Why you need to Register 

  • You need to be cleared by the NCAA if you are going to play NCAA DI or DII athletics
  • You will not be able to go on ANY official visits unless you have registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center
  • You can’t receive an official scholarship offers until you have registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center
  • Don’t think you can slip and not get it done. ALL NCAA coaches use the Clearinghouse/Eligibility Center to verify your academics

At the start of your junior year is when you should register with the NCAA Eligibility Center. If you’re a senior and have yet to do so, register now and get your official documents prepared.

*NOTE: The NCAA Eligibility Center use to be called The Clearinghouse. These are the same organizations.

Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center

Before you start your registration with the NCAA Eligibility Center, there is a list of items that you should have ready.

  • Valid email address.
  • Basic education history – You will need to list of all your high schools or secondary schools you have attended and the dates you attended them.
  • Any additional coursework – This is anything extra outside of your normal high school education. For ex. Summer school courses taken at different place than your high school, a course to improve your grade, online courses, or college or junior college or correspondence.
  • Sports participation history – You will need details about the teams you played on, events you have participated in, and any kind of recruiting services you have been a part of.
  • Registration fee – $75 for students from the United States and its territories, and Canada. $130 for students from all other countries. *You must pay online by debit, credit card or e-check. Some students may be eligible for a fee waiver.

You can check out The Official Site of the NCAA for more details

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You can’t control the weather during your track meet, or how much time you play in a game, BUT the one thing you can control is your attitude. COLLEGE COACHES NOTICE EVERYTHING and you don’t want your attitude to interfere with your athletic recruitment process, which can lead to a great college experience.

It surprises me how many athletes don’t make it to the next level because of their attitude – a bad attitude. Attitude can be verbal or shown through your actions. The team huddle you walked away from as your coach was speaking, the cursing at teammates during a game, or the screwed up face you make walking off the court when you get subbed out. All these are turn-offs for a college coach looking to recruit. College coaches want athletes who are good in the classroom, talented in their respective sport and, who can represent their program well. So ALWAYS compete as if someone is watching, because more than likely, someone is.

Smile more, have respect for your coach and teammates, and most importantly BE EASY TO COACH.

College-level skills + Good grades + Great attitude = A GREAT chance at an Athletic Scholarship 

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FRESHMAN YEAR – Tips to Remember:

  • Coaches are always watching! – Trust me when I say this. Coaches are paying attention to everything you’re doing in the classroom and in your receptive sport.
  • Be proactive, it’s never too early for YOU to write a letter or make calls to coaches. Get your name out there.
  • DI and DII coaches can’t personally contact you until Junior Year, but YOU CAN CONTACT THEM.
  • DIII and NAIA coaches can contact you at anytime
  • It is important to start becoming familiar with the schools you are looking at both athletically and academically

Social Media – How to manage your personal account

larrybird-2Guidelines to follow for student athletes:

  • Think of your recruiting journey like it’s a job interview – Put your best foot forward in everything you do, and especially EVERYTHING you post online. Once you hit that ‘send’ button your post goes live and stays FOREVER. Even if you delete a post quickly, it’s never really gone ( you can thank technology for this :).
  • You are a brand. – You’re a student athlete, with dreams and goals to play at the next level, don’t let one post ruin that. Coaches recruit focused athletes that can be great representatives of their team and school. Make sure your social media accounts reflect this.
  • You may not post it but you may be tagged in a post that does not reflect who you are – Be conscious of tags, occasionally check your tags and remove anything that does not align with the image you want to portray to coaches.
  • Watch your words. If you can’t say it front of your parents, don’t say it online. If you can’t show that picture to your parents, don’t post it online.
  • Always use common sense when posting online. We all know right from wrong.
  • Lastly don’t post about your recruiting journey until you have signed your National Letter of Intent. No one needs to know your business.



CAMPUS VISITS – Official vs Unofficial

During the athletic recruiting process I HIGHLY recommend visiting the college campuses you are interested in. There is nothing like first hand experience. Seeing where you will live, how far the sporting facilities are from everything and your means of transportation around campus, if any, – all valuable information you can take away from a visit.

Any visit to a college campus by a student-athlete or parents PAID FOR BY THE COLLEGE is an official visit. Visits paid for by student-athletes or their parents are considered unofficial visits.

OFFICIAL VISIT – During an official visit the college can pay for transportation to and from the college for the student-athlete, accommodation, and three meals per day for the student-athlete and parents / guardians, as well as reasonable entertainment expenses including tickets to a home sports event.

UNOFFICIAL VISIT – The ONLY expenses a college-bound student-athlete may receive from a college during an unofficial visit are tickets to a home sports event.


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