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questions/answers

To help guide you through the process, click on any question below and you will be directed to the answer.

what service does recruityourself2college provide?

how do I register?

what information do I need to supply for my resume?

how do I produce a great athletic recruiting video?

what sport resumes are available now?

when are the other sport resumes going to be available?

who is included in your database and how often do you update it?

how do I get help?

what is PayPal? how do I set-up a PayPal account?

if I use recruityourself2college.com, am I guaranteed a scholarship?

what is the SAT and how do I register to write the SAT?

what is the ACT and how do I register to write the ACT?

what is NCAA and how do I apply for NCAA eligibility?

what are some common recruitment terms used by the NCAA?

when can NCAA recruitment begin in high school?

what is NAIA and how do I apply for NAIA eligibility?

what is NJCAA and how do I apply?

what is the difference between NCAA and the NAIA?

how do I convert letter/percent grades to the US grade point equivalent?

how do I upload my videos on my YouTube channel? how do I set the YouTube channel to "private" so I can measure the coaches' hits?

what links should I spend time reviewing?

what service does recruityourself2college provide?

  • provide you with a two-year subscription of unlimited resume development/updates as well as database use*
  • guide you step-by-step through the entire process with "HELP" buttons and links
  • provide a detailed list of the information needed to prepare your athletic resume/cover letter (once registration is complete)
  • format your information in one of our individual sport-specific resume/cover letter designs
  • maintain an updated database of all US head coaches (in some sports, assistant coaches/coordinators and recruiting staff are included). Our databases and links are updated every six months scheduled during the periods when coaches change.
  • spell check your cover letter
  • email your resume/cover letter to your distribution list within two days (resumes are usually delivered within a couple hours) — YOUR resume is delivered to the US coaches' inbox from YOUR email address, so the coach will reply directly to you. We also use a professional email service provider that maximizes the deliverability of your emails
  • after distribution is complete, we email your final resume/cover letter, your database (including athletic department phone numbers) for follow-up, a recruiting timeline, possible questions a coach may ask, questions for you to ask a coach, as well as a coaches' reply tracking form for you to continue on your path to recruitment
  • football and basketball-specific — we supply you with the NCAA DI Coaches Recruiting Guide
  • golf specific — suggest the level of colleges where you may want to apply by providing the overall golf stroke average for each division (NCAA DI, DII, DIII, NAIA, NJCAA)
  • archive your information for two years so you can return to the site, easily input your updated information/statistics and send to additional coaches. You can revise your photos, videos, distribution choice as well as the design.
  • If you have any questions along the way that we have not answered, you can click on the "let's talk" tab and we can personally help you out.

*each coach can only be emailed from recruityourself2college.com four times during that two-year period as we don't want to annoy the college coaches. We recommend you resend an updated resume once every six months. When/if a coach replies to your resume, you continue the communication through your own email.

how do I register?

Simply click the "let's get started" button. Once you register, your road to college recruitment begins... you are provided with the list of information/statistics that you need to gather. Feel free to register for any sport and we will send you an email when that sport has launched.

what information do I need to supply for my resume?

  • register (you can register anytime, for any sport and we will email you when the sport becomes available)
  • review all tabs, questions/answers and links on this website
  • print or download our detailed list of information/statistics you need to gather (once registration is complete)
  • gather content including:
    • general
    • academic
    • sport-related statistics
    • athletic history
    • overall placement/awards/other achievements
    • tournament/competition history (where applicable)
  • upload three action photos
  • have your link to your athletic recruiting video ready (see athletic recruiting video tips)
  • input information/statistics
  • ask your coach if you can use him/her as a reference on your resume
  • proofread/approve cover letter and resume
  • choose distribution (US states/NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA)
  • review the colleges' majors offered (links are provided) to make sure the college offers what you plan as your major
  • review the colleges' admission requirements (links are provided) to check if you have what it takes to be accepted
  • write email subject line
  • write email introduction paragraph (option to customize per college)
  • review the colleges' athletic website (links are provided) and comment on their past or present season in your email introduction paragraph
  • check out using PAYPAL (may need to set-up a simple PAYPAL account)
  • keep track and reply to ALL emails you receive from coaches (tracking form is provided)
  • keep your grades high and make sure that you have enrolled in the proper core courses for NCAA or NAIA eligibility beginning your freshman year (Grade 9)

how do I produce a great athletic recruiting video?

