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College Recruiting

The Process

Playing Soccer in College

The Process

The recruitment process for college is precisely that - a process. These guidelines are meant to help players and parents understand a timeline of activities that should be performed over the years of recruiting and refine them. It should be noted that parents should most certainly be involved in this process, but when communicating with colleges and universities, most contact should come from the player. Coaches want to see children who are independent, can maintain a conversation, and are able to lead; from the viewpoint of coaches, making the parent do much of the talking is usually viewed negatively. It is encouraged, with that in mind, that players begin the administrative process themselves.

What's Needed to Get Started

Prospective College Players

The Rules

Rules

Recruiting Rules

The NCAA supports student-athlete well-being by promoting a fair recruiting environment that limits intrusions into the lives of student-athletes and their families.

Recruiting happens when a college employee or representative invites a high school student-athlete to play sports for their college. Recruiting can occur in many ways, such as face-to-face contact, phone calls or text messaging, through mailed or emailed material or through social media. Please see table.

Description D1 D2 D3
Phone Calls/Texts Start September 1 JR Year: text & calls. Straight from college OK. Start June 15th JR Year: Coach may call once per week. Unlimited at any time of the year/any grade year.
Official Visits When classes start SR year: 5 total official visits, 1 per college. When classes start SR year: 5 total official visits, 1 per college. Start or after JR year: No limit after this time.
Unofficial Visits Unlimited at any time of the year/any grade year. Unlimited at any time of the year/any grade year. Unlimited at any time of the year/any grade year.
Contact from college coach (parents or player) July 1 SR year or start of classes: No limit after this time. July 15th JR year: Limited to 3 in person visits. Start of JR year: No limit after this time.
Printed Material (sent from coach) Start September 1 JR year: Coaches discretion. Start September 1 JR year: Coaches discretion. Unlimited at any time of the year/any grade year.
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Team and Player College Pages

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Player Profile

Your College Player Profile is a perfect way to share with college coaches accurate details about your academic and athletic achievements. Elk Grove Soccer's unique Player Profile Page provides a snapshot of your personal qualities. If they want to know more, the college coach has a link to submit an email direct to the Director of Coaching about you.

College

Team Page

The College Team Profile Page is a perfect way to share with college coaches accurate details about your team's academic and athletic achievements. Elk Grove Soccer's unique College Profile Team Page provide a snapshot of your team and your player's qualities. This is useful when you are at tournaments and league games and a college coach approaches your team about information.

College recruitment

Course

Designed to Guide You

College

American College Athlete: How to get recruited and apply

We have partnered with EDSPORA to bring you a unique course, titled, "American College Athlete: How to get recruited and apply". This is free for all Elk Grove Soccer Players. Please contact Dan James at djames@elkgrovesoccer.com for access.

College recruitment

Course Modules

Lesson 1

First Steps and Questions to Ponder

Lesson 2

NCAA Eligibility Center Checklist – What to do in your Freshman Year

Lesson 3

NCAA Eligibility Center Checklist – What to do in your Sophomore Year

Lesson 4

NCAA Eligibility Center Checklist – What to do in your Junior Year

Lesson 5

NCAA Eligibility Center Checklist – What to do in your Senior Year

Lesson 6

NCAA Eligibility Center (Formerly the NCAA Clearinghouse)

Lesson 7

How to send SAT results to the NCAA

Lesson 8

How to send ACT results to the NCAA

Lesson 9

How to Email College Coaches

Lesson 10

REVEALING the Email that got me RECRUITED to D1 College Soccer

Lesson 11

The Important Role of Highlight and Skills Videos in Recruiting

Lesson 12

College Bound Athletes: Welcome from the NCAA President

Lesson 13

Video: Choosing College: How to Make Better Learning Decisions Throughout Your Life

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