Recent NCAA Rules have been adopted which change dates for recruiting.  This allows recruits to begin communication with coaches as early as June 15th after sophomore year in high school.

Below are specific dates for coach contact and face to face meetings.

Correspondence/Private message: 6/15 after sophomore year

Incoming/outgoing calls: 6/15 after sophomore year

Unofficial/Official visits: 8/1 before junior year

Off campus contact: 8/1 before junior year

Verbal offers are not leglislated.  Note that 6/15 after sophomore year is the first allowed recruiting interaction

Recruiting of student athletes in middle school and early in high school  is problematic on many levels.


Princetonian newspaper explains what it mean to be a  “walk on” as well as  how rosters are created for both Men’s and Women’s heavy/open weight and lightweight teams.

The recent Wall Street Journal article “Colleges Mine Data on Their Applicants” (WSJ January 26, 2019 by Douglas Belkin) describes colleges tracking of applicants “demonstrated interest” in a school.  The goal of this tracking is to protect  the schools “yield” or number of students who enroll after being accepted.   This became more important with the use of the Common Application when students could easily apply to a larger number of schools but obviously could only attend one school-thereby leaving schools offering acceptances but lower enrollment percentages.

Colleges can track an applicant’s response to an email from the school including but not limited to how long it takes for an applicant to respond after reading the email as well as determining if the applicant sought further information by clicking links to college materials.

Colleges “score”  an applicant’s interest in the school which is part of the process of determining whether to accept the applicant. It has always been important for applicants to establish a relationship with a school -which includes visits to the school, attending information sessions and tours, and emailing.  Applicants should take seriously establishing this relationship since it can make the difference in the admission results. 

This is similar to a potential recruit developing a relationship with a coach so that the coach has a good idea of the level of interest that a potential recruit has in the rowing program.  Coaches want recruits who are genuinely interested in the rowing program rather than those who are just seeking an admission.  Potential recruits should take these contacts seriously since this can make the difference between being recruited and being passed over by a coach.