When should my child begin to think about college recruiting?

The answer is very simple…right now. An organized and thorough approach to the college recruiting process is essential for a successful and stress free experience.

What are the NCAA and NAIA recruiting rules and time lines? i.e., when can coaches email, text, or call me?

Keep in mind that recruiting never ends. It is year round for college coaches and they can watch you play as early in your career as they want. However, NCAA recruiting rules prohibit college coaches from contacting you directly with recruiting information until September 1st of your junior year in high school. That rule however does not apply to invitations to attend soccer camps on a college campus. In July of your senior year, college coaches can begin contacting you via telephone.

Can I talk to college coaches at a tournament/showcase? Are they allowed to speak to me?

Regardless of who initiates the contact, NCAA rules prohibit college coaches from interacting with you or your parents during a tournament or showcase. A college coach can initiate contact with a prospective student-athlete at the completion of her last game of an event, assuming it is on or after September 1st of her junior year in high school.

How do I get seen by college coaches? What are the best ways?

The best way of being seen by a college coach is to attend the well respected club tournaments where the coaches of the programs you would like to play for are attending and/or participate in a camp at the college or colleges you would like to attend. Then make sure you perform to the best of your ability once you are in front of the coaches. In order to spark the interest of college coaches, it is best to send emails in advance of the tournament or camp, sharing your schedule and profile.

Do college coaches utilize recruiting websites?

It has been our experience that most college coaches do not utilize online recruiting services for their programs. They prefer a more personalized approach from prospective student-athletes with regard to the recruiting process. In addition, college coaches prefer to watch a recruit play in person to ensure the best evaluation.

Even if I am one of the best players on my high school or club team, do I still need to actively promote myself to college soccer programs or will the coaches contact me?

Yes, absolutely. The reality is that unless you are on the National Team, you must be proactive in the recruiting process to increase your chances of finding a college soccer program that best suits you. Student-athlete initiated communication is a crucial step in the recruiting process. Contacting a coach shows that you have a genuine interest in becoming part of their program. At p3soccer we can walk you through the recruiting process step by step giving you an advantage when promoting yourself to college soccer programs.

I received an invitation to a college ID camp; does that mean they are interested in me? Is it worth the time and money to go to a college ID camp?

An invitation to a college ID camp does not necessarily mean that a particular college coach is interested in you. Some camp invitations are sent out as a mass mailing to all youth soccer players in their database. Other invitations are sent because a coach may have seen you at an event and is attempting to express his or her interest in you without violating the NCAA rules. The current rules prohibit college coaches from initiating contact with prospective student athletes before their junior year in high school.

Keep in mind that College ID camps are both a revenue opportunity for a college soccer programs and an evaluation tool for coaches. At Franklin Square Raiders Soccer Club our coaches and board members will help you sort through camp invitations and determine if they are simply a mass mailing or an expression of genuine interest in the athlete. We can also advise you, based on your interests and circumstances, whether it would be beneficial for you to attend certain college ID camps.

What does a verbal commitment mean?

A verbal commitment is a non-binding agreement between you and the university or college you have committed to attend. Basically, you are verbally agreeing to play for a particular university’s soccer program in exchange for a specific scholarship amount, admission to university and/or a roster spot on the team.

When should I start emailing or contacting coaches and when should I start visiting schools?

Unfortunately the recruiting process starts earlier and earlier each year. Keep in mind, there are many rules and regulations addressing how, when, and where a college coach can contact you. However, a prospective student athlete can initiate contact with a coach at any time. The earlier you contact a coach, the more time the coach will have to watch you develop and determine whether or not you are a good fit for their program. At Franklin Square Raiders Soccer Club , our coaches will advise and consult with you about which college programs you should be contacting and how and when to contact them.

Should I fill out a recruiting profile on a college team’s website?

Yes. Completing these profiles demonstrates that you want the coach to continue to track your athletic performance and consider you for their program. Always remember, completing a profile on a college team’s website is just the beginning of the process, and does not necessarily mean that you are being recruited by a school.