A well shot, clear, easy to access, recruiting video/footage can have a large impact on a coach's first impression of you… you need to catch the coach's attention immediately, separate yourself from all the other recruits and make the coach want to contact you… this will help your chances of receiving an athletic scholarship.

The following are a few tips that you should review to make sure your video is properly produced:

  1. Research what the coaches are looking for in your sport… video is important and the coaches will not only want to see your best plays, but also your positioning on the field or court amongst other players. Make it a collection of plays (15 to 20), and maybe add two or three skills clips at the end. If you play more than one position well, then include all positions.
  2. Keep asking friends and family to take videos of your games... You need to be able to show a coach live footage, so begin shooting your Freshman year (or earlier if you are an elite athlete at an earlier age).
    Team sports should be shot mid-field or mid court from a higher angle than the play, but make sure you also include a little footage from the end zone/end of court. Some sports can be shot from behind the baseline, still at a higher angle (i.e. tennis). Just make sure your videographer is shooting different angles (and not just zooming on you but showing the entire play).
  3. Get high quality video footage. The quality of your recruiting video is very important… it needs to be crisp and clear. You could ask your coach to use their game footage. Or ask to use a friend's video camera and tripod if you don't have one. There are also many video companies that specialize in sport videos who you could hire.
  4. Your recruiting video should be 5 to 7 minutes (perhaps 15 to 20 plays) – coaches will ask for more film once you have them interested with your initial recruiting video.
  5. Include your best plays first in case the coach does not have time to review your entire video.
  6. Don't add music – this video is intended for recruiting.
  7. Your first screen should be an introduction including your photo, jersey number, position and team colours (your other athletic statistics will be available to the coach on your recruityourself2college.com athletic resume). The coach needs to see who YOU are immediately.
  8. Clearly identify yourself on the video… there are many options to show who you are in the video – stop the video at the beginning and use an arrow to identify yourself, or use spot shadows, spot highlights, etc. Editing your video is an important step. Below is a link to information about free, simple video editing programs. Coaches don't have time to review an entire game so you will need to edit certain plays.
    http://www.real.com/resources/free-video-editing-software/
  9. Upload your video to your personal YouTube channel. Below is a link to a simple video (under 5 minutes) that explains creating a YouTube account/channel, and instructions for uploading videos.
    We suggest that you save this channel as private, so you will be able to monitor the hits/views received by coaches. Only your recruiting video or "sport" footage should appear on this channel. You could also include a few full games on this channel… some coaches recommend including a full game at the beginning, middle, and end of your season. Recruityourself2college.com resumes include a live link to your YouTube channel.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31PfTHWnP3Q

what sport resumes are available now?

Soccer, basketball, football and golf resumes and cover letters are available now.

when are the other sport resumes going to be available?

We are researching and developing the exact criteria that college coaches expect for each sport. Our goal is to upload all remaining sports in 2017.

who is included in your database and how often do you update it?

We've developed a database of over 10,000 US head coaches through researching every college's athletic AND academic website (throughout the currently available sports). We provide you with links to the sport-specific team website page on the college athletic site; the college's admission requirements website page; as well as the college's majors offered website page... so, if you choose, you can research the team, as well as the college before you send your resume. College and university coaches in the US change. Our commitment is to maintain an up-to-date database. We update our NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA head coach list every six months.

Football: Our database for football includes the Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator, Defensive Coordinator and Recruiting Contact (if there is one). At some colleges, the Head Coach email is not available but our database includes at least one contact per college (where information is available).

