There are many admissions experts who specialize in athletes. Seek out someone who has had a successful record and take it from there. It’s really who you know that can make the difference.
Students can be recognized by their performance or work with agencies to promote their play. In addition, player’s will have opportunities through bigger platforms, such as tournaments and clinics to be recognized. In many cases, coaches will also assist players in the recruiting process. In today’s technology driven world, information is shared more freely and athletes can post reels on youtube or other sources to showcase talents for schools out of the area.
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First, there is the obvious route–that you are such an outstanding player the college coaches have heard about you and are clamboring at your door. But since the students falling in this category are less common than people think, the usual route is to contact the coaches at the colleges you are interested in attending. Let them know of your interest and of your stats, if they want to follow up, they will. Camps are another avenue since college coaches will often go to see the talent. It is not unusual for students to be “seen” at one of the camps and begin getting interest from coaches as a result.
Typically, student athletes get onto a college coach’s radar through a high school coach. Because of strict communication regulations through the NCAA, coaches have limited ability to reach out to students themselves. If you are interested in a particular program, have your coach contact that college coach.
You need to show coaches who you are – your academic abilities, you’re athletic abilities and your involvement in your school and community through extra-curricular activities. You have to actively, directly and personally show interest in the coach, his/her team and the college. Just posting your profile or videos and hoping a coach finds you won’t happen. If a coach hasn’t found you, shown interest or even started scouting you by your sophomore year and notified your high school or club coach that he/she is interested in you, then you aren’t being recruited. You need to be pro-actively marketing and promoting yourself to every coach, at every college within your sport. You need to make sure you have applied to the NCAA clearinghouse, started preparing for or already have taken your ACT/SAT exams so that coaches can see whether you are qualified to be accepted to their school. It is a waste of time for a potential coach to pursue you if you haven’t already done these steps in the recruiting process. All of this must get done as soon as possible and then you must frequently update your profile and keep coaches informed of any new academic, athletic or community achievements.
1) Talk to your current coach about what division you may be qualified to play (Division 1, 2, or 3).
2) Talk to your school counselor about which colleges you are most likely to gain acceptance that also offer your sport and division level
3) If you plan to play Division 1 or 2 sports, you must register on the NCAA website www.eligibilitycenter.org
4) Email college coaches stating your intent to play college athletics and include:
– Current sports schedule (practice and games)
– Sports resume (accomplishments, statistics, etc.)
– High School Transcript and SAT scores (this shows the coach that you have potential for academic acceptance into their school)
– Video clips highlighting your skill levels
Often times–especially in the non-revenue sports–the athlete has to recruit the school. While major football and basketball programs have big recruiting budgets, most sports and schools have limited resources so it is important that the athlete let a school that they are interested in know of that interest. Go to camps and showcases. Send letters and film. In sports like track and swimming, where the performances are measureable–the stopwatch and tape measure do not lie–you can see on the school website if you are at their level and if so, let them know of your interest. Don’t wait for them to make the first contact. There are lots of teams out there and they all want full rosters, but especially in the non-revenue sports it is more about making them aware of you than it is sitting back and waiting to hear from a school. Go after it.
I attended a very small high school that didn’t get much attention from NCAA Division I colleges. That said, I was a good runner and had the skill and work-ethic to compete on a NCAA Division I varsity team. In this case, I had to do some self-promotion by contacting coaches at universities I was interested in attending to see if they would be willing to meet with me and check out my stats. I ended up walking on at a NCAA Division I cross country team and earning a varsity letter.
Before you begin….you are going to college for an education first and foremost. Playing your sport in college is an adjunct to that experience. Should you sustain a career ending injury, you still need to love the college you’re attending. You’re looking for the right academic/athletic match!
Travel teams, showcase tournaments and high school games (particularly during sectional and/or playoff play) can be great opportunities for student athletes to get recognized by college recruiters. Student athletes can also create a video compilation of their accomplishments and highlights of their athletic careers and send them to colleges/universities that they may be interested in, or who have demonstrated any level of interest in them. Students can send letters of interest along with athletic schedules to prospective college coaches.
