Due to new rules enacted by the NCAA, the college swimming recruiting process has changed slightly for D1 and D2 coaches. They cannot initiate any type of communication with recruits until after June 15 of the swimmer’s sophomore year of high school. The rule doesn’t apply for D3 colleges. The NAIA has no such restrictions, either.
Despite these restrictions on coaches, there are no rules that limit when student-athletes can reach out to college coaches. Swimmers should take advantage of their ability to reach out and get on a coach’s radar – even if a coach can’t respond, they can read emails from potential recruits and even follow them on social media or other outlets to follow their progress.
Families should gather all the information they plan to include in correspondence with coaches, such as a recruiting video, verified stats from a third party like collegeswimming.com, academic information like GPA and standardized test scores, your schedule of meets and your contact information, as well as your high school and club coach contact information. You can also keep all this information on your NCSA profile.
The main ways you’ll communicate with coaches, prior to an unofficial or official visit, is through email, phone calls, text messages and social media. We’ve put together a complete guide on how you can start your outreach to swim coaches.
Although you want to be mindful of not sending too many communications to a particular coach, it’s a good idea to keep them posted when you have new athletic or academic stats available, if you’re planning a visit to their school or if there’s an upcoming tournament you’ll be at in their area.
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