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.

kathy hicks-freeman
Guidance Counselor Greensboro High School

Sports Recruitment

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.

Kirk McNabb
Owner Headstart College Consulting

Prospective student athletes need to stand out among the other athletes being recruited.

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.

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.

James Lundgren
Partner College Planning Solutions

Be your own recruiter

Coaches want to hear from you, not Mom & Dad, or a professional recruiting company! Choose the right colleges for you, compose an appropriate cover letter, create an effective one-page resume, compile an abbreviated athletic recruiting video (8 - 10 minutes), tracking and be proactive with your college communications, send out one-page highlight updates to the coaches you are working with.

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.