Field Hockey Recruiting Timeline

Coaches are looking for endurance and skills. Participate in tournaments and invite coaches. Build the relationship by letting coaches know that you’re interested, participating in tournaments and your achievements. Hard work and skills will take you to the next level.

Field Hockey Exposure 


Freshmen Year

  • Research 2-3 schools per week
  • Create a list of 100 prospective schools consider both athletics and academics
  • Film highlights tape – showcase your endurance and skills
  • Send introduction letters to coaches
  • Go on at least 3 unofficial visits to colleges
  • Build relationships by making phone calls, send letters and emails
  • Attend camps with the goals of honing your skills and to gain exposure 


Rules/Tips to Remember:

  • Coaches are watching your development throughout high school at camps, in school and on the field
  • Standouts are proactive, it’s never too early for YOU to write a letter or make a call to coaches
  • DI and DII coaches can’t personally contact you until Junior year, but YOU can contact them
  • DIII and NAIA coaches can contact you at anytime
  • Important to do be familiar with the school both athletically and academically


Sophomore Year

  • Film your highlights tape
  • Get an evaluation of your skills tape
  • Continue to research prospective schools
  • Continue to build relationships by making calls, sending letters, emails with RIGHT coaches
  • Fill out questionnaires
  • Make unofficial visits


Rules/Tips to Remember:

September 1st is the first day DI and DII coaches can send you more personalized letters and emails


Junior Year

  • Film your highlights tape
  • Follow-up with coaches you’ve contacted in a TIMELY manner
  • Be proactive in communicating with coaches
  • Ask coaches where you stand on their recruits list
  • Fill out questionnaires
  • Respond to EVERY coach
  • Make unofficial visits to schools
  • Narrow down your prospective schools list


Rules/Tips to Remember:

  • DI and DII coaches will start to make offers during Junior year
  • DI coaches can start calling twice a week on August 1st and off campus contacts on or after September 16th
  • DII coaches are allowed to call once a week on or after June 15th and have off campus contacts (up to  3 times) in person
  • DIII coaches can see or talk to you off campus after your Junior year
  • Contact coaches at least once a week
  • DIII, NAIA and Junior Colleges do most of their recruiting during Senior year


Senior Year

  • Make official visits – only allowed 5
  • Follow-up with coaches and respond in a TIMELY manner
  • After regular season of Senior year you can host try-outs with DII, NAIA and Junior College programs
  • Apply to the schools- applications
  • Apply for financial aid – starting Jan. 1st
  • Sign and Commit to a school and program
  • Find out the summer workout schedule
  • Get ready for an experience of a lifetime
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