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Parents and Players,

NCAA DI, DII, DIII, NAIA, and NJCAA all have different recruiting guidelines that each follows.  College coaches are restricted from contacting recruits during certain periods of the year.  In contrast, the rules for potential recruits contacting coaches are not as strict.  Therefore, it is important for athletes to directly contact coaches early and often to promote interest and form relationships.

  • When to start?  Initial contact can be made as early as the Sophomore Year.
  • First step.  Visit the team website and complete the questionnaire.  Research the school, academics, social life, soccer program and roster (graduating class and underclassmen).
  • Second step.  Prepare a personal email or letter to introduce you.  This letter should be personalized for each coach and include your team name, squad number, upcoming tournaments with game times and fields if available.  Familiarize yourself with the program and provide program specific references in your letter.
  • Attending a school’s summer camp is a great way to see the campus, but more importantly, spend time around the coaching staff for an extended period of time.
  • Follow-up.  Prior to tournaments, you should reconnect with the coach either by phone or email to confirm playing times and field information.  Take time to prepare your talking points.  Speak to your club coach and make sure you are playing in the game that you are asking a coach to watch.
  • Remember, NCAA coaches are not allowed to approach or speak with a potential recruit during the tournament/showcase.  However, NAIA and NJCAA schools are.
  • Post tournament.  Send an email to see if they attended the showcase, and/or attended any of your games, and thank them.  If possible, upload tournament highlights via YouTube and send the coach a link.
  • Common mistakes.  Do not send generic emails with "Dear Coach".  Do not carbon copy multiple programs in one email.  Do not have your parents call or write for you.  Coaches want to learn about you and know that you are capable and mature.
Remember that coaches are being contacted by 100s of prospects.  Be persistent and creative in how you reach out to coaches. Start contacting coaches early and often.  If you are not following up with a coach, remember another player is. 
Also below, you will find a list NCAA DI, DII, DIII, NAIA, and NJCAA Men's and Women's programs from around the state, region, and across the country.  Remember there are alot of opportunities out there, these are only a few.  Good Luck.

If you or your parents have any questions, or would like to discuss the College Soccer Recruitment and Eligibility Guide, please feel free to contact me at any time.

Shawn Slater
BUSC Senior/College Director
TopDrawerSoccer.com (College Recruiting Site)
The Sport Source -Official Athletic College Guide
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