Basketball: Our database for basketball includes the Head Coach and Recruiting Contact or Director of Operations (if there is one). At some colleges, the Head Coach email is not available but our database includes at least one contact per college (where information is available).

our database numbers:

BASKETBALL (men and women) – over 3,900 coaches and recruiting contacts
FOOTBALL (men) – over 2,200 coaches, offensive and defensive coordinators as well as recruiting contacts
GOLF (men and women) – over 2,000 coaches
SOCCER (men and women) – over 2,600 coaches


Our database consists of:

National Collegiate Athletic Association

  • NCAA Division I
  • NCAA Division II
  • NCAA Division III

National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics

  • NAIA (Division I & II where applicable)

National Junior College Athletic Association

  • NJCAA Division I, Division II, Division III

recruityourself2college.com aims for 100% delivery of your resume. We use a professional email service provider that maximizes the deliverability of your emails. In a few instances, some emails are turned away by the college server which is beyond our control.

how do I get help?

As you are entering your information/statistics throughout our website, there are "help buttons". If you are unsure what you are required to enter, just click on the help button and you will be directed to an explanation and link for additional help.

what is PayPal? how do I set-up a PayPal account?

PayPal is a secure way to pay your online purchases using your exisiting credit card.

To set-up a PayPal account

if I use recruityourself2college.com, am I guaranteed a scholarship?

No, you are not guaranteed a scholarship. We work with you through the entire process of creating and distributing your resume, cover letter, photos and videos, but the ultimate decision is that of the college coaches.

what is the SAT and how do I register to write the SAT?

The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that lets you show colleges what you know and how well you can apply that knowledge. It tests your knowledge of reading, writing and math – subjects that are taught every day in high school classrooms. Most students in the US take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school, and almost all colleges and universities use the SAT to make admission decisions.

For more information on the new SAT scoring structure

For more information or to register to take your SAT test (US students)

For more information on international SAT testing

The information contained above has been gathered from the CollegeBoard (www.sat.collegeboard.org).

what is the ACT and how do I register to write the ACT?

The ACT college readiness assessment is a curriculum- and standards-based educational and career planning tool that assesses students' academic readiness for college. The ACT is the capstone of our College and Career Readiness System. The test uses the same score scale as ACT Explore and ACT Plan, making the system an effective tool to monitor academic progress and student growth.

ACT scores are reported between 1 and 36 (composite score including english/math/reading/science).

For more information or to register to take your ACT test (US and Canadian students)

For more information on international ACT testing

The information contained above has been gathered from the ACT (www.actstudent.org).

what is NCAA and how do I apply for NCAA eligibility?

The NCAA is the National Collegiate Athletic Association offering university/college degrees. The NCAA is broken into three divisions:

  • NCAA Division 1: Offer the most athletic scholarships.
  • NCAA Division II: Offer 50-67% of the scholarships that Dl offers per sport.
  • NCAA Division III: NO athletic scholarships. Will help with grants and financial aid based on need and achievement.

The Value of College Sports

Each year, more than 450,000 NCAA student-athletes gain skills to succeed on the field, in the classroom and for life. Student-athletes as a group graduate at higher rates than their peers and feel better prepared for life after college.

Advancing Academics

More than eight out of 10 student-athletes will earn bachelor's degrees and more than 35 percent will earn postgraduate degrees. Graduation rates for student-athletes as a group are higher than for their peers in the student body. In order to compete during college, student-athletes must pass enough classes each semester to make consistent progress toward earning a degree.

Providing Opportunities

NCAA schools award more than $2.4 billion in athletic scholarships every year to more than 150,000 student-athletes. More women and men are competing in NCAA sports than ever before. More than 15 percent of student-athletes are in the first generation of their families to attend college.

Developing Life Skills

Two-thirds of student-athletes agree playing an NCAA sport helped prepare them for life after graduation. Nine out of ten are satisfied with their college experience. Student-athletes benefit from NCAA programs supporting leadership opportunities, internships, degree completion and postgraduate scholarships. Nearly 1,100 colleges and universities collectively invest in improving the experiences of student-athletes and supporting student-athlete success on the field, in the classroom and for life.

Enhancing Communities

Every year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in 89 NCAA championships, bringing the thrill of high-level competition to communities across the country. NCAA championships can provide positive economic benefits to communities hosting the events. Student-athletes give back through community service and national partnerships.

