The recruiting process started yesterday!
Myth: Recruiting begins when you are contacted by a college coach during junior or senior of high school.
Reality: Due to the rise in athletic scholarship need and the increase of available information for college coaches, the recruiting process is starting earlier than ever before. According to the NCAA, college coaches are starting to identify 7th and 8th graders as recruits and are even starting to offer scholarships to prospects before their freshman year.
College Coaches Start with Verified, Third Party Information
Myth: Colleges coaches discover talent by attending camps, combines, showcases, tournaments, and high school games.
Reality: College coaches depend on verified information from reliable sources about prospects as young as 7th grade. Most coaches attend tournaments, games, and camps with a list of student athletes they will evaluate, not with the hopes of discovering prospects.
84% of Division I prospects are identified by the end of sophomore year. You need to be pro-active in getting your name, academic scores and athletic achievements in front of coaches.
College coaches evaluate prospects online.
Myth: College coaches initially evaluate talent by attending high school games and watching unsolicited video sent from students and families.
Reality: College coaches do a majority of their initial evaluation by looking at video - requested or received from reliable sources - often delivered online or digitally. After watching video, a coach may decide to have a member of his or her staff make an in-person evaluation.
Make sure to have your edited highlight video and full game footage online in a format that can be easily distributed to college coaches.
Be realistic: Less than 1% get a DI full ride!
Myth: NCAA Division I is the only viable option for collegiate athletics
Reality: There are over 1,800 U.S. colleges and universities that sponsor collegiate athletics and are able to offer financial packages. More than 94% of those opportunities fall outside of DI.
Have clear expectations of the college programs you qualify for based on athletic and academic performance, whether that's DI, DII, DIII, NAIA, or NJCAA. (And, yes, DIII schools provide financial packages, too!)
Your coach cannot get you a scholarship!
Myth: Many student athletes believe their high school or club coaches are responsible for their recruiting process and getting them scholarships.
Reality: The average high school coach has contact with fewer than five college coaches and most of them are local. Student-athletes and their families are ultimately responsible for connecting with college coaches.
Don't eliminate 99% of your options by relying solely on your high school coach. Meet with your coaches and gain a clear understanding of who will be responsible for every aspect of your recruiting process.
Below are the 5 things you need to do to ace the recruiting process and get the college athletic scholarships you deserve:
Every student athlete needs an objective, third-party evaluation to determine “best fit” qualifications for various college programs. A knowledgeable third party helps set realistic expectations on programs, competition levels, academic fit and schools, helping you target 100 to 200 realistic opportunities.
There are Over 1,700 Colleges that offer collegiate athletic opportunities, but it is almost impossible to get the right schools to contact you without an evaluation from an expert.
NCSA Recruiting Profile
The days of delivering paper résumés through the mail are over. Coaches now view websites that contain all the athletic and academic information needed to recruit a prospect. Coaches need to be able to see more athletes, more efficiently.
NCSA developed the Recruiting Profile to help student-athletes to eliminate the hassle of sending hundreds of packages across the country. The Recruiting Profile allows college coaches to view all your necessary up to date athletic and academic information instantly.
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Create a Video
Every student athlete needs a highlight and skills video to convey their athletic abilities to college coaches. These videos are now typically streamed online and sent through e-mail. The best videos are digitally enhanced, sequenced properly and have spot shadowing. The difference in a quality enhanced NCSA video and a simple homemade video can be a deal breaker.
Your video must focus on what college coaches want to see. Make them want to watch you!
Student athletes need to understand that receiving a few letters from college coaches does not constitute serious recruitment. College coaches contact thousands of student athletes in order to have enough options to fill needs. Student athletes need to play the same game: market to a minimum of 100 college coaches, preferably, 200!
To streamline the overwhelming process NCSA Created Recruit-Match to:
It's a 40 year decision-Get it right!
In an effort to narrow their Recruiting boards, college coaches are always looking for a reason to cross recruits off their lists. Throughout the process every recruit faces countless scenarios that can make or break their recruiting efforts. Every student athlete needs a step by step plan in order to succesfully navigate through the recruiting process.
NCSA's team of Recruiting Experts have all been through the recruiting process first hand. It is their 100% focus to successfully guide our student athletes to achieve their recruiting goals.