NCAA Division III Recruiting Rules

Each week this blog talks about some different aspect of the recruiting process for NCAA Division III college soccer.  But specifically, what are the recruiting rules for NCAA Division III college soccer?  The actual “rule book” (aka the NCAA Division III Manual) is a 282-page document of bylaws and subsections and articles that makes the US Constitution look tiny by comparison!

This week we are going to highlight some of the major recruiting rules for you in the context of what college coaches can do during your high school years. This is part of the ongoing education process!  Enjoy!

 

As a FRESHMAN

Recruiting Activity Rule
Recruiting Brochures College coach may send you info on camps or other recruiting material
Phone Calls No restrictions, may call at any time
Text Messages No restrictions, may text at any time
Off-Campus Contact May not make contact until after Sophomore year
Unofficial Visits Unlimited
Official Visits Not permitted

As a SOPHOMORE

Recruiting Activity Rule
Recruiting Brochures College coach may send you info on camps or other recruiting material
Phone Calls No restrictions, may call at any time
Text Messages No restrictions, may text at any time
Off-Campus Contact May make contact once your Sophomore year is complete, with restrictions
Unofficial Visits Unlimited
Official Visits Not permitted

As a JUNIOR

Recruiting Activity Rule
Recruiting Brochures College coach may send you info on camps or other recruiting material
Phone Calls No restrictions, may call at any time
Text Messages No restrictions, may text at any time
Off-Campus Contact Permitted, with restrictions
Unofficial Visits Unlimited
Official Visits imited to 1 per institution

As a SENIOR

Recruiting Activity  
Recruiting Brochures College coach may send you info on camps or other recruiting material
Phone Calls No restrictions, may call at any time
Text Messages No restrictions, may text at any time
Off-Campus Contact Permitted, with restrictions
Unofficial Visits Unlimited
Official Visits Permitted, limited to 1 per institution

The bottom line is this— as you can see from the list of rules above, most NCAA Division III college coaches will start recruiting players in their Junior and Senior seasons of high school, because this is when they are permitted to do so.  As a high school soccer player or parent of a high school soccer player, should understand these rules as well and know how they impact you or your son or daughter.

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Which Tournaments Do College Coaches Attend?

It is summer time— time for summer vacations, summer camps and summer soccer recruiting tournaments!  There are tourneys all over the country for NCAA Division III college coaches to attend, so the question becomes, which tournaments do college coaches attend?

First and by far most important is knowing which high school players are attending a particular event.  College coaches will go to tourneys to see players play, that is the most important factor in getting them to attend an event.  Now that does not necessarily mean if one tournament has 300 players attending and another has 500 players, that a college coach will choose the second one.

The key factor is which tourney has more players attending that a college coach is recruiting or wants to recruit.  This is the primary driver that will bring college coaches to tourneys and other events as well.   It is not simply how many players will be at an event, it is how many recruited players will be at an event.

Remember, most NCAA Division III college athletic programs have limited resources.  This includes limited resources for recruiting, so coaches cannot attend every event.  They have to pick and choose.

If you and your team are attending an event, you need to make sure that you let college coaches know in advance.  If your club team is well-run and organized, you will probably have your schedule months in advance.  That is great!  Send an email to the college coaches for the schools that you are interested in attending letting them know that you will be certain events.

It doesn’t have to be a long email, just give them the basic details and be sure to personalize it!!!  Obviously, you as a recruited high school soccer player are getting recruited by more than one college program—college coaches know that.  Just make sure that when you email the coaches, you personalize it for each coach.  That is, don’t send out a massive email to 20 coaches (cc’ing all of them) with your tourney schedule.  Or worse yet, send an email to Coach A and then resend the same email to Coach B without changing the greeting, school name, etc., etc.

The bottom line is this— college coaches will go to the events where they know they will see the most players that they are recruiting or trying to recruit.  So be sure to send them your schedules so you get on their radar!

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Snapchat and College Recruiting

We are in the age of Social Media!  Like it or not, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram, Google+, Reddit, Flickr, Vine, and Meetup are all here and don’t look to be going away any time soon.  We are constantly bombarded with messages of “Follow us on Facebook” or so-and-so Tweeted this or folks just posting their pictures on Instagram.

