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Many athletes (and their parents) find the college recruiting process to be confusing, complex and difficult. They're not sure where to start or how to begin. If you're an athlete and want to play soccer at the college level, then you can't wait for coaches to come knocking at your door, or expect to be 'discovered.'
According to the NCAA, only around 2% of athletes are actively recruited. College coaches want to hear from good players who are genuinely interested in their program. The most successful athletes are the ones who are pro-active and start marketing themselves early in high school to college coaches.
Written by a parent whose two daughters were successfully recruited to play college soccer at Brown University and the University of Michigan, this step-by-step guide provides a comprehensive game plan for players to get a college coach's attention. With over 220 topics and questions covered in-depth; and over 1400 schools listed, this guide explains what an athlete needs to do to be successfully recruited, starting Freshman year in High School right through to Senior year.
Some of the topics covered include:
1) The recruiting timeline for athletes.
2) What do College Coaches look for in a Recruit?
3) How to get started contacting College Coaches.
4) What to look for when visiting a college or university?
5) How to determine if a College Coach is really interested in you?
6) What turns College Coaches off a potential Recruit?
7) What to expect from your first contact with a College Coach?
8) How to write a great soccer resume to send to a coach.
9) What questions should I be asking a College Coach?
10) What is the most important thing to consider when picking a school?
11) What are NCAA Recruiting Guidelines and why do I need to register with them?
12) When are verbal commitments usually made?
13) What to expect with Athletic Scholarships and how are they decided?
14) The importance of your High School Transcripts and ACTs/SATs .
15) Do athletes receive support in admissions?
16) Should my parents play a role in my recruiting?
17) What is a National Letter of Intent and when do I sign one?
18) What are the differences in playing Division I, Division II, Division III, NAIA or NJCAA soccer?
19) Playing High School vs. Club Soccer.
20) How to best benefit College Recruiting Showcase Tournaments.
21) What to expect as a College soccer player?
plus much more.....