Recruiting Tip of the Week 8/19/14
One Stop to Understanding College Athletic Scholarships in Soccer
You've played your way to a respectable high school and club soccer career. You've put together a recruiting video, and you have an idea of different schools you would be interested in attending.
There are a couple of big steps to be made before recruiting gets rolling. One is being proactive, and the other is being informed.
Being on top of what different schools can offer you--and being realistic about where your talents could fit in--will make it easier to be effective when you make college soccer coaches aware of your abilities. The first step is knowing the number of scholarships out there so you have a better idea of what coaches have to work with.
Here's a quick rundown:
NCAA Division I
How Many Schools: There are 199 men's soccer programs in Division I, including powerhouses like Indiana and UCLA. There are 320 women's programs, including titans like North Carolina, Notre Dame and Portland.
Scholarship Count: Women's soccer is allowed 14 scholarships. Men's soccer is allowed 9.9 scholarships.
Scholarship Breakdown: Scholarships can be full or partial rides at the Division-I level, but with rosters exceeding 20 players, they are used carefully.
NCAA Division II
How Many Schools: There are 179 men's programs and 227 women's programs in Division II soccer.
Scholarship Count: Women's soccer has 9.9 scholarships to work with. Men have nine scholarships.
Scholarship Breakdown: Partial rides are common in Division II soccer, as coaches can distribute the money to as many players as they wish.
NCAA Division III
How Many Schools: Division III soccer consists of 401 men's programs and 424 women's programs. Powers include Messiah (Pa.) College for the men and Wheaton (Ill.) College for the women.
Scholarship Count: Athletic scholarships are not offered in Division III athletics.
Scholarship Breakdown: With no athletic scholarships, students often find financial aid or academic scholarships to assist with costs while playing soccer.
How Many Schools: There 218 men's programs in the NAIA and 223 women's programs.
Scholarship Count: Both men's and women's soccer are allowed 12 scholarships per team.
Scholarship Breakdown: Partial scholarships are common. Strong students who meet certain academic criteria can receive aid without it counting toward the program's limit.
NJCAA Division I
How Many Schools: There are 136 men's soccer programs at the junior-college level and 118 women's programs.
Scholarship Count: Men's and women's soccer are allowed 18 scholarships at the junior-college level.
Scholarship Breakdown: Many scholarships at the junior-college level are full rides, but partial rides are common, too.
NJCAA Division III
How Many Schools: There are 78 men's programs in NJCAA Division III, and 58 women's programs.
Scholarship Count: Much like Division III four-year schools, D-III schools at the junior-college level do not offer scholarships.
Understand what is important you and your family. Whether it is playing time, scholarship money, academic reputation, rate what is most important and start there!
Recruiting Tip of the Week 8/11/14
What does verbally committed mean and can a player/coach renege on a verbal?
In any sport, there will come a time when coaches will begin pressuring you to commit. Some coaches will be up front with you and say, “We have one scholarship left for your position and you are one of two (or three or four or five) players we’d like to sign for that spot. We’d be happy with either of you, and whoever commits first will get the scholarship.” Depending on your talent level—some coaches will wait as long as they need for your decision and others may give you an ultimatum or deadline before moving on to the next-best player on their list. Some may hold a scholarship for you until you make a decision, others will not—it just depends on their interest level.
Verbal commitments are NOT binding and players have the right to change their mind! For prospects, you 100% have the right to de-commit before you sign your NLI (National Letter of Intent).
It’s important to note, you have to have an offer from a coaching staff before you can commit. Every year I’d work for programs where prospects who were getting mail from us would call us to commit without a coach ever offering them a scholarship. Coaches can be sending you all the mail/email in the world but without an offer, they’re still in the evaluation process with you.
Decommiting can come with some temporary criticism from internet haters – but in the long run, it’s better to decommit if you know the school/coach aren’t a good fit than to go through with it and transfer a year or two later.
With college coaches pushing for recruits to commit earlier and earlier, players may verbally commit to a program before they’ve done their research or gotten a feel for other schools. You have to do your research in order to know what is really a “fit.” Get to know your options!
