NCAA Division III recruiting Tips
Unlike Division I and Division II universities, Division III schools have less restrictions when it comes to contacting athletes. Division III coaches and athletic departments may call, text, and email athletes they are interested in any time during an athletes high school career. Many athletes receive letters in the mail from Division III schools as early as their freshman year. Whereas Division I institutions may only call after July 1st of an athletes junior year, this is limited to one call per week to an athlete. The lack of restrictions in Division III allows students interested in competing Division III to start the recruiting process earlier than their other peers and explore more options.
2. Use online resources
Since recruiting budgets for Division III universities and colleges can be as little as $500 a year its imperative that athletes who are interested in these schools take the time to reach out to coaches and take unofficial visits on their own. Due to small budgets most of Division III coaches can’t afford to travel to recruit outside of their area. In order to recruit they often turn to online resources such as game results and finding athletes via sporting profiles.
3. Make sure you are eligible
Division III universities rank high academically, offering some of the best liberal arts colleges in the country. In order to compete for a Division III institution an athlete must apply and be admitted to the school before being able to accept a financial aid packet. Athletes should determine whether they are a good fit for a school athletically and academically before applying.
If your athlete has yet to receive any interest from coaches contact Athletes USA to jump start your recruiting