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Freshman Year Recruiting Checklist



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Work hard to get the best grades possible.
Most high schools have a List of NCAA Courses.
Take classes that match your high school’s List of NCAA Courses.
The NCAA Eligibility Center will use only approved core courses to certify your initial eligibility. You can access and print your high school’s List of NCAA Courses at Click the NCAA College­ Bound Student­ Athlete link to enter and then navigate to the Resources tab and select ‘U.S. Students’ where you will find the link for the List of NCAA Courses.
I found creating these checklists from a variety of sources online a great reminder set to follow for the whole college recruiting process.  If you think that you are going to pursue an athletic scholarship, these are great guidelines to follow, and can even help in college planning in general, even if the college athletic career does not work out.  Below is the first in a series of checklists to follow, and it focuses on athletic, academic and seasonal items you should follow your Freshman Year:
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When Category Item
All Year Academics Hit the ground running in School, and give 100% in all areas.  Good grades plus stellar athletic stats = More Options
All Year Academics Take challenging classes, AP and Honors
All Year Activities Round out your overall resume by participating in clubs, community and leadership activities
All Year Academics Identify any problem areas immediately and seek teacher or tutor assistance to make sure you have a solid foundation for future classes
Fall All Set goals for the year in both academics and athletics.
Fall Recruiting Download or Purchase the latest version of the  NCAA Guide for the College Bound Student Athlete, check for changes
Fall Recruiting Review the NCAA Academic Quick Reference Guide
Fall Recruiting Review the latest NCAA Academic Requirements to make sure you are taking the correct courses: NCAA Student Athlete Worksheet
Fall Academics Begin to build a target list of schools that offer your sport, and meet your criteria. The College Board has a great tool that lets you enter your criteria (size, location, etc.) and gives you a list: College Board School Selector
Fall Academics Meet with High School Guidance Counselor to ensure your courses will meet your goals
Fall Academics Start researching your target schools academics and testing requirements and compare to your curriculum and Counselor path
Fall Athletics Use the Internet to research your sport and find out what type of marks, times and benchmarks are required to be considered for athletic scholarship
All Year Athletics Ask for evaluations from high school and club coaches for a reality check
All Year Athletics Define strength, benchmark and competitive goals with coaches for the year
All Year Athletics Work with outside strength / agility programs and outside coaches / clinics to enhance skills
All Year Social Media Make sure you use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Musically, Snapchat and all other internet accessible sites in a mature manner.  Coaches look!!!
All Year Social Media Establish a Twitter Account, YouTube Account, Acceptable Email Address (no inappropriate words) and setup a BLOG.  If you don’t have Facebook, do that as well.
In Season Athletics Make sure you keep a log of all your stats, collect all photos and video clips and any newspaper clippings.
In Season Athletics Coaches look for good athletes, but also want leadership and good sportsmanship.  Make sure you rise to the occasion.
In Season Athletics Evaluate your performance pre, during and post season, and perform a reality check (do you make the cut)
In Season Athletics Utilize your social media and send periodic updates on new records, milestones, pics, etc.
In / Post Season Recruiting Make sure your profile is complete and updated on
Summer Athletics Attend Nationally recognized camps and events for exposure.  If possible, attend a camp at a target school.
Summer Athletics Enroll in strength and agility training specific for your sport
Summer Academics If available, take advantage of summer school to knock an additional class out, especially one that may require additional focus.
Summer Athletics Attend Nationally recognized camps and events for exposure.  If possible, attend a camp at a target school.
Like this checklist?  There are more documents and lists for registered members.


Originally posted 2016-04-04 11:28:33.

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