Recruitment mainly the collaboration between high school and college coaches. Many recruiters visit games or invite students to various camps to see them in action. Students also send video tappings of games that display their talents. Another option is a “walk on”. This means the student would appear for tryouts for possible recruitment.
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There are very specific guidelines for student athlethe and it is belt that you download the manual from the www.ncsasports.org to be preprepared and well versed in what the expectations are for hgh school athletes and recruitment.
It depends on what Division school is doing the recruiting (I, II, or III)? Division I schools, for the most part, are scouting out key high schools they have recruited from in the past, as well as taking references from former student-athletes who are now coaches are high schools. Coaches will also visit homes.
Prospective student athletes need to be in contact with the coaches of the schools they have targeted. The process starts early and is strictly governed by the NCAA.org eligibility rules both in terms of academic requirement and rules of contact between coaches and student athletes.. By the end of junior year, student athletes should register with the NCAA. During summers, student athletes should attend player identification clinics and also create a website with their stats. For some sports, such as swimming or crew, a player’s stats are a good start while for others such as soccer, the coach may need to see game footage or better yet a live game.
YOU HAVE TO BE VERY ACTIVE IN THE SEARCH FOR COLLEGES LOOKING FOR ATHLETES. WHERE WILL THEY BE AND PREPARE PROPERLY FOR A GOOD IMPRESSION. ASK COACHES TO GUIDE YOU TO WHERE TO LOOK FOR THESE OPORTUNITIES. GET PLENTY OF REST AT LEAST 24 HOURS BEFORE THE TRY OUT AND HIDRATE.
First, they have to be in the NCAA Clearinghouse to get athletic scholarship offers. There are many admissions experts who specialize in athletes. Seek out someone who has had a successful record and take it from there. It’s really who you know that can make the difference.
Most begin by talking to their coaches. Telling your coach you want to play your sport in college is the most important step you can take. An experienced coach who has seen other student athletes go on to similar outcomes has a blueprint you can follow. He or she may also have contacts at the college level who can help.
Coaches generally cannot recruit student athletes until the end of the students’ junior year…so the key is to follow a timeline. Plan yoir high school schedule to ensure that you have not only time to develop and hone your athletic skills but also to take a rigorous course load that will satisfy the NCAA Clearinghouse required course sequence. Research potential colleges for whom you might wish to play, and prepare footage of your skills in a format that coaches can easily review (dvd/web clips) that showcase the elements that set you apart from other prospective athletes. Coaches look for not only athletic talent but also a player’s ability to lead and perform as a cihesive member of a team. Although coaches cannot actively recruit you until late in the junior year, you can create a list and send materials to them (game footage/a letter of interest/stat sheet), and follow up accordingly. You should sign up for the NCAA Clearinghouse, which will allow you to keep track of your coursework and deadlines. Ultimately, the key to your search is carefully researching schools that are a good fit for your particular talents that also offer the academic experience you seek. Your high school coach can be a key part of the equation, because he or she will often not only be able to realistically access your potential for various college programs but also make inroads with various coaches at the college level when the time is appropriate. Overall, the key to getting noticed is to get information to the appropriate sources at the appropriate times…because unless you are one of the rare few ultimate athletes out there who EVERYONE seems to know about already, marketing yourself, with the help of your coach, parents, counselor, and anyone else who has connections, is a great way to get noticed.
Prospective college athletes get noticed and recruited in many ways. Some are recommended by their coaches. Some get noticed in local newspaper articles. Some get attention by college alumni who in turn contact the college. It is ok to contact the Athletic Department of a favored school yourself to ask the procedure to contact a coach.
