Recruiting Resources

The Recruiting Resources will help you optimize your Playced account.

Recruiting Roadmap

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Follow our step-by-step game plan for the recruiting process

1 | CREATE YOUR ONLINE RECRUIT RESUME

Create your Online Recruit Resume using the input sections on the My Resume tab. You will include the link to your Online Profile in all emails and correspondence with college coaches.

2 | IDENTIFY YOUR MATCHING SCHOOLS

Use the Playced Matching Engine or the Find My Colleges tab to identify and favorite the colleges you will pursue. The Matching Engine will determine the schools where you have the best chance for a scholarship based on your resume. The Find My Colleges tab will specifically indicate how good a match you are for a specific school. Here is a quick article on your recruiting timeline: Your Recruiting Timeline

3 | REVIEW THE TEAM ROSTER FOR THE COLLEGES ON YOUR FAVORITES LIST

Using the Review Team Roster Icon, take a quick look at the roster for each of your matching schools. The rosters on most college websites can be sorted by graduation class and position. Analyzing the team roster will help you understand if a college has a need at your position.

4 | REACH OUT TO THE COACHES AT THE COLLEGES ON YOUR FAVORITES LIST

Using the Contact Coach Icons and the Send Email buttons on your My Favorites tab to email the coaches at the colleges you have decided to pursue. The email templates are pre-populated with much of the information, but you need to read each email carefully to be sure of the content justify. Personalize the email if possible and make sure there are no grammatical errors or misspellings.

When reaching out by email, we you should use an eye-catching subject line that highlights your stats, such as "Catcher-1.8 Pop Time" or "Power Forward Averaging 13.1 Rebounds/Game." This email is an introductory email. You aren't going to receive a scholarship offer from one email. For advice on how to write an effective email you can read this article: How to get your first recruiting email noticed by college coaches

5 | CREATE A TWITTER ACCOUNT TO BE USED FOR YOUR RECRUITING EFFORTS

Follow the instructions on the "How to Connect" tab to create a Twitter account for your recruiting process. For advice on how to connect with college coaches you can read this article: The Top 5 Ways to "Connect" with College Coaches

6 | TRACK YOUR PROGRESS USING THE PLAYCED TRACKING SYSTEM

Use the Playced tracking system on the My Favorite Colleges tab to track your progress and stay organized in your recruiting efforts.

7 | REGISTER WITH THE NCAA AND NAIA

It is important to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center (www.eligibilitycenter.org ) and the NAIA Eligibility Center (http://www.playnaia.org ). This is a crucial step in gaining eligibility to play. The centers confirm your academic eligibility (on-time graduation) and amateur status. For a general understanding of recruiting rules, read this article: You Have to Know the Rules

8 | BE PREPARED NOT TO HEAR BACK

You may not get a response from many of the coaches you approach. You might receive a general email from a few inviting you to a camp or they may send you a questionnaire. If you receive a general questionnaire or a personal email from the recruiting coordinator, respond immediately. Remember, the first email is really just an introductory email to create a dialogue and get your name on their "radar screen."

9 | GET YOUR COACH INVOLVED

Your current coach can be a difference maker in the recruiting process. He or she is the most credible source to vouch for your abilities and character. Ask your coach to reach out to your top three to five colleges on your behalf. (Be sure to supply contact information for those school coaches.) Don't ask your coach to contact colleges that aren't appropriate matches. Here is what you should expect from your current coach: What You Should Expect from Your Coach

10 | EXPLORE ALL LEVELS OF COMPETITION

Be realistic with your athletic and academic abilities and be open to expanding your search on the Playced website. Using the College Search Editor you can include other areas of the country, school size, etc. or different levels of your sport. While your goal may be to play at a Division I school, you should also consider the significant scholarship and roster opportunities at the D-II, D-III and NAIA levels. Here is some advice on your college options: Keep Your College Options Open

11 | FOLLOW UP

Once two weeks have passed, it's time to send a follow-up email to your matching schools. Use the Follow Up Email button on your My Favorites to send another email. Emphasize your desire to attend the school and encourage them to call your coaches for an honest evaluation of your athletic abilities and skills.

12 | EXPLORE CAMP OPTIONS

Research the camps hosted at the schools on your list. If possible, try to attend the ones that fit your needs. This is a great way to demonstrate your interest in the school and for coaches to observe you in person. It also lets you unofficially visit the school to see if you like the environment. To understand how to camps, showcases and select teams you can read this article: How to Evaluate Showcases, Camps and Travel Teams

13 | KEEP COACHES INFORMED

Make sure your team schedule includes tournaments attended by college coaches and recruiters. The better your team, the greater your visibility. Provide your summer schedule to any college coaches who have expressed interest. You really need to understand how coaches find potential recruits: How College Coaches Find Potential Recruits

14 | EXPLORE OTHER SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AND FINANCIAL AID

Visit the website of each school for which you are a match and review all potential scholarships, student loans, grants and financial aid opportunities. Register with Free Application for Federal Student Aid at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov as early as possible to explore grants, aids and scholarships. Many schools also offer tuition calculators to help with financial options.

