Recruiting for Parents

Recruiting Checklist for Parents


  • Thoroughly review the NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete, so you know the rules as well your athlete does
  • Use Division I core course worksheet inside the NCAA guide to set specific academic goals and plan a core course schedule for your athlete
  • Stay aware of your athletes grades- the better their grades the more opportunities they will have
  • Begin researching SAT/ACT test preparation for your athlete or when it comes time to enroll them in course
  • Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center and make sure your athlete’s high school counselor sends his or her transcript at the end of junior year
  • Help your athlete figure out what they may be interested in studying in college- this will help determine if a school is right for them


  • Start a correspondence log to keep track of your communications with college coaches
  • Help your athlete build their recruiting profile- but don’t be a helicopter parent
  • Plan official and unofficial visits to local college campuses, always contacting the coaches beforehand to arrange a meeting
  • Create a highlight or skills video using sport-specific video guidelines
  • Compile a list of target schools based on your athletes qualifications
  • Help your athlete understand the importance of staying responsible with social media
  • Determine your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) to familiarize yourself with the collegiate financial aid process

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Aaron Sorenson

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  • Rick,We talked this past spnirg and now I have a question. My son is at a D1 school as a freshmen in baseball, he is a walk on and now they want to redshirt him. There was never any talk of redshirting until 2 weeks ago. After the draft the school went out & picked up several JUCO players and now has a dilemia of too many players.1. Do redshirt players not count against their roster limits?2. As a red shirt,non scholarship player never played in a fall game, can he transfer to a JUCO in the spnirg? What are the playing rules? At $23K a semester he wants to play not sit a year.What options does he have? Thanks