Don’t panic if you have not received a ton of calls on July 1. This is only the first day that D-I coaches are “allowed” to start making calls.
Here are “four tips” that coaches can help their swimmers with the college recruiting process.
“Helping swimmers and parents through the recruiting process is a full time job, and you can’t expect your club coach to do everything that is necessary to help you get recruited.”
It is pretty easy to find a strong swimming school by looking at the rankings, but what about all of the other schools that are not consistently ranked. How do you determine if a school has a good swim program and if it is headed in the right direction?
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.
Contributor, Rick Paine, is a friend and an expert on the college recruiting process. He is also the Director of Swimming…
“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.