15 | RUN ADDITIONAL SEARCHES

If you haven't landed a roster spot, look for additional colleges using the Find My Colleges tab or by using the Playced Matching Engine. Unless you are a five star recruit then the recruiting process may be a numbers game. The more colleges you reach out to, the greater chance you will find a scholarship. Don't get discouraged, just be persistent. Persistence is the name of the game. If you aren't being highly recruited, you need to understand why. This article should help: Am I Really Being Recruited? If not, why not?

16 | BE A GOOD SPORT

The manner in which you handle yourself is extremely important. Coaches pay attention to every detail: how you warm up, how you interact with teammates, and how you act before, during and after a game. You never know who is watching.

17 | DON'T BE FOOLISH ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Coaches will check your social media activity to make sure you're not posting or tweeting anything inappropriate, offensive or hateful. Recent news stories of recruits losing offers due to misconduct are cautionary tales. So keep it clean and mature. And if you can't post anything clean...well, you know the rest. Every recruit should read this article: The Dangers of Social Media

18 | KEEP YOUR GRADES UP

Many students don't understand the importance of academics in the recruiting process or the emphasis college athletic programs place on grades. The truth is, good grades make a student much more attractive to a college coach. If you don't believe that academics matter, read this article: Why Academics Make a Difference

19 | OTHER HELPFUL HINTS

- Update your academic and athletic statistics as your abilities change. This will impact your matching colleges.

- Run searches with your target test scores or athletic goals to see which colleges are a match if you meet those goals.

- High school freshmen and sophomores should run searches with current test scores and athletic statistics AND projected test scores and athletic statistics.

- Here is some advice on how to create an effective recruiting video: The Dos and Don'ts of Recruiting Videos

Recruiting Timeline

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A Year-by-Year Checklist on how to get recruited

If you wait until your senior year in high school to start the recruiting process, the only sport you may be playing in college will be intramurals. You might dominate, but that won't pay the tuition. In today's competitive college athletic environment, the recruiting process actually should start earlier than most people think. College coaches are looking to connect, develop and maintain relationships with athletes as early as their freshman year in high school. In fact, some athletes commit to a college before they ever even suit up for their high school team.

Unless you are an exception to the rule, freshman year is an ideal time to start the college recruiting process. You don't have to start as a freshman, but it gives you the best chance at a successful recruiting experience. The earlier you start, the more time you have to learn about all your college options, to research colleges and to plan college visits.

Given the fact that recruiting is really a four year process, you really need to follow a recruiting timeline. There are many tasks to do if you want a successful recruiting experience.

Freshman Year

Fall in love with being a student and an athlete! Passion is a must for every student athlete that wants to play in college.

Make good decisions and commit to doing things the right way, on and off the field.

Enlist your parents to be your administrative assistants.

Review the NCAA Guide for the College Bound Student Athlete.

Inform your high school guidance counselor of your desire to play in college.

Familiarize yourself with the recruiting rules.

Ask your current coach for an honest assessment of your abilities and where he/she projects you as a college athlete.

Research and identify a list of colleges that match your abilities and in which you have an interest.

Research the athletic benchmarks necessary to play at the colleges you want to attend and set athletic goals.

Alert both your high school coach and summer coach of your desire to play in college.

Begin building an athletic resume and start accumulating video clips for a highlight video.

Send an introductory email to the coaches at the colleges in which you have an interest.

Be careful on social media. College coaches watch the social media behavior of athletes they are interested in.

Work hard on the field and in the classroom. After all, we are talking about going to college.

Sophomore Year

Take the PSAT to determine where you stand academically.

Use the NCAA Division I core course worksheet to make sure you are on track with the core course requirements.

Meet with your coach to review his or her assessment of your abilities.

Review and update your list of appropriate colleges. Create a Favorites List of 20-30 colleges at levels you realistically qualify for.

Check the entrance requirements at the colleges on your Favorites List. Even if they offer you an athletic scholarship, you still have to get into the school!

Fill out the Recruiting Questionnaires for the colleges on your Favorites List.

Reach out to the coaches at the colleges on your Favorites list expressing interest in their program.

Ask your coach or an objective third party for an honest assessment of your strengths and weaknesses.

Research how coaches in your sport evaluate athletes.

Develop a plan to work on your weaknesses and enhance your strengths.

