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NESCAC Soccer

sleeplessinbostsleeplessinbost 48 replies8 threads Junior Member
edited April 2009 in Athletic Recruits
Unsure as to where coaches are relative to the 2010 recruiting class. S sent intro email after fall season. Followed up with another after the holidays. Recently forwarded a dvd of game highlights.
Has not heard a thing back from three nescac schools. Are we to early? Are they still working on the '09 class? Do they have "junior days"? If so, when do invites usually go out?
Any thoughts or guidance would be appreciated.
edited April 2009
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  • ShesOnHerWayShesOnHerWay 719 replies38 threads Member
    You are not early. Has your son filled out the Prospective Student Athlete questionnaire on each schools website? Depending on the school, they may still be involved with '09 recruits. Some schools respond, some don't. Email again with updates and "just saying hi" notes that continue to express your sons interest. We began the process the spring of my daughter's sophomore year. Response was either all or nothing. There were months of no response and then all of a sudden emails were flying. It got very busy the summer/fall before senior year (D3). Keep on top of it and everything will pay off.
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  • hockeymomofthreehockeymomofthree 216 replies6 threads Junior Member
    I agree with the above.
    Fill out the prospective athlete questionares.
    When your son gets his soccer schedule for the spring, email the coaches he wants to be looked at and let them know his schedule. Also, go to tourneys and let coaches know which ones he will be at. The better tourneys have lists of coaches that will be attending.

    My D. emailed coaches when when she was going to visit a school and asked to meet with the coach. Overnights for her occurred in the fall of her senior year, that way she got to meet the teams and see them practice. We also went to games and asked to meet the coach after.
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  • NorthMinnesotaNorthMinnesota 6598 replies70 threads Senior Member
    Did you include a player profile with your emails? It is not too early. For contact rules check NCAA site . Here is a link with some info. Will he be playing in any showcase tourneys? Forward his schedule to the coaches and ask them to come and watch.

    http://www.ncaa.org/wps/wcm/connect/resources/file/eb16ef03a66a87e/overviewchart.pdf?MOD=AJPERES
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  • nightskynightsky 69 replies0 threads Junior Member
    dont get frustrated. NESCAC / D III very different than D I. some coaches young and aggressive, others not so much. Remember, NESCAC coaches usually assist another sport so some might be busy with winter sport.

    While DI coaches are usually very active with showcases during the year, NESCAC coaches sometimes are there , lots of time not there.

    While soccer verbals are happening more and more during junior year at D I, most NESCAC recruitment really gets serious during summer before junior year. Noiw remember I am generalizing; exceptions certainly exist

    Oldest D was brought to a top NESCAC school for junior visit day (decided she wanted D I Patriot League) younger D had already given verbal (and will attend) Ivy when NESCAC coaches started after her

    My advice: keep at it with NESCAC coaches. They will eventually start evaluation. Best advice : if your son clearly has a favorite school, go to that school's camp. Coaches do much recruitment through his or her camp.For example, Wesleyan does a camp with Yale coaches . Think Trinity coach also helps out. (for girls, Dartmouth camp has almost all the NESCAC coaches.) check camp options.

    good luck. dont get discouraged from lack of contact this early
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  • sleeplessinbostsleeplessinbost 48 replies8 threads Junior Member
    Thanks all. I guess I need to take a chill pill for a while. Just falling into the trap of trying to read into the lack of response after sending in all the material.
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  • hockeymomofthreehockeymomofthree 216 replies6 threads Junior Member
    Dont get frustrated....my D didnt get contacted until spring of her Jr year.
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  • sleeplessinbostsleeplessinbost 48 replies8 threads Junior Member
    Nightsky et all:

    Curious about junior days. S has been invited to 1 D1 and 1 D3 but not heard anything from others. Do all NESCAC, Patriot, IVY schools have them? When do they typically occcur and when do invites go out?
    Thanks in advance.
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  • nightskynightsky 69 replies0 threads Junior Member
    do not read anything into lack of junior days. UPENN had a junior day a while back. the women's coach from Williams (former asst at UPENN) does it. MANY schools do not.Remember, junior day visit very different than an invite to official visit. At one school, older d was told about 20 players were invited to visit (down from the initial list of about 150 that coaches were following)for junior day. ONLY about 5 ended being actual recruits.

    a number of school's are now doing "clinics" in conjunction with games in the fall. lots of kids sign up to go / be seen but in my humble opinion, not much actual recruitment comes out of this.

    no such thing as junior day at IVY my d is going to attend even though coaches were after her following sophomore year.


    As I previously said, D I / Ivy recruit a year in advance of NESCAC.
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  • NorthMinnesotaNorthMinnesota 6598 replies70 threads Senior Member
    Not familiar with the boys side of soccer recruiting but I've enclosed a link for the girls side. You can make some educated guesses at how early different schools get verbals from players.

    Women's Soccer Recruiting - Google Docs
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  • keylymekeylyme 2778 replies47 threads Senior Member
    "...most NESCAC recruitment really gets serious during summer before junior year."

    Nightsky, don't you mean the summer before senior year? The coaches can't legally contact an athlete until the beginning of the junior year, is that correct? I know it is like that for D1 (and there are, of course, coaches who break those rules). Several of my son's teammates go NESCAC every year in soccer and the three who did this year were recruited their senior (PG) year. I think it's the D1 schools that get the early jump on things.
    In any case, my son is hoping to go D1. He is currently a sophomore and we will be sending out some film this spring and he will soon be contacting coaches. He plans to go to one or two camps this summer as well. He has heard generically from several D1 coaches (i.e. camp invites and requests for schedule) and has been in touch more frequently with another coach. His prep school coach really wants him to go the DIII route.
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  • nightskynightsky 69 replies0 threads Junior Member
    my bad. after junior year.
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  • jrparjrpar 2117 replies18 threads Senior Member
    Not sure which NESCAC schools you are looking at, but going to the Wesleyan camp is a good idea (as mentioned above, Yale and Trinity coaches are also there), and the Tufts mens soccer coach also runs a camp.
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  • keylymekeylyme 2778 replies47 threads Senior Member
    I just reread the initial post; it sounds like you are saying you sent the schools stuff based on your son's high season; is this correct? If so, I don't think the coaches will give it too much credence unless your son is competing for in the ISL or NEPSAC (prep school leagues). They are going to want to see what your son does with his club this spring and summer.
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  • Stefania32746Stefania32746 3 replies0 threads New Member
    College coaches are still finalizing their recruits for the 2009-2010 year. They are doing so because of procrastinators like my son. My son has been sitting on the fence as to whether he wanted to play college ball and started the process late. Because he has the size and ability they are still willing to look at him even at this late date. He is not dependent on an athletic scholarship. He won't decide where he wants to go until April and I suspect there are others like him who delay the process. I have heard from others who played Division I that they didn't cement things until December of their senior year.
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  • bentleybearbentleybear 3 replies0 threads New Member
    NESCAC schools are certainly amongst the most selective in the country. Will playing a sport at a high level in HS/club increase the chances of admission assuming the academic profile is ok? (GPA 3.85,CR top 15%)
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  • njcentconfnjcentconf 137 replies0 threads Junior Member
    If the coach is supporting your application, it will provide a bit of wiggle room if scores are at the low end of the range. But the coach only gets to support a few applicants each season, and you must hear those words directly to know if that's happening. If the scores are too much below the range for a good school like the NESCAC's, then the coach most likely will pass. There's alot of brilliant, terrific soccer players out there and the only way to make sure they will get through 4 years is to pick the best ones that can thrive at the school.
    Playing at a high level in club will increase the chances of the coach seeing a player and being the type of player the coach will recruit. But if the coach doesn't see the player, and know the player is interested, then the coach won't waste the limited number of supports he/she has on a player.
    Also, some coaches want their supported players to apply early decision. That way the coach is going out on a limb to support, and the player demonstrates their committment to the school by applying early. You need to have the conversations with the coaches to find out.
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  • bentleybearbentleybear 3 replies0 threads New Member
    I heard D3 teams are allowed to train/play friendlies during a few week window during Spring. True? If so are games open to the public and how do we find out when/where they are?
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  • NorthMinnesotaNorthMinnesota 6598 replies70 threads Senior Member
    Yes, DIII does have spring season. Check out college website of contact coach to get schedule. And yes they are open to public.
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  • 3togo3togo 5218 replies15 threads Senior Member
    edited April 2009
    ^ #18

    FYI - the quality of play in D3 will range from teams that could play D1 to teams that are of HS quality depending on the school and the league. If you're going to watch the team your child is interested in that works fine ... if you're going to a random D3 game to check out D3 soccer ... these games may be quite different than those at the school in which your child is interested.
    edited April 2009
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  • bentleybearbentleybear 3 replies0 threads New Member
    Point taken. No question there is an upper, middle and lower level of D3. I've seen the Williams Col. women play and they are quality, certainly on a par with many mid D1 teams. I've watched Union (NY), Wesleyan (Ct),and Trinity (Ct) played in the past few seasons and they are pretty good too. I think they are mostly made up of good club players who also did well in H.S. I know there are even a few Regional(ODP) players here and there at the higher levels of D3. Why not, when you can get a great education and play a sport in season.
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