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College Recruiting Checklist, Part 2 (Junior & Senior Checklists)


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Read Part 1 HERE

Your career continued…

 As your junior year of school year kicks off, you should continue your work towards raising your potential as a future collegiate student athlete.


 You should continue developing your athletic abilities, concentrating on academics and building your overall character, but there are specific steps and goals to take for these pivotal final two years of high school.  Now is the time when you want to show improvement and work ethic to the schools and coaches that are considering you for their teams and classes.  It is important your junior year to work hard at promoting yourself and making sure that the colleges you might be interested know your name and your interest.


Junior Year
If you’re interested in playing sports in college, it’s extremely important to begin the process no later than the beginning of your junior year. There are a number of elements in the process, from achieving academic and athletic success to beginning to understand the elements of choosing the college setting that is right for you. Below are some items to keep on your radar during your junior year.


To-Do List for Juniors: 


  • Train hard and continue to perform successfully as an athlete.  Remember to ask for help if you need it.  Also make sure to concentrate on your weaknesses in workouts and practice.

  • Do well in school, and start noticing which academic areas interest you. Though you aspire to be a collegiate athlete, you’re a student first. Colleges look at your academics as closely as they look at your athletic stats.


Top Three Areas of Interest that May Become My College Major


1. _____________________________________________________________________


2. _____________________________________________________________________


3. _____________________________________________________________________


  • Make sure you are taking tough courses – colleges prefer students who challenge themselves.



  • You should take the SAT’s and/or ACT’s in the spring, especially if you’re applying early. Remember, many colleges have SAT II requirements as well so research the entrance requirements for the schools you’re interested in. 


For info about the SAT testing and dates, visit http://sat.collegeboard.org/home.


For info about ACT testing and dates, visit http://www.actstudent.org/index.html.


  • Evaluate the colleges you’re considering from both the athletic and academic perspectives.  Research team and conference results to see where you’d fit in. Don’t be afraid of contacting coaches to get information about their programs. Emailing a coach is a great way of both learning about and showing interest in a particular program. On the academic side, consider what area of study you want to pursue, the size of the institution and the type of education you’d like to receive. Now you can use an online recruiting tool like BeRecruited to store stats, upload video, showcase academic performance and find schools that match your academic interests.  It's so much easier and quicker than it was even just a few years ago.



  • Many schools offer camps specifically for high school students to participate in and show off their athletic ability. If you know which schools you’re interested in attending, research their athletic programs to find out if they offer camps, showcases and/or tournaments. Take advantage of these opportunities.



  • Getting a(n) job/internship is an excellent way to build your resume. It’s also a great way to make money that can be put towards your college education.



  • If meeting the NCAA eligibility standards seems daunting, try taking summer classes to raise your grades and/or ease next year’s schedule.



  • Make unofficial visits to schools in which you are interested. Try to plan these trips after July 1 or June 15, depending on the school’s division, so that you can meet with the coaching staff. Keep a journal with notes about what you like or dislike about each college. Also, ask for a workout to do while visiting.

  • Start thinking about where you would like to go to school. Make a list of 5-15 colleges that interest you. Consult with your parents, friends and counselors to get their input on schools.


Top Picks of Where I Want to Go to College


1.  College: _______________________________________________________ 
Head/Recruiting Coach:___________________________________________
Contact Info:____________________________________________________
2.  College: _______________________________________________________
Head/Recruiting Coach:___________________________________________
Contact Info:____________________________________________________
3.  College: _______________________________________________________
Head/Recruiting Coach:___________________________________________
Contact Info:____________________________________________________
4.  College: _______________________________________________________
Head/Recruiting Coach:___________________________________________
Contact Info:____________________________________________________
5.  College: _______________________________________________________
Head/Recruiting Coach:___________________________________________
Contact Info:____________________________________________________
6.  College: _______________________________________________________
Head/Recruiting Coach:___________________________________________
Contact Info:____________________________________________________
7.  College: _______________________________________________________
Head/Recruiting Coach:___________________________________________
Contact Info:____________________________________________________
8.  College: _______________________________________________________
Head/Recruiting Coach:___________________________________________
Contact Info:____________________________________________________
9.  College: _______________________________________________________
Head/Recruiting Coach:___________________________________________
Contact Info:____________________________________________________
10.  College: _______________________________________________________
Head/Recruiting Coach:___________________________________________
Contact Info:____________________________________________________


  • If you are planning on competing at a NCAA, NAIA or NJCAA college/university make sure to apply for the respective Eligibility Centers.


