You Don't Have to Miss Practice because of a Recruiting Visit

By Rick Paine

I coached at the club level for 30 years and I always struggled with my swimmers missing practices to take official recruiting visits. Recruiting visits have always been a necessary evil for club coaches, but missing 2 to 3 days of practice for 4 or 5 visits during the first 3 months of the season makes it very hard to get the training in.

Guess what? You don’t have to miss a practice because you are on an official visit. Take a workout with you and ask the college coach if they can help you find some pool time while you are there.

This sends a great message to the college coach that you are very serious about your swimming and it gives you a great opportunity to sell them on your potential by letting them know what your goals are for your senior season.

NCAA rules prohibit D-I coaches from watching you train on your trip or training with the team. For D-II, D-III and NAIA the rules are more flexible and it is up to the coach.

THE BENEFITS:

  • Keeps you on your training plan
  • Sends a very positive message to the college coach about how serious you are
  • Keeps your club coach happy