get on coaches’ radars - you can be recruited only  if coaches know you're out there!

Do begin writing coaches during your freshman year in HS and no later than your sophomore year. You will miss out on opportunities if you start late, and the earlier you start you’ll sooner you’ll be better informed on your sport’s recruiting landscape.

Do your research. Start compiling a list of schools by attributes that are important to you: e.g. sports program, academics, size of campus, philosophy, school location, etc. Rank attributes  that are most important to you.

Do play at the highest level of club / school team you can, it's one of the best ways to be seen by college coaches. Even if coaches are attending a game or match to watch another prospect they will also see you compete.

Do spread a fairly wide net in your original list of schools and coaches you write to. Even if you’re confident you have the ability to play at say a big D1 school, get schools from other divisions and associations on your list. You may find that the a smaller school may be your best fit whether it’s due to academics, campus atmosphere, chance to play multiple sports, etc.

Do practice phone calls / Skype with an adult other than your parents (i.e. coach, teacher) prior to calling coaches. Important to learn good communication skills, don't make a bad impression the first time you talk to a real college coach.

Do work on an  "elevator" speech - in 30 seconds be able to effectively tell a coach why you are interested in their school and why you believe you would be a good fit for their program.

Do ask each coach you write what their typical recruiting timeline is.

Do set up an online and hard copy file for all your correspondence to and from schools & coaches.

Do be honest with yourself about both you athletic and academic achievement levels, don't waste your time and coaches time by contacting schools if you already know you won't meet their athletic and/or  academic standards. Look at bios on current college team rosters for player athletic achievements / times etc. in high school and see how you compare.

Do ask your current coaches what they think of your prospects and where you can improve.

Do become familiar with Association rules (NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA)  rules early on in the process, they vary by both sport and division.

Do focus on the academic aspect of the schools first. You’re going to college not a sports academy. A good education is going to benefit you long after your playing career is over. Make sure you are only considering schools you would attend even if you were not playing a sport.

Do take advantage of the recruiting process to become independent, advocate for yourself and develop adult communication skills.

 

Don’ts:

Don't forget that most coaches are looking closely at your character and grades before they consider your athletic potential.

Don’t ask about scholarship money early on,

Don’t have your Parents or others contact college coaches on your behalf – advocate for yourself and demonstrate to coaches early on you can be self sufficient

Don’t worry about what other players you know are doing, worry about yourself.

Don’t assume just because you have talent, schools will come to you – take charge & be proactive.

Don’t think anything is “owed” to you

Don't send out mass e-mails. Personalize your notes and only send to schools you would seriously consider attending. Don't send e-mails addressed to the wrong coach at the wrong school.

Don’t e-mail coaches using an e-mail address you might think is funny but which you may regret or find embarrassing down the road. Most coaches will likely think twice about recruiting an athlete whose e-mail address is norulz4me.

Don't let an ill advised 100 character tweet cost you a $ 100,000 scholarship.

Don't forget to check your e-mail and voice mail regularly  ... always respond to coaches quickly and definitively.

Don’t take the" D1 or bust" route or limit yourself to just one or two schools. It’s a learning process and by having a healthy and varied list of schools to start with you’ll learn a lot both about schools and what appeals to you and may be the best fit for you.

Don’t burn any bridges , be polite and respond to all coaches e-mails. If you’re certain you’re no longer interested in a school save everybody time and trouble by politely letting them know – remember, coaches talk to each other.

Don't deluge coaches with e-mails or phone calls. It's important to stay in contact with coaches, a couple of times a month is good, several times a week or daily is likely to put you in the nuisance pile, remember you are contacting coaches who are thinking do I want to work with this kid for the next 4 or 5 years?

Don't rely on verbal offers and say no to other potential schools. Until you get it in writing it's not binding, don't be left out in the cold!

Don't freak out if things are not progressing as quickly as you thought they would. The recruiting process is a marathon not a sprint.

 

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