What is written bellow is more an overview of the recruiting process by the experience of the LSAC coaching staff.

In depth guide of college recruiting.

Facts:

  • Men’s teams are allowed 9.9 scholarships to offer to athletes
  • Women’s teams are allowed 14 scholarships to offer to athletes
  • Some schools will have a women’s team and not a men’s team (Ex: University of Miami)
  • Partial scholarships are common place with full scholarships being very rare.
  • Average men’s and women’s team size:
    • Division 1
      • Men: 28
      • Women: 28
    • Division 2
      • Men: 21
      • Women: 19
    • Division 3
      • Men: 19
      • Women: 20
  • In addition to scholarship athletes there are also walk-on roster spots at colleges. Walk-on athletes are non-scholarship athletes that have been admitted to the school and are eligible to compete as a student-athlete after being permitted by the coaching staff.

 

Benefits

  • Admittance: Your athletic success bolsters your chances to be admitted into a school thanks to a sliding academic scale on high school grades and test scores.
  • Academic Athletic Department: Staff devoted to getting you into the correct classes, 5 day/week access to an athletics only academic advisor, free tutors from top students at said university, priority registration
  • Student-Athlete Seating: Most universities will provide student athletes with free tickets to the schools sporting events
  • Athlete Dining: Since 2014 athletic departments have be required to provide a more substantial meal service
  • Social circle: You will enroll and instantly have a group of people that you share bonds with
  • Study Hall: Designated study time; typically mandatory for all freshmen
  • Medical Insurance: Most schools will have a medical insurance provider through the university’s athletic department.
  • Books paid for: Included in scholarship

 

Process

  • Register with the NCAA eligibility center any time. You want to complete this process within the sophmore-junior year of high school.
  • Any time one may start filling out athletic questionnaires found on the Team’s online home page
  • Starting September of the junior year schools are allowed to begin electronic contact (institution initiated) with the athlete along with other recruiting materials
  • Beginning July 1 following the junior year of high school coaches are allowed contact via telephone call and Off-Campus contact—Visiting/meeting family; unofficial visits
  • Beginning the first day of senior classes a recruit is allowed 5-official recruiting trips funded by the institutions.
    • While the coach is the one recruiting you the team will decide if you belong there. Be on your best behavior and above all be yourself. They are people who went through the same process before you.
    • Expect to be asked questions. Don’t be afraid to ask some back, they can tell you about the college experience better than anyone else can.
    • Know that you are walking into an established culture where people are comfortable being themselves in a way that may shock you at first. Be yourself; ask questions. Just as much as they are trying you out you are trying them out.
    • Have fun! You will never get another 5 swimming recruiting trips on the university’s budget! Take it all in!
  • The early signing period is November 1-15 where athletes can sign a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to attend a university; this ultimately is the end of the recruiting process and forbids other teams from recruiting you further. Athletes that do not sign in the early signing period may sign in the late period: April 11-August 1.
  • When taking the SAT you MUST use the code 9999 to have your test scores sent directly to the NCAA eligibility center. Institutions generally use a sliding scale for admission into college. The following links show what combination of test scores and required courses during high school one must have to be eligible to compete in their first year of collegiate athletics—you will notice the better grades you make the lower the test scores are and vice versa.