At the NCAA Division III college level, coaches are always working hard to find, recruit and enroll good quality players in order for their soccer programs to improve. At least the good programs are! It makes the job of finding student-athletes a lot easier for college coaches when the student-athletes want to be found and they help in the process.
Think of it this way, if you were shipwrecked on a desert island and you wanted to get rescued, you would want to build an enormous bonfire so any passing planes or ships could see it—right? You would want to shoot off some flares to attract attention to yourself as well. At the very least, you would stick a note in a bottle saying to come and rescue you.
The point is this— in order for college coaches to find you, you have to let them know that you are out there and are interested. Take Joe Soccerguy for example. Joe is a high school soccer player who plays club soccer at a high level and wants to continue to play at an NCAA Division III level in college. He has started looking into schools that have his major, are within his family’s price range, geographically are a good fit, and size-wise match up well.
Joe wants to start a dialogue with the coaches at these colleges to see if would be able to play at their schools. What does Joe need to do next?
Joe needs to light a bonfire, shoot off a flare, put a message in a bottle! By that he needs to communicate with the college coach (or coaches) of his choice to let them know that he is interested in their schools. This can be done with a phone call or email to the coach to introduce yourself.
The next step usually is that the coach wants to see Joe play and evaluate his talents to see if his abilities are good enough for the college team. After that it is usually a sit down meeting with Joe and family to see if his personality would fit in with the rest of the team dynamic. After that things can progress in many different directions.
The bottom line is this— to get on the radar of college coaches you need to “shoot off a flare” and let them know that you are interested in them. It will be a lot easier for them to find you that way.
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