Junior Year �Things to do� for NCAA recruitment by VII9jovw


									For Seniors:
NCAA and Recruiting

 1. Establish criteria that you want/like in a college/university
       a. Size, location, division of athletics, possible majors, competitiveness of
       b. Coaching styles, team size, fields

 2. Make a list of the coaches at each of the colleges/universities that fit your
    criteria – the website is a great resource to identify colleges/universities
 3. Write an initial contact letter to each coach – you can either mail or email the
        a. In the letter:
                 i. Name, year of graduation, address, phone number, email address
                ii. Sports you play, not just the sport of recruitment, position
               iii. Any awards in any sports
               iv. Academic info: gpa, sat, honors classes, awards
                v. Volunteer, community service…
               vi. Anything else that makes you stand out and well rounded

 4. Regular correspondence – you want the coach to know your name
       a. Once every two weeks
               i. send each a coach an email updating them on your current sport,
                  academics, other activities…
              ii. comment on the coach’s college/university or teams recent success
                  to show that you are following them as well
             iii. give a copy of your current schedule for HS sports as well as travel
                  or club…
 5. Questionnaire
       a. each coach will send you a questionnaire asking similar information to
          your initial contact letter. Fill out the questionnaire anyway and return it
          promptly. It is much easier for a coach to have all of the recruits’
          information organized in one universal form, rather than looking through a
          couple hundred contact letters.

 6. Questions
      a. make a list of questions to ask the coach
      b. how many recruits for your year
      c. how many recruits looking to bring in
      d. what positions are you recruiting
      e. have you seen me play?
      f. What did you like about my play?
      g. Where do you see me fitting in on your team?
      h. Where do you see me helping the team?...
       i. When did you see me play?

7. Rules to know
      a. You can call a coach, and the coach can call you back. Parents please
          remember that the coach is calling to speak with your son/daughter, if you
          and coach exchange more than hello, how are you, then that phone call
          counts as the one contact for the week and your son/daughter did not even
          get to talk to the coach.
      b. Only one contact per week is allowed by the coach, but you can call the
          coach as many times as you need and they can take your call.
      c. You can email back and forth with a coach as much as you both want
      d. You can visit a college campus
      e. IM is considered a contact and counts as the one phone call/contact for the
          week because it is direct correspondence and conversation like.
      f. You can meet with a coach on a college visit
               i. It is better or pre-organize the unofficial visit with the coach rather
                   than just show up and hope they can make time for you and you
                   don’t want to go to a campus during a dead period.
              ii. You can take as many unofficial visits to a college/university as
                   you would like.
             iii. You should try to see a practice and attend a class when you visit
                   the college/university – the coach can help set these up.
             iv. Unofficial visit: The recruit provides transportation to and from
                   the campus. The recruit pays for all accommodations while on
                   campus i.e. meals and drinks. You can take as many unofficial
                   visits as you would like. You may attend a class (organized by the
                   coach or you can do it through the admissions office) you may
                   attend a practice/lifting session. You may stay with an athlete on
                   campus, it can be organized through the coach or admissions – you
                   are required to pay for the nights stay. You may also attend a
                   competition and can be left 3 complimentary tickets by the coach
                   to be used by you and your parents or legal adult accompanying
              v. Official Visit: The college provides transportation and meals and
                   entertainment. You have to be invited in for an official visit and
                   you are only allowed to take 5 total official visits. You may stay
                   with an athlete on campus. You may also attend a competition
                   and may be given 3 complimentary tickets by the coach to be used
                   by you and your parents or legal adult accompanying you.
8. Recruit
      a. A student athlete that is actively recruited.
      b. Consistent communication between student athlete and coach
      c. Potential for scholarship $/ could accept financial aid package if more $
          than scholarship offer
      d. Official visit can be offered, not always
       e. Goes through general admissions, but marked for athletics
       f. Gets all team benefits
       g. Has to sign National Letter of Intent

9. Recruited Walk On
      a. A student athlete that is actively recruited.
      b. Consistent communication between student athlete and coach
      c. No scholarship $ is offered
      d. Not necessarily guaranteed a spot on the team unless the coach says that.
      e. Official visit can be offered
      f. Goes through general admissions, but marked for athletics
      g. Get all team benefits
      h. May signs National Letter of Intent, depends on how strongly recruited

10. Walk On
      a. A student athlete that has limited to no conversations with the coach prior
          to attending the college/university
      b. Goes through general admissions on own
      c. Usually calls coach at the beginning of the summer or first week of
          classes and says would like to try out/ walk on to the team.
      d. Not guaranteed spot on the team
      e. Gets all team benefits once on team
      f. Does not sign National Letter of Intent

11. What you are trying to do
      a. Sell youself as a valuable member of the team and college/university
      a. Build a relationship with the coach so that they know your name
      b. Keep the coach informed of your success
      c. Let the coach know that you are doing your homework by seeing the
          colleges/universities and comparing the qualities of each team and