Some coaches push players to commit to a program before they’ve had a chance to take anofficial visit or unofficial visit to campus, or visit on a gameday to experience the atmosphere.
In football, verbal commitments don’t usually mean much to opposing coaches, especially with high-level prospects. In football it is pretty common for coaches to continue to recruit players, even after they’ve verbally committed to another school. The level of recruitment may vary, but it’s common for coaches to continue to send mail, email and possibly invite commits to camps or unofficial visit events even if they are verbally committed to another school.
In men’s basketball, it is more common for coaches to back off of a recruit once they have committed to another school. Overall, they take commitments more seriously and are more likely to move on to other non-committed players. Each sport varies.
In some cases, you may not get a warning to make a decision if another player they have equal interest in decides to commit. Your recruitment can end at any time for reasons you can’t always control. Experienced coaches can usually be up front with you about how the process is going from their prospective and where you fit in.
It’s best not to commit to a program unless you are 100% sure. You don’t want to commit and de-commit more than necessary. Commit to a school only if you think it’s a good fit.
Recruiting Tip of the Week 8/4/14
Is it okay to ask a coach where you fit on their list and how they see you competing?
Sure, in fact you should if you have a scholarship offer and are considering committing to them. You should ask coaches what their specific plan is for your development.
And remember – competition is not a bad thing, especially if you want to win games and play for a successful team. Winning teams have depth at most positions, so competition on the depth chart is inevitable if you want to win!
But also be aware that you’ll likely be getting the sugarcoated version. Coaches are always “recruiting” you, especially before the NLI (National Letter of Intent) is signed, so they’ll always over-compliment you. Not too many coaches will flat out tell you – if they’re pushing you to sign – that you’ll probably redshirt for a year and be a backup as a sophomore. They’ll tell you that you’ll come in and compete but they’ll see you starting or heavily contributing as a freshman right away.
If you don’t have an offer but are in the mix of evaluations, coaches may be more honest with you. Coaches have a list, position-by-position, class-by-class of the top targets and keep them in order of priority to sign.
If you’re in the top group and already have an offer, coaches usually have 2-5 players who they’d be happy to sign, all interchangeable and pretty equally talented. This is the group they are “actively recruiting,” calling, building relationships (with you, your parents, your prep coaches, your mentors), visiting in person, mailing info to you about campus and the program. In many cases, a coach may have 1-2 scholarships to sign for that position, that year, and be equally recruiting 2-5 players hard for those spots. Outside of that, they’re sending mail to 30-100 players for each open scholarship.
ASK. Find out where you fit in. There are a lot of scenarios of how this could work out and even if they haven’t offered you yet, there’s still a possibility of a coach following your progress along and eventually offering you!
Recruiting Tip of the Week7/30/14 (the New School Year!)
Remember Student Athletes, that Student comes First!
In the fast paced recruiting game, education can be your greatest ally. If you are unaware of the new requirements for the class of 2016 and beyond you may already be behind. As you start your new school year use the attached guide to help you determine with your school counselors whether you are on track to be eligible or not! Each year thousands of athletes are declared academically ineligible and it will only get more difficult in terms of academic standards.
Use the link at the bottom of the summary to navigate to the NCAA Eligibility Center website. From there click the link for 2016 and beyond in the lower right hand corner. If this is your first time visiting the site, I suggest you book mark it and spend a great deal of time educating yourselves about the process. Sign up for an account by Junior year to begin inputting and answering all the questions that will be asked by the NCAA. The longer you wait, the more likely your approval could get delayed in the system of hundreds of thousands of athletes doing the very same thing!
DIVISION I – Academic Eligibility Requirements (before August 1st, 2016)
From the NCAA….
If you want to receive athletics aid (scholarship), practice and compete during your first year, you must:
• Graduate from high school;
• Complete these 16 core courses:
• 4 years of English;
• 3 years of math (Algebra 1 or higher);
• 2 years of natural or physical science (including one year of lab science if offered by your high school);
• 1 extra year of English, math, or natural or physical science;
• 2 years of social science; and
• 4 years of extra core courses (from any category above, or foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy);
Note: Courses with similar content may be deemed duplicative by the NCAA Eligibility Center.
