Timeline for the Collegiate Recruiting Experience
Here are several suggestions, by school year, that will insure your eligibility and enhance your ability to be recruited for collegiate athletics. Remember, the eligibility standards for recruitment are different between Divisions I, II, and III. Do not make the mistake of focusing only on the biggest and most prominent schools. It is very easy to get caught up in the glamour of NCAA Division I athletics at the expense of a wider range of opportunities and playing time on a Division II or III level. You must make and accept an honest appraisal of your skills and ability. Now choose the right level and school.
1. Begin now committing yourself to the best grades that you can achieve.
2. Remember! The NCAA does not recognize a (+) or (–) for your grades. Work for the next higher grade.
3. As an incoming freshman, make sure you have reviewed your schedule with your counselor.
4. Meet with your counselor to insure that you are enrolled in the proper classes for NCAA eligibility in your sophomore year.
5. Make sure that your counselor knows that you hope to pursue collegiate athletics.
6. Develop a sports resume of accomplishments.
7. Attend a variety of sport camps and participate in a variety of sports year round.
8. Review links related to college athletics on the MHS website.
1. Meet with your counselor to insure that you are enrolled in the proper classes for NCAA eligibility in your junior year.
2. Take the PSAT in the fall when it is first offered.
3. Make sure that the varsity head coach is aware of your desire to participate in collegiate sports.
4. Continue to develop an athletic resume.
5. Continue to attend sport camps and participate in a variety of sports.
6. Begin a college and career search in the guidance office. Complete online questionnaires that almost every college program provides at their school’s athletics department web site.
7. Begin to decide which part of the country you would realistically wish to attend school.
8. Begin thinking about what your financial needs will be and what will be best financially for your family.
9. Keep your focus on all appropriate schools on NCAA Division I, II and III levels as well as NAIA and Junior Colleges.
1. You must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center at the completion of your junior year. These forms are available on line ( www.ncaaclearinghouse.net) or from your counselor. The recruiting process will absolutely stop until this has been completed.
2. Continue to meet with your counselor to insure that you are enrolled in the proper courses for NCAA eligibility in your senior year.
3. Continue to update your athletic resume.
4. Continue sport camp participation.
5. Take the PSAT in the fall when it is first offered. Players should take ACT and or SAT in winter of junior year. This avoids potential conflict with scholastic baseball season – student will not learn that much more English or math in three months.
6. Contact schools that may interest you and return all cards back to these schools.
7. Respond back to any and all schools that contact you with their return post cards or letters.
8. Make unofficial visits to those schools that you may wish to attend.
9. Begin researching the variety of financial aid opportunities available.
1. Review with your counselor that you have taken or will take all the classes that will be required for NCAA collegiate eligibility.
2. Retake the SAT/ACT if necessary.
3. Continue to meet with your coach as to what schools and on what level you are most suited to play.
4. Begin to mail your college applications.
5. Narrow your choice of schools and take your five official visits to the schools that you might like to attend. Remember, it is an education decision first, followed by athletics.
6. Begin to research a variety of resources for financial aid and file the FAFSA prior to March 1.
7. Any concerns can be directed to the NCAA at (www.ncaa.org ).
Recruiting Terminology You Should Know
1. Contact: Any face-to-face meeting between a college coach, yourself or your parents.
2. Core Courses: Recognized courses specified by the NCAA
3. Evaluation: Any off campus activity used to assess your academic or athletic abilities.
4. Official Visit: College paid trip to a campus during your senior year. You may visit up to five different schools that have your application.
5. Qualifier: You have met all NCAA requirements
6. Nonqualifer: You are ineligible to compete, practice, and receive athletics aid your freshman year at a NCAA I and II institution.
7. Recruited Prospective Student Athlete: You become this when approached by a coach or representative of a school about enrolling and playing a sport.
8. Red shirt: You may practice with the team but you cannot play.