Set your goals and make the commitment. As a Athlete, you study tape, build camaraderie with your teammates, lift weights to build strength, perfect your skills and it’s all to prepare to be the best on game day. It’s a process.
Recruitment is similar. Every day you work towards reaching the goal of a roster spot on a collegiate sport program. It starts with putting together a game plan. Below is your recruiting timeline. Complete ALL actions.
* Freshmen Year: Research. Exposure.
* Work toward min. 3.0 GPA and work toward practicing with the 1’S
· Create your NLR profile and work with your NLR Recruiter to create a list of 50 prospective schools (Each week research 2-3 schools)
· Have a phone call / email marketing campaign in place. (Through the NLR network of over 12,000 College Coaches )
· Fill out questionnaires received in the mail and send them back right away
· Try to go on at least 3 unofficial visits
· Confirm your level of recruiting activity. Highly Recruited – Not Recruited (See are you being recruited) on our website.
Freshman Deadline / Task
Start of Freshman Year:
1) Review NCAA core course requirements with your counselor.
2) Take at least one approved core course in Math, English, Natural /Physical Science and Social Science or Foreign Language.
3) Download the list of core courses offered at your school-and the NCAA Core Course GPA Calculator worksheet-before you meet with your counselor.
4) Create your free NCAA profile account. NCAA Eligibility Center
Sophomore Deadline / Task
1) Continue to work toward min. 3.0 GPA and work toward practicing with the 1’S
2) Hone in on the schools you’re most interested in from your list of 50
3) Continue to work with your Coach and your Next Level Recruiter.
4) Make highlight footage (NLR Produced)
5) Confirm your level of recruiting activity. Highly Recruited – Not Recruited (See are you being recruited) found in pages tab on our website
6) Review your transcript with your counselor to ensure you're on track to meet NCAA core course requirements. Take at least one approved course in Math, English, Natural/Physical Science and Social Science or Foreign Language.
7) Take PSAT to familiarize yourself with standardized tests.
End of Sophomore Year Are you are receiving DI or DII interest? If Yes, create an NCAA Certification Account (cost: $80.00 for US athletes.
Tips from the Expert:
* DI and DII coaches can’t personally contact you, but NLR can contact them by sending letters and emails.
* DIII and NAIA coaches can contact you, when they do, stay in touch and build the relationship!
* High level DI will make offers during summer of your sophomore year
Schedule unofficial visits to programs.
Junior Deadline / Task
*Junior Year: 5-5-5 List. Proactive Ath-leader.
1) Develop a 5-5-5 List: 5 programs that may be slightly above your reach, 5 programs that are a good fit, 5 back up schools
2) Next Level recruiting will continue to follow-up with coaches with phone calls/email/letters and where you stand on their list of recruits
3) Attend combines, camps and one-day college-sponsored camp.
4) Update highlight footage tape (NLR Produced)
5) Have your counselor send you your transcript to the NCAA Eligibility center.
6) Take your first ACT and or SAT - this will give you time to take it again if you need to. Use school code "9999" to have your scores sent to the NCAA.
7) Review your transcript with your counselor to ensure you're on track to meet the NCAA core course requirements. You should know the exact courses you will need to hit eligibility based on your meeting at the end of your Junior year.
8) Have your counselor send your transcript to the NCAA Eligibility Center
Tip from the Expert:
If you haven’t heard from DI coaches, have Next Level Recruiting reach out to DII, DIII or NJCAA and NAIA programs.
Senior Deadline / Task
*Start of Senior Year Review your transcript with your counselor to ensure you're on track to meet the NCAA core course requirements. You should know the exact courses you will need to hit eligibility based on your meeting at the end of your Junior year.
Start of Senior Year Take your second ACT and/or SAT again if necessary. Use school code "9999" to have your scores sent to the NCAA.
Senior Year Complete your amateurism questionnaire within your NCAA Certification Account.
April 1 of Senior Year request your final Amateurism Certification within your Certification Account.
Start your financial aid planning, register
for FAFSA at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa
January 1 (NLR assisted)
End of Senior Year Have your counselor send your FINAL high school transcripts and proof of graduation to the Eligibility Center.
Tips from Expert:
· DI coaches can start calling on a weekly basis on Sept. 1st, most cases they have already made offers
· DII, DIII, NAIA schools do most of recruiting and make offers in Spring of Senior Year
Senior Year: Committing to Success athletically and academically. Follow-up with coaches and schedule official visits (only 5 total official visits to DI and DII schools.
· Officially commit to a program (Signing Day is first Wednesday in Feb. through April 1)
· Find out when you need to report to camp
· Update highlight footage tape (NLR Produced)