“College coaches will look at your times first to see if you can help them and then immediately look at your grades…”
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“Coaches and schools are investing a lot of money in a recruit’s education. You can bet that they are going to get to know everything they can about the person they want to recruit.”
Nearly every school in the country has a compliance department to help coaches stay compliant with NCAA rules. The NCAA rule book is inches thick and seems to be written by attorneys. Here are the DII Recruiting Rules in plain English.
What questions should swimmers ask before they put their “John Hancock” on the National Letter of Intent?
Your swimmer is about to make one of the most important decisions of their life, selecting the right college. They need your help now more than ever.
Like it or not, college recruiting is a business. One of the primary jobs of a college coach is to sign the best swimmers for the least amount of money. Yes they are looking for strong students and good people, but they also need to put together the fastest team within their scholarship limitations.
Contributor, Rick Paine, is an expert on college swimming and the college recruiting process. He is also the Director of Swimming at American College Connection.
Hopefully most of you seniors are starting to feel some pressure to pick a school. Pressure can be a good thing because it means that you have options.
Your child is ready to start his/her next chapter hundreds of miles away from you. What do you have to show for the last two decades of parenthood? A scrapbook and an empty bedroom down the hall? Not to worry, your child’s college career also starts the next chapter in your life.
#6 – Ask for help if you need it.
You are a high school senior and it is the evening of July 1 and the phone hasn’t been ringing, what do you do?
College swim coaches are all strapped for time. Only a handful of programs have big staffs with recruiting coordinators. The rest of the coaches have to do everything themselves, maybe with help from a grad assistant.
You don’t have to win or even go a best time or have perfect strokes, starts or turns, but you do have to RACE. Coaches want to see you race.