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November 24, 2010

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NCSA RECRUITING CORNER

Holiday Recruiting

Brace yourself for your recruiting to slow down in the next month. With the holidays quickly approaching, it means that college soccer coaches will be taking some much needed time off. They will still be working, but their hours will be limited from early December through the second week of January. This is the typical time frame of college winter breaks.

As a recruit, you do not have the same luxury as coaches and cannot take this upcoming time off from your recruiting. With the weeks you have off from school, you should have more time on your hands. You must take full advantage of this extra time.

Use this time to research schools and find new opportunities for yourself. When you are doing your research, read through the team information and see how they did last season. Read the player and coach bios as well. Also look through the academic information at that school. Do you meet their minimum admissions requirements? Do they have several majors that interest you?

Lastly, you should look at what that school can offer you outside of soccer and academics. Make sure there are several extracurricular activities at a school that you would have interest in as well. Looking into these different aspects of a school will help you determine what you are looking for in a school and which types would be a good fit for you academically and athletically.

You should also sit down and have a conversation with your parents about what they see for your future and which types of schools they might be able to afford for you to attend. The holidays are a great time to discuss these types of things because everyone is typically together.

You can email coaches to introduce yourself during this holiday period, but don't get worried if you don't hear back from them right away; remain patient. You should always be organized with your contacts and keep track of the schools which you have already contacted. If you don't hear from them several weeks after your initial contact, wait until early or mid-January to follow-up with them again. You could always wait to introduce yourself until the holidays are over as well, but this tactic is best used for underclassmen or juniors; seniors need to be more aggressive with coaches at this time.

The holidays can be a discouraging time during the recruiting process, but don't let it stop you from working hard to accomplish your goals. Be patient and set attainable goals for yourself during this time.

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