Contributor Rick Paine is an expert on the college recruiting process. He is also the Director of Swimming at American College Connection (ACC). AAC is a SwimSwam Partner.
I coached at the club level for 30 years and I always struggled with my swimmers missing practices to take official recruiting visits. Recruiting visits have always been a necessary evil for club coaches, but missing 2 to 3 days of practice for 4 or 5 visits during the first 3 months of the season makes it very hard to get the training in.
Guess what? You don’t have to miss a practice because you are on an official visit. Take a workout with you and ask the college coach if they can help you find some pool time while you are there.
This sends a great message to the college coach that you are very serious about your swimming and it gives you a great opportunity to sell them on your potential by letting them know what your goals are for your senior season.
NCAA rules prohibit D-I coaches from watching you train on your trip or training with the team. For D-II, D-III and NAIA the rules are more flexible and it is up to the coach.
- Keeps you on your training plan
- Sends a very positive message to the college coach about how serious you are
- Keeps your club coach happy
Finding out if you have what it takes to compete in swimming at the college level is easy, and many swimmers do have the potential considering all of the options. Go to www.ACCrecruits and submit a Free Profile.
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