Contributor, Rick Paine, is an expert on the college recruiting process. He is also the Director of Swimming at American College Connection (ACC). ACC is a SwimSwam Partner.
Regular Signing Period:
When: April 12, 2017 through August 1, 2017
A National Letter of Intent and scholarship agreement cannot be signed before April 12. Remember, a National Letter of Intent in not issued unless there is some form of athletic aid.
Parents and recruits throw the term “signing” around pretty loosely so be careful what you listen to.
D-I and D2 coaches are not allowed to meet recruits face to face from April 10, through Thursday, April 13. They may, however phone or email prospective student athletes, and their parents in this time frame.
If you visit, don’t plan on meeting a coach.
What: you can give your verbal commitment to attend a school at any time and the coach can give you a verbal commitment for a scholarship offer or a spot on the team at any time.
Verbals are not binding, but rarely do the coaches renege on their scholarship offers. Usually it’s the recruit who backs out. If you give your word to a coach you should honor it.
If you don’t sign on April 12th, DON’T give up. A lot of coaches continue to recruit based on opportunities and not as much on a timetable. You never know when “you” might look like a good opportunity.
We have dozens of coaches contact us throughout the spring and summer looking for recruits for September.
DO YOUR HOMEWORK AND START EARLY!
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 the options. Go to www.ACCrecruits.com and submit a Free Profile.