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Your first instinct after receiving an offer may be to accept the program immediately and move on. However, you may have some influence in negotiating a better scholarship offer. It`s important to find a healthy balance to get the financial support you need to attend your best school, but without offending the coach. In college track and field in the United States, recruiting is the process by which college coaches add potential student-athletes to their roster each offseason. This process usually results in a coach offering an athletic scholarship to a player who is about to be a junior in high school or higher. There are cases, mainly in lower league universities, where no athletic scholarship can be awarded and the player pays tuition, accommodation and textbooks out of pocket or financial support. [1] During this recruitment process, schools must comply with rules defining who can be involved in the recruitment process, when recruitment can take place and under what conditions recruitment can be carried out. The recruitment rules aim to control as much as possible the intrusion into the lives of potential student-athletes. The NCAA defines recruitment as « any solicitation to prospective student-athletes or their parents by a member of the institution`s staff or by a representative of the institution`s interests in athletics to ensure the registration of a potential student-athlete and final participation in the institution`s intercollegiate track and field program. » [2] When coaches learn about an outstanding young athlete, they contact that athlete`s high school or club coach. You will receive more information from the coach and arrange a phone call with the athlete.

Remember: If a rookie calls a college coach, the coach can still pick up, regardless of the athlete`s age. From there, the coach could ask the rookie to send more videos, transcripts, etc. to make a full assessment. The athlete can send the coach as many emails as he wishes; The coach is only prohibited from answering them until the athlete reaches the right age, according to NCAA rules. Make your decision: Once you`ve received an offer, you can either accept the offer and move on immediately, or ask for a little more time to make your decision. Coaches understand that this is an important decision. You may want to talk to your parents or wait to hear from other schools before making your final decision. When recruiting, a college coach may ask a potential player to sign a national letter of intent, or NLI for short. NLI is a voluntary program for institutions and student-athletes.

No student-athlete or prospective parent is required to sign the NLI and no institution is required to join the program. [5] By signing an INL, a potential student-athlete agrees to attend the specified college or university for one academic year. Under the terms and conditions of the NLI program, participating institutions agree to provide financial support for athletics to the student-athlete, provided that the student-athlete is admitted to the institution and is eligible for financial assistance in accordance with NCAA rules. An important provision of this program serves as a recruitment ban, which is enforced after a potential student-athlete has signed an NLI. [5] This prohibition requires participating institutions to stop recruiting a potential student-athlete once an NLI has been signed with another institution. NLI has many benefits for aspiring student-athletes and participating educational institutions:[5] High school or club coach: College coaches can also make offers through a high school or club coach, especially during non-contact periods. College coaches can talk to your high school coach and tell them they have an offer for you. The high school coach can either pass this information on to the student or ask the student to call the coach. With recent updates to NCAA rules, college coaches in all sports except football, M/W basketball and baseball are no longer allowed to offer oral scholarships to student-athletes until June 15 after their sophomore year or Sept. 1 of their junior year.

In addition, many of the loopholes that allowed coaches and recruits to communicate have been closed. Despite these new rules, coaches will continue to « recruit » elite prospects at the beginning of high school. A verbal offer of a scholarship is exactly what it sounds like – a varsity coach verbally offers a scholarship to a potential student-athlete. Receiving an oral scholarship offer is an exciting step in the recruitment process and the final step before officially receiving a sports scholarship offer and signing your national letter of intent. Since success or failure in recruiting is seen as a precursor to a team`s future prospects, many college sports fans follow it as closely as the team`s actual games, and it also provides a way to be connected to the team during the offseason. Fans` thirst for information spawned a million-dollar industry that developed widely in the 1980s. Before the Internet, popular recruitment services used newsletters and pay phone numbers to disseminate information. Since the mid-1990s, many online recruiting websites have provided fans with player profiles, scouting videos, player photos, statistics, interviews, and other information, including a player`s ranking and a team`s recruiting class. Most of these websites charge for their information. [8] The new NCAA Division I recruiting rules are officially in effect.