Letters and Athletic Profile
- Start early
The most successful recruits begin the entire process early in the junior
year of high school. By this time, your list should be narrowed to the
top 5-6 college choices. You should send the college coach an introductory
letter along with your profile. At this point, make your club and high
school coach aware of your choices.
- Unofficial College Visits
A visit to the college is an important part of the process. The visit
allows you to see the campus and surrounding area and get a feel for
the environment. If at all possible, visit during school year to gain
a realistic picture of the campus. This visit should help you narrow
your college choices even further.
Active communication and follow-up is essential to keep your name in
front of the college coach. After your initial introduction, make sure
that you keep the coach and his staff aware of all tournaments and recruitment
opportunities available to them. Additionally, make sure your high school
coach and club coach (if appropriate) are in the loop.
- Official College Visits
Official visits are a way for the college coach to bring potential recruits
to campus and evaluate not only skills but also interpersonal attributes.
You will meet the team and you may participate in a workout session.
An invitation is not automatic acceptance to the program. Remember,
you must have skill and demonstrate the ability to fit in as "part of
This visit will include social activities with potential future teammates.
You will be exposed to college life including parties. It is important
that you handle yourself responsibly.
- Maintain a Focus
Once you have completed your official visits, the college coaches will
be in control. They will make their selections and notify you. You may
or may not receive an invitation to your top choice school. Be prepared.
Have a backup plan. Remember, college is about academics and preparing
for your future. Playing a sport you love is a bonus not the reason
for college attendance.