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Eligibility can vary by Division, Conference and even by School. It is your responsibility to research all eligibility rules that may apply to you in relationship to the school you choose to attend. Since the rules can be so diverse we have provided links for you to use as guidelines to begin this process. 

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When should I get the ball rolling on playing college sports?

The time to start is NOW! Time can be your friend or foe.  Make time an asset and use it to your advantage.  Start your college research right now regardless of whether you plan to play college sports or not.  Research colleges and how they rank academically and socially. Find colleges that can offer you the academic, social and sports programs you are interested in. Last but not least learn about financing a college education.

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Terms and Definitions

NCAA Eligibility Center/Clearinghouse:

The NCAA Eligibility Center is an organization that works with the NCAA to determine students’ eligibility for athletics participation in their first year of college enrollment. Students who want to participate in college sports during their first year of enrollment in college must register with the E.C. or Clearinghouse. The E.C. staff follows NCAA bylaws and regulations in analyzing and processing a student’s high school academic records, ACT or SAT scores, and key information about amateurism participation. It is up to the Clearinghouse to determine the student’s initial eligibility.

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College tuition costs, as well as room and board, are racing upward. Tuition and fees at community colleges are up 24 percent more than inflation over the past five years, according to a new College Board survey.  Despite all the grumbling about tuition increases and student loan costs, other college expenses are also going up.The price of housing and food trumps tuition costs for students who attend two- and four-year public universities in their home states, according to a College Board survey.

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Recruiting Letter Samples

1. Most every coach now relies on e-mail to both contact and receive contact from potential recruits.  That is the preferred method of communication.  To find out the e-mail addresses for the coaches you are looking to contact, simply go to the college’s athletic website and look for a staff listing of names and e-mails.


2. Be brief. Coaches at all levels receive dozens and dozens of e-mails/letters from high school-aged players.  All you are trying to do is show you have interest, pass along all of your contact information, your resume, and provide each coach with an upcoming schedule of your matches so they can see you play.


Helpful Links

There are a vast amount of resources and articles online which can help you with the recruiting process.  Don't get discouraged at the vast amount of information out there.  Getting recruited is a process that can seem daunting at first but start early, take your time and you will succeed.  Listed are simply a few that can help reduce your search for more information.  Follow the "Read more" link below for a page of helpful links to other sites.

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