Cal South E-News | September 2011 COLLEGE PLANNING
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NCSA Athletic Recruiting
How Coaches Find Recruits
Recruiting is changing rapidly, and the most successful student-athletes are the ones who start early and remain persistent throughout the entire process. There are several ways to be seen by college coaches: attending tournaments, going to camps and by sending your video and information via email.
The most efficient way for a college coach to evaluate you live is by attending tournaments or showcases. This is where college soccer coaches primarily recruit. You should choose a club team that travels to as many tournaments as possible in order to maximize your exposure. However, if coaches don't know you are there, they will not find you. You need to reach out to coaches prior to tournaments and send them your schedule. Coaches don't travel to tournaments to discover new talent; they go to evaluate athletes with whom they have already made contact.
Another way to be seen by coaches is to attend summer camps. The cost of camps can add up fast so find the time to choose the right ones. It's best to attend one to two per summer at colleges and universities you have a strong interest in attending. Learn as much as possible about the camps and choose schools that are a good academic and athletic fit. Lastly, you need to reach out to the coach before the camp. Just like tournaments, college coaches need to know about you before you show up on the first day of camp. You will not get "discovered" at camps; there are simply too many athletes attending, and coaches will only be evaluating the student-athletes of whom they are aware.
As recruiting continually changes, recruits need to change their tactics in order to adapt. Athletic departments are becoming more reliant on online recruiting because their budgets are being slashed. The days of sending videos in the mail are over. Coaches want to receive information on prospects via email because it's faster and efficient. For athletes, this means that your information must be in a compact form, like an NCSA Scouting Report. You will then be able to send your scouting report to coaches in a fast and easy way and will be able to contact more coaches as a result.
In every aspect of recruiting it is always critical to be proactive with college coaches. College coaches want to hear from you. They want to know you take your college search seriously and are interested in their school and soccer program. If you want coaches to find you, you should make the first introduction.
About NCSA Athletic Recruiting
NCSA - "The Athletic Recruiting Network" (ARN) for college coaches, qualified student-athletes, their parents and high school coaches to expedite and maximize their college sports recruiting efforts. NCSA Athletic Recruiting changes lives by building leaders through sports and connecting four key communities involved in the college athletic recruitment process: qualified high school student-athletes and their families, high school coaches and athletic directors, college coaches, and professional partners such as the NFLPA, ESPN, and more.
NCSA is the leading collegiate recruiting source for more than 200,000 student-athletes and 35,000 college coaches across the country. By taking advantage of this extensive network, more than 90% of NCSA Athletic Recruiting-verified athletes go on to play at the collegiate level. In addition, NCSA educates over 4 million athletes and their parents about the recruiting process each year through educational resources at www.ncsasports.org, presentations of the critically-acclaimed seminar "College Recruiting Simplified," and the book from NCSA Athletic Recruiting, "Athletes Wanted."