• Earn a minimum required grade-point average in your core courses; and
• Earn a combined SAT or ACT sum score that matches your core course grade-point average and test score on the sliding scale. (LINK: NCAA SLIDING SCALE)
Time Limitation on Core Courses
•You must complete the 16 core-course requirement within four consecutive academic years (i.e., eight semesters) from the start of ninth grade.
•Students graduating early (in less than eight semesters) must still meet core-course requirements.
•If you graduate on time from high school within four consecutive academic years (i.e., eight semesters) from the start of ninth grade:
• Prior to full-time collegiate enrollment, you may use one additional core-course unit completed within one year from the date of on-time graduation.
• You may complete the core course at a location other than the high school from which you graduated.
• You will be required to provide a transcript with grade and credit from this school.
Division I Qualifier
Being a qualifier enables you to be eligible to:
• Practice and compete for your college or university during your first year of college;
• Receive an athletics scholarship during your first year of college; and
• Play four seasons in your sport if you maintain your academic eligibility from year-to-year.
Division I Nonqualifier
As a nonqualifier, you will not be able to:
• Practice or compete for your college or university during your first year of college; or
• Receive an athletics scholarship during your first year of college, although you may receive need-based financial aid.
You may not participate in more than three season of competition in your sport. To earn a fourth season, you must complete at least 80 percent of your degree requirements before beginning your fifth year of college.
For more information about the NCAA Eligibility Center visit their website atwww.eligibilitycenter.org
Recruiting Tip of the Week 6/23/14
The NCAA Eligibility Center is a part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and was created to ensure that student athletes are prepared to meet the academic rigors of college. Each year nearly 200,000 student athletes have their GPA and test scores sent to the NCAA. The NCAA processes nearly 75,000 student athletes’ accounts.
You will not be eligible to play college sports or get an athletic scholarship from an NCAA school without registering and being cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center.
You do not need to have all of your documents ready before you register with the NCAA. Before your high school sends an official copy of your transcripts to the NCAA, you need to have an account set up. If your high school or the SAT testing agency were to send your documents to the NCAA and you didn’t have an account the NCAA would disregard the documents and you would need to resend them.
How to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center
- Create an account on the website *Parents you can create an account for your child
- Pay $70 dollars ($120 for international students) *fee waivers are available to student athletes and you can talk to your high school counselor about how to do this once you have created an account.
- Have your high school counselors send official copies of your transcripts
- Have the appropriate testing agency send official copies of your SAT or ACT test scores
- Complete the amateurism questionnaire online
- When you graduate high school you need to request final certification and have you high school send your final transcripts and proof of graduation
How to recover your NCAA Eligibility Center password
In order to recover your password you will need to use the same email address you used to create the account. If you can’t remember the email address you used or the password, you can create a new account. Once you have done this and begin to enter the additional information, the system will recognize the duplicate info and you can recover your old account at that point.
The NCAA Eligibility Center’s Role in Your Recruiting and Athletic Scholarship
The NCAA is responsible for determining the academic eligibility of all student athletes at the DI or DII level. Without being cleared by the NCAA you will not be able to play college sports or receive an athletic scholarship.
Your ten digit NCAA ID number is your ticket to getting cleared by the NCAA. This ID number is used by coaches and universities to track your eligibility status and for tracking your official visits. Colleges that are recruiting you will submit their list of recruits to the NCAA on an “Institutional Request List” using the student athletes NCAA ID numbers. Your recruiting will be put on hold until you have an ID number.
You can get your NCAA ID number immediately after creating your account and paying your NCAA fee (you do not need to pay a fee if you will be submitting a fee waiver).
Registering with the NCAA before an Official Visit
If you are planning on taking an official visit to a university you will need to be registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center. Before a coach or college can invite you on an official visit they need to add your NCAA ten digit ID number to the IRL (Institutional Request List). You are only allowed 5 official visits and the NCAA uses your ID number to keep track of the number of visits each student has taken. If you need to get your ID number to take an official visit, follow the instructions on this page to create an NCAA Eligibility Center account.
