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.
Prospective College Players
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.
|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.|
Team and Player College Pages
Free for Our Players
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.
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org for access.