Whether you continue to be a student-athlete after high school or just a student headed to college there are something’s that you need to be prepared for. There is a reason that Student come before Athlete in Student-Athlete. The most important part of your development as a student-athlete is your education! Without the grades you can’t even play in high school let alone getting a Scholarship to college.
There are plenty of club resources if you have any questions or concerns about taking the next step of going to college whether you are playing for the University’s team or playing intramurals. If playing college soccer is something that you would like to do there are many options from Junior College up to NCAA Division 1 as well as Intramurals.
The information provided below is subject to change as the NCAA decides. Please use this as a way to guide you through this process, but check the websites below for more information on rules and regulations.
NCAA Initial-Eligibility Center
· Initiate registration with the Eligibility Center by completing a NCAA student release form during your junior year. See your guidance counselor for forms and evaluation of your eligibility status.
· All prospective DI or DII student-athletes must complete an Amateurism Questionnaire through the Eligibility Center. If the student-athlete is a 2-year or 4-year transfer from a non NCAA Division I or Division II school, the Amateurism questionnaire is still required before he/she is eligible to compete.
· To have your SAT or ACT test scores submitted to the Eligibility Center you should use the college code "9999" You may also have your test scores cent to the Colleges of your choice by entering in their college code.
· Until September 1st of your Junior Year College coaches can only send you information about their Sports camps or NCAA information and Questionnaires. A coach can answer your phone call, but cannot call you or return a voicemail.
· Division 1 coaches are not allowed to send recruiting information by mail or email to players before September 1st of their junior year and cannot call until July 1st before their senior year.
· Players and their families are allowed to take unofficial visits to speak with coaches and tour the campus. These can take place during tournaments in which your team is attending or you can make special trips with your family to attend school campuses.
Junior year, September 1
· College coaches are now allowed to answer and send email to you as well as information about their school and Soccer programs.
Junior year, July 1 about to be a senior
· A college coach is only allowed to contact you in person off campus only on or after July 1st when you have completed your junior year of high school. If the coach meets with you or your parents and says anything to you or them then this is considered a contact. Contact is considered anything more than a “hello.” College coaches are allowed to make one telephone call each week to you or your parents. You can call the coach as often as you would like.
Your Senior Year
· You are allowed to take up to five “Official visits” to college campuses. Official visits mean all expenses paid. Your visit on campus cannot last longer than 48 hours. You cannot go on an Official visit until after the first day of classes of your senior year.
· College coaches must have an official ACT or SAT score and a copy of your official high school transcript before you can visit with them. Coaches can make telephone calls and write to you as they could during your junior year.
· If you’re attending a tournament with your club team and the coach does not talk to you don’t worry. The NCAA has rules that put limits on communication during Soccer tournaments. A college coach can sit down with a guardian or parent at the tournament. However, this is counted as one of the three in-person off-campus recruiting contacts a coach is allowed to have with a player and their family.
Use these links below for more information. CaptainU and Gotsoccer are the two player profile sites that College showcases are using most often. Keep your information up to date and don't hesitate to ask you coaches for help!!