How do prospective students get recruited for their sport?

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How do prospective students get recruited for their sport?

Annie Reznik
Counselor/CEO College Guidance Coach

Coach is Key

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. Another option is to complete the college's Prospective Student Athlete form available online. This will ensure that the coach has all relevant information about your athletic achievements and goals. Finally, gaining eligibility early makes it easier on college coaches. Visit the NCAA Eligibility Center website to begin the process of demonstrating amateurism and academic eligibility.

Pamela Hampton-Garland
Owner Scholar Bound

Student Athletes and Recruitment

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.

Erica White
College & Career Counselor Middletown High School

To start...

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 Mind the fact that there are specific rules regarding athletic recruitment and coaches can only have a specific amount of contact with prospective athletes and this can only during certain times. One of the best books I have read on recruitement was: "The Student Athletes Guide to Getting Recruited" by Steward Brown

Corey Fischer
President CollegeClarity

How do prospective students get recruited for their sport?

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 catagory 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 studnets to be "seen" at one of the camps and begin getting interest from coaches as a result.

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.

Ryan John
School Counselor Bethlehem High School

How do prospective students get recruited for their sport?

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.

Wendy Rock
School Counselor Hahnville High School

Student Athletes

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.

Judy Zodda
Founder and President Zodda College Services

Prospective student athletes - getting recruited

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! 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, Babe Ruth, 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 prospective student-athlete, you should also register with the NCAA Student Eligiblity Center at the start of your junior year. Only DI and DII prospective 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. Even though DI and DII coaches might know who you are, they are not officially allowed to directly contact you by phone until July 1 between your junior and senior year of high school, with a few exceptions noted below. However, that doesn't mean that you can't contact them. The same can be said of Division III coaches, with these exceptions. You don't need to register with the NCAA Student Eligibility Center for Division III. DIII coaches also don't have the money in their budgets to attend all of the tournaments, meets, etc they would like to, so they can't follow student - athletes to keep track of their development in their sport as they would like. So, DIII athletes almost need to do the recruting of the coaches and schools they are interested in. They can't directly contact you by phone, but you can contact them and they are allowed to respond to you by mail or email (but not until the start of junior year)! A good way for any student-athlete to get started is to fill out the "Recruit Me" form that is usually on the athletic site of the school. There is usually a form for each sport. Following that, it's a good idea to put together an athletic resume that includes your name, address, and other contact information, academic credentials including any standardized tests that you've taken, coursework completed or in progress, your GPA,and then your athletic credentials (teams you've played on and dates, position(s) you play, tournaments and results, individual recognition such as MVP, coaches names and their contact information, etc. This should be preceded with an introductory letter that states your interest in the college and playing for their team. Each time you have any new news to report, you should contact each coach by email to keep him/her informed. You are allowed to go on as many "unofficial" visits as you want. "Unofficial" visits are those visits where no costs incurred by the student to visit are paid for by the unviersity. Only DI and DII schools are allowed to pay for official visits on or after September 1 of the senior year. DIII schools can invite ahtletes on official visits, but cannot pay any of their expenses. On your visits prospective student - athletes should talk to the coaches about their program, if they might be needing someone in your position/event, the number of hours/week that are spent in practice on the field, breaking down game tape, lifting weights, hours both in and out of season, whether athletes live together or with the general student body, a tour of the facilities, whether there are tutors to help if travel is required and you miss class and a whole host of other types of issues that affect student-athletes both in and out of the classroom. It's also a good idea to have a videotape that shows a few highlights, but also 15-20 minutes of continuous play if you are a soccer player, football player, etc. Coaches want to see what you do well, but they also want to see how you recover from your mistakes on the filed or what your weaknesses are. PAY ATTENTION TO THE RULES: THEY ARE COMPLICATED Division I After July 1 between junior and senior year, coaches in DI can call student athletes directly with the following exceptions: A football prospect can receive one phone call in May of junior year from any institution. A men's basketball player can receive one phone call/month from June 15th prior to his junior year until June 30th prior to his senior year. Starting July 1 of his senior year, he can receive one weekly call. A women's basketball player can receive one phone call in April and one phone call in May of junior year. DIVISION II A coach can call on June 15 prior to senior year. DIVISION III: A coach can call immediately after the completion of the prospective student- athlete's junior year. Of course, I haven't covered the National Letter of Intent and many other considerations and rules. It's impossible to cover over 450 pages of rules just for Division I here, let alone the other two divisions, but you've got the basics! Get going!

็Ž‹ๆ–‡ๅ› June Scortino
President IVY Counselors Network

there are many ways of recommending yourself

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.

Allen Hill
School Counselor Antelope Union High School

How do prospective students get recruited for their sport?

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. Contacts: 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 Evaluations: These are opportunities for college coaches to assess the academic and athletic ability of a prospect. NCAA Eligibility: The NCAA Eligibility Center is an organization that collaborates with the NCAA in the area of student-athlete eligibility. Campus Visits: 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.