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Summer College Recruiting Checklist for Student-Athletes

School may be out for summer, but student-athletes shouldn’t take a vacation from the athletic recruiting process altogether. In fact, the summer months provide a great opportunity for student-athletes to focus their attention on developing athletically and managing their recruiting, even if it is just for a few hours a week.

This summer is going to look a little different for incoming high-school student-athletes. With many club teams and recruiting events like camps, combines, tournaments and showcases suspending or postponing their schedules, it can be more difficult than ever to stay on track and keep busy over the next few months. That’s why we created a guide that lets you know exactly what steps to take to maximize your recruiting opportunities before school starts again in the fall—and don’t worry, we built in some time to relax and recharge, too!

No matter where you are in the process—gearing up for your first year of high school, getting ready to tackle your senior year, or somewhere in between—check out our summer recruiting checklists below to make the most of your summer. 

Click on the recruiting checklist for your grade year below to stay on top of managing your athletic recruiting process.

Summer Recruiting Checklist for Incoming Freshmen

Download your Freshman Year Summer Recruiting Checklist here.

June

  • Commit to your sport.

    Before you start the recruiting process, think about if you are ready to make the commitment to competing at the college level. Check out the key differences between high school and college sports and make sure you’re ready to balance being a student and an athlete.
  • Start building your NCSA profile.

    It’s never too early to get on college coaches’ radars. Once you create your NCSA profile, make sure you are regularly updating it, so coaches only see your most current athletic and academic stats, achievements and more. Consider it your athletic recruiting resume.
  • Explore the NCSA Power Rankings.

    Student-athletes should cast a wide net when searching for and narrowing down a list of potential schools. If you’re not sure where to start, check out NCSA’s best colleges for student-athletes.

July

August

International Student-Athlete Tip: No matter where you live in the world, NCSA can help you maximize your recruiting opportunities. Learn more about when international student-athletes can start the recruiting process and what steps you should take

  • Take some time off.

    Make sure you build in some time to rest up and recharge before your freshman year of high school officially begins, especially if you are starting your season in the fall.

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Summer Recruiting Checklist for Incoming Sophomores

Download your Sophomore Year Summer Recruiting Checklist here.

June

  • Take advantage of your free time.

    As the end of the school year approaches, make the most of it—but dedicate a few hours a week to managing your recruiting. College coaches are still evaluating athletes during the summer months!
  • Prepare for college camps and recruiting events.

    With in-person recruiting suspended for all NCAA D1 sports through at least July 31, recruiting events may be canceled or postponed throughout the summer. Depending on where you live, some camps may still be taking place while enforcing social distancing guidelines, while others may be offering virtual training opportunities.

Insider Tip: The best way to maximize your recruiting opportunities? Even if you are unable to attend camps this summer, you can still build a relationship with the coach. Always respond back to their camp invites, even if you’re not interested in learning more about their current program.

July

  • Create and stick to a summer training schedule.

    After a period of recovery from your regular seasonal training or workouts, create a summer training plan to stay in shape and boost your athletic performance for your upcoming season.
  • Update your NCSA profile.

    Make sure your athletic and academic stats are current, update your contact information and add any new coach references so you’re prepared come fall.
  • Fill out recruiting questionnaires.

    Whether you receive a request directly from the coach or track down recruiting questionnaires for your top schools on your own, this is an important first step to get on a coach’s radar and receive more information about an athletics program.
  • Build your target list of colleges.

    Before school starts up again, revisit your NCSA Favorites, explore your Top Matches and see what’s new on your Coach Activity Report. If your preferences have changed, let us know so we can continue to provide you with the best college options!

August

  • Discover your “athlete type”.

    Procrastinating on your summer reading lists? We’re here to help. In between chapters (or books) take some time to learn about the eight different types of athletes. Then, take the TAP Assessment to discover yours.
  • Rest and recharge.

    As summer winds down, don’t forget to give yourself a break before school starts up again. You’ll come back as a better student-athlete!

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Summer Recruiting Checklist for Incoming Juniors

Download your Junior Year Summer Recruiting Checklist here.

June

Insider Tip: The best way to maximize your recruiting opportunities? Even if you are unable to attend camps this summer, you can still build a relationship with the coach. Always respond back to their camp invites, even if you’re not interested in learning more about their current program.

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July

  • Take a virtual college tour.

    The best way to narrow down your preferences and figure out what you want your college experience to be like is by checking out a college campus—and it’s easy to do online!
  • Regularly update your NCSA profile.

    Make sure your contact information, athletic stats and academic stats are up-to-date and add any new coach references. That way, college coaches will see your best—and most recent—accomplishments.
  • Keep track of your coach activity.

    NCSA’s Coach Activity Report shows you coaches and programs who are searching for athletes like you, viewing or following your profile, and opening your email messages—and when they’re doing it, so you can follow up ASAP.  Plus, you can see your match percentage for each school along with your next action steps.

August

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Summer Recruiting Checklist for Incoming Seniors

Download your Senior Year Summer Recruiting Checklist here.

June

  • Manage your recruiting.

    Make the most of your free time this summer by managing your recruiting. It only takes a few hours a week, and you’ll thank yourself later for not waiting until school starts again in the fall.
  • Sign up for a recruiting event.

    With in-person recruiting suspended for all NCAA D1 sports through at least July 31, recruiting events may be canceled or postponed throughout the summer. Depending on where you live, some local camps may still be taking place while enforcing social distancing guidelines, while others may be offering virtual training opportunities.

Insider Tip: The best way to maximize your recruiting opportunities? Even if you are unable to attend camps this summer, you can still build a relationship with the coach. Always respond back to their camp invites, even if you’re not interested in learning more about their current program.

July

  • Stay on top of the application process.

    There’s going to be a lot of deadlines and due dates to keep track of these next few months. Don’t forget to write down important dates and check in regularly to ensure that you never miss an opportunity because you forgot about a deadline. 
  • Brainstorm your college essay.

    If you start thinking of ideas now, you’ll be better prepared to write (and rewrite!) one of the most important parts of your college applications. A good essay will demonstrate your best qualities and your character to college coaches and admissions officers.

August

  • Make a budget.

    Applying to college isn’t just stressful—it’s expensive, too. Make sure you’re applying to your top target, safety and dream schools and see if you qualify for fee waivers or reduced fees to cut down costs.
  • Act quickly.

    Whether you’re just getting started with the recruiting process or you haven’t received as much interest from college coaches as you would like, don’t stress—it’s never too late to get recruited. Check out all your options—roster spots are still open at every college division level.
  • Rest up.

    Don’t forget to let yourself relax and recharge before school starts up again. Taking a quick break now will help you juggle your final year of being a high-school student-athlete!

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