RECRUITING

It's never too early for players to turn sights to play collegiate soccer. With thousands of universities to choose from, it is essential players and parents understand the steps needed to find the right school and coach. Coaches can't evaluate all available prospects. Players should take the initiative to contact coaches to express interest in the program. The information outlined in our recruiting session will provide you with the information you need to navigate the recruiting process.

RECRUITING RULES

Sophomore Year
(10th Grade)
 Recruiting Materials  Can receive brochures for camps and questionnaires
 Telephone Calls  Can make calls to coaches at the player's expense only. College coaches cannot call you.
 Off-Campus Contact  None Allowed
 Official Visit  None Allowed
 Unofficial Visit  Can make an unlimited number of unofficial visits
 Junior Year
(11th Grade) 
 Recruiting Materials  Can begin receiving September 1 of junior year
 Telephone Calls  Can make calls to coaches at the player's expense only. College coaches can make a phone call once per week starting after July 1 of junior year.
 Off-Campus Contact  Allowed starting July 1 after junior year
 Official Visit  None Allowed
 Unofficial Visit  Can make an unlimited number of unofficial visits
Senior Year
(12th Grade)
 Recruiting Materials  Allowed
 Telephone Calls  Can make calls to coaches at the player's expense only. College coaches can make a phone call once per week starting after July 1 of junior year.
 Off-Campus Contact  A college coach may contact players or their parents no more than three times during the senior year.
 Official Visit  Allowed beginning the opening day of classes senior year.
 Unofficial Visit  Can make an unlimited number of unofficial visits
 Evaluation & Contacts  Up to seven times during the senior year.

 

RECRUITING TIMELINE

FRESHMAN YEAR (9th Grade)

Now is the time to research schools. Visit school websites, talk to friends and family members, and review college guides and publications to familiarize yourself with all options available to you. It's never too early to get in front of college coaches.

Understand the required athlete curriculum to complete in high school:

Div. I (16 Core Courses)

4 years of English
3 years of math (algebra. 1 or higher)
2 years of natural or physical science
1 extra year of English, math or science
2 years of social science
4 years of additional core courses (from any category above, or foreign language, no doctrinal religion or philosophy)

Div. II (16 Core Courses)

3 years of English
2 years of math (algebra 1 or higher)
2 years of natural or physical science
2 extra years of English, math or science
2 years of social science
3 years of additional core courses (from any category above, or foreign language, no doctrinal religion or philosophy)

Keep your grades up. Maintain a solid GPA of at least 2.5.

SOPHOMORE YEAR (10th Grade)

Continue to research schools while maintaining your grades.

Research on schools should include:

  • Academic
  • Athletic
  • Size
  • Location
  • Cost
  • Available scholarships

Familiarize yourself with the SAT/ACT and try to take the PSAT. The PSAT is an excellent way to familiarize yourself with standardized testing and to get an idea of how you will need to prepare for the SAT/ACT.

Send emails and letters to coaches, notifying them you’re interested in playing soccer with their program. Also, send coaches your resume along with your game schedules for your sophomore and junior year.

The recruiting process is beginning earlier each year. It’s not a bad idea to start taking unofficial visits throughout your sophomore year. Visit the campus to gain a better understanding of each college environment. It is essential to know that you can make an unlimited number of unofficial visits.

JUNIOR YEAR (11th Grade)

Continue the research process. Try to narrow your search down to five schools.

Register for the SAT/ACT (Note: Research score requirements for each school)
Prepare for the SAT/ACT to improve scores.

Follow up with coaches to make sure they have received your emails and letters. Also, continue to send coaches a schedule of all of your games. Follow up with schools of interest consistently. Coaches are busy with players contacting them daily. Keep the coaches updated and send regular communications to keep you on their radar.

As of September 1 of your Junior Year, you can begin to receive recruiting materials and emails from College Coaches. Be sure to reply to schools of interest to keep the lines of communication open.

Continue to take unofficial visits to understand what each program has to offer. It is essential to know that you can make an unlimited number of unofficial visits.

Actively gather information and speak with College Coaches regularly. You can contact them and ask questions, so be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to gather information to help you make informed decisions.

SUMMER AFTER JUNIOR YEAR

Register with NCAA Eligibility Center if you have not already. See the NCAA Eligibility Center information posted to the Athletes Resources for more detailed information.

Phone contact with college coaches is permissible after July 1. They may contact you once per week over the phone. You can contact them as many times as you would like throughout the week. Be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to gather information to help you make informed decisions.

SENIOR YEAR (12th Grade)

Review all academic requirements mentioned previously, and stay on track. Make appointments with your High School Guidance Counselor to ensure you are scheduled to fulfill all the requirements.

Apply to all Universities/Colleges that you are interested in attending. Work directly with your contacts at each school to verify the application process, often there is a separate application procedure for student-athletes.

Take up to 5 official visits if you are not yet committed. Do not be discouraged if you have not yet committed to a school- college coaches often fill their rosters over the final stages of the recruiting process.

Continue to keep your grades up.

Sign official letter of intent (Spring semester).