When will I know if I am eligible?
You will not get your final eligibility status from the NCAA until you have graduated high school. The NCAA cannot determine your eligibility status before then, because they need all of your high school grades and proof of graduation.
If you are waiting for your eligibility status, it can take several weeks or even months after you have finished high school. To ensure you are in line to receive you final eligibility status, you need to request certification within your account (you do this online), have your high school send your final transcripts and proof of graduation and make sure the coaches recruiting you have included your ten digit ID number on their IRL. If you have done all of that, here is how the NCAA prioritizes student athletes waiting for their eligibility:
Athletes competing in fall sports are processed first, followed by winter and then spring sports.
Within each season, athletes are prioritized by the order in which the NCAA received your request for certification. Depending on when all of this information was received, it can take several weeks to get your final status.
If your account needs to be reviewed by a specialist within the NCAA it can take longer to get your final status. In this situation you will usually be contacted and additional information might be requested.
If you have any questions about your account or eligibility status, it is best to contact the coach or the athletic department of the school recruiting you. The officials within their athletic department can check on the status of the athletes on their IRL. You will not be able to get an update from the NCAA by calling or emailing them.
NCAA Eligibility Center Mailing Address for Transcripts
There are two ways to contact the Eligibility Center, through mail and their phone number. There is no public email address to send your questions.
Transcript Mailing Address:
NCAA Eligibility Center
P.O. Box 7136
Indianapolis, IN 46207
Overnight Mailing Address:
NCAA Eligibility Center
1802 Alonzo Watford Sr. Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Eligibility Center Phone Number
Customer service hours – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time Monday through Friday. *the NCAA is closed for most public holidays.
U.S. Callers – (877) 262-1492 highlighting (877) 262-1492
International Callers – (317) 223-0700 (317) 223-NCAA College Compliance Rules
Athletic eligibility rules
Recruiting Tip of the Week 6/16/14
Q: Can poor character displayed on social media really hurt an athlete’s chance of being recruited?
A: Yes, as much as coaches are evaluating your talent and academics during the recruiting process, many are also evaluating your character just as heavily.
While you may be trying to impress your friends and classmates with your tweets and subtweets, understand you may be turning off the college coaches who are in position to offer you scholarships. If you are trying to play college sports, ask yourself: “Who is it more important to impress—college coaches or high school classmates?”
In a society where players from Top 25 programs and many Division I teams make negative headlines on ESPN for their tweets and status updates (within hours or minutes after posts) – yes, many coaches eliminate prospects who show poor character, judgment and language in social media. These poor-taste posts won’t just have your name on it, they will have the university’s name attached to it too!
Along with work ethic habits, academic habits—coaches know that how you carry yourself in high school will likely carry over to the college level and only become magnified. If you are Top 25 talent, you will be under a MAJOR magnifying glass even before you commit to a school!
When deciding to offer a scholarship—coaches, as a staff, evaluating the risk versus reward with players. They ask, “Are there any players equally as talented who have no attitude/work ethic/character issues?” There are hundreds of thousands of high school athletes out there fighting for scholarship opportunities… coaches can look elsewhere at plenty of other players who won’t carry any risk.
LINK: 50 Twitter Tips from @TomSatkowiak
Being a college athlete on many campuses means living under a microscope with fans, media, boosters, university administration, athletic department administration, etc. Coaches hesitate to bring in players who will bring negative attention to their program!
Remember—what you say on social media can’t be deleted! Choose your words carefully!
Also, many college players have found themselves in hot water with the NCAA for tweeting or Instagraming information and pictures that has come back to bite them in terms of compliance issues! You may quickly find yourself suspended or kicked out of school, so be careful about what you put out there as both a recruit and college athlete!
Recruiting Tip of the Week 6/9
How much of an advantage do in-state athletes have over out-of-state or International players for scholarships?
Every coaching staff will say that they put priority on keeping the best in-state players at home. But when making scholarship decisions, it’s irrelevant to coaches where you are from. They are looking to sign the best players that they can, period!