Athletic Departments’ budgets are not what they used to be; so there is reduced outreach by coaches. Be polite; be prepared to document your skills, and you may find yourself a recruited athlete
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A prospect by definition is a ninth grader in high school. A prospect can attend summer “high exposure” camps as well as “play days” where college coaches will evaluate talent during specific times throughout the academic year. If a college coach likes what he or she sees during one of these events, they will mail a letter to the prospect introducing them to their school and send them information periodically throughout their high school career. If a student is actually recruited from this process, many times the coach will make contact with the prospect’s high school or AAU coach to let them know of their interest since they cannot speak directly to a prospect until the summer before the senior year. The prospect can go to a campus and speak with a coach anytime in their high school years that is not a “dead period” by NCAA rules. The summer before a prospect’s senior year, the coaches can begin calling the student according to their sports individual NCAA guidelines to get better acquainted and the athletes that are highly recruited then can visit the campus “officially” and the process continues until the actual signing of the National Letter of Intent. Sports like football, basketball, lacrosse offer full athletic sscholarships for Division I and II schools while Division III schools do not offer scholarships based solely on athletics. For the other 95% of students that will play sports in college, the student recruits the school and gets the coach interested in them. Many times a coach will not know about a prospect because they are not in the top 500 in a sport. It’s the students reponsibility to make contact and sell themselves. Finding out what each coach needs to evaluate and to see whether or not the student is a good fit in their program is an important step. For this reason, high school sophomores/juniors need to get busy and research colleges and athletic programs. Beginning the process early will allow a student-athlete the opportunity to find a place where they may be able to compete and feel comfortable. There is a NCAA guide to help students and parents navigate the recruiting process that is available online.
Coaches generally cannot recruit student athletes until the end of the students’ junior year…so the key is to follow a timeline. Plan yoir high school schedule to ensure that you have not only time to develop and hone your athletic skills but also to take a rigorous course load that will satisfy the NCAA Clearinghouse required course sequence. Research potential colleges for whom you might wish to play, and prepare footage of your skills in a format that coaches can easily review (dvd/web clips) that showcase the elements that set you apart from other prospective athletes. Coaches look for not only athletic talent but also a player’s ability to lead and perform as a cohesive member of a team. Although coaches cannot actively recruit you until late in the junior year, you can create a list and send materials to them (game footage/a letter of interest/stat sheet), and follow up accordingly. You should sign up for the NCAA Clearinghouse, which will allow you to keep track of your coursework and deadlines. Ultimately, the key to your search is carefully researching schools that are a good fit for your particular talents that also offer the academic experience you seek. Your high school coach can be a key part of the equation, because he or she will often not only be able to realistically access your potential for various college programs but also make inroads with various coaches at the college level when the time is appropriate. Overall, the key to getting noticed is to get information to the appropriate sources at the appropriate times…because unless you are one of the rare few ultimate athletes out there who EVERYONE seems to know about already, marketing yourself, with the help of your coach, parents, counselor, and anyone else who has connections, is a great way to get noticed.
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There are several ways by which you can get recruited for your sport. Coaches scout out high school talent. But it also makes great sense, if you are a standout in your sport, to bang the drum loudly. You can do so by meeting with the coach of your particular sport at the college[s] you are interested in, telling the coach what you have done in your high school sport career, and even better showing any press clippings from your local community’s newspaper or school newspaper.
While the very best athletes might begin contacting coaches as early as freshmen and sophomore years, junior year is an ideal time for most athletes to contact college coaches. Start by completing the athletic recruitment form on the college website for the sport of interest. Then send the coach an email expressing interest and providing SAT/ACT scores, GPA, and a brief athletic background. Video of a student playing the sport (emailed or posted on a web link) can be a nice introduction and may be a potential motivator for a member of the coaching staff to get out to see the player perform. No coach will put a prospective athlete on a roster without seeing the athlete in a contest (or seeing official times). Therefore students should send coaches a list of athletic contests in which they will appear. Keep the coach informed and develop a rapport.