NCAA Eligibility Center


NAIA Eligibility Center


NJCAA Eligibility Center


 Senior Year


Your final year of high school is an exciting time, but it also can be nerve-racking as you are making one of the biggest decisions of your life, which college to attend. Make sure to stay organized and knowledgeable about key deadlines, dates and opportunities.


To-Do List for Seniors:  


  • Develop a calendar or timeline for you and your family, highlighting key recruiting dates and deadlines, college application deadlines and testing dates.  Remember to stay on top of deadlines as they can approach very quickly.


 For info about the SAT testing and dates, visit http://sat.collegeboard.org/home.


For info about ACT testing and dates, visit http://www.actstudent.org/index.html.


NCAA Recruiting Guide


NAIA Recruiting Guide


NJCAA Eligibility Guide


  • If you have not taken your SAT’s and/or ACT’s, make sure to do so. Remember, many colleges have SAT II requirements. If you are not content with your SAT II scores from junior year, retaking them cannot hurt.



  • Continue work on your time management.  Make sure that you not only have time for your studies and workouts, but for rest as well.  Making sure that you are getting enough rest will is extremely important to your physical and mental health.



  • In the classroom, do not enter senior slump! You have to maintain a challenging schedule as well as good grades. Colleges look very closely, particularly at first semester grades from senior year.



  • Keep in contact with your college guidance counselor. Make sure he/she knows your feelings about each school on your preliminary list. Ask him/her your honest chances of getting into each college so you can make realistic decisions.



  • Narrow your list of schools down to about 3-5 (not including safeties) with your parents and counselor. If there is one school that is your clear favorite, consider applying for early decision. Here’s a guide to help you keep track of your top colleges:


My Top List of Colleges


 College 1:____________________________________________________________


Location:_____________________________________________________________


Head Coach:__________________________________________________________


Contact Info:__________________________________________________________


____________________________________________________________________


Notes:_______________________________________________________________


College 2:____________________________________________________________


Location:_____________________________________________________________


Head Coach: _________________________________________________________


Contact Info:__________________________________________________________


____________________________________________________________________


Notes:_______________________________________________________________


College 3:____________________________________________________________


Location:_____________________________________________________________


Head Coach:__________________________________________________________


Contact Info:___________________________________________________________


_____________________________________________________________________


Notes:________________________________________________________________


 College 4:_____________________________________________________________


Location:______________________________________________________________


Head Coach:___________________________________________________________


Contact Info:___________________________________________________________


____________________________________________________________________


Notes:_______________________________________________________________


 College 5:____________________________________________________________


Location:______________________________________________________________


Head Coach:__________________________________________________________


Contact Info:__________________________________________________________


____________________________________________________________________


Notes:_______________________________________________________________


  • Make sure you have applications for each school in which you are interested. Begin working on the applications as early as possible. Applying to college is a time-consuming task that should not be left for one weekend.



























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  • Inquire at the schools you’re most interested in to see if they offer official visits (or recruiting trips). An official visit is an expenses-paid visit for recruits and programs to learn more about each other. If they don’t, speak with your parents about making family visits to your top schools.



  • Don’t forget to fill out a free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form for additional federal aid. Also, make sure to apply for additional scholarships that may be offered to graduates within your community, utilizing services like Zinch or Cappex to find scholarships or speak with the your committed college’s regarding other merit aid that may be available.



  • Enjoy your last year in high school!


At the end


Your time in high school is a huge building block in your dreams to being recruited to play at the next level.  It takes hard work and dedication to achieve any goal in life and collegiate athletics is no different. Best of luck as you continue your recruiting search to find the right fit!


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