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Cal South E-News | September 2010 COLLEGE PLANNING

September 16, 2010

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Are You Behind in the Recruiting Process?

Do you want to go to just any school to play soccer or do you want to go to the right school? Do not settle when it comes to choosing a school at which to continue playing soccer; you will quickly regret it if you do. The decision isn't only going to impact the next four years of your life; it will affect the rest of your life. Are you going to make the right decision?

One of the most time-consuming parts of the recruiting process is researching schools; it is also the most important part of the process. Only you know what type of school is going to be a good fit for you academically, athletically and socially. Not the college coach, not your club coach, and in a lot of cases, not even your parents. You will never know what opportunities are out there if you don't do the research yourself and see it with your own eyes. If you are not happy with each of these areas at a school, it is not going to be an all-around good fit for you.

If you are currently in high school and not working towards your recruiting, you are already behind. No matter the level at which you want to play soccer in college, recruiting for that school will start early. Top Division I schools will start looking at recruits in their freshman and sophomore years. Do you know where those coaches are evaluating athletes?

Most Division II, III and NAIA coaches will start looking at sophomores and juniors. By the time your senior year rolls around, a lot of opportunities will have been missed. Some schools will be looking well into senior year, but your pool of schools will be severely narrowed down by that time and your chances of finding the right school will be slimmer.

College coaches start contacting prospects in some form or another when the student-athlete is an underclassman. If you have not been receiving camp brochures, questionnaires, letters or personal emails, chances are you are behind in the recruiting process.

Some key coach contact dates are September 1 of junior year, or June 15 and July 1 before senior year. September 1 is the first day Division I and II coaches can start personally contacting a student-athlete by email or letter. June 15 before senior year is the first day Division II coaches can start calling prospects and the date for Division I coaches is July 1. Before these dates, college coaches are allowed to send questionnaires and camp brochures. If you are not contacted by coaches on these dates, coaches at these levels don't know about you, plain and simple.

Don't leave your college decision in someone else's hands. There are a lot of opportunities throughout the country to play college soccer, but it is up to you to find the right opportunity for you.

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 the NCSA, visit. www.ncsasports.org .