In order to get recruited you need to get the attention of the coach. For many of you this will entail you completing an online interest form at the college’s website. From there the coach should make some type of contact indicating receipt of your form. If you are really interested in the college go ahead and contact the coach to set up a time to meet. Be prepared to provide information on how you can contribute to the team.
Recruiting varies greatly by sport. I can only offer these “brief” tips in this forum.
For some sports like ice hockey, it starts very early one, as early at in 9th grade. Generally, students get recruited by playing games on their high school varsity teams, at exhibition games, training camps, and by participating in state and national competitions. Many students rise to the top organically because they are so incredibly good at their sport. Many can use the help of a coach who is willing to present them to college coaches. Some educational consultants such as me have experience combining the student’s academic abilities with the athletic interests and in placing these student- athletes in colleges where they can grow and thrive both educationally and athletically.
The first way students get recruited is by doing well in their sport so that College Scouts recognize them in their sophomore and junior years, having them sign letters of intent by the end of their junior year or beginning of their senior year. Unfortunately, that happens to only a select few. So what about the rest.
Students can become recruited by coaches after they have filed with the NCAA Clearing House for Div 1 and II. Students can fill out inquiry forms online and contact coaches to indicate interest. Students can ask their current coaches to contact college coaches. Prospective athletes can make video’s and resume’s to submit to coaches.
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beRecruited.com is an amazing resource for student athletes throughout the country who are interested in pursuing athletics in either a D1, D2, or D3 school. Both male and female student athletes can market themselves by uploading their athletic highlight films and creating an athletic profile to showcase their talent.
On most college websites, at the athletic page, there is a recruitment form that a prospective athlete can fill out. These notify the college of your interest and make it easy for the athletic department to consider and contact you. On the Common App, there is an Athletic Supplement. By completing and submitting this form, colleges to which you are applying can identify you as a potential Varsity athlete. Of course, high school and club coaches have long taken an interest in their best athletes and will often offer to put in a good word to their college contacts. You must also visit the NCAA website and register with their Clearinghouse in order to play an NCAA sport in college. Other ways of being recruited include specialty camps, but some are prohibitively expensive and are not necessary to ensure that you are seen by college coaches.
The most important aspect of college recruiting is for the student to initiate contact with the coaches and the schools they are interested in. Coaches look for initiative in athletes and level of interest in the school. The first step is always to fill out the interest survey on the school’s athletic website. Depending on your year in high school, you may only receive a standard email response because, by NCAA rules, coaches aren’t allowed to provide more than general information generally before the junior year. The second step is continue feeding the coach information about how you’re doing in the sport (updated stats, recognitions, camps). Periodically send emails, letters, links to video that show you at your best in your sport. Especially let them know if you’re playing in a showcase event where they can see you in action.
For equestrian athletes, the recruitment process can really vary widely depending on the school and the program. The best thing prospective collegiate equestrians can do is to investigate their potential schools for their academic program FIRST (because you’ll need to go to classes too while you’re there!) and then, once you’ve identified several that look like they’ll be a good fit, investigate their equestrian program/teams.
This very much depends upon your own circumstances and how your sport fits in with your overall academic expectancies. Remember, you are playing your sport to compliment with an academic program and not the other way round. Depending upon your academic record coming out of high school and the level in which you have competed at in your sport, an important step is to start contacting coaches as suitable universities.
If you are looking to be recruited at a local college then obviously contacting the head coach or assistant coaches at the specified school is the best way to get the ball rolling. This will be the same for all student’s although if you are looking to be recruited anywhere across the U.S. then start to check out NCAA, NJCAA, NAIA at the member schools for your specified sport. From here, you can start short listing which specific programs to contact. E-mailing a coach is the first step, however make sure you make a template if you are contacting several coaches but personalise that template to the specific individual that you are contacting.
