Are you graduating in the spring of 2015? Beginning June 15th, the NCAA officially deems you a senior in the recruiting process. This means you can start receiving an unlimited amount of phone calls from Division 2 college coaches. D2 coaches are also allowed to have an unlimited amount of off-campus contact with you and your family. Beginning July 1st, Division 1 college coaches can follow suit and begin to make their phone calls and off-campus visits as well.
So what happens if June 15th comes and goes, and you still have not heard from any college coaches? It is much more likely that college coaches have never heard of you, rather than there being no interest in your abilities. College coaches start recruiting most athletes within their freshman year. They begin by putting together large lists of names without even knowing much about the athletes other than their desire to compete in college.
Since your first day of high school, you have been able to receive general recruiting materials like questionnaires, camp invites, and brochures about schools and their athletic programs. These types of recruiting materials are sent to almost all freshmen and sophomores that have made their way onto recruiting (mailing) lists. Getting your name on college coach mailing lists is the first step towards getting recruited.
Beginning your junior year, those general recruiting materials should have become a lot more personalized- handwritten letters/emails addressed specifically to you. Coaches use all of your four years in high school to learn about as many athletes as possible, in order to continue minimizing their recruiting lists. They have already minimized their lists to the point of knowing who they want to start calling this summer.
If you have not received any type of personal recruiting materials, you will more than likely not be receiving any phone calls either. If you have yet to receive any sort of recruiting materials, your chances are even less.
COLLEGE COACHES NEED TO KNOW WHO YOU ARE! Again, it is much more likely that coaches have never heard your name rather than having no interest in you. If you are in this situation, you can no longer sit around with hopes of being discovered. You need to put together a recruiting game plan and start being more proactive. Start reaching out to coaches and making yourself known.
What does this mean if I am graduating in the spring of 2016?
If you do not have a recruiting game plan together, now is the time to make sure you have one. You have already been able to receive the general recruiting materials listed above.
Beginning September 1st, coaches can begin personalizing their recruiting efforts with the athletes your age. Do not fall behind! Make yourself known now! This will help to ensure that your phone will ring come June 15th next summer.
If you are a Men’s Basketball or Men’s Ice Hockey athlete, your recruiting process actually starts a year earlier than all other sports. College coaches from all division levels can already start calling you beginning this weekend (June 15th following your sophomore year).
What can you do?
Get evaluated by an NCSA National Scout to get your recruiting on track.
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