Elite Academy Academy Development Academy Grassroots Soccer College Advisory Program
Pathway to College
Posted Apr 22, 2017

Starting the College Processes:

Throughout the entire process, you may initiate contact (via email, instant messenger, fax, phone and/or letters) as much as you want. Phone message (except specific camp related questions) CANNOT be returned until July 1 of your Senior year and unfortunately College Coaches cannot text you until you have signed a National Letter of Intent or similar!

Freshman/Sophomore Year

The beginning of your high school career should coincide with the beginning of your college search. This is a time for assessment. You need to begin to ask “Big Questions” at this time. What do I want to get out of college? Academically, where do I fit? Do I want to be close to home? What do I want to do when I graduate? More than likely, there will not be definitive answers to these life questions at this time and they may change, sometimes from month to month and even day to day. The most important part of this assessment is not the answers but the thought processes, which lead you to your choices. Make sure the place you choose is a ‘Good Fit’ for YOU!!

Freshman Year Check List

  • Improve GPA/Core Courses
  • Gather player evaluations from high school and club coaches to assist in your
    player development
  • Participate in a top level club program, ODP, ECNL, etc.
  • Begin to ask the “Big Questions” listed below
  • Formulate possible college list of 20 or so schools
  • Make initial contact (send an e-mail/letter with resume and any tournaments
    attending)
  • Begin taking “Unofficial visits”
    Freshman/Sophomore year is a great time to make initial contact by letter and/or email (Initial contact should be done through the mail, then update through email and/or letterform). Players should begin to formulate a list of 20 or so schools, varying in division and level. This list is variable. Division 1 and D2 schools and I can only respond to the introductory letter with a general questionnaire and/or a summer camp brochure. By making contact, it lets the prospective school know of your genuine interest. It is also recommended to continue this initial contact with schedules (club and tournament updates, recent awards, academic awards/scores, ODP stuff, etc. Update as often as you feel is necessary.
    The cover letter should stress your interest and awareness of the specific program. In other words, personalize each letter. This is done by reviewing their past successes, season record, tournament bid, player awards, graduating seniors, etc.; demonstrating you are well researched! Your graduation date should be very clear to the reader as well as additional contact information, (mailing address, email address, etc.) It should also highlight personal and/or team successes, both club and high school. Also included in the letter should be a complete athletic and academic resume along with any pertinent club/high school schedules. A request for further information about the soccer program and the university/college as well as summer camps should be made at the closing of the letter (see attached samples). Please be aware that the only correspondence you will receive in return for your letter will be a general questionnaire, a camp brochure and a letter explaining general recruiting rules pertaining to your specific graduation year.

It is also recommended to take as many “unofficial visits” as possible to as many different types of schools during your freshmen/sophomore years in high school. You have an unlimited amount of unofficial visits. Most coaches are more than willing to meet and talk. Campus tours can usually be set up through admission and/or a visitor's center.

Sophomore Year Check List

  • Take PSAT and/or ACT/SAT
  • Continue to improve your GPA/Core Courses
  • Gather player evaluations from high school and club coaches to assist in your
    player development
  • Participate in college showcases and tournaments
  • Research, Research, Research
  • Attend “College Nights”/I.D. Camps and any other additional
    informational sessions held by high school, universities and/or other
    organizations
  • Obtain information via internet sources, college guides, and counselor
  • Increase communication (written, email, etc.) with potential college and universities
  • Attend prospective colleges’ ID and summer camps
    Sometime during the sophomore year, it is also recommended to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center at: https://web3.ncaa.org/ecwr3/                                       High School guidance counselors should also be of assistance in this process. It is also wise to evaluate your CORE courses and grade point average (refer to the NCAA Guide).
    NCAA rules for freshmen and sophomores
    Correspondence - Written
    College coaches may only send you a questionnaire, a letter explaining the rules, a referral to admissions and a camp brochure. However, you may write to
    college coaches as often as you like. Return the questionnaire to be place on
    their mailing list. Telephone College coaches may not telephone you at all, not even to return a message. You may initiate contact as often as you like.

    Evaluations
    College coaches may watch you play a limited number of times (7) during the academic year.
    Off-Campus Contact
    Coaches may not have any off campus contact with you and your parents other
    than a civil greeting, at a tournament they can say “Hi”, and after the tournament you can have a conversation with them. (Only when your team is finished competing).

On-Campus Contact

You may visit college campuses and talk with college coaches as often as you like at your own expense (“Unofficial Visits”) the coaches can make a scholarship offer whilst you are on campus

E-Mail

Email are treated the same as written correspondence.

Junior Year

As of September 1 of the Junior year, prospective student-athletes may begin to receive letters, and other official soccer/university information from college coaches, faculty members (but not ‘Boosters’). You should now look to have narrowed down your choice of school to about five (5); therefore, it is a good idea to continue your research and recruiting! You must also begin to research the academic side of schools in great detail.

