Recommended Timeline and Recruitment Rules Guide for the Division I Athlete. Sample. Pages 2 of 11.
Success during the college soccer recruitment process is greatly affected by an athlete's academic record. The better the athlete's high school grades and academic courses, the more choices and opportunities will be available to the athlete.
September through June
Create a Player Profile. Use the template provided by CSC. Ensure you make regular updates to your profile throughout the year when your tournament, soccer and academic achievements change.
Get the best grades that you can in school. Take the most challenging classes such as honors and AP courses if you think that you can do well in them. Be sure to play high school soccer. Acquire and maintain a good relationship with your coach. Some colleges will call your coach for a review of you as a player. Be sure to play on a club soccer team.
Research college camps to determine if there are any offered at the schools that interest you. Note that many other coaches attend these camps in addition to the hosting school's coaches. If you are not sure which schools you may be interested in attending:
pick one of the larger soccer camps that will have a large pool of college coaches on the staff
select a camp in a geographic area you may be interested as it is likely a high percentage of the staff will come from that area
Look online for camp information in the athletic section of the website and see when the camps are offered and which coaches are attending. If you have had any contact with any of the coaches that will be at the camp, send them a letter a week or two before going to camp and ask him or her to watch you play while you are there. See the CSC resource entitled, "Finding the Right College Camp."
If you enjoyed working with a particular college coach at the camp and now think you may be interested in attending his/her send them a letter to let them know of your interest.
Summary of the Sophomore Year NCAA Recruiting Rules You may receive brochures for camps and student questionnaires. You may also call the coach at your expense, but the coach cannot call you. There is no off-campus "face-to-face" contact allowed between a coach and a recruit (or the recruit's family members). You may not make an official visit to a college yet. You may make an unlimited number of unofficial visits to colleges.
Review your Player Profile. Use the template provided by CSC. Ensure you make regular updates to your profile throughout the year when your tournament, soccer and academic achievements change.