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Recruiting Info

Starting the College Recruiting Process Timeline


 
Freshman Year - Make a list of colleges you are interested in based on major and division. Here is a link to a list of all field hockey colleges with costs, division, financial aid information...(2014 statistics)  VERY HELPFUL - http://www.scholarshipstats.com/fieldhockey.html
  • Go to www.ncaa.org - review the website and notice what the eligibility requirements are in order to play for a D1, D2, and/or D3 school. 
    • ​**If you do not fulfill the eligibility requirements, you are in a tight spot so this is highly recommended**
  • ​If one or more of your top colleges have summer camps, attend if financially possible
  • Email and send link for resume to prospective colleges (feel free to phone call the coach as well but keep in mind that some cannot call you back) - send each college individual emails, should not be a mass email.
  • Create a max 5 minute practice/game play video (optional) - make sure to highlight games along with showing some practice skills (the highlighted games should show all strengths - off the ball movement, on the ball, specialty moves etc)

Sophomore Year 
  • Sign up with NCAA Clearinghouse
  • Continue to update your sports resume
  • Continue to email coaches
  • Go visit colleges.
  • Start ranking your top 10 colleges you want to attend and be honest when filling out any surveys/questionnaires by coaches
  • Some D3 college coaches can contact you (D3 is much more flux than D1 and D2) - possibility that D3 coach can contact you without any limitations for entire soph/junior year
  • If one or more of your top colleges have summer camps, attend if financially possible.
  • Create a max 5 minute practice/game play video (optional) - make sure to highlight games along with showing some practice skills (the highlighted games should show all strengths - off the ball movement, on the ball, specialty moves etc.)

Junior Year - Narrow down college search
  • At this point, you should have your top 10 colleges ranked
  • Follow up letter to coach - either send another updated resume or just send a follow up email saying you are still interested in the college
  • You may schedule unofficial visits starting September 1st
  • June 15th - D2 and D3 college coaches can now contact you (allowed one phone call/week)
  • July 1st - D1 college coaches can now contact you (allowed one phone call/week)
  • D1 and D2 are only allowed a maximum of 7 contacts and evaluations combined
  • Contacts include off campus or on campus contact (are not allowed more than 3 off campus contacts)
  • Verbally commit to a school

Senior Year - Done!
  • National Letter of Intent can be signed during the early period (second Wednesday in November) or during the regular period (first Wednesday in February)  (check out www.ncaa.org for the signing dates)
  • By signing this you agree to go to the college for one full academic year - It also is what jump starts the financial aid process - by signing the letter, the college agrees to provide you athletic financial aid for one full academic year but it does not guarantee you a spot on the team
  • Keep up your grades and continue to play field hockey year round to keep your skills up to par