June College Recruiting Newsletter 2022
RECRUITING TERMS, RULES, & REGULATIONS
Summer is finally here! And while the club season has ended, the recruiting season for all schools at all levels is still in full swing. Many colleges will be conducting Summer ID camps, Player Development Camps, or just open soccer camps. This might be a great time to dive into what a prospective athlete or the college coach can and cannot do in the Recruiting Process.
As you maneuver through the recruiting process you will see many Rules and Regulations with things terms like “Contact Period”, Evaluation Period, Dead Period, Quiet Period. What exactly is the NCAA dead period, and what’s the difference between “Dead” and “Quiet”. What are some other rules and regulations that coaches have to abide by? Keep reading to find out.
Below are some commonly asked questions by parents and athletes during the recruiting process in regards to rules, along with answers to provide more clarity.
- What are recruiting calendars? Recruiting calendars help promote the well-being prospective student-athletes and coaches and ensure competitive equity by defining certain time periods in which recruiting may or may not occur in a particular sport.
- What is a contact period? During a contact period a college coach may have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents, watch student-athletes compete and visit their high schools, and write or telephone student-athletes or their parents.
- What is an evaluation period? During an evaluation period a college coach may watch college-bound student-athletes compete, visit their high schools, and write or telephone student-athletes or their parents. However, a college coach may not have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents off the college’s campus during an evaluation period.
- What is a quiet period? During a quiet period, a college coach may only have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents on the college’s campus. A coach may not watch student-athletes compete (unless a competition occurs on the college’s campus) or visit their high schools. Coaches may write or telephone college-bound student-athletes or their parents during this time.
- What is a dead period? During a dead period a college coach may not have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents, and may not watch student-athletes compete or visit their high schools. Coaches may write and telephone student-athletes or their parents during a dead period.
- When can a college coach contact me directly? College coaches and athletes cannot initiate or have direct communication regarding the athlete’s recruitment to the institution until June 15 after their sophomore year of HS. However, coaches can send invitations to ID camps and receive emails regarding highlight tapes, information to watch games, etc.
Hopefully the above information gave you some more insights on rules and regulations that directly affect each athlete’s recruitment and when coaches can and cannot contact athletes, watch them play, and invite them to visit campus. For more information, visit: NCAA Recruiting Eligibility Center
You can also check out these videos for additional guidance:
For a list of ALL Sports Recruits Webinars, Past and Future, visit: Sports Recruits Webinars
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT: MENTAL TOUGHNESS
When looking to stand out to potential college coaches, they are absolutely watching your successes, both your team and you individually. But just as closely, if not more, coaches are watching how athletes respond to adversity in their sport. Whether it’s turning the ball over, missing a wide-open net, fumbling an easy save, getting subbed out of a game, or even not starting a game, these are just a few of thousands of scenarios that could happen in a game that athletes will have to respond to.
The question you must ask yourself in these moments is “what is my immediate response?” If it is to blame others, hang your head, mentally check out from the game, or have a negative attitude, you may want to keep reading. Many times, coaches are interested in players, but because of witnessing a pattern of these negative reactions to adversity, they lose interest, despite the player having incredible talent. Adversity and hardship will happen to every athlete (and it probably has already happened to you) every season, during training sessions and games. What is most important not to dwell on the adversity that happens to you, but how you respond to these moments and how you use them to help you improve in the future.
Below are a few questions athletes can ask themselves prior to games and in moments of adversity to help them develop mental toughness and resiliency.
- What do I have direct control over during a game? Your attitude, effort, attentiveness, and engagement are all things you can control, whether you are the best or the worst player on the field. If you want to play at a high level, controlling and holding yourself to a high standard in these regards is a great place to start.
- How do I respond to constructive criticism? Is my first instinct to blame others, take the information negatively, or am I receiving it as feedback to help me improve? There is a clear difference!
- What does my body language look like immediately after I make a mistake? Do I stop running, hang my head, and pout? Or do I have a short memory, maintain confidence, and keep playing as hard as I can?
For more information, see below to links for a couple great videos on mental toughness in sport.
Monthly Help Links from Sports Recruits
- Natalie Bain – Xavier University
- Eleanor Simkonis – Cleveland State University
- Mya Gerak – University of Kentucky
- Summer Denigan – Florida State University
- Marina Ruthsatz – Wright State University
- Claire Wiseman – Ohio Northern University
- Faith Broering – University of Cincinnati
- Jade Rehberger – Illinois State University
- Danielle Hicks – Ashland University
- Maddy Murphy – Eastern Kentucky University
- Annie Isphording – Johns Hopkins University
- Kali Funk – Ashland University
- Ella Madden – Ohio Northern University
- Molly McNeill – Cedarville University
- Sarah Zimmerman – Washington and Lee University
- Morgan Gerak – Michigan State University
- Katie Adams – Ohio Wesleyan University
- Meg Gessner – Northern Kentucky University
- Emily Duffey – Hanover College
- Sydney Noble – University of Findlay
- Kaitlyn Siefert – University of Findlay
- Chloe Spitzer – Berea College
- Shyanne Iles – University of Southern Illinois
- CJ DeBra – Youngstown State University
- Sarah Henson – Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis
- Courtney Lindgren – California University of Pennsylvania
- Jackson Byrd – Mount St. Joseph University
- Leo Bill – Transylvania University
- Adam Gritton – Spalding University
- Amber Branum – Wright State University
- Tyron Reynolds – Spalding University
- Abby Cole – Mount Saint Joseph University
- Ella Madden – Fairmont State University
- Shannon Crogan – Northern Kentucky University
- Jon Gordon – Asbury University
- Will Freson – Marietta College
- Macie Chappell – Campbellsville University
- Riley Arnold – Ohio Dominican
- Elizabeth Dreas – Austin Peay State University
- Emily Lloyd – Florida Southern College
- Ellie Greenwell – Ohio University
- Shannon Crogan – Northern Kentucky University
- Zara Graff – Wright State University
- Abby Unkraut – University of Georgia
- Mia Fiore – Xavier University
- Victoria Zappasodi – Cleveland State
- Ella Smith – Miami University
- Ellie Lanyi – University of Alabama
- Jason Litzler – Thomas More University
- Colson Neace – Transylvania University
- Ethan Green – UC Clermont
- Cameron Engel – University of Cincinnati-Clermont
2023 Verbal College Commitments:
- Amanda Schlueter – Ohio State University
- Sophie Decker – Marian University
- Ruby Dunlevy – Eastern Kentucky University
Remember to post your commitment to your Sports Recruits account and send commitment photos to firstname.lastname@example.org so that you can be recognized for your achievements.