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Recruiting Timeline

 

Middle School

Tasks

  • Research eight to ten schools per week
  • Create a list of 100 prospective schools, taking into account both athletics and academics
  • Create a highlight video
  • Go on anywhere between one and five unofficial college visits
  • Attend two to three camps and one to two showcases after the season

Tips

  • Division I and Division II coaches are not authorized to contact you personally until your junior year, but you can contact them at any time
  • Division III and NAIA coaches can contact you at any time

 

Freshmen Year

Tasks

  • Review NCAA eligibility rules and make sure you are enrolled in the classes required for your sport
  • Research schools and develop a list of institutions that offer your sport as well as majors you are interested in
  • Participate in extracurricular activities and explore your interests outside of sports
  • Keep a log of your academic and athletic achievements, which can be posted to your CSA profile
  • Have someone film your competitions for highlight video footage
  • Meet with your guidance counselor to discuss your goal of competing at the collegiate level, and ask them to help you select your courses accordingly
  • Focus on your grades, regularly asking teachers how you might improve your study habits and testing skills
  • Join a club team to keep up your skills in the off-season

Tips

  • Coaches are looking for development -- if you didn’t perform as you hoped this season, improvement in the next one will speak volumes
  • As you research schools, keep academics in mind -- your classroom experience matters just as much as your athletic one

 

Sophomore Year

Tasks

  • Update your highlight video
  • Have a coach evaluate your skills tape and make training adjustments accordingly
  • Continue to research prospective schools
  • Build relationship by making calls and sending letters and emails to coaches
  • Make unofficial college visits, looking for both academic and athletic opportunities
  • Narrow your top schools list

Tips

  • Starting September 1st of junior year, DI and DII coaches are authorized to communicate with you on a more personal level

 

Junior Year

Tasks

  • Continue to update your CSA profile with academic and athletic achievements
  • Contact coaches at least once a week
  • Take some time to think about your interests and develop a list of college majors you might be interested in
  • Talk with your guidance counselor about different career paths and hear any suggestions they might have
  • Register with the NCAA and NAIA clearing houses
  • Begin sending your CSA profile and highlight videos to the coaches at the schools you are interested in
  • Attend a camp to showcase your skills
  • Register for both the ACT and SAT, and study hard
  • See if there are any summer school opportunities that can help boost your GPA if needed

Tips

  • DI and DII are now authorized to begin making offers
  • DIII, NAIA, and some DII and community colleges still recruit during a student’s senior year

 

Senior Year

Tasks

  • Plan and make official college visits, keeping in mind that you are only allowed five official visits to DI schools
  • Apply to the schools you are interested in
  • Apply for financial aid
  • Sign and commit to a school and program

Tips

  • Applications for FAFSA, the federal student aid program, are open beginning January 1st
  • The last day to sign to a school is August 1st

 

College

Tasks

  • Focus on developing good study habits
  • Meet with your guidance counselor regularly to discuss your course load and career opportunities
  • Keep in good communication with your coaches, taking advantage of their athletic expertise

Tips

  • Seek help early if you are struggling in a class
  • Keep a schedule of tasks, assignments, and deadlines
  • Take advantage of on-campus opportunities that expose you to different career paths