Start the recruiting Process...
The best people to be involved with your athlete’s recruiting process is you as parents, their coaches, and the Elite staff. You do not need to spend a lot on large recruiting services! The difference is that they do not personally know your child so when they send mass emails of profiles and videos, college coaches recognize that’s what the company gets paid to do. When your family works with the Elite staff, we either know the athlete already or will be getting to know them so that we can make sure the schools we are contacting are a good fit and we are making the best decisions based on your child.
So much of recruiting is based on the school’s specific needs for that recruit year. If they do not need a catcher that year, it’s just bad timing if your athlete is a catcher. It may not have anything to do with how good your athlete is.
First Steps of Recruiting
Get a picture on SportsRecruits and fill out as much information as possible
Get a baseball or softball skills video up as soon as possible
Make a list of “favorite” schools and send them your SportsRecruits page
The larger the school an athlete is interested in, the more important it is to network and do a skills video, as early as 8th grade or Freshman year. For Division 1, this is to get on their radar, they cannot communicate with an athlete until September 1st of their junior year.
As a sophomore, you want to be sure you have started the process with videos, networking, and camps. Start building relationships with the coaches and players in the camps! Send your profile and video again a couple days before attending the camp. Let Michelle, Kayla or Jim know 3 days before the camp that you are attending so we can contact the coach as well. Introduce yourself face to face and thank them for the camp.
NCAA DI and DII Requirements for eligibility
D3(Calvin, Hope etc..) the major requirement is school admittance.
NAIA schools(Aquinas, Cornerstone etc...) have the following requirements:
Junior College (GRCC, LCC Etc..) eligibility requires a HS diploma or GED. Some schools are willing to administer the GED test to a prospective athlete in their first semester of college.
Updated Division I & DII College
The NCAA just approved a new set of rules that will change the way Division 1 college coaches can recruit athletes during camps and visits in an effort to cut back on early recruiting, or coaches giving scholarship offers to athletes before their junior year of high school. The rules take effect immediately, starting Wednesday, April 25, 2018. Here's a quick breakdown of these changes:
● Official visits: Recruits can now start taking official visits starting September 1 of their junior year of high school. In the past, official visits weren't permitted until the athlete's senior year of high school, so this rule is actually bumping them up!
● Camps and clinics: Recruits and college coaches are not allowed to have any recruiting conversations during camps prior to September 1 of the athlete's junior year of high school. Previously, there weren't really any rules that prevented coaches from talking about recruiting to underclassmen during camps. In fact, it had become common practice for college coaches to extend verbal scholarship offers to top recruits during camps.
● Unofficial visits: College athletic departments-this includes college coaches-are not allowed to be involved in a recruit's unofficial visits. A quick refresher: Unofficial visits are any campus visits paid for entirely by the recruit's family. Before the rule change, unofficial visits were an easy way for underclassmen to visit a college campus, meet with the coach, and get an early verbal offer. However, if athletes want to take unofficial visits now, they cannot schedule them with the coach-they should treat the unofficial visit just like any other student would. If the recruit happens to bump into the coach on campus, they can't have any recruiting conversations at that time.
● D1 softball only: Softball took the new rules to the next level by making it illegal for college coaches to have recruiting conversations or send recruiting messages through an athlete's club/high school coach or another third party. In the past, coaches and athletes took advantage of a loophole in the rules by having recruits' current coaches reach out to college coaches on their behalf. With the new rule, no one can reach out to college coaches on a recruit's behalf before September 1 of their junior year of high school.
When can a Division II coach contact athletes?
The NCAA Recruiting Rules for Division II schools are slightly more relaxed than those for Division I, and the rules are the same across all sports:
● General materials: Athletes can receive brochures for camps, questionnaires, NCAA materials and non-athletic recruiting publications at any time.
● Printed recruiting materials: Starting July 15 before an athlete’s junior year, coaches can begin sending recruits printed recruiting materials.
● Telephone calls: Starting June 15 going into the athlete’s junior year, coaches can start calling athletes.
● Off-campus contact: Coaches can conduct off-campus communications with athletes and/or their parents starting June 15 before the athlete’s junior year.
● Unofficial visits: Athletes can take unofficial visits at any time.
● Official visits: Athletes may start taking official visits starting June 15 going into their junior year.