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The Ultimate Winter Recruiting Checklist for High School Student-Athletes

How to prepare for recruiting season with NCSA’s winter recruiting checklist

With high school in full swing, it’s more important than ever to not fall into a winter season slump. Whether you’re gearing up for a new sports season, winding down from your fall sport or thinking ahead to spring, there are few steps every student-athlete should take to maximize their recruiting opportunities during the winter recruiting season. From exploring college rosters, building relationships with college coaches or negotiating scholarship offers, there’s something for everyone to do to continue managing their athletic recruiting process.

Luckily, our winter recruiting checklists break down what you should be doing during every month so you can focus on developing your athleticism, working on your grades and test scores, and figuring out your personal preferences, like what division level is the best fit for you or what type of campus culture you’re looking for.

Take a look at the recruiting checklist for your grade level below to stay on track throughout your athletic recruiting journey.

Winter Recruiting Checklist for Freshmen

Download your Freshman Year Winter Recruiting Checklist here.

December

January

  • Make—and stick to—recruiting resolutions.
    This is a great time to focus on setting SMART goals for the upcoming year. No matter what you want to accomplish, from making the varsity team next season, bringing up your GPA to developing healthier habits, setting goals will help you stay motivated, focused and committed.
     
  • Download the NCSA app.
    Never miss a moment—or a coach view, follow or message—by staying on top of your recruiting at home or on the go. Available on the App Store or get it on Google Play.

February

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Winter Recruiting Checklist for Sophomores

Download your Sophomore Year Winter Recruiting Checklist here.

December

January 1

  • Men’s ice hockey recruiting kickoff
    D1 college coaches can start sending men’s ice hockey student-athletes private correspondence, including emails, DM’s, texts and letters. Men’s ice hockey recruits can also make calls to and receive calls from D1 coaches and set up unofficial visits.

January

February

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Winter Recruiting Checklist for Juniors

Download your Junior Year Winter Recruiting Checklist here.

December

January

  • Come up with a list of recruiting resolutions.
    Planning ahead and setting SMART goals will help you stay on track throughout the recruiting process. Focus on what you want to accomplish, and what steps you need to take to get you there. 

  • Pick up the phone.
    The average college coach gets less than seven phone calls a week from recruits, so you’re guaranteed to make an impression. Plan what you’re going to say ahead of time, jot down a few questions and key facts and practice with a parent or teammate.

February

  • Get organized.
    Keep track of where you are in the recruiting process for each school on your target list, top matches and favorites. NCSA’s Progress Cards help you visualize your to-do’s and next action steps.

Insider tip: NCSA’s Progress Cards also show you what you should be doing next—and when, so you’re guaranteed to never miss a deadline, even if you’re at different points in the recruiting process with multiple colleges.

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Winter Recruiting Checklist for Seniors

Download your Senior Year Winter Recruiting Checklist here.

December

December 18

  • D1 football early signing period
    Football recruits can sign with D1 schools between December 18-20, 2019 ahead of the regular signing period beginning February 5.

January

  • Complete your FAFSA ASAP.   
    If you haven’t submitted your FAFSA, now is the time. Financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. This form determines your eligibility for federal grants, loans and work-study funds.

  • Become a master negotiator.
    What happens if you receive multiple scholarship offers? Not all offers are the same, so it’s a good idea to learn how to negotiate to maximize your total financial aid packages.   

February 5

  • D1 and D2 football regular signing period begins
    This is just the first (not the only!) day in the regular period football student-athletes can officially sign with D1 and D2 schools. This period ends on April 1 (D1) and August 1 (D2). 

February

  • Complete your amateurism questionnaire.
    Whether you’re signing with an NCAA D1 or D2 college or still narrowing down your options, make sure you’ve completed your amateurism questionnaire within your NCAA Certification Account.

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