How do prospective students get recruited for their sport?

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How do prospective students get recruited for their sport?

Bill Pruden
Head of Upper School, College Counselor Ravenscroft School

Want to Play In College? Recruit the School

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.

Patricia Young
Independent Counselor College Advising Services

How do prospective students get recruited for their sport?

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

Reecy Aresty
College Admissions/Financial Aid Expert & Author Payless For College, Inc.

How do prospective students get recruited for their sport?

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.

Zahir Robb
College Counselor The Right Fit College

How do prospective students get recruited for their sport?

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.

Joan Casey
President Educational Advocates College Consulting Corp.

How do prospective students get recruited for their sport?

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.

Geoff Broome
Assistant Director of Admissions Widener University

How do prospective students get recruited for their sport?

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.

John Happs

How do prospective students get recruited for their sport?

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.

Carita Del Valle
Founder Academic Decisions

Mostly by presenting themselves

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. Reaching out to a school that the student has identified he or she wants to "play" for is the first step as this shows demonstrated interest. Most have it on their athletic website. Keeping up with NCAA registration and academic requirements, understanding the coach and student interaction rules, having a video submission ready and available on YouTube, attending key college recruiting days at sporting events, inviting a coach to a sporting event where you will be playing and having an athletic resume with all of the necessary statistics will get the student is a excellent position to speak with coaches across the country.

Megan Dorsey
SAT Prep & College Advisor College Prep LLC

You Get Recruited Based On Talent & Their Needs

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.

Trevor Creeden
Director of College and Career Counseling Delaware County Christian School

How do prospective students get recruited for their sport?

You can do one of three things: 1) Put together a video, type up a resume, athletic recruiting profile and a cover letter and send these to as many college coaches as you want. I have seen kids send a package to 10 colleges and and 50 colleges. 2) Pay a company to so the work for you but this obviously will cost a good amount of money on the front end, but they do all the work. One company that I recommend and has a great reputation is NCSA. 3) Pray and hope coaches come knocking on your door. This is obviously not the technique I would recommend, but some decide to do this. 4) The last thing I would recommend would be to attend a camp during the summer's before your sophomore and junior year at the colleges you are most interested in. The coaches for the college will always be hosting this event and the coach is the one you want to get noticed by. 5) Lastly, get good grades! Grades can play a huge factor in whether you get recruited or not.