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Way back in my day, I needed calendars for everything: classes, extra curricular activities, meal times. At 15, life was far more complicated than I was capable of handling & I needed help.

With college hopeful athletes, there isn’t just the added layer of activity involving your games, practices, etc: you also have to navigate the daunting waters of the NCAA rulebook (which, fun fact, changes constantly). What’s a guy or gal to do?

Each month, BeRecruited puts out tips & tricks for recruitment in our monthly athlete newsletter (look for them at the beginning of the month). For the biggest, juiciest questions, we’ve put together a little cheat sheet for you to keep in your back pocket.

Question: Ok, so I signed up at the NCAA Eligibility Center. I’m done, right? running

Answer: Not yet! Nice work, but with 180,000 athletes applying to the system each year, the NCAA won’t even look at your application until a college coach has requested it. Which means you’ve got to get familiar with your top choices & start building a relationship with a coach early, so you can ask that they request your details from the NCAA. That will put you on their IRL (Institutional Request List). You’ll also need to check in with your high school counselor to have them send the NCAA your transcripts & get your core courses on track. Ask for the NCAA-approved core course list, or check it out at

Question: If I’m playing, coaches are seeing me. Right?

coachAnswer: While it would be great to believe the old saying, “If you build it, they will come”, that does not apply to recruitment. It’s up to you to get your name out there & get seen! Work with your high school & club coaches, attend camps & combines, invite coaches to view your BeRecruited profile (& keep it updated!), & yes, keep playing!

Question: I’m so jazzed to email with coaches! Why won’t they respond to me?

Answer: Big fat trouble awaits any coach that initiates contact with an athlete before the NCAA allows them to. Even responding to an email, voicemail, or text is a big No-no. Don’t fret: if you call a coach and he or she answers, talk away! Otherwise, you’re restricted to receiving generic materials, questionnaires, camp invites etc. There are some exceptions, so check out the full details on coach communications here.

Question: Qualified for DI means I’m ready to go? It’s all good? columngs

Answer: Not exactly. Depending on which courses you took, when they were completed, your core-course GPA, & your sliding scale requirements, you could be sitting on the bench your first year. The rules are changing as of August 1, 2016, so see where you stand with the new requirements.

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