Fall Recruiting for Distance Runners

By: Garry May

            The weather for running is improving for those whom experience climate change which means one thing; fall cross-country season is here! As a coach, this was the most exciting time of the year. It was always exciting to see who utilized the summer months to train. As classes have begun for most high school and colleges, there is still time to prepare for the recruiting process. Here are three tips to share to those who have begun their fall cross-country seasons and who are looking to continue to the next step of their journey, college.

  • Fall can be very overwhelming. The rigors of school, practices, meets often overtake the commitment of a cross-country athlete. This is all normal. So, you may be asking yourself, “How can I schedule in time for recruiting?” Coaches go through the same as well. They are in full swing coaching cross-country, beginning a new semester with new faces (freshmen and transfers) and trying to get into a routine as well. Overall, what a coach looks for during the recruiting process is consistency. Even though we are all busy, if a coach receives an update from you, they are more likely to follow up and keep in contact. Updates should be every week to every other week. In most cases, you want to keep the coach updated on how you are doing with training, racing, and how you are projected to do academically. A great example of an update could be communicating with the coaching staff you are being recruited by a few things. Give them an update on how your training is going, any results from past races, and when you plan to race next. It is also a nice addition to add any feedback that your high school coach may have given you to that point. Coaches like to see progress, so if they have something to measure your season by, the more likely they are to have you join their team.
  • Even though your season has begun, try and make time to visit and communicate with the schools you are looking to attend. As mentioned before, coaches look for consistency. They look at the consistency in your training, results, and how you handle your time management. Make sure you continue to update the coaches to your choice schools and you make the time to visit. This is a great opportunity to see what the school is like when classes are in session. I have attached guidelines for recruiting by class. (Appendix I)
  • Some may ask the question, “What if I don’t know where it is I want to go?” This is okay! It is important to realize what it is that you want in a college and athletic program. Once you have answers to those questions, research and communication is key. I would love to have the opportunity to consult and help you with completing your dreams of becoming a college student-athlete.

 

For a full run down of more information regarding the recruiting process, please reach out to https://jhicksconsulting.com/get-started/

 

High School Seniors

Telephone Calls:

You may call the coach at your own expense and the coach may call you.

Emails:

Unlimited private electronic correspondence may occur between both parties. (e.g. email, text messaging, and direct messaging on social media.)

Unofficial Visits:

Unlimited visits to schools may occur.

Official Visits:

You may start taking official visits on the opening day of your classes of your senior year.

Division I – maximum of 5 visits

Division II – unlimited amount of visits

Division III – unlimited amount of visits

NAIA – unlimited amount of visits

Note: Off-campus contact is allowed during this phase of the recruiting process.

 

High School Juniors

Division I

Telephone Calls:

You may call the coach at your own expense. If the coach does not answer, leave them a detailed message so they know you have tried to call. College coaches are able to start calling you beginning September 1st at the beginning of your junior year.

Emails:

You may email a college coach. General correspondence and all forms of private electronic communication between you and the coaches may begin on September 1st.

Unofficial Visits:

Unlimited visits to schools may occur, except during a dead period.

Official Visits:

None are allowable during your junior year.

Note: Off-campus contact with a coaching staff member may occur starting on July, 1st.

Division II

Telephone Calls:

You may call the coach at your own expense. If the coach does not answer, leave them a detailed message so they know you have tried to call. College coaches are able to make unlimited phone calls beginning June 15th before your junior year.

Emails:

You may email a college coach. General correspondence and all forms of private electronic communication between you and the coaches may begin on June 15th.

Unofficial Visits:

Unlimited visits to schools may occur, except during a dead period.

Official Visits:

You may make official visits to the school starting after June 15th before your junior year. There is no limit to official visits to Division II colleges.

Note: Off-campus contact with a coaching staff member may occur beginning June 15th before your junior year. There are no limits on the amount of contacts that may occur.

 Division III

Telephone Calls:

You may call the coach at your own expense. If the coach does not answer, leave them a detailed message so they know you have tried to call. There are no limits on the number of calls or when they can be made by the college coach.

Emails:

You may email and receive correspondence back from the college coach at any time during this phase of the recruiting process.

Unofficial Visits:

Unlimited visits to schools may occur at any time during the recruiting process.

Official Visits:

You may make an official visit to a school beginning January 1st of your junior year. There is no limit to official visits to Division III colleges.

Note: Off-campus contact may occur during this time of the recruiting process. There are no limits on the amount of contacts that may occur.

 

High School Sophomores

Division I

Telephone Calls:

You may call the coach at your own expense.

If the coach does not answer, leave them a detailed message so they know you have tried to call. College coaches are unable to call you back in this stage of the recruiting process.

Emails:

You may email a college coach. The coach may only respond to provide camp information and to educate you on the NCAA recruiting rules.

Unofficial Visits:

Unlimited visits to schools may occur, except during a dead period.

Note: Off-campus contact with a coaching staff member may not occur at this time.

 

Division II

Telephone Calls:

You may call the coach at your own expense.

If the coach does not answer, leave them a detailed message so they know you have tried to call. College coaches are unable to call you back in this stage of the recruiting process.

Emails:

You may email a college coach. The coach may only respond to provide camp information and to educate you on the NCAA recruiting rules.

Unofficial Visits:

Unlimited visits to schools may occur, except during a dead period.

Note: Off-campus contact with a coaching staff member may not occur at this time.

 

Division III

Telephone Calls:

You may call the coach at your own expense. The college coach at the Division III level may make an unlimited amount of calls throughout the recruiting process.

Emails:

General correspondence between you and the coaches may occur during any time during the recruiting process.

Unofficial Visits:

Unlimited visits to schools may occur at any time during the recruiting process.

Note: Off-campus contact with a coaching staff member may not occur at this time.