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Recruiting Timeline

The college recruiting process is exactly that -- a process. These guidelines are designed to help players and parents understand and develop a timeline of tasks that should be completed over the recruitment years. It should be noted that parents should most definitely be involved in this process, but most communication should come from the player when interacting with colleges and universities. Coaches want to see kids who are independent, can hold a conversation, and are willing to lead; having the parent do most of the communication is typically seen negatively from the coaches perspective. With that in mind, it is encouraged that players begin the administrative process themselves.



9th Grade

• Meet with your high school guidance counselor to set a four-year academic plan.
• Start an academic path that will satisfy NCAA rules (Discuss Core Courses)
• Set short and long-term academic goals with your family
• Understand the path to AP classes for junior and senior years
• Participate in community service and school activities (student government, math club, etc.)
• Research colleges/universities you would like to attend (websites, talk with family members and friends, college guides and publications).
Set short and long-term soccer goals with your family and/or coach
Gain experience playing in the showcase events
Go to area college games (Division I, II, and III) to better understand level and atmosphere
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It is important to start off your high school career with good grades -- freshman year grades DO matter!


10th Grade

• Continue to focus on your academics
• Meet with high school counselor to review and revise your academic plan
• Make sure your class schedule satisfies the NCAA core course requirements
• Review your grades and academic goals with your family
• Understand the path to AP classes for junior and senior years
• Register for the PSAT: https://www.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt
• Identify 20+ schools of interest and categorize schools on:
• Dream schools
• I think I can play at
• I know I can play at
Research the schools on your interest list in the following areas:
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Academic Degrees
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Soccer Program and Athletic Department
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Private/Public Institution
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Enrollment size, location of school and surround areas
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Cost of enrollment, Financial Aid, Academic Scholarships
Contact admissions and financial aid offices to be added to their mailing lists
Create personalized resume and cover letter
Correspond with college coaches via email with your cover letter, resume, academic achievements and your teams' tournament/showcase plans
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If you are playing near a school that you are interested in, email them the week of the game
• Before showcases, email all of the schools. (This should be done all the way up until you commit...adding or dropping schools depending on the
  process)
Meet with your coach/Director to review the school you're interested in attending
Attend College Night High School functions and NCFC Youth College Night
Visit college campuses
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Take admissions tour
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Visit the athletic/soccer facilities
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Schedule a meeting with a member of the coaching staff
Unofficial visits
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Unlimited number
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Organized at the request of the college coach
Research and attend college summer soccer camps
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Most schools have short "elite" camps rather than the full 5 day camp. There are usually less expensive and better players attend. You may be
  seen by a number of coaches at some of these camps, as many programs bring in outside coaches from other programs.
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You will get a number of inquiries about camps form schools that may appear like recruiting letters. Before you go, find out if you are going to
   be recruited or if you were just on the mailing list!
Soccer research: look at the past 2 years' recruiting classes for those schools
Fill our the recruiting questionnaire on the schools websites
Go watch your schools of interest play games or train


11th Grade

• Complete the NCAA Eligibility Center application
• Meet with high school counselor to review and revise your academic plan
• Make sure your class schedule satisfies the NCAA core course requirement
• Challenge yourself academically
•If possible, take AP and Honors classes
• Narrow your college list to approximately 10-15 schools
•Understanding of each schools admittance requirements (ACT/SAT, GPA, etc...)
• Verify SAT and ACT registration deadlines - we recommend to take one of the tests multiple times
• Take SAT or ACT
• Have scores sent to NCAA Eligibility Center and schools on your list
• Attend financial aid workshops/obtain financial aid form (FAFSA) www.fafsa.ed.gov
• Review college applications for admittance with family and guidance counselor
• Start requesting letters of recommendation for college applications
• Visit college campuses
• Try and visit during the week when class is in session to get a good feel of what the campus looks like during class time
• Update the college coaches on your soccer and academic achievements and tournament/showcases your team will be attending
• Reply to all emails/phone calls from college coaches, keep lines of communication open
• If you don't have an interest in a particular school, politely let the coach know
• Meet with your coach/Director to review and revise your college list
• Club coach should provide you with a realistic evaluation for what schools on your list make sense from a soccer standpoint
• Attend high school college nights, college fairs and CASL College Night
• Schedule unofficial visits with schools that have shown interest
• Participate in showcase events with your team
• College summer soccer camps for the schools still on your list
• Demand excellence in the classroom
• GPA and Class Rank potentially play a role in admissions and financial aid process


12th Grade

• Narrow your school list to approximately 5 schools
• Finalize applications
• Complete applications in the fall
• Allow time to edit and finalize essays and collect letters of recommendations
• Recommended that your teacher or parents review the essays for proofing
• Meet all application/scholarship/financial aid/housing deadlines
• Submit your FAFSA application
• Meet with high school counselor to review and revise your academic plan
• Make sure your class schedule satisfies the NCAA core course requirement
• Official High School transcripts be sent to NCAA Eligibility Center (mid year and final) and to schools that received applications
• Official Visits
• Schedule official visits with schools that have expressed interest
• If possible, visit during the season when the school plays a home match
• Follow up on all emails, letters, texts messages and phone calls from college coaches
• Take SAT or ACT again if needed
• Meet with your coach/Director to discuss your final list of schools

Contact

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Phone : 919-834-3951
Email: [email protected]

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