College Recruiting Timeline
Start searching universities on the www.ncaa.org webpage
Find schools that have the major you want (your diploma will be more
important than your swimming times after graduation!) Find out about the academic reputation of the school
Check out the team records, coach’s history with the program
Send the coaches of the programs you’re interested in a cover letter, with an athletic resume including, most teams have questionnaires posted online: (send them updated letters/info annually!)
Your name, birthdate, address, phone number, email
GPA and test scores Training background
How many workouts per week, yardage, hours per workout If you’ve done weights, running, medicine balls---all dryland How many years you’ve been swimming
Send them a record of your times/improvement
Any/all other activities you’re involved in
During your freshman/sophomore years, the college coaches can send you a
questionnaire in response, and general team info, but no recruiting
Check Initial-Eligibility Requirements. There are curtain courses you will need to
take to be eligible to swim as a Freshman in college.
After you have begun your junior year, the college coaches can begin sending you official recruiting material.
You should be sending updated information to them, and narrowing your list of universities to select from.
Sign up NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse. You can do it online at www.ncaachlearinghouse.net It currently costs $50.
July 1 between your Junior and Senior Years
College coaches can officially begin calling you on this date. They may only speak with you once per week, but may send unlimited mailings and email.
Once your senior school year has begun, you may take 5 “official” visits (where the university pays for any/all of your trip) to college campuses. These 5 visits must be to different campuses. You may go to any campus