The College Recruiting Process


2015 Coaches’ Manual

College Interest Program (See Appendix B for complete Outline)

To develop this program, we collected knowledge from Beadling staff, coaches from NCAA Division I, II and III programs and our past alumni. Their input has been incorporated into one comprehensive program, which you will find in Appendix B and on our website.

As you review the information, there are four things to keep in mind:

                          1. This process is very similar to looking for a job.

                          2. There are two parallel tracks to consider: soccer and academic.

                          3. Approach this with a team mentality: player, parents, coaches and school guidance counselor. 

                          4.  The recruitment season seems to start earlier for girls than boys; keep that in mind as you review the outline. 

Beadling is a place serious soccer players come to prepare for life.  I take great pride in seeing so many of our kids utilize soccer as a way to enrich their college experience. Good Luck and let me know how I can help.     


Appendix B

Beadling’s College Interest Outline

Roles and Expectations

The Role of the athlete: Be Proactive

  • Keep a list of schools you are interested in
& research all of them
  • Keep notes on schools you have visited or which you see play
  • Contact coaches of interest before every tournament

  • Watch teams of interest play

  • Come into discussions with coaches prepared with 3-4 questions
  • Manage your social media very carefully.Coaches look for whatever means they have available to learn about an athlete’s character, decision-making and social circle of friends.

Role of the Family/Parents- Be Supportive

  • Provide guidance for the type of school where the athlete will be successful.
  • Encourage taking college tours when traveling.
  • Have an open discussion about the financial component of the decision.
  • Assist in outlining questions for and emails for engaging coaches.
  • Do NOT be the primary contact with the college coach! Allow the player to be the primary contact.

Role of the Coach- Be an Advocate

  • Be a resource to college coaches and players.
  • Have honest conversations with player/family about where player will fit.
  • Help to contact college coaches who the player has expressed interest in.
  • Remind players to send emails and make phone calls to college coaches.
  • Provide another resource for proofreading all communications.

U-14: Introduction to the Process


  • Most players do NOT receive “full rides”

  • Each division has different rules and not all schools are “Fully-Funded”

Divisions (D1, D2, D3, NAIA, Ivy, military academies)

D1- Scholarship available, about 320 schools, range of competitive environments, Train fall and spring, have 5 play dates in the Spring.

  • Military Academies- Start recruiting a year earlier, NO scholarship, post graduate commitment
  • Ivy League- No scholarship, have a slower process, Need to be on a strong academic track

D2- Scholarship available, range of competitive environments (PSAC and GLIAC- two top conferences in the nation); slightly less demanding off season schedule

D3- No athletic scholarships avail., don’ have a spring season, range of programs

  • NAIA- Scholarship available and more flexible eligibility standards, Can still be very competitive environments. Not under the NCAA umbrella.

Official vs Unofficial Visits

  • Unofficial visits- The players expense, some schools offer these opportunities via email, can also contact coaches when you are on campus taking a tour to see if they are available to meet.
  • Official Visit- obsolete, Can take 5 in your senior year (this may be changing) Expenses paid by institution
  • Correspondence- You can email, call and contact coaches as much as you would like. They may not email you until your junior year (camp and general correspondence is permitted), They may not call you until your Senior year. If you would like to speak with a coach it is encouraged that you write an email with WHEN you will be calling them to allow them the opportunity to answer. Call back.

U-15: Make players known and accessible

General advice

Teams must have a recruiting pamphlet available at all games and tournaments

Things to include: Name, position, high school, GPA, potential majors (optional but helpful), email contact info, picture of athletes, Contact info of the coaching staff.

Manager or parent should be handing pamphlets out to college coaches and noting who is in attendance to provide feedback for the athletes

Make sure the athletes are on the right academic track (school counselor, NCAA clearinghouse)

Visit various colleges while away at tournaments. (NOT JUST D1 SCHOOLS!) Keep a list of things you like and dislike to help refine your search

Start emailing coaches before tournaments (1-2 weeks before)

How to Write an Email-

Important information to provide, Name, Grad year, Team Name, Age Group, Your jersey number, proper game times, field numbers.

Do NOT send a mass generic email. Personalize each email. Make sure you have the proper coach and school name (University vs College).

Make sure that you respond to emails in a timely manner. Proofread emails for proper grammar and spelling

If you have a silly email address you may want to start a Google account with a straightforward name to use for recruiting.

These correspondences are the first interaction coaches will have with you. Present yourself well.


U-16: Player Develops Serious List of Options

  • Email coaches with introductions even without an upcoming tournament.

  • Attend Summer/ID camps of schools you are interested in

  • Establish a list of 25 schools which you are interested in based on academic interests
  • Attend games of schools you are interested in

Make sure you are prepping/scheduling SAT and ACT tests. The sooner you take these tests to sooner that you are able to get through the NCAA clearinghouse process and application process.

Unofficial visit guidelines and expectations

Unofficial visits are taken at the player’s expense. You can take as many unofficial visits as you would like. I would urge you to plan these in advance. If you are interested in visiting a campus, reach out to the coach to let them know you will be there on a certain day or have a few options available. Some coaches will be able to meet with you and some will not. Some schools you may be able to stay over night and some are unable to do so. Ask.


  • Come prepared with questions

  • Contact in advance

  • Take a campus tour

  • Bring Money for any meals or activities

  • Ask the players questions about training and the coaching staff

  • Follow up with a thank you and any additional questions you may have
  • Watch training or a game if possible
  • Ask if you can attend a class


  • Come unprepared
  • Engage in risky behavior on the visit

  • Allow your parents to speak for you on the visit, its important you create relationships directly with potential coaches

The Broken Leg Test-  After visits I would strongly encourage you to take the Broken Leg Test. If you broke your leg and were unable to play soccer would you still be happy at the school you have chosen? If you have reservations about the school examine whether the things that make you nervous are constant or changing. If you are weary about the distance, that will not change, you may want to evaluate the distances you are comfortable with. If you are unsure about a particular player on the team, players change constantly and that player may be graduated by the time you attend.

Keep in mind coaching staffs often change. Make sure your decision is not based solely on the personnel at the school. It should play a part but not be the key component.

U-17: Making Your Decision

  • Refine your search to a handful of schools or a TYPE of schools. If you are having trouble reach out to the coach to help guide the process.
  • Keep track of likes and dislikes of each school from unofficial visits.
  • Make sure your NCAA clearinghouse is on track and in order.
  • You may be able to begin the application process depending on the school. Utilize teachers and counselors as resources during this process.
  • Attend ID camps and summer camps

Verbal Commitments

When a player makes a verbal commitment it is not binding. It does however mean you are intending to join that school. If you have a change of heart, it is encouraged to discuss that with the college in which you have committed before you start contacting coaches again. It is a small world and coaches do find out.

It is suggested that you make note of any commitments in the Profile Pamphlet

When making a verbal commitment make sure you contact any other schools you were strongly considering or schools you were in contact with. This allows them to move forward with their recruiting class.

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