For more information on the NCAA

To register to become eligible with the NCAA

2015/16 Guide for the
College-Bound Student-Athlete

NCAA Quick Reference Guide

NCAA DI DII Worksheets

CBSA NCAA Quick Reference Sheet NCAA Worksheet

NCAA International
Student FAQ

NCAA Registration Checklist

NCAA Brochure US

NCAA International Student FAQ NCAA Registration Checklist NCAA US Brochure

The information contained above has been gathered from the NCAA (www.ncaa.org).

what are some common recruitment terms used by the NCAA?

What is a contact?

A contact occurs any time a college coach says more than hello during a face-to-face contact with a college-bound student-athlete or his or her parents off the college's campus.

What is a contact period?

During a contact period a college coach may have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents, watch student-athletes compete and visit their high schools, and write or telephone student-athletes or their parents.

What is an evaluation period?

During an evaluation period a college coach may watch college-bound student-athletes compete, visit their high schools, and write or telephone student-athletes or their parents. However, a college coach may not have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents off the college's campus during an evaluation period.

What is a quiet period?

During a quiet period a college coach may not have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents, and may not watch student-athletes compete or visit their high schools. Coaches may write or telephone college-bound student-athletes or their parents during this time.

What is a dead period?

During a dead period a college coach may not have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents, and may not watch student-athletes compete or visit their high schools. Coaches may write and telephone student-athletes or their parents during a dead period.

What is the difference between an official visit and an unofficial visit?

Any visit to a college campus by a college-bound student-athlete or his or her parents paid for by the college is an official visit. Visits paid for by college-bound student-athletes or their parents are unofficial visits.

During an official visit the college can pay for transportation to and from the college for the prospect, lodging and three meals per day for both the prospect and the parent or guardian, as well as reasonable entertainment expenses including three tickets to a home sports event. (this rule has changed for Football – please see below)

The only expenses a college-bound student-athlete may receive from a college during an unofficial visit are three tickets to a home sports event.

What is a National Letter of Intent?

A National Letter of Intent is signed by a college-bound student-athlete when the student-athlete agrees to attend a Division I or II college or university for one academic year. Participating institutions agree to provide financial aid for one academic year to the student-athlete as long as the student-athlete is admitted to the school and is eligible for financial aid under NCAA rules. Other forms of financial aid do not guarantee the student-athlete financial aid.

The National Letter of Intent is voluntary and not required for a student-athlete to receive financial aid or participate in sports.

Signing an National Letter of Intent ends the recruiting process since participating schools are prohibited from recruiting student-athletes who have already signed letters with other participating schools.

A student-athlete who has signed a National Letter of Intent may request a release from his or her contract with the school. If a student-athlete signs a National Letter of Intent with one school but attends a different school, he or she will lose one full year of eligibility and must complete a full academic year at their new school before being eligible to compete.

What are recruiting calendars?

Recruiting calendars help promote the well-being prospective student-athletes and coaches and ensure competitive equity by defining certain time periods in which recruiting may or may not occur in a particular sport.

The information contained above has been gathered from the NCAA (www.ncaa.org).

When can NCAA recruitment begin in high school?

Freshman/Sophomores

In your high school freshman or sophomore years (Grades 9 and 10), recruiting that is allowed is the distribution of questionnaires/camp brochures.

Juniors

In your high school junior year (Grade 11), a coach can send you recruiting materials in the mail beginning on Sept. 1. Coaches are also allowed to make one phone call to the player between April 15 and May 31

Seniors

In your high school senior year (Grade 12), a coach is allowed to contact you one time per week after September 1 of your senior year. Off-campus contact is allowed after July 1, before the player's senior season begins. In addition, official school visits are not allowed until after the first day the player's classes begin.

Two-year College Prospects

Two-year college prospects are allowed to be contacted by phone once per week. For those players that are currently qualified for the NCAA, contact is allowed; if the player is not qualified for the NCAA, a coach must wait until after the first year of the program is complete before contact is allowed.

Four-year College Prospects

Four-year college prospects are allowed to be contacted by phone once per week. If the player is attending another NCAA institution, permission must be given by the player's current school before contact can be made. If the player is attending another four-year institution, permission is not necessary. Official school visits can take place after October 15, the year after the player has graduated from high school.

what is NAIA and how do I apply for NAIA eligibility?