Your recruiting should continue along the same lines as your sophomore year but with more focus. Even though your high school season coincides with college soccer season, you should watch as many college games as possible, try to watch all different divisions (DI, DII, DIII, NAIA, JC). This will help you greatly in your athletic education. If you visit a game let the Head Coach know in advance that you will be there and introduce yourself after the game Continue to request further information as well as take more “Unofficial Visits”.

As of March 1 you may receive one phone call from a Division I coach. It is limited to one phone call for the entire month. During the month of April only, a Division I college coaches may meet with you and your family on your high school’s campus. This is only for the month of April.

Take the ACT/SAT tests during the fall and as many times as you can. Don't wait until the fall of your senior year. Most academic packages from colleges are put together in the fall of your senior year based upon your earlier scores and early deadlines.

Junior Year Checklist

  • Take ACT/SAT exams
  • Narrow your college search academically and athletically with answers to “Big
    Questions”
  • Increase aggressiveness via increased communications with perspective
    colleges/universities
  • Continue your player development
  • Continue to schedule unofficial visits

NCAA Rules for Junior Year

Written

Starting Sept. 1 of your junior year in high school, college coaches may begin to send you recruiting letters and emails, other information on the school and soccer program.

Telephone

College coaches may not telephone you AT ALL, not even to return a message. You may initiate contact as often as you like (be persistent!).

Evaluations

College coaches may watch you play a limited number of times (7) during the academic year.

Off-Campus Contact

Coaches may not have any off campus contact with you and your parents other than a civil greeting, however, a coach may contact with you at your
high school ONCE in the month of April.

On-Campus Contact

You may visit college campuses and talk with college coaches as often as you like at your own expense.

E-Mail

Email are treated the same as written correspondence. College coaches may send you emails of often as they like beginning Sept. 1 of your Junior year.

Senior Year

As of July 1 of your senior year, you may receive phone calls from coaches, Division I and II. Division II may begin calling after June 15. Coaches are limited to one phone call per week. Messages don't count as a phone call. If your parents speak with the coach about the university and/or soccer program, that phone call will count for that week even if they did not speak with you directly. Also, beginning your first day of class, you can begin to take “Official Visits”. You have five total! These visits are by invitational only! Official visits are expense paid visits with costs for you covered by the recruiting institution.

Senior Year Checklist

  • Big Questions should be answered with a focus on possible field of study (See Academic Standards below)
  • College list should be narrowed down to 5 Colleges and/or Universities
  • Continue aggressive communications (update, athletically and academically)
  • Apply for Admissions
  • Apply for financial aid
  • Possible ‘Official Visits’

NCAA Rules for Senior Year

Written

College Coaches may continue to send recruiting letters and information as often as they like.

Telephone

College coaches may telephone you and/or your parents beginning July 1 prior to senior year. Division II coaches may begin on June 15. You may contact coaches as often as you like.

Evaluations

College coaches may watch you play a limited number of times (7) during the academic Year.

Off Campus Contact

Coaches may set up a ‘Home Visit’

On-Campus Contact (Unofficial Visits)

You may visit college campuses and talk with college coaches as often as you like at your own expense.

Official Visits

Official Visits begin with your first day of classes your senior year. An official visit is a visit where the school pays all or part of your expenses. You are limited to one per school and a total of five.

E-Mail

E-Mail are treated the same as written correspondence.

Big Questions:

  • Do they offer my intended major?
  • Do you want to live away from home or stay close?
  • What is the graduation rate of that sport?
  • Are tutors available?
  • Where does the coach see me fitting in?
  • What is the academic advising situation like?
  • Do you need a video of me playing?
  • What positions are you looking to fill?
  • Search for schools

 

 

 

 

 

 

Academic Standards

  • Graduate from high school.
  • Complete a minimum of 16 core courses.
  • Earn a minimum required grade-point average in core courses.
  • Earn a qualifying test score on either the ACT or SAT.
  • Request final amateurism certification from the NCAA Eligibility Center.

For Division I student-athletes who will enroll in August 2016 and later, the requirements to compete in the first year will change. In addition to the above standards, prospects must:

Earn at least a 2.3 grade-point average in core courses.

Meet an increased sliding-scale standard (for example, an SAT score of 1,000 requires a 2.5 high school core course GPA)


Successfully complete 10 of the 16 total required core courses before the start of their senior year in high school. Seven of the 10 courses must be successfully completed in English, math and science.

Prospects that earn at least a 2.0 GPA but not a 2.3 GPA and meet the current sliding scale standard (for example, an SAT score of 1,000 requires a 2.025 high school core course GPA) will be eligible for practice in the first term and athletically related financial aid the entire year, but not competition. Freshmen who are academically successful in the first term will earn the ability to continue to practice for the remainder of the year.

Division III college and universities set their own admission standards. The NCAA does not set initial eligibility requirements in Division III.