The US Youth Soccer Show sat down with Schellas Hyndman, one of the most respected former college soccer coaches in America, now head coach of FC Dallas, to get his ideas on the do's and don'ts when it comes to getting recruited.
The transition into college is an exciting and nerve-racking idea for young adult and their parents alike. This section is designed to assist the players and their family in this transition. Whether you are looking to continue playing at the next level or just to continue your education, I hope these various links and bits of advice will help make the transition a little easier.
For those players who want to play at the collegiate level the recruiting process can be a quite confusing and intimidating situation. The NCAA has many rules that both the recruiter and player must abide by. Any questions that you might have can be answered on the NCAA Recruiting page. It may be useful to familiarize yourself with the glossary found on the right side of the page.
When does the process start?
Soccer Recruiting Timeline
It is important to remember that when deciding on a college to select, that players should take a number of criteria into consideration . The athletic program should not be the only deciding factor when making your decision. Playing at the collegiate level you become a "student-athlete" and the order of these words is pertinent. You are first and foremost a "student" at the school and must maintain the school's agreed upon GPA in order to continue being an athlete. Staying on top of your schoolwork and practice requires diligent time management and organization of priorities.
When you have some colleges in mind that you are interested in, it is important to visit the campus and get a feel for the environment. The size, location and atmosphere of a campus can be deciding factors for the success of the player. If you are being recruited by the coach, you most likely will go on an unofficial and official visit which will give you a better idea of how the school and team functions.
Once you've decided on a college you are interested in, both academically and athletically, you still have to be able to qualify and be accepted. Your GPA and SAT or ACT scores determine whether you will be accepted to that school. Certain schools require that you take both tests; some only require one or the other.
Popular Colleges SAT Scores
Besides being accepted to the school that you've chosen, you will need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center to verify your eligibility.
NCAA Eligibility Center
Once you have done that, you can proceed with applying for financial aid to help assist in the cost. You will need to sign up with FAFSA and fill out the required information. This form needs to be filled out by the beginning of each year. The money is dispersed on a first come first serve basis so filing your FAFSA as early as possible will help to alleviate the financial burden. FASFA will let you know what grants and loans you qualify for.