Men's Water Polo Recruiting Timeline

Strengthen your game and your case by contacting coaches early. Make your highlight tape and showcase your skills. Roster spots are limited with a little bit over 80 programs and at high academic schools. Approach college coaches before meets and introduce yourself, especially the Junior Olympic tournament. Pay attention to the tournaments, start contacting coaches right away and earn a spot on the team.


Freshmen Year

  • Research 2-3 schools per week
  • Best Water Polo Colleges for Men
  • 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


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 schools
  • Narrow 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 them which college coaches have inquired, follow-up with college coach ASAP
  • Apply to the schools- applications
  • Apply to 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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