Women's Water Polo Recruiting Timeline

Water polo takes a lot of endurance, skill and passion. Your recruitment process is going to take connecting with coaches and visiting programs. Most of the programs are in high academic schools and there are only a little over than 100 programs. Earn the grades and gain exposure early is important. Consider all your options when you’re researching schools and work hard towards earning that collegiate spot.

Freshmen Year

  • Research 2-3 schools per week
  • Best Water Polo Colleges for Women
  • Create a list of prospective schools consider both athletics and academics
  • Film highlights tape – film your games
  • Send introduction letters to coaches
  • Go on at least 3 unofficial visits to colleges
  • Build relationships with coaches 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
  • D3 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 the RIGHT coaches
  • Fill out questionnaires
  • Make unofficial visits


Rules/Tips to Remember:

  • D1 coaches can start communicating with recruits via phone, email and private messages starting on June 15 after sophomore year 


Junior Year

  • D1 — Unofficial and official visits are allowed starting August 1 before junior year 
  • Film your highlights tape
  • Follow-up with coaches you’ve contacted in a TIMELY manner
  • 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:

  • If you haven’t heard from D1 coaches, start reaching out to D2, D3, NAIA programs
  • Contact coaches at least once a week


Senior Year

  • Follow-up with coaches and respond in a TIMELY manner
  • Work with your high school coaches and ask which college coaches have inquired, follow-up with college coach ASAP
  • Apply to the schools- applications
  • Apply to financial aid- FAFSA.ed.gov starting October 1 
  • Sign and commit to a school and program — the DI/DII signing period is November 13, 2019 — August 1, 2020
  • Find out the summer workout schedule
  • Get ready for an experience of a lifetime


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