Create a Player Profile (if you haven’t already) and cover letter to send to schools (stay away from most recruiting services as they are very generic and do not have the personal touch).
Continue to research schools academic and athletic programs via your counseling office, college web sites, and comprehensive sites such as www.NCCA.com.
Continue to take classes that match your high schools NCAA List of Approved Core Courses. The NCAA Eligibility Center will only use approved core courses to certify your initial eligibility.
Begin to explore with your parents how you will finance your education.
If you have not taken the PSAT plan to do this now. If you did well 1800+…good job. If you are lower than 1800, schedule a retake and/or consider a course like Princeton Review.
Keep up your grades.
Complete a practice admission application.
Continue to set-up files - assemble detailed college information.
Review progress with parents.
Begin to narrow top 10-20 college programs; add/reduce list.
Continue to try and connect with college coaches:
Send a letter to each college describing tournament plans (e.g., NHB, Nomads, etc.)
Follow up with email
Follow up with telephone calls
Plan informal visits with parents and coach
Plan next year’s academic program.
Pick 1-2 college campus to visit informally (usually on way to college visits)
Attend College Night at high school gather college information brochures
Review material in college life
Retake any courses that you received a ‘C’ or lower in summer school to replace the grade
Play, Play, Play!
Continue to develop you as potential college level soccer player on the field.
Following up with you about grades and the courses you’re enrolled in.
Help you start to narrow down a Top 10 list of college choices.
Make sure players are sending out personal player profiles with cover letters.
Continue to help with decisions about what college ID camps you might attend.
Continue to help with decisions on what colleges you might want to visit.
Enter college showcase tournaments when possible.
Make sure everyone attends the Legacy College Night event.
NCAA regulations do not allow college coaches to send out any information about their programs until September 1st of your junior year. If you mail coaches something as a sophomore they can only send you a questionnaire and a soccer camp brochure in return.
Prior to September 1st, Junior Year: Until this point, college coaches must follow strict recruiting rules. Coaches can only send you questionnaires, sport brochures, and NCAA education information. You are, however, allowed to call coaches; they just can’t call you back. (Be aware of this if you intend to leave a voicemail message.) In addition, you can make unofficial visits to college campuses. Any meeting with coaches must take place on campus.
NCAA regulations do not allow college coaches any off campus contact during your sophomore and junior years. When college coaches see athletes or their parents at soccer tournaments they are only allowed a formal greeting.