Being in-state does help you get your foot in the door. Most schools make it a priority to keep “the best players in the state at home,” making sure each of the assistant coaches play a role in identifying ALL potential recruits in the state and building relationships with prep coaches and programs at home. Each assistant is often assigned a handful of counties to become an expert in within the state, so you probably have a better chance to get someone to watch your unsolicited film.
In most cases, college coaches still put a lot of attention to in-state high schools even if they currently have no prospects. They will spend time talking to prep coaches and their players who may not make the cut athletically as a goodwill gesture for the program. They are building long-term relationships for the future so that once the school has a great player they will already have close relationships with the coaching staff. They’re never just building for that season, they’re building for the future.
Being an in-state player can help you get a quick evaluation but won’t usually effect scholarship decisions. Certain states it will determine and affect an offer. California State school costs nearly double for out of state students. It also depends upon how schools view scholarship dollars. Some view it as a total number, others view it as a total pot of money. It is important you understand how each university works and views these offers.
Recruiting Tip of the Week 6/2
WHAT TO EXPECT ON UNOFFICIAL /OFFICIAL VISITS
On Official and Unofficial visits, coaches are trying to both get to know you better and let you get a better understanding of them. It’s a two-way street and visits are their opportunities to show you what they have to offer.
The important takeaway from visits is getting a feel for what it will be like to live there, go to school there, be among the type of players they have and learn from that coaching staff. Do you feel comfortable? Can you get better? Will you be happy? Are you too far or too close to home?
Unofficial visits are usually a little less personal, depending on where you rank at your position for that staff. Unofficial visits can also be very personalized with just one or two players spending the day with the staff, it varies.
If coaches have interest in you, they will definitely try to get you to visit campus so they can meet you in person or spend more time with you on a personal level. How much personal times they spend with you, and how detailed the visit in can tell you a lot about where you rank on their priority list.
Another key difference is if you scheduled the visit yourself or if you were invited. Not all staffs will take the time, or have the time, to spend with you if you just show up or try to set up a visit on your own. They may also be restricted from meeting with you if you stop by during an NCAA Dead Period.
I’m not saying this to discourage you, I’ve worked with plenty of players who called and express interest in coming to campus for an Unofficial Visit and who eventually earned scholarship offers—it just really depends on where the coaching staff is in terms of evaluations of your signing class.
If you are invited and coaches spend personal time with you, they have some level of interest in you and are evaluating you for a scholarship.
Another telling sign if the amount of personal time you get with the head coach. If the head coach meets with you one-on-one, that means you are a high priority to them and they are close to offering you. If the head coach spends time with you or pulls you off from the other prospects, that’s a good sign.
On visits, you may:
- Meet with:
o Academic Advisors
o Professor in the major you are interested in
o Dean of the School you are interested in
o University President
o Athletic Director
o Position Coach
o Offensive/Defensive Coordinator
o Head Coach
o Strength Coach
o Athletic Trainer
o Sports Information Director
o Other coaches on the staff
o Other athletic department staff
o Players at your position or side of the ball
o Players from your hometown
- Go on a campus tour to see:
o Dining Hall
o Student Union
o Athletic Facilities
o Popular campus spots
- Game Invites: If you are being evaluated for a scholarship, coaches will definitely try to get you to come to a game and they will ask you personally. Sure, schools may invite more recruits to games than others, each staff varies… but if you are being invited personally by phone or in person, that’s a great sign.
- Watch practice
- See a hype-up highlight video
Understand all visits are choreographed so you will see what they want you to see – and they will keep you away from what they don’t want you to see! The people you interact with are hand selected, so understand most coaching staffs are trying to paint a picture of the place you have told them you want to be.
Recruiting Tip of the Week 5/19
Q: Is it typical for a coach to offer you a scholarship, then later tell you they’ve offered that scholarship to other players?
Yes, it does happen.
With recruiting beginning earlier and earlier, coaches are anxious to get their top prospects committed and finished with the recruiting process.
With each scholarship class coaches determine their position needs and allocate slots based on where they are lacking depth at each position. Once they determine their needs for each signing class, they rate their prospects at each position and work to sell their program to the players who they feel are the best fit.
