Timeline for Athletes
Begin Clearing House & Eligibility Process. See Link Below
June 15 th Between Soph/Junior Year
* Athletes can begin to receive Recruiting materials
* Electronic correspondence between athlete and coach can begin
*Phone calls outgoing & incoming can begin
August 1st Prior to Junior Year
* Athletes can make off campus contact with coaches.
* Official and Unofficial visits can start after this date.
Fall/Winter Junior Year
* Begin to compile a list of 10-15 schools you are interested in.
*Email the coaches of the above listed schools and let them know your interested.
*Consult with your coaches before planning any trips ( make sure they don’t conflict with important dates!)
Spring JR Year
* Your list should be narrowed down to 3-5 schools.
* Speak to your coaches!
Things to Remember through the Recruiting Process
*Keep a logbook to record a summary of conversations- include the coach's name and date.
*Prioritize what you are looking for: academics ,swim ,weather, fun, other activities, etc.
*Check team and school websites (www.collegeswimming.com). See Link Below.
*Interview on recruiting trip is important - be prepared.
*Go through NCAA clearinghouse for eligibility. (Link below).
*Do your research before making a decision.
*Save all pertaining websites in Internet Favorites for quick access.
Info for Parents
As a parent, you know your child better than anyone else. You also know what financial resources you can provide your child prior to any support is offered. Academic and athletic scholarships are often available, but are never guaranteed, so its important that you are honest with your child and with the coaches you are speaking with throughout this process. College coaches are a great resource for scholarship opportunities available at their respective school. Ask questions early in the process so all available
opportunities are on the table. Your swimmer may have a different list of priorities when looking for a college/university. Encourage open conversations throughout the recruiting process with your athlete. Their options and interests will change along the way and they need guidance from their most valuable support system. The coaching staff is also a valuable resource as they have connections with schools and coaches across the country. As your swimmer narrows down his/her list, take the time to review with the coaches to ensure various factors are considered.
Info for Athletes
The college recruiting process is exciting but can also be overwhelming and stressful at times. Open dialogue with parents, coaches, and friends who have/are going through the recruiting process can be incredibly valuable. Below are several factors to consider when beginning the search for the perfect school:
* Location – region of the country, proximity to home, and climate.
* Academic – workload, majors offered, post grad opportunities
* Cost – what is the cost to the family when all scholarships are offered.
* Size – is the school body on campus large, medium or small.
* Coach and facilities – will the working relationship be productive
* College Atmosphere – does the college and surroundings offer what the athlete
* Big City vs. Small College town
* Type of Team – Men’s only, Women’s only, Combined
* Team Environment - Social Setting, team unity, and team personality.