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Junior Year Recruiting Checklist

The Junior year in High School is very important for those pursuing an Athletic Scholarship through the college recruiting process.  Grades, always the most important, as well as many items to complete for the NCAA Eligibility requirements are foremost on the checklist.
Register to take the ACT, SAT or both and use the NCAA Eligibility Center code ‘9999’ as a score recipient.  Doing this sends your official score directly to the NCAA Eligibility Center.
Continue to take college preparatory courses. Double check to make sure the courses you have taken match your school’s List of NCAA Courses. Ask your high school counselor to send an official transcript to the NCAA Eligibility Center after completing your junior year. If you have attended more than one high school, the NCAA Eligibility Center will need official transcripts from all high schools attended. Before registering for classes for your senior year, check with your high school counselor to determine the number of core courses that you need to complete your senior year

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When Category Item
All Year Academics Junior year can be a difficult year academically, focus on the grades
All Year Academics Continue to take challenging classes, AP and Honors
All Year Activities Continue to focus on extra curriculars 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 Academics Begin preparing for the SAT and ACT.  Sign up for a focused prep course for both.  These tests are critical!!!
Fall Academics Examine your target list, and see which tests they require: SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests
Fall Academics Examine the SAT/ACT tests dates and decide when you will take them.  Plan to take the SAT in early spring for the first time.  The ACT is curriculum based, so the later you take it (Late spring / summer), the better.
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 Recruiting Begin your NCAA Eligibility quest officially through the amateur certification process. Create your Account here: NCAA Eligibility Center. This is an excellent resource and will provide you with a wealth of information.
Fall Recruiting Download and learn your recruiting timeline.  Here is the NCAA Calendar: NCAA College Recruiting Timelines and Calendars
Fall Academics Meet with High School Guidance Counselor to ensure you are on track for all requirements.
Fall Academics Re-evaluate your target list of schools that offer your sport.
All Year Athletics Ask for additional 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 Social Media and all other internet accessible sites in a mature manner.  Coaches look!!!
All Year Social Media Make sure all your target school coaches have all your social media links, and update all sites with stats, footage, pictures, records, etc.
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 Be sure your profile is complete and updated on
Post Season Recruiting Continue to communicate with your target school coaches through email and phone.  Get a true feel of where you stand.
Post Season Recruiting Continue to organize your email folders with one for each school.  Make sure you place all your messages for that school into the folder.
Post Season Recruiting Update your Microsoft Excel Log for all communications with school representatives.  Include calls, email, Tweets, etc.
Spring Recruiting Plan unofficial visits during Spring Break, and layout a visit plan for summer.
Spring/Summer Recruiting Be prepared for Phone calls, and know when they will come.
Summer Recruiting Begin to plan official visits.
Summer Recruiting Ask coaches where you stand on their recruiting lists.
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 Recruiting Contact coaches from your target list and visit campuses.  Coordinate with Coach/Athletic Staff, and inform of your desire to attend.
Summer Academics Build a spreadsheet or get a whiteboard with your target schools, application requirements and all application deadlines.
Summer Academics Retake / Take ACT/SAT and subject tests to get your best score.
Summer Athletics Enroll in strength and agility training specific for your sport, and target school.

Originally posted 2016-04-04 11:20:37.

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