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College Recruiting Timeline

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RECRUITING TIMELINE

 

 

FRESHMEN YEAR

  • Get off to a strong start with your grades. Your high school will calculate your GPA, which will correspond with your class rank. Eventually, these statistics will be used to determine your admission into schools and potential academic scholarships

  • Most colleges will use your grades from your “core” academic classes:  http://www.ncaa.org/student-athletes/future/core-courses

  • Go watch local D1, D2, D3 college games to get an understanding of the different levels of college soccer in America

 

SOPHOMORE YEAR

  • Continue to focus on your grades and begin to challenge yourself with Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) classes and if your school offers it, Dual Enrollment classes where students can earn both high school and college credits

  • Take the PSATs in the fall. Most area high schools will offer this test for free during the regular school day. This is a great opportunity for students to become accustomed to the test format and test length

  • Contact college coaches of schools you may be interested in (see questions below for help) prior to college showcases. Plan a meeting with the SVFC College Recruiting Advisor 2-3 weeks before the college showcase for help with structuring your email to coaches. College Showcase Tournaments will list the college coaches that will be attending that specific tournament: https://events.gotsport.com/events/collegecoaches.aspx?EventID=54591

  • Attend college ID clinics and summer camps of schools that you may be interested in (use the questions below as a guide)

  • Go watch local D1, D2, D3 college games to get an understanding of the different levels of college soccer in America

  • Plan college visits and take tours of schools you may be interested in

  • By the end of your sophomore year in high school, you should try to identify 20-25 potential schools that meet your academic and athletic aspirations

 

JUNIOR YEAR

  • Continue to focus on your grades and begin to challenge yourself with Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) classes and if your school offers it, Dual Enrollment classes where students can earn both high school and college credits. Your junior year is a very important year for your academics and a year that colleges will focus on when they examine your transcript, so continue to work hard and stay focused

  • If you know that you want to play Division I or Division II college soccer, register with the NCAA Eligibility Center at the beginning of your junior year. If you are unsure about what level you want to compete at you can still register: https://web3.ncaa.org/ecwr3/

  • Register to take the SAT and/or the ACT tests

  • When you register for the SAT or ACT, you can have your scores sent directly to the NCAA Eligibility Center using the code 9999

  • Contact college coaches of schools you may be interested in (see questions below for help) prior to college showcases. Plan a meeting with the SVFC College Recruiting Advisor 2-3 weeks before the college showcase for help with structuring your email to coaches. College Showcase Tournaments will list the college coaches that will be attending that specific tournament: https://events.gotsport.com/events/collegecoaches.aspx?EventID=54591

  • Attend college ID clinics and summer camps of schools that you may be interested in (use the questions below as a guide)

  • Go watch local D1, D2, D3 college games to get an understanding of the different levels of college soccer in America

  • Plan college visits and take tours of schools you may be interested in

  • By the end of your junior year in high school, you should try to identify 10-12 potential schools that you are seriously considering based on your academic and athletic aspirations

 

SENIOR YEAR

  • There is a misconception that colleges will not look at your senior year grades - this is very inaccurate. Your senior grades will be sent to the colleges you apply to and they will be factored into the admissions process. Stay focused and continue to work hard

  • At the beginning of your senior year, you should have your college search narrowed down to 2-5 schools that you are seriously considering

  • Confirm your eligibility status with the NCAA Clearinghouse at the start of your senior year

  • Register to take the SAT and/or the ACT tests in the fall

  • Meet with your guidance counselor, apply to the schools that you are seriously considering and ask selected teachers to write you a letter of recommendation. Be mindful of application deadlines as every school is different

  • Submit your FAFSA application. This determines how much aid you qualify to receive:  https://fafsa.ed.gov/

  • Plan any final college visits and tours in the fall

  • Contact any of the colleges that you are seriously considering prior to any event you could get scouted

  • Follow up with all of the schools you are seriously considering and weigh your options before making your final decision. Consider both academics and athletics in your final decision and ask yourself “If I’m not playing soccer, is this a school that I want to be at?”

 

IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER ABOUT COLLEGES AND RECRUITING
 

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE COLLEGE

  1. Is this a four year or two-year school?

  2. Is the school public or private? Church-affiliated?

  3. Where is the school located?

  4. Is this in the country, small town, or in an urban area?

  5. What is the campus like, compact or spread out?

  6. How large is the school, what is the undergraduate enrollment?

  7. What are the strongest degree programs offered, and which are the best academic departments?

  8. Does the school have my potential major/career interests? It’s alright if you don’t know what you want to do as a career now - most people don’t

  9. What is the growth potential for internships?

  10. Do most students live on campus or in off-campus apartments?

  11. What is the student housing like?

  12. Do the members of the soccer team room together?

  13. What transportation is possible from my home to the campus? Bus, train, flight?

  14. What is the academic calendar - quarters, semesters, trimesters?

  15. What do you do to help players with their school work? Tutoring provided? Academic advisor?

  16. If I’m not playing soccer, is this a school that I want to be at?

 

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE COLLEGE PROGRAM & TEAM

  1. In what division does the school play (NCAA I, II, III, NAIA, NJCAA)?

  2. In what conference is the team?

  3. What important non-conference teams are scheduled?

  4. Do I want to start and play as a freshman?

  5. What were the team’s conference and overall record this year?

  6. How many players will there be on the roster next year?

  7. How many players will travel with the team?

  8. What training happens after the season?

  9. What is the preseason schedule?

  10. What is the practice schedule during the season? Morning, afternoon, night?

  11. Including meetings, training, travel and matches, how much time is required?

  12. What facilities and staff are available to take care of injuries and rehab?

  13. What is the style of play you want to see?

  14. What are your goals for the team?

 

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE COACH'S NEEDS FOR THE TEAM

  1. How many seniors are graduating?

  2. Are there redshirt players returning?

  3. What positions do you have open on the team and where would I fit in?

  4. How much playing time should I expect as a freshman?

  5. How many other players are playing that position?

  6. Are you recruiting other players for that position? Have you committed to any?

 

QUESTIONS TO ASK GOING FORWARD

  1. Which tournaments will you be attending?

  2. Will your school be hosting any ID clinics or camps that I can attend?

  3. Have you talked with my coaches?

  4. What’s the next step? What should I do? Do you see me as a serious possibility?

 

QUESTIONS TO ASK AFTER YOUR VISIT

  1. How did I like the coach’s personality?

  2. Do I feel his coaching style will mesh well with my playing style?

  3. Is the school in my price range?

  4. Did I enjoy the team members?

  5. Did the school have what I wanted academically?

  6. Is there growth potential within my major?

  7. Do I like the campus? Was I comfortable?

  8. If I’m not playing soccer, is this a school that I want to be at?