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Recruiting 101

General Hints & Reminders

If you plan on competing at the NCAA D1/D2 or NAIA level, you must register with their Eligibility Center.

 

  • NCAA fee ($90 respectively to register)
  • NAIA fee ($80 respectively to register)
     
  • You MUST be registered BEFORE you can take an OFFICIAL visit.
     

Academically, you will be recruited this way FIRST.
If you don't qualify, they will not pursue you.

 

Athletically, you will be recruited by the average of your performances in respective events, not your PR or "split."

 Email coaches directly with your interest. 

  • Due to COVID-19, many coaches won’t be checking their office phone very often till later in summer so use email instead of calling.
     
  • If you do call, make sure to leave a detailed message and speak clearly!  If they can’t make out your name or call back number, they won’t return the call.
     
  • Keep in mind there are many different recruiting rules within the different divisions of NCAA, NAIA, JUCO that regulate what coaches can and can’t do regarding contact with recruits, on and off campus visits/contacts, social media.

Check out TFRRS (linked on the acronym!).  This is the college version of Milesplit.

  • Look at what it took to qualify for Nationals in their Division or top 3 in their conference before considering whether you are a scholarship-level athlete.

UNDERSTAND THAT GREAT EDUCATIONS,
GREAT PROGRAMS & GREAT COACHING
EXISTS AT ALL LEVELS!

 

DO NOT LIMIT YOUR OPTIONS!

 

 

Do's & Don'ts For Contacting

Before your student-athlete contacts any coach/program, share this with them to help them with the process!
Do's

 

  • Use an APPROPRIATE EMAIL ADDRESS.
     
  • Complete their athletic recruiting questionnaire before directly contacting.
     
  • Personalize each email.
     
  • Make sure email is addressed to the correct coach and spelled his/her name correctly.
     
  • Introduce yourself, including high school and graduation year.
     
  • Why you are interested in the program.
     
  • Why you are interested in the school.
     
  • Academic information such as GPA and SAT/ACT score.
     
  • Athletic information including contact info for your coach(es).
     
  • Personal contact information including phone & email address.
     
  • Proofread. Proofread. And proofread again.
     
  • Attach your athletic resume, if you have one.
     
  • Include your name, high school and graduation in the subject line.

Don'ts

 

  • Use an INAPPROPRIATE EMAIL ADDRESS.
     
  • Address coach by first name.
     
  • Misspell coach’s name.
     
  • Send a mass email to all the coaches on your list.
     
  • Include non-pertinent information and/or make the email long.
     
  • Send an email with typos.

 


Special Thanks & GATFXCCA Recruiting Committee Contacts

Special thanks to the following coaches for helping prepare and maintain the recruiting information for coaches!

If you have comments, suggestions or questions, each coach's email is linked to their names.

Luke Syverson, head track & field coach at Berry College

JP Weaver, head track & field coach Trinity Christian Sharpsburg 

Tosha Sumner, track coach Woodstock


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