It is also important to put together an athletic CV with all your sporting achievements as well as academic results thus far. Work experience, and any volunteering may also help as a coach is looking for many different aspects in terms of whether your personality and character will fit with the program, therefore this type of thing will not hurt your chances of being recruited.
I think that e-mail is the best initial way to contact a coach and see what his response is from there. Depending on how far you are located from the college, he/she may ask for video footage, therefore make sure you edit relevant footage which highlights specifically you ability within a short clip so that the coach can get an idea of the standard of your play.
Obviously visiting a specified program is the best way as many universities will offer a general “try out” where you can really express your performance and thus better your chances of being accepted onto the program and with scholarship if thats what your looking for.
Lastly, sports agencies like Athletes USA (largest global scholarship agency) have links to thousands of coaches thus give you the best ability to promote your sporting abilities however they do charge a fee but these vary depending upon the certain packages on offer to promote your abilities.
The way recruiment happens depends a great deal on whether the sport is one of the high-profile sports with big budgets and big scholarships, or whether the sport is a “minor” one with limited scholarships. If you’re a division I athlete, your high school coach has probably already made some contacts for you, and college coaching staffs may have already noticed you. With the minor sports, you can be more aggressive yourself. Create your sports resume of statistics, accomplishments, awards, etc., and perhaps a video of you playing or demonstrating your skills. Go ahead and email these items to coaches. They will be restricted as to when and how they can contact you, but you can certainly make yourself known to them. If the coach shows interest, tell him/her of your schedule. Coaches are permitted to watch you in a competition.
Students interested in playing NCAA sports must register with the NCAA by the beginning of their junior year of high school. Students may do so by going to the NCAA http://ncaa.org/ and clicking on the eligibility button.
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Recruited athletes are scouted early in the process, specific to their sport. I’ve known students visited for observation as early as their first year of secondary school. However, the caveat for recruitment is closely monitored by the NCAA as coaches access to prime athletes is mitigated by NCAA policy. While scouts may “pipeline” students in a specific sport early in their secondary career, few are accessible for express overt interest until they are officially registered with the NCAA. This is only necessary and essential for those hoping to participate at Divisions I or II. Typically Division III athletic participants are subject to far less exacting practices. Students, coaches or athletes who subvert the process risk participants being red-shirted or excluded from participation. See www.ncaa.org for specific information.
Sports are a universal pastime: some celebrated for centuries. One does not need to be set for the Olympics to want to feel connected to one sport or another. Whether you row, wrestle or play volleyball, sports are enjoyed by athletes as well as audiences. Aside from the injuries, it’s a health habit doctors will recommend for aerobic and muscular fitness. For some it’s a fun pastime. For others, it is their ticket to a scholarship of some sort and amount for college or even to the NBA, NFL or MLB.
Students must become their own PR (public relations)-agents. College coaches are extremely busy, they don’t have a lot of time and resources to notice everybody. Students can mail/email their athletic resumes to coaches in their sophomore and/or junior year. Academics are an important part of the athletic resume. Include all awards, classes, GPA, test scores, AP and Honors classes, etc, that you can. Include postion(s) played, stats, team schedule, and a link to a youtube video if you have game video footage. Note what player number you are and the color of your jersey. Also when you are sending in a game film, film it at a wide-angle (not a zoom in of yourself), let the coach know what team you are playing and at what point in the season the game is taking place. Realize that because of NCAA rules, coaches may not be able to call you back. You can try and call them during various times during the day, and then if they just happen to pick up, you can talk to them. During your campus visits, you can always stop in and try to visit the coach then, as well.
The best way to get recruiting to play a sport is to actively promoted yourself to college coaches. You can’t sit back and wait, hoping that they’ll find you. There are so many athletes out there that the likelihood of randomly being found by the right coach at the right school is pretty low. The best thing you can do is get out there and promote yourself so they know who you are and that you’re interested.
First of all you need to know that coaches of varsity intercollegiate sports are “looking” 24/7 for the right player to play on their team. So, IF you come to their attention, you’ll be given some level of consideration. So how do prospects get on their radar screen?