You can also add Snapchat to that list of Social Media sites.  Snapchat was developed in 2011 by a team of Stanford students and is a free social media app that allows you to take pictures or videos, customize them, and then send them to your friends.  One unique feature is that the sender decides how long the picture will stay up on the site— it could only be for 10 seconds, 20 seconds, 30 seconds, etc.

Snapchat is new, it is exciting, so of course it has become popular among young people, including high school students.  So naturally, colleges are now using Snapchat as a recruiting tool for high school students.!

NBC News had a recent article on this titled “Colleges Use Snapchat to Attract Prospective Students”.  (Click on the link for the complete article.)

Because of the temporary nature of the photos and videos taken, the article states it is “enabling colleges to create a sense of exclusivity and urgency”.  Moreover, “schools are finding they lead to lasting results. Earlier this year, the over-the-top bench celebrations of the Monmouth University basketball team — featured on the school’s Snapchat account — not only led to coverage on ESPN, but also thousands of new fans.”

So of course the athletic departments are taking it to it as well….and seeing results!

From the article- “When you post a tweet, maybe 1,000 of your 5,500 Twitter followers will look at it,” said Gary Kowal, Monmouth’s assistant athletic director for communication and new media. “Whereas if you post something on Snapchat and you have 2,000 followers, you’ll get 1,900 views.”

And the target audience agrees.  Here is a quote from a high school senior in New Jersey:

“I would say almost every high school student has Snapchat,” said Pat McGowan, a senior at Middletown (N.J.) High School North. “Many students check Snapchat hourly. It basically allows you to see what goes on at the college almost live, so it’s definitely effective.”

One of the other unique features about Snapchat is that is has geofilters.  The geofilters will let you share your location with the photos or videos that a user posts when using the app.  From Drake University and the University of Michigan:

“…Drake University used a geofilter to connect with potential students attending the state high girls’ basketball championship in Des Moines, Iowa, overlaying an image of the school’s bulldog mascot onto Snapchat images from the event. And during the recent commencement ceremony at the University of Michigan, parents and graduates could choose from three custom geofilters when posting pictures; over the course of six hours, the filters were used 2,200 times, resulting in more than 100,000 views.”

The bottom line is this— Social Media platforms, including Snapchat, are here to stay!  There are certain to be new ones coming in the future as well.  For high school athletes, it is another source for you and your families to get information about a school.

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Team Profiles

It is that time of year for lots and lots and lots of college showcase tournaments!  And that means that there is lots of NCAA Division III college coaches out on the recruiting trails looking for players.  Now we all know that this is the 21st century and everyone is trying to go paperless, but there are still a few things that are great to have paper copies for—namely team profiles for soccer tournaments.

You cannot replace a paper copy of a team profile for a coach to take notes on about players they are recruiting.  Yes we know that more and more coaches have iPads or tablets and can use those, but nothing beats paper and ink—especially when it is raining!

The critical question is this—what is the important information to include in a team profile to make it attractive to college coaches?

First, since the D3 Recruiting Hub always tries to be educational, let’s clarify a few things.  At most college showcases, college coaches will receive a player profile book from the tournament with team info on every player aged U15 and up.  This includes their name, jersey number, email, phone number, graduation year, academic info (SATs, GPA), and position.  The more info a player puts into the registration system, the more info that will be available.  If a player does not provide this info, it does not get to the coaches.  This can affect how much you get recruited.  These books are sorted by age group and team.

Many teams also make up their own team profiles that they give out to college coaches at all events— tournaments, showcases, state cups, etc.— that have more detail than the generic player profile books.  These are very handy to help promote your team and you can add on guest players as needed.

When creating team profiles, it is important to remember your audience.  In addition to the info mentioned above (name, email, etc.), you should have graduation year, high school, position(s), and intended major if you know it.  Indicate on the profile any players that are committed to colleges by their junior or senior year, so college coaches know that they are not looking to be recruited. Individual player pictures are good to include because that helps us recognize players on the field and, when we meet with them in person, we have a face to associate with a name.  Of all this info, the two most prominent things should be jersey number and graduation year.  Lastly, include your team colors, logo, manufacturer (adidas, Nike, etc.) —anything that will help college coaches pick out your team on the field right away.

