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When do I Start the College Recruiting Process?

By Rick Paine

This is a question that every swimmer who wants to swim in college is faced with. Too many times swimmers and their parents don’t consider this question early enough and lose a great number of options for colleges because they waited too long.Being a former Division I Associate Head Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for 17 years I can tell you that I always tried to identify talent at an early age (13 to 14 year olds for girls and 14 to 15 year olds for boys).American College Connection surveyed hundreds of college swim coaches to find out when they start...

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Manners in the First Degree

By Lori Payne

The old saying, "first impressions" could not be more true when you have your first contact with your potential college swim coach.This is a formal interview; your tone, demeanor, interest in their school and manners, must be positive and well spoken.  This is all indicative of their first impression of you swimming and studying at their school.Below are some examples:Phone Etiquette/First Contact:“Hello Coach Gary, How are you?”, BE ENGAGING and  EXCITED to speak to the coach. Find some commonality, like dogs, or travel, sports, ie..., “Did you see those Dolphins?”, to a S FL coach...learn about the coach before you...

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Selling Your Potential

By Rick Paine

College coaches base a lot of their recruiting on a swimmer’s potential. Any good coach wants to believe they are recruiting a swimmer who they can help get faster. They are all looking for swimmers who are “headed in the right direction.”So how do you present your potential to college coaches? The first thing you need to do is go back and reread the ACC recruiting tips on how to talk with college coaches on the phone. The next step is for you and your coach to come up with some specific goals for the current season (let me know...

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Fueling for Success

By Rick Paine

Competitive swimming is certainly one of the most physically demanding sports there is. Just ask a football player to try one of your workouts. I know tons of swimmers who train their tails off, go to practice at 5:30 in the morning, train on Saturday and Sundays, compete in meets that take all weekend and are totally dedicated to being great swimmers. A vast majority of these highly motivated athletes forget one of the most important aspects of conditioning………….keeping your gas tank full! You have been told hundreds of times what to eat, but do you know why and when?...

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How New NCAA Rules are Affecting Scholarship Offers

By Rick Paine

A couple of years ago the NCAA changed its rules to allow coaches to guarantee scholarships beyond the first year. Some coaches do and some don’t. If a coach doesn't offer a guarantee, then you need to ask. Guarantees should be listed on the scholarship agreement form.Usually, but not always it is pretty rare for a coach to take away scholarship money unless the swimmer breaks rules.Before you sign ask the following questions:What is the school’s policy on 5th year aid? It may take 5 years to complete the degree, but the swimming scholarship only goes for 4 years. Schools...

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WHAT DO COLLEGE COACHES THINK ABOUT JUNIOR COMMITMENTS?

By Rick Paine

Editor’s Note: Approximately 31% of college coaches in charge of recruiting responded to the survey. Approximately 79% of the respondents were NCAA Division I coaches.For years we have been reading about football, basketball, soccer, volleyball (etc. etc.) players committing early to a university. Swimming has finally jumped on the bandwagon as we are seeing more and more swimmers giving their verbal commitment to a coach and school during their junior year.We recently surveyed the college coaches asking their opinion on several topics centered around early verbal commitments from high school juniors.It appears that the college coaches aren’t in favor of junior year commitments,...

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