In many cases, each scholarship slot will have 2-4 equally talented players that the staff would be happy to have… so their attention and efforts will be directed to those key players. As players begin committing to other schools, the priorities of the coaching staff shift to the next-best players available.
There will come a time when coaches may begin to pressure you to commit. If you are a top prospect, they may wait your decision out as long as they need to. If they feel they have other prospects who are equally talented, they may accept one of their commitments and tell you they are no longer recruiting your position.
Some coaches may be honest with you and communicate this possibility to you before it happens, others may not.
There is so much turnover in the coaching profession, and so many coaches changing schools each year, you also have the right to do what is best for you, especially before that NLI is signed. And truthfully, most coaches are understanding if you get a much better opportunity.
Your recruitment to a particular school can end at any time prior to signing your NLI (National Letter of Intent) with little or no warning or explanation. For this reason, if you know in your heart where you’d like to play, it’s best to go ahead and commit and focus entirely on your playing season and grades.
Verbal commitments are not binding, NLIs are. If you are verbally committed to a program but not signed, you have the right to change your mind. But don’t just commit to commit and continue looking around, focus instead on making an informed, smart decision. College coaches will generally not speak with you if you have made a verbal commitment. Their fear is getting labelled in their profession in a negative way.
If you are being pressured to commit (especially early as a Freshman or Sophomore) and haven’t really made up your mind—don’t commit. It’s better to take your time and feel confident and happy with your decision. If you feel confident in a time range with which you will commit, then communicate that clearly. For example, we are not planning on making a decision until middle of sophomore year.
Recruiting Tip of the Week 5/12
Top Questions Coaches Will be Asking You!
Q: How are you doing in school? What is your GPA, test scores, etc?
Advice: Make sure you are always aware of your current academic standing. Always know your GPA (both core and cumulative), class rank, and test scores. Even if your GPA or test scores are lower than you would like, be honest with the coach and let them exactly what you are doing to improve. Tell them you are receiving extra tutoring or taking a SAT / ACT prep class to raise your scores. The worst thing a student-athlete can do is simply not know their academic information. If you don’t know your GPA, what do you think a college coach will assume? (Hint…they are not going to assume you are earning straight A’s)
Q: What are your strengths as a player?
Advice: Do not be modest here! This is your chance to shine and tell the coach what you do best. Be informative and honest. You have been working your whole life to develop these strengths…be proud of them and communicate their value with answers that consist of more than one word.
Q: What areas of your game are you working to improve?
Advice: While this can be a tricky one, it is important to be honest. Do not spend too much time discussing your weaknesses, but rather let the coach know how your off season workout is going to address those areas and how you are going to turn them into strengths.
Q: What are your goals for the upcoming season?
Advice: This is something every student-athlete should think about. We encourage student-athletes to set measurable goals and write them down to hold themselves more accountable. Make sure to mention both team and individual goals.
Q: Do you think you are capable of playing at our level?
Advice: Always Yes! Explain why you think you can compete at their level or what you are doing to ensure you would be an asset to a team at any level of play.
Q: What improvements have you made over the past couple of years?
Advice: Focus on things you have done to improve your game over the years. Do not be afraid to tell the coach how much better you are now than a year or two ago!
Q: What type of scholarships are you looking for?
Advice: This is your chance to bring up financial issues if they will be a determining factor in your decision making. Be open to options and always ask about other types of aid besides athletic scholarships. Never directly ask for a scholarship, but rather let the coach know what sort of impact that need will have on your decision.
Q: What are your interests or hobbies? Do you have a girlfriend, boyfriend, etc?
Advice: This is the coach’s attempt to get to you know you on a personal level. Remember, in many cases, these coaches are many years older and they are doing their best to relate to the prospect. Let the coach know more about you! This will help you connect on a more casual level and also give the coach something to ask you about next time you speak. Have some fun with this question!
Q: Who is going to help you make your college decision?
Advice: Let the coach know who will be a part of the decision. Will your high school coach play an integral role? Will the decision be made by you and your parents? Are your parents involved? This information will greatly help the coach understand who needs to be included and involved.
***This is the million dollar question***
Q: What other schools are recruiting you?