Now how do you organize all this info?  Some teams put this info on one sheet of paper while others go full color with one page per player highlighting each player’s accomplishments in their soccer careers (congratulations on winning the U9 Indoor State Cup, but do you think that is relevant to your college soccer career) and put this in a nice binder with a cover page, table of contents, and so forth.  Being on the D3 level and recognizing that you are not going to get any financial reward for playing soccer, logically your team will not want to spend too much money trying to promote your players since there will be no return on investment.

Suggestion— a tri-fold, color brochure for your teams.  First they are only one page, there is enough room for 22 players, they are easy to carry around in your back pocket/jacket pocket and not expensive to produce.  On one panel list the team NUMERICALLY with the names, position(s) and graduation year— this is a quick reference that coaches can use to find players that interest them and quickly circle their names for follow up.  The bulk of the brochure will have a color picture of each player with their name, jersey number, graduation year, high school, email address, phone number,  and intended major.  Other info you can include is GPA, SAT scores, home address and recent accomplishments.  Lastly, make sure you have space for contact info for the coaches (phone number and email) as well as upcoming tournaments.

The bottom line is this— For your team profiles, keep them simple and include the necessary detail without it being overwhelming.  You don’t have to spend a great deal of money on creating a team profile for your team. Sometimes less is more!

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The D3 Recruiting Hub is the #1 source on the Web for information about the NCAA Division III soccer recruiting process.  The NCAA Division III recruiting process is difficult and challenging, and the D3 Recruiting Hub tries to explain things in simple, easy to understand language.

In the recruiting process, it is important to know how the process works, but it is also equally important to be able to research colleges and find those college coaches you need to contact. The D3 Recruiting Hub is pleased to announce that we are affiliated with COLLEGE COACHES ONLINE.

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FREE Phone Consultations!

The NCAA Division III soccer recruiting process is a confusing, difficult and challenging process for students and their families to negotiate their way through.  It is much less structured than Division I or II.

The D3 Recruiting Hub is the #1 source for information about the NCAA Division III soccer recruiting process.  We have been helping educate students, parents and their families about the recruiting process with articles for the last six years.

But we at the Hub know that you have individual questions that need to be answered for your specific situation.  For this reason, the D3 Recruiting Hub, in addition to our library of articles, is offering FREE telephone consultations.

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Committing to an NCAA Division III Program- Part II

Last week we discussed a few types of commitment at the NCAA Division III level including Early Decision, Early Action and the verbal commitment.  This week we look at the next steps in the process of committing.

After a student applies to a school, presumably that student gets accepted to that school.  Once a student gets accepted to the institution, the school will send them an offer letter that the student can sign and send back to the school.  Usually this includes some form of a financial deposit.  So the next the next level of commitment is signing the acceptance letter and returning it to the school with the required deposit.  (There may or may not be a separate housing deposit to reserve space in on campus housing; for the sake of this discussion we are going to assume they are one in the same.)

Now, usually this deposit is refundable up to a certain date…so even if a student-athlete has applied, been accepted and put down a deposit, they can still withdraw their application and get their deposit back if they request before the cut off date. Moreover, even after the cut off date a student-athlete can still withdraw their application; they just won’t get their deposit refunded. So even though they have gone through all those steps and shown a certain level of “commitment”, they still do not wind up at that school.

The next level of “commitment” is, in addition to all of the above (applied, accepted, deposited), the student registers for classes. Now at this point, coaches usually breathe a sigh of relief and figure that the student has actually committed to their school and they are going to attend. The recruiting part of the process is now over, but it still leads us to the final level of “commitment”.

The final level of “commitment” is when the student actually shows up for preseason practices in August and is ready to participate. Even though they signed up for classes and have become a student at the school, coaches will know that students are truly “committed” by the hard work and effort that they put into their practices as well as their classes. This stage is outside of the recruiting process, nonetheless equally important for both the student and the coach.

The bottom line is this—Until a student is on the field for preseason practices, an NCAA Division III coach really has no 100% guarantee of which students are ultimately committed to their program and going to be a part of it. From the student’s perspective, there is no binding commitment for the student (beside early decision) and you can change your mind up until the last minute despite what coaches may tell you.

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