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.


Recruiting starts Early in Water Polo Recruiting


Freshmen Year

  • Research 2-3 schools per week
  • Best Water Polo Colleges for Women
  • Create a list of 100 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
  • 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



Things to Remember in the Water Polo Recruiting Process


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:

September 1st of Junior year 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
  • Ask coaches where you stand on their recruits list
  • Fill out questionnaires
  • Respond to EVERY coach
  • Make unofficial visits to schoolsNarrow down your prospective schools list


Rules/Tips to Remember:

  • DI and DII coaches can call once per week starting July 1st after Junior year
  • After August 1, coaches can call twice a week
  • If you haven’t heard from DI coaches, start reaching out to DII, DIII, NAIA programs
  • Contact coaches at least once a week


Senior Year

  • Make official visits – only allowed 5
  • 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 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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