Advice: Let them know who else is interested…and be honest! If the coach finds out that many other schools are recruiting you then you will immediately look like a better recruit. Try to let them know about schools that are similar to the one you are talking to. For example, if you are speaking with the coach at Yale and you have heard from four other Ivy League schools, make sure you go into detail about their interest. No coach wants to lose a recruit to a rival school.
This is your chance to show off how wanted you are by other coaches with the hope that it motivates the coach you are speaking with at that time to take action. If you have offers, let the coach know. In order to create this type of leverage, you must have a number of options. If you are concerned about the number of options you currently have, be sure to expand your search and let more coaches know about you.
Q: What questions do you have for me?
Advice: Be sure to check back next week when we explain what sort of questions prospects should be asking when they have the opportunity to speak with college coaches. This is your chance to find out valuable information…don’t pass it up!
Recruiting Tip of the Week, Archived
Q: How do I ask for scholarship money without looking like I’m just in it for the money?
A: Realistically, for many players, money WILL be a major decision factor. Colleges vary greatly with the costs of tuition, room and board, course-related books, fees, along with transportation and extra expenses you may have such as cell phone bills, clothing, entertainment. It all adds up—and scholarship money makes a difference for most players.
There is nothing wrong with being direct and up-front with coaches because at the end of the day, money may be the final factor for most of you. “Am I being considered for a full ride? Am I being considered for a partial scholarship? What would a partial scholarship cover?”
There WILL come a time when you must sit down with your family and decide if it’s better for you to go where you can get most or all of your education paid for, or if you have the option of going to your dream school with the help of loans, family support or additional academic/leadership/merit scholarships.
There is a chance you may start out on a partial scholarship and later earn more scholarship aid year-to-year as your contributions to the team increase. On visits, ask other players how the coaching staff handles financial aid.
It’s best to have this conversation to help you get a better picture of your options, never feel bad for bringing it up. Coaches are evaluating their options in terms of players, it’s your right to evaluate options in terms of financial aid.
There are a lot of options, and a lot to think about…
Some schools have high tuition costs and if they are only able to offer you a partial scholarship covering books – is that a realistic option for you?
Would you rather go to a state school on a partial scholarship and graduate with much less debt than going to an expensive out-of-state private school?
Are you able to secure other loans, pay out-of-pocket, qualify for academic or other scholarships in order to go to your dream school?
Are you financially able to walk-on at your dream school with the goal of earning an athletic scholarship as a sophomore or junior?
In the long run you must look at what will be best for both the player and famil, as the costs of college continue to increase.
REMINDER- Next Webinar is scheduled For Wednesday May 7th at 7 pm MST !!! We will have a special guest coach there to help answer all your questions. We will reveal the coach in next week’s tip! www.playerocity.com
Recruiting Tip of the Week 4/21
Q: When is the best time to contact NCAA coaches?
A: A few answers to this question…
Best time of day: Between 11am-2pm on their office phone. They may not be there the whole time, but most coaches will be in their office at some point during this window. While this is a general rule, one item I always advise our players on is to either email or text prior to the call. By emailing or texting and letting them know a specific time you will call, you can help the coaches are able to adjust their schedules if possible. Persistence is the key and once you begin communicating, connecting with that coach will become easier. Make sure to ask the coach when you do speak about what times work best for them.
Best time of year: In the off-season is probably best. During the season coaches are extremely busy with their current team and keeping up with players they are already recruiting. It’s still fine to send them your film and resume, but if you don’t get much feedback, try again a few weeks after the season when they have more time to focus on finding new great players. Also, during evaluation periods (check the NCAA recruiting calendars for your sport) they may be out of town for weeks at a time, so they may be tougher to reach during key evaluation periods. Many parents get worried in soccer specifically that during the fall they aren’t being recruited as heavy. While some recruiting does go on the primary windows are from November to May. Events are tailored to some extent around the coaches calendar and dead periods. This allows for all parties to focus on the current season in the fall and then work into the recruiting and showcase event calendar.
While the ECNL and Academy calendars are more tailored with events, it is still important to note that a majority of the recruiting/scouting/evaluations are done in the college off season.
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