The NAIA is the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics offering university/college degrees. The NAIA offers full and partial scholarships, and will help with grants and financial aid.

In the NAIA, a dedication to leadership development is balanced with sports accomplishment. A trailblazer in providing equal opportunity for all student-athletes. An expectation of ethical behavior, fairness in competition, access to athletic scholarship, sportsmanship and leadership development. At the core of all of this — character.

The seed of the NAIA began in 1937 with the tip-off of a men's basketball tournament that has become the longest running basketball tournament in the country, celebrating 75 years in 2012. Out of the tournament grew the NAIA, an association of close to 300 member schools and more than 60,000 student-athletes.

Since 1937, the NAIA has administered programs and championships in proper balance with the overall educational experience. In 2000, the NAIA reaffirmed its purpose to enhance the character-building aspects of sport. Through Champions of Character, the NAIA seeks to create an environment in which every student-athlete, coach, official and spectator is committed to the true spirit of competition through five core values: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.

Most recently, the association opened the doors to the NAIA Eligibility Center, where prospective student-athletes are evaluated for academic and athletic eligibility. It delivers on our larger promise of integrity by leveling the playing field, guiding student-athlete success, and ensuring fair competition. Providing student-athletes a chance to connect with NAIA schools and coaches helps them make the best decision to prepare them for success in both college and athletics.

Fast Facts:

  • 60,000 student-athletes
  • 13 sports and 23 national championships
  • close to 300 colleges and universities and conferences
  • $450 million in athletic scholarships

For more information on the NAIA

To register to become eligible with the NAIA

NAIA Guide for the
College-Bound Student-Athlete

NAIA Guide for the
International Student-Athlete

Guide for college bound students NAIA international student guide

The information contained above has been gathered from the NAIA (www.naia.org).

what is NJCAA and how do I apply?

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) is committed to providing quality athletic opportunities to enhance the entire collegiate learning experience or its students. The Association and its member colleges strive to provide equal opportunities for all concerned student-athletes. The Association is sensitive to the special needs and circumstances of the Community/Junior College student while keeping within the high academic standards of our 525 member institutions.

Division I schools offer full athletic scholarships, Division II schools offer tuition, fees, books. Division III schools don't offer athletic scholarships, but may offer academic grants/scholarships.

Due to the unique academic and athletic situation of each individual, and the complexity of the NJCAA eligibility rules, it is recommended that each potential student-athlete discuss their athletic eligibility with the athletic personnel at the NJCAA college where they have chosen to attend.

Students must be a high school graduate or must have received a high school equivalency diploma or have been certified as having passed a national test such as the General Education Development Test (GED).

for more information on the NJCAA eligibility process

The information contained above has been gathered from the NJCAA (www.njcaa.org).

what is the difference between NCAA and the NAIA?

Get educated on the variety of levels of college athletics. Colleges determine which level they are going to compete at, not by their size or enrollment but by how much they are going to financially invest into athletics. Be careful to choose the best level for your needs, abilities, and desires. Strive for your goals, but be realistic. Here's a brief, generalized description of the various levels:

NCAA Division I: offer the most athletic scholarships.
NCAA Division II: offer 50-67% of the scholarships Dl offers per sport.
NCAA Division III: NO athletic scholarships. Will help with grants and financial aid based on need and achievement.
NAIA: offer full and partial scholarships, and will help with grants and financial aid.

If you're an aspiring college athlete looking for a scholarship, it is not only important to know how to get recruited and the best ways to stand out, but also which athletic association is best for you. By learning the difference between the NCAA and the NAIA, you will gain insight into how many scholarships are available, where scholarships come from and the restrictions regarding scholarships in each association. This information is valuable to the potential scholarship athlete.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), are two separate governing bodies of college athletics. The NCAA is the governing body for around 1100 schools. It consists of three divisions (Division I, II, and III) and oversees 23 sports. Divisions I and II both offer athletic scholarships, with over 126,000 student-athletes receiving partial or full athletic scholarships. However, Division III student-athletes can only receive academic or non-athletic scholarships – no athletic scholarships are allowed.

