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FAQ

Q: When is it the “right time” to sign up for your service?

A: There is not a rule of a right time for everyone. When you decide to start working with us is when you feel it’s the right time for you! We have had players become our members going into their Freshman year while other players come to us once their senior season has ended. Since our process is not one-size-fits-all or software driven, we work with each athlete individually on their recruiting journeys. NCAA rules are constantly changing. Some of the recent changes affected the age at which many athletes can start their recruiting. It’s our job to know the ins and outs of all of these rules and match your recruiting to specific dates to give you the advantage over others who may not be as aware. Still not sure when the right time is?  Contact us today to set up a phone call to discuss your needs more in-depth.

Q: How successful have you been in getting your athletes to play at the next level?

A: As of 10/1/19 we’ve placed over 175 athletes in college Volleyball programs throughout the Nation – Division I, II, III, Junior College and NAIA. We pride ourselves on finding each athlete their perfect fit home. Our success is defined by our members happiness. When they find their perfect fit, we all celebrate.

Q: Does an athlete really need a recruiting coordinator to play Division III?

A:  Yes, actually, it helps a lot. Our staff at My Recruiting Assistant knows more than most parents and athletes about the financial packages available to student athletes at the Division III level. We’re often able to negotiate better financial aid for you than you are on your own. We also understand that there’s a big difference between walking on to a DIII program and being recruited to play a key role on the team. Learn more today by signing up for one of our recruiting consultations.

Q: Can I even get recruited if I’m on not the top team for my club?

A: Yes! Playing a club sport is more about developing your skills and talent and less about what team you’re on. Playing club Volleyball or Basketball also allows you to attend tournaments that your school team can/does not and allows us to send college coaches to evaluate you and push on your recruiting process. We have so many success stories from athletes who were on the second or third teams for their club who are on full scholarship and contributing to high level college programs today.  Visit our commitments page to see some of them!

Q: If I decide not to pursue collegiate sports, can I opt out at any time?

A: Yes. After you have fulfilled your contract (length varies by age), you can opt out of our services at any time.

Q: What happens once I verbally commit?

A: Once you verbally commit your recruiting journey has passed a big milestone, congratulations! We continue to work with all of our verbal commitments until they have signed their National Letter of Intent. We provide guidance and support on details leading up to National Signing Day that may be overlooked by those not familiar with the recruiting processes.

Q: Do I get unlimited highlight videos when I sign?

A: Yes and No. The number of highlight videos included in your membership depends on if you are an individual client or working with us through one of our club partnerships. Your club may not provide budget for highlight videos, in which case it’s up to you to purchase them as an ale’  carte service. Members can purchase as many highlight videos as they’d like, but remember, we’re here to guide you on the most important times that you, as a recruit, need one and it may not be as frequently as you think. If you are an individual client working with us, you receive 1 highlight video as part of your membership and can also purchase more separately.

Q: Why should I choose your service over others?

A: Great question! We feel that our members chose us because of a gut feeling. They related well to Lauren, Peter, or Carol, our recruiting coordinators, liked our brand or saw that we are different from most other recruiting services. We pride ourselves on our personal approach to your recruiting journey. We are not powered by software or exist as a log-in for college coaches to search through lists and lists of athletes. The power of My Recruiting Assistant lies in its people and relationships. Check out Lauren, Peter and Carol’s bios on our “About Us” page and learn more about all of the relationships they’ve spent years building in the college Volleyball and Basketball communities.

Q: What is the NCAA Eligibility Center?

It’s to make sure that aspiring student-athletes, coaches, and university administrators understand the requirements to participate in NCAA Division I and II athletics. Those who plan on attending a Division I or II university must register with the Eligibility Center and meet all academic requirements. You can visit https://web3.ncaa.org/ecwr3/ to get more information.

Q: How is an unofficial visit different than an official visit?

The basic difference is that during an official visit, a university can pay up to the entire cost of the visit. This includes transportation, meals, lodging, etc. Each university’s visit will be different and not all schools will provide the same level of benefits. Make sure to clarify with coaches what will be taken care of. Keep in mind, each prospective athlete is limited to only five official visits to NCAA Division I schools, but have unlimited official visits to NCAA Division II and III institutions.

Q: If teams have scholarships available, how do they work?

NCAA Division I schools can offer up to 12 full-ride scholarships. Volleyball is considered a “head count” sport which means that a scholarship cannot be split among two or more athletes (i.e. 2 scholarships cannot be split among 4 people). The benefits included in that scholarship vary from school to school.
NCAA Division II schools can offer up to 8 full-ride scholarships. Here, volleyball is considered an “equivalency” sport, which means that a scholarship can be split among tow or more athletes. It is not uncommon to see multiple athletes receive some amount of one athletic scholarship.
NCAA Division III schools do not offer athletic scholarships. Be sure to have the information needed to figure out what type of academic scholarship the athlete is qualified for.
Please keep in mind that there are more than enough academic scholarships available at each university. It’s also very important to clarify with the coaches as to how long the athletic scholarship lasts. Bring scenarios up if an injury happens or the coaching staff leaves so you know exactly what you’re receiving.

Q: What is the NAIA?

It’s a similar organization to the NCAA, as it holds a Division I and Division II. They do offer scholarships, however the amount received, along with other details, is dependent on which association each university is affiliated with and which division they take part in.

Q: What is the NJCAA?

The NJCAA is only two years long then athletes transfer to a 4-year NCAA or NAIA institution. Some schools will offer an athletic scholarship, but be aware the amounts will differ. Try not to shy away from any NJCAA school. This is a stepping stone most athletes take and it can help with getting academics in line earlier on during one’s collegiate career.

Q: What’s the difference in Division I, II, and III when it comes to recruiting rules?

Divisions I & II have their own recruiting calendar which regulates when the coaches can reach out to athletes.
Division I is more strict than any other division or organization therefore has more rules that prospects and their parents should be aware of if playing here is the goal. Throughout the year, there are 4 contact periods in which coaches can reach out to athletes in any way (Sept 1 – Nov 10, Nov. 15 – 30, Feb 14 – April 30, May 29 – July 31. These dates are for the 2019-2020 school year. Please make sure you have the updated version each year). During an evaluation period, coaches are allowed to watch athletes compete in person. This years evaluation period landed during the NCAA Championships. Coaches are not able to evaluate athletes during the same time as an NCAA Championship therefore, no evaluation period took place. A quiet period happens 4 times throughout the fiscal year (Aug 1 – 31, Dec 1 – Jan 31, Feb 1 – 13, May 1 – 28. These dates are for the 2019-2020 school year. Please make sure you have the updated version each year). During this time, coaches cannot have face to face contact with athletes off campus. They can keep in contact throughout other approved means of communication and on coach’s campus. There is one dead period that happens and it’s usually during the early signing period. This years dates fell from Nov 11 – 14. This means coaches may not have any in person contact with athletes or their families. They can keep in touch via phone, email, and social media. Coaches can start communicating with athletes on June 15 after their sophomore year of high school. Recruiting materials and camp invites can be sent during any time. Official and unofficial visits will need to wait until August 1 before their junior year begins. Any off campus contact or verbal scholarship offers will need to wait until June 15 after their sophomore year.
Division II recruiting calendar is treated as a full year contact period. Coaches can communicate with athletes during any time. There is one exception. During November, there is a 48 dead period where coaches cannot have any in person contact with athletes or their families. Be sure to stay up to date on the recruiting calendar as to which dates and times these are. Contact is permitted on June 15 after the athletes sophomore year of high school. This includes, in person and off campus contact, phone calls, emails, texts, and verbal scholarship offers. Unofficial visits can