Pick a quality summer team to play for. It doesn't have to be the best team, but it should be a team with solid coaching, a good schedule and one where you will have a significant role. You can't be seen or get better if you don't play.

Sign up for a few strategic camps and/or showcase events. Pick events where coaches from the schools you are pursuing will be in attendance.

Discuss the family college budget with your parents. Most athletic scholarships are partial scholarships, so family budget might be a factor in which colleges you pursue.

Play every game and finish every play as if a college coach is watching.

Work hard on the field and in the classroom. After all, we are talking about going to college.

Junior Year

Use the NCAA Division I core course worksheet to make sure you are on track with the core course requirements.

Review and update your Favorite Colleges list.

Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center.

Take the SAT or ACT.

Create a highlight video and download it to YouTube or Vimeo. Include the link in any correspondence you have with college coaches.

Get your current coach involved as a reference. Ask him or her to reach out to your 5 to 7 favorite colleges. Provide them with an athletic resume and the contact information for the coaches at each college. The easier you make it for your coach, the more they will be involved.

Meet with your coach to review his or her assessment of your abilities.

Review and update your list of appropriate colleges. Maintain a Favorites List of 20-30 colleges at levels you realistically qualify for.

Schedule two or three unofficial visits to colleges that have expressed an interest in you.

Prepare a list of questions to ask college coaches.

Prepare yourself for questions a coach might ask you.

Attend any camps or combines that make sense.

Send follow up emails to the colleges you have not heard back from.

If you aren't generating much interest yet, DON'T PANIC, step up your efforts and reconsider the colleges you are pursuing.

Don't stop pursuing colleges just because a few coaches have expressed an interest. Keep your options open until you sign a National Letter of Intent.

Find a summer team that makes sense, where you will have a significant role and play against quality opponents.

Keep track of where you stand with each college.

Be careful on social media. College coaches pay attention to the social media behavior of recruits.

Work hard on the field and in the classroom. After all, we are talking about going to college.

Senior Year

If you haven't found your college, step up your efforts. Follow up with the colleges in which you have interest and explore other options.

Ask your current coach to review your list of favorite colleges and ask he or she if they would reach out to a few more.

Re-take the SAT or ACT if necessary. The higher your score, the more colleges you can consider.

Connect with the coaches at the colleges you are pursuing via email, Twitter or you can even give them a call.

Work hard on the field and in the classroom. After all, we are talking about going to college.

Review and update your Favorite Colleges list.

Meet with your coach to review his or her assessment of your abilities.

Review and update your list of appropriate colleges. Maintain a Favorites List of 20-30 colleges at levels you realistically qualify for.

Get any financial aid forms submitted as early as possible.

Keep in contact with coaches who have contacted you, or coaches at schools in which you have interest.

If you have financial aid needs, don't be afraid to let coaches know that.

Request final transcripts to be sent to the NCAA.

Once you accept a scholarship offer from a school, get the college team's suggested workout schedule and do it.

How to Connect

Send Emails

Use the Share button on your Online Resume tab to email the coaches at your Matching Colleges.


Sample Initial Email

Coach [COACH LAST NAME],


My name is [ENTER YOUR NAME] and I believe I have what it takes to be a part your program. I would greatly appreciate gaining your perspective about my abilities and I would also like to learn more about earning a roster spot. Here is the link to my academic/athletic resume.

[LINK TO ONLINE RESUME]


Thank you very much, I look forward to hearing from you.


Sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]

Class of [YOUR GRADUATION YEAR]


Sample Follow-up Email

Coach [COACH LAST NAME],


I'm following up from my initial email expressing interest in being a part of your program. I would greatly appreciate gaining your perspective about my abilities and I would also like to learn more about earning a roster spot. Here is the link to my academic/athletic resume.

[LINK TO ONLINE RESUME]


Thank you very much, I look forward to hearing from you.


Sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]

Class of [YOUR GRADUATION YEAR]

Twitter Instructions Download as PDF

1. Create a Twitter "Recruiting Account"

- Use a clear face picture for your Profile Photo.

- Use a sport-specific picture for your Header Photo.

- Include a link to your Online Resume.

- Link a video for college coaches to view in your Resume.

2. Use the Placyed Matching Engine to Identify "My Favorite Colleges"

- Using the Playced Matching Engine and the Search By College Name tab build a list of at least 30 colleges that interest you as a student athlete.

- Include dream, realistic and fallback schools on that list.

- Pursue more realistic schools than the others.

3. Connect with Coaches From Your "My Favorite Colleges" Using Your Twitter "Recruiting Account"

- Follow the coach and the program Twitter accounts of each college on your list.

- Connect with all of the coaches on each school's staff.

- Once a coach follows you back, send a direct message to that coach expressing interest in their program.

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