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Cal South E-News // August 2009 COLLEGE PLANNING

August 14, 2009

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Vacation Is Over

The first day of school is right around the corner; did you use your summer wisely? As I mentioned in last month's article, in addition to family vacations, as a future collegiate athlete, your summers should also include camps, tournaments, researching schools, contacting coaches and going on visits. If your summer didn't look like this, you will need to make up for it this fall.

Coaches will be back on a regular schedule in their office so you should have an easier time reaching them than you did over the summer. However, you need to remember that they will be in season so they will be extremely busy. You will need to be more persistent with coaches, more than any other time of the year. Don't give up on a school if you don't hear back from a coach right away. If it's been a couple of weeks, send the coach a friendly reminder email and ask your questions again. It would also be a good idea to try calling them, but keep in mind their practice times.

The fall is also a good time to take visits. School will be back in session so you can see campus at its liveliest time. You will hopefully have an opportunity to tour the campus and sit in on a class so you know what to expect in the coming years. It's also a good opportunity for you to go watch a game to see the level of play and how the team is coached. This is one of the best times of the year for visits, so do your best to take advantage of these upcoming months.

In addition to taking campus visits you will also need to increase your outgoing contacts to coaches. You should be contacting coaches to let them know of your interest and of your desire to visit campus. Even if you aren't sure you have enough interest in a school to visit, you still want to contact coaches to get to know them and their school. It's time to get disciplined again, not only with your school work, but with your recruiting as well.

About NCSA :
NCSA, the "Official Scouting Organization and Provider of Recruiting Education" for Cal South, is the premier source for matching high school student-athletes with colleges and universities across the country. For more information about NCSA, visitwww.ncsasports.org .