Recruiters will often approach talented athletic students. They will also contact high school coaches to learn more about the prospective college student. It’s important that coaches have game tapes made to submit to recruiters.
Most schools have what is called a “prospective student athlete questionaire” on their athletics web page. Completing this questionaire and submitting it to the school is often the first step in the screening process. The second step for a number of high school sports is sending in “game film” to the recruiting coordinator. The remaining part of the recruiting process is truly based on a school’s interest in you as an athlete. Remember to be honest with yourself about your ability or talk to your high school coach about your talent level. Most people aren’t recruited by the schools that they most desire because they honestly don’t have the talent to play at that level.
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which may end up hurting their student-athlete:
The major difference between college programs in any of the arts and a conservatory or art school program is the balance of work in the major and the rest of the curriculum. A liberal arts college arts major comprises roughly 40% of a student’s college work and usually leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree; in a conservatory that percentage is more like 60% and the degree is a Bachelor of Fine Arts. (Juilliard’s description may be helpful here: “The Dance Division offers four-year undergraduate programs leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) with liberal arts requirements, or a Diploma without liberal arts requirements. Most students in the Dance Division pursue the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree. In addition to dance and dance-related studies, the four-year degree program includes 24 credits in the Liberal Arts department.”) Please note that there is the option of study without liberal arts requirements at this conservatory – that would not be available at a college dance department.
It really depends on the level of talent that we are talking about. It also depends on which type of college a student wants to attend and how serious they are about their sport. Are we talking Div I, II, III, NAIA? There are recruiting services out there. One way to get noticed, depending on your sport is to attend summer camps at colleges that you are interested in. Also, make sure that you register with the NCAA Clearninghouse and with the NAIA. Your high school coach should also be making a push for you and working with you and your family to reach out to his or her contacts so that you get noticed by the school that is right for you.
Student-Athletes today have many different ways that they can be recruited by colleges and universities.
There are many factors that allow students to get recruited for their sport. It mostly has to do with “fit: If you excel in a sport or in a position on a team that a college or university is looking for then you have a greater chance. Write ups in local newspapers, your coaches connections with university coaches, performing well when recruiters come to watch a game…all of these factors can contribute to getting recruited. It is also imperative that you have taken the proper course load in school and obtain the necessary SAT/ACT score that will allow you to accept a possible offer.
This is a multi-faceted question.
1. Make sure you have registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center.
Know the difference between D-1/D-2/D-3/NAIA schools and what they can offer.
Know the rules of being an amateur.
2. Create a “resume” for the sport that includes statistics about your performance.
3. Create a “letter of interest”. Today it is acceptable to email this letter.
4. Create video and be ready to send.
5. Depending on the sport, much of the recruiting may be done through clubs and not the high school.
6. Get your coach to help. I believe they have a responsibility to help put you on the college’s radar.
7. Be VERY careful of people that want to represent you in the recruiting process.
Athletic recruitment varies depending on the sport and whether or not there are objective measures of success. At any level, it is important for the student to contact the coach of the sport on the college side, and it will be important for current coaches to interact with the college coach as well. In most cases, coaches find players–not the other way round. Widen your exposure by participating in camps and special programs that college coaches use to gauge talent. Be sure to put together clips and highlights that give coaches a sense of an athlete’s skill. Write an athletics resume that highlights participation, awards, leadership, and statistics that indicate a player’s skill. Also, remember that some sports have more influence than others in college admissions, and this influence is often school-specific.
The Student Athletes starts the process by working hard to be the best they can be. Along the way keep track of your stats and any press clippings. Attending camps during summer vacations and breaks where college coaches will be working or in attendance. Using your high school coach as a resource is a big help as well. The student can target the schools they would like to attend and reach out the coaching staff via email or written letter while supplying their key statistics. It is always helpful to do a little research on the team to see where you would fit in and use the information when communicating with the coaches.
A number of ways – students may register through AAU for travel teams, which often are visited by coaches or recruiters. They should check websites of college teams, write to colleges, contact coaches of schools they are interested in, complete an athletic resume or portfolio and visit the coaches and the teams at the college
If you’re a top athlete in your sport and have had state, regional and national exposure in your sport, be it basketball, soccer, football or whatever your sport is, it’s likely that you’ve been noticed by coaches who are attending state, regional and natioonal tournaments. However, even those students who get noticed and followed over a period of years, not all of them end up playing in Division I or Division II schools. Only a very small percentage of all high school varsity athletes across all sports will ever play at the Division I or Division II level, approximately 1-2%. When you include those students who also play at Division II schools, you are still only talking about a total of about 3-4% for all three divisiions, but don’t get discouraged by the numbers.. If you think you might be a Division I or II player, (your current coaches from your club, AAU, or Junior teams might have mentioned that you might be of this calibre), you should start contacting coaches in your sophomore year to express your interest. (More about how, later) But don’t expect to hear back! Coaches can’t respond to you or any prospects in any way until you start your junior year, and tehn not even by phone. You should also register with the NCAA Student Eligiblity Center at the start of your junior year. Only DI and DII student – athletes are eligible for athletics schoarlships, except those playing for the Ivy League! DIII student – student athletes are also not elligible for athletic scholarships. For DI and DII student- athletes, you’ll need to send in an official copy of your high school transcript and your SAT scores when you get them back later in your junior year. There is also a form to send in that states your amateur status as an athlete.
The coach plays a very important role in helping students get recruited, along with the school counselor. The coach is the one who can vouch for a student’s talent and level of playing ability. The coach is also the one who makes the initial contact with the college recruiting coach. The school counselor plays an important role in guiding and advising a student on academic eligibility. Informing students of the necessary ACT or SAT scores and GPA, and also, letting the student know where he/she stands in terms of academic eligibility. The school counselor will be the secondary contact with the recruiting coach letting them know where the student stands academically. If the coach is not helpful, the athletic director can also help. School counselors can also contact the college and/or encourage the student to contact the college and let them know the student is interested in participating in sports. Occasionally through this contact a recruiting coach may come to see the student perform or invite the student for a tryout. However, the process usually begins with the coach sending a tape to the recruiting coach.
Coaches want to hear from you, not Mom & Dad, or a professional recruiting company!
If you’re a top athlete in your sport and have had state, regional and national exposure in your sport, be it basketball, soccer, football or whatever your sport is, it’s likely that you’ve been noticed by coaches who are attending those tournaments. However, even those students who get noticed and followed over a period of years, not all of them end up playing in Division I or Division II schools. Only a very small percentage of all high school varsity athletes across all sports will ever play at the Division I or Division II level, approximately 1-2%. When you include those students who also play at Division III schools, you are still only talking about a total of about 3-4% for all three divisiions, but don’t get discouraged by the numbers.. If you think you might be a Division I or II player, (your current coaches from your club, AAU, or Junior teams might have mentioned that you might be of this caliber), you should start contacting coaches in your sophomore year to express your interest. (More about how, later) But don’t expect to hear back! Coaches can’t respond to you or any prospects in any way until you start your junior year, and then not even by phone..On September 1 of your junior year, they can send written correspondece about their athletic program, a brochure, email, text messages,IM or fax. As a porspective student-athlete, you should also register with the NCAA Student Eligiblity Center at the start of your junior year. Only DI and DII pospective student – athletes are eligible for athletic scholarlships, except those playing for the Ivy League! DIII student – student athletes are also not elligible for athletic scholarships. For DI and DII prospective student – athletes, you’ll need to send in an official copy of your high school transcript and your SAT scores when you get them back later in your junior year. There is also a form to send in that states your amateur status as an athlete.
High school students should first set up a meeting with their school counselor to discuss the NCAA Clearinghouse process for all high school athletes to ensure you are meeting the necessary requirements.
NCAA has very specific guidelines when it comes to the recruitment process – and they can be confusing! Just like anything else related to gaining admissions to a college, you should start the process in 9th grade with playing on your HS teams as well as any intramural teams that may exist within your community.
There are four steps to the recruiting process. The athlete must be identified by a college coach, he must be evaluated positively based on information the coach receives, he must be compared to other athletes the coach is considering for his position, and then he must be the one who receives the offer of those the coach has qualified academically and athletically.
Good local press with online media. A lot of people think that getting noticed by a local newspaper is the first step to receiving attention from a recruiter. But lately there have been new local sites from AOL called Patch sprouting up, and other similar sites. Get the attention of one of those sites, and a piece about you could be syndicated on a huge online network like AOL or the Huffington Post. Also self-produce videos for YouTube, and use all your social media clout to get something to go viral. Recruiters, like entertainment agents, are more likely to want you if you already have a following — especially one that exists outside your local area.
I often advise athletes, and I am always impressed with them. Somehow, with their studies and nonacademic obligations, these athletes manage practice, game and playoff schedules. Many of the students I see don’t go on to play their sports at the college level, but a few have. Here’s what I see of the process and what I advise . . .
The college recruiting process can be a daunting effort if it is not well planned and executed with organization and enthusiasm from start to finish.
Recruiting contacts are essential for both college coaches and families to become familiar with each other. Whether contacts are made by phone, e-mail or face to face, the aim of the college coach will be to simply make an effort to cultivate a strong relationship with the prospect and family
These are opportunities for college coaches to assess the academic and athletic ability of a prospect.
The NCAA Eligibility Center is an organization that collaborates with the NCAA in the area of student-athlete eligibility.
Unofficial Visit: The unofficial visit is a great way for prospects and families to begin to become familiar with a number of colleges and universities.
Official Visit: The official visit is a wonderful means of narrowing down your college choices by spending quality time with the coaching staff, current student-athletes and college administrators.
Students should send emails to prospective college coaches that work at collleges and for programs in which they are interested. These emaills should be brief, include some stats and accomplishments, and clearly express interest.
some counselors are specialzied in recommending students for the athletic department.
in many cases, parents are contacting the colleges directly with successful experiences.
you may consider early visits to colleges and meet the coach in person. it is alwasy considered to invite the coach directly to your game.
The primary difference between college dance departments and conservatory dance departments is the difference between a comprehensive education and a specialized training focus. College dance majors are often required to take courses that may have a broader, more liberal arts bent, while conservatory programs focus on performance and specifically on performance arts. If the student is committed to performance arts, then a conservatory approach might be the best avenue to consider. However, if the student wants a broader education with a major in dance, then considering a college with a strong dance department would be suggested. The college approach would be a more generalized approach, while the conservatory would be a more professional training in the performance arts approach.
Each sport is certainly different and it is extremely important that athletes look at the NCAA guides to realistically understand how many kids are playing their specific sport nationwide. Once the have a clear picture of the sheer numbers (think football – it’s huge) then students can put themselves in the shoes of the coach and realize the burden of recruiting ultimately comes down to the athlete. Very few potential candidates are actively sought.
I know there are a lot of companies out there promising to get prospective students recruited with a personalized website, athletic resume, or highlight reel, but promotions don’t get you recruited; talent does. College coaches keep an eye on the rankings and begin to identify top performers as early as 9th or 10th grade. If they are interested in you, you will hear from them. (Understand the restrictions on coaches contacting you; download the NCAA Guide for Student Athletes.) If you are interested in a program, start by comparing their stats to yours. You can contact coaches and provide a resume and links to video highlights, but they will be looking for talent that matches the needs of their program. You may be the best pitcher in your region, but if the coach is looking for outfielders this year, that program may not recruit you.
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