Conversely, the NAIA consists of 300 schools and 13 sports. The NAIA is a smaller association than the NCAA, with just over 60,000 students.

The amount and type of scholarship you receive will depend on, among other things, which association your school is affiliated with and which division within that association your school plays in. Generally speaking, eligibility requirements and scholarship rules for the NCAA are stricter than those of the NAIA. For athletes pursuing a college scholarship, being familiar with these requirements is very important.

When looking for an athletic scholarship, remember that there are options in both the NCAA and NAIA. Being educated< and knowledgeable on these two associations will help you in your search to find the best college for you.

Further information on NCAA and NAIA can be found at:

http://www.ncaa.org

http://www.naia.org

The information contained above has been gathered from Exact Sports (www.exactsports.com)

how do I convert letter/percent grades to the US grade point equivalent?

Colleges report GPA (grade point average) on a 4.0 scale. The top grade is an A (97-100), which equals 4.0. This is the standard scale at most colleges, as well as many US high schools.

Letter Grade Percent Grade 4.0 Scale
A+ 97-100 4.0
A 93-96 4.0
A- 90-92 3.7
B+ 87-89 3.3
B 83-86 3.0
B- 80-82 2.7
C+ 77-79 2.3
C 73-76 2.0
C- 70-72 1.7
D+ 67-69 1.3
D 65-66 1.0
E/F Below 65 0.0

Convert all your letter or percent high school grades to the 4.0 scale (above). Total all your 4.0 scale grades, and divide by the number of grades you have totalled.

Canadian and international students can use the GPA calculator links (below). This international GPA calculator is intended to help you calculate the United States Grade Point Average (GPA) based on grades or points from almost any country in the world.

For more information on calculating your GPA (Canadian players)

For more information on calculating your GPA (International players)

FYI – the NCAA and NAIA have their own set of core subjects to use for eligibility, so your GPA will be different on their application.

The information contained above has been gathered from the CollegeBoard (www.collegeboard.org).

how do I upload my videos on my YouTube channel? how do I set the YouTube channel to "private" so I can measure the coaches' hits?

How to upload videos

To get started uploading videos on YouTube, follow the steps below:

  1. Sign into YouTube and create a new YouTube channel (accurately name your channel and videos).
  2. Click the Upload link at the top of the page.
  3. Select the video you'd like to upload from your computer. You can also record a video from your webcam, or create a video slideshow.

Once the upload is completed YouTube will send you an email to notify you that your video is done uploading and processing.

Customize your channel's appearance.

For best results, complete the Settings and Info sections for your video.

Share your video publicly or use private sharing to control who can watch it.

Include relevant keywords in the Tags section and select the appropriate category.

Give the video an accurate title and description to help people discover it.

How to set privacy settings

When you upload a video, by default it is set as a "Public" video, which means that anybody can view it. You can easily change the privacy settings while you're uploading the video in the "Privacy Settings" section. Or, if you've already uploaded the video, you can change the privacy settings by following the steps. It is good to make the video private, to keep track of the number of hits you have had from coaches.

  1. Visit your Video Manager.
  2. Find the video you'd like to change, then click the Edit button.
  3. In the "Privacy Settings" drop-down menu, select Public, Unlisted, or, Private.
  4. Click Save changes.

How to copy the link to your video:

  1. Open your video on youtube
  2. Copy the entire web address (Oleg - please SHOW SCREEN SHOT EXAMPLE)
  3. Paste the link in a word file that you can use to paste into the previous page.

Learn more

Check out the video toolbox to learn from other YouTubers...

For more information on Video Privacy Settings

For more information on Getting Started on YouTube

The information contained above has been gathered from YouTube Help (www.support.google.com/youtube).

what links should I spend time reviewing?

For more information, or to register to write your SAT test

For more information, or to register to write your ACT test

For more information, or to register to become eligible with the NCAA

For more information or to register to become eligible with the NAIA

For more information on the NJCAA eligibility process

For more information on calculating your GPA (Canadian players)

for more information on calculating your GPA (International players)