12. When to talk about Scholarship Money
      a. Once your son/daughter has decided that he/she is interested in a
          college/university. $ should not be the main/only deciding factor in the
      b. It is okay to ask: how much scholarship $ is available for your
          son/daughter’s class.
      c. It is okay to ask: if a player can earn more money as they progress through
          senior year (Per NCAA rules, increases in scholarship $ can not be based
          on performance, but you will find that some coaches give the extra $ to the
      d. Its okay to ask: where your son/daughter is on the list of scholarship $.
      e. It is okay to say: that you will need assistance for your child to attend that
          college/university (nearly everyone does).
       f. You will have to fill out financial aid paperwork, even if you are a strong
          scholarship candidate.
       g. You can not combine financial aid and scholarship $ to have more $ for
          your college tuition. The combined amount would be counted as all
          scholarship $ and is taken from the coaches scholarship allotment.
       h. Ivy league members do not offer athletic scholarship $, they offer financial
       i. Financial aid will fluctuate year to year as your income fluctuates. Each
          year you have to reapply for financial aid.
       j. You can not combine 2 different sport scholarships either. The total
          amount is counted against one of the coaches scholarship allotment.
       k. It is okay for parents to bring up this subject. The student athletes may
          not feel comfortable or knowledgable enough to talk about this.;
       l. Most conversations should be between the coach and student athlete. Let
          your child represent themselves and interject when necessary. The coach
          wants the student athlete to play and be a part of the team, not the parents.

13. National Letter of Intent
       a. The letter that a student athlete signs to commit to attend a specific
       b. Does not guarantee scholarship $
       c. Does not guarantee academic admission into the school
       d. Scholarships are not guaranteed for 4/5 years. Per NCAA rules, a coach
          recommends each year that the scholarship be renewed.
       e. Each sport has a specific signing period (ncaa.org)

14. Once you have taken official visits and scholarship $ is talked about or
        a. Write down everything you liked/disliked about the college/university to
           compare to the other official visits you are taking
        b. Some coaches will offer a scholarship package while you are on an official
           visit or before you have taken all of your official visits or put a deadline
           on you to make a decision.
        c. It is best to see all of the colleges/universities before making a decision, so
           ask the coach to honor that and that that is important to you
        d. If you are not ready to make a decision, tell the coach and ask for more
           time if a deadline is set.
        e. If you have a scholarship offer from college/university A and you like
           college/university B as well, but B has not offered you a scholarship yet,
           and A is putting a dead line on you to make a decision, you can tell B that
           you are in a situation and would like to know where you stand with B
           before making a decision – this happens often. Coaches do not want to
           lose recruits, also, coaches talk to each other, so they usually know who
           has offers to which recruits. They usually don’t know the amounts, but
           they know who is recruiting who.
           f. On the other side, think from the coaches perspective: If they get you to
              commit then there work is done, if not, then they have to turn that
              scholarship $ around and offer to another recruit before that other recruit
              commits to another college/university – if that happens, then the coach
              looses 2 recruits and has to go third on the list…So you can see how and
              why coaches want to know right away.
           g. It is etiquette to let the coaches know that you have committed elsewhere
              and thank them for their time and interest.

   15. You’ve taken an official visit and scholarship $ is not talked about
          a. It is fair to ask the coach where you are on the recruit list and scholarship
             candidate list.
          b. Perhaps the coach would really like to have you be apart of the team, but
             has other players ahead of you and is trying to hold you off to hear back
             from the recruits ahead of you on the list.
          c. Ask if there is a change you will be offered scholarship $.
          d. No, then ask how if you would be a recruited walkon
          e. Yes, then ask them to explain their situation and when you might know
             something ( the coach probably has scholarship $ and offers and deadlines
             out and is waiting to hear back from the other recruits first to see what
             might be available for you.
          f. **Scholarship $ may be talked about by the parents – you are the ones
             paying the bill. The student athletes may be uncomfortable about the $
             issues, so that is fine, let your parents bring up that subject.
   16. NCAA Clearing House
          a. All student athletes must complete this form to be eligble to compete
             within the NCAA.
          b. It regulates curriculum so that all student athletes are held to standards in
             course selection, grades, Standardized testing scores.
          c. Best if completed toward the end of junior year.
          d. The NCAA only accepts 2 copies of the transcript – (usually) one is sent at
             the end of Junior Year and the second at the end of Senior Year. – for
             exceptions see Guidance Department
          e. The form is available on line at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net
          f. There are 2 release forms that must be downloaded, signed and returned to
             the Guidance Office. Guidance will send the transcripts at the end of
             junior year and after graduation

If you have any questions or would like help in writing letters to the coaches or
conversations to have with coaches, please email kporcella@johncarroll.org.

**Some of these rules change slightly per sport. This is the general idea of what you
should be aware of and how to present yourself to a coach.
** Each coach runs and operates his/her program to his/her own accord. These are
general rules and guidelines that the coaches follow. Each college/university does things
a little bit different.

Enjoy the time that you are being recruited. It is very easy to become caught up in the
decision and everything that is going on. It is your senior year of Highschool!

It is the college coach’s job to do this recruiting process every year and as a parent and
student athlete you will go through this once or at most, a few times. So please ask
questions and get a feel for the coaches personality, the dedication of the team and the
atmosphere of the school and you will find the best fit for you or your son/daughter.

Good Luck!
Krystin Porcella

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