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Q: A school is sending mail, coming to see me play or has invited me to camp—how do I go about asking for an Unofficial Visit?

By 1001recruittips August 12, 2018 | All Campus Visits (Official & Unofficial) Communicating with Coaches

A: As coaches are evaluating prospects and prioritizing their recruits, they want you to do your research and be just as proactive and involved with the process as they are. While college coaches first must be interested in your athletic and academic abilities they love recruits who show a passion...

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Q: Will colleges give you free tickets to a game for an Unofficial Visit?

By 1001recruittips August 12, 2018 | All Campus Visits (Official & Unofficial) NCAA Rules

A: Yes, during an Unofficial Visit, the institution may offer a maximum of three complimentary admissions (issued only through a pass list) to a home athletics event at any facility within a 30-mile radius of a member institution’s main campus, in which the institution’s intercollegiate team practices or competes. The...

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Q: Are Junior Days invitation only?

By 1001recruittips August 12, 2018 | All Campus Visits (Official & Unofficial)

A: Yes, coaches have been putting together their preliminary ‘Watch Lists’ of prospects for each class, even if players are too young to contact or recruit. These are just their base lists, their early lists—used to get the process going for the next recruitable class. These lists change DRASTICALLY during...

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Q: I have never been on an Official Visit, what should I expect?

By 1001recruittips August 12, 2018 | All Campus Visits (Official & Unofficial) Selection Factors

A: On both Official and Unofficial visits, coaches are trying to both get to know you better and want you get a better understanding of them, what they have to offer and to get to know their coaching staff and players. It’s a two-way street and coaches are often trying...

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Q: A school invited me to a game and offered to give me a tour of campus—does that mean I’m being recruited?

By 1001recruittips August 12, 2018 | All Campus Visits (Official & Unofficial) Evaluations

A: Yes, if a coach is trying to get you to visit campus, they’ve heard something and have some level of early interest. They’ve heard or seen something about you that interests them and they want to get to know you better, meet you in person and show you a...

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Q: What exactly should I be looking for on visits?

By 1001recruittips August 12, 2018 | All Campus Visits (Official & Unofficial) Selection Factors

A: Whether choosing a school as a blue-chip prospect with 50 scholarship offers or as a Division III non-scholarship athlete, the process of choosing a school can be time consuming and overwhelming. It’s important to develop your personal selection criteria that will help you through the process – and prioritize...

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Q: What’s the difference between an Official Visit and Unofficial Visit?

By 1001recruittips August 12, 2018 | All Campus Visits (Official & Unofficial) NCAA Rules

A: Any visit to a college campus by a college-bound student-athlete or his or her parents paid for by the college is an “Official Visit.” Visits paid for by college-bound student-athletes or their parents are “Unofficial Visits.” During an Official Visit the college can pay for transportation to and from...

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Q: If I have committed to one school, can I attend a game of another? Will this affect my relationship with the team I’ve committed to?

By 1001recruittips August 08, 2018 | All Campus Visits (Official & Unofficial) Committing Communicating with Coaches

A: Yes, it’s not a good look! If your boyfriend/girlfriend went on a date to the movies with someone else, how would you feel? Unless the other school has invited a group of your teammates, and you’re going along with the group, it’s definitely not a good idea if you...

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Q: If I have committed to one school, can I attend a game of another? Will this affect my relationship with the team I’ve committed to?

By 1001recruittips August 08, 2018 | All Campus Visits (Official & Unofficial) Committing Communicating with Coaches

A: Yes, it’s not a good look! If your boyfriend/girlfriend went on a date to the movies with someone else, how would you feel? Unless the other school has invited a group of your teammates, and you’re going along with the group, it’s definitely not a good idea if you...

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Q: If a coach invites you to camp, will they cover the cost? Does that count as an Official Visit?

By 1001recruittips August 08, 2018 | All Camps Campus Visits (Official & Unofficial) NCAA Rules

A: No, all campers – regardless if invited or offered scholarships already or not – must pay the same price for camp. The NCAA mandates that it’s… “Impermissible to provide a reduced or free admission to an athletics award winner or any individual being recruited by the institution.” All camp...

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Q: How can I evaluate the coaches who are recruiting me? What separates a good coach from a great one?

By 1001recruittips August 05, 2018 | All Campus Visits (Official & Unofficial) Communicating with Coaches Selection Factors

A: During the recruiting process, college coaches are evaluating hundreds of thousands of athletes across the country. Your job as prospects and families of prospective student-athletes is to also do your research and evaluations of the coaches and programs who are recruiting you! Not every school is created equal, and...

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Home Visits: Trying to Close the Deal with Official Visits & In-Home Visits

By 1001recruittips August 01, 2018 | All Campus Visits (Official & Unofficial) Communicating with Coaches Parents Scholarship Offers

There are two important events that take place in the recruiting process, both revolving around that ‘at home’ feeling— Official/Unofficial Visits and in-home visits. To recruiters, there is no place like home! Remember that it’s very important to get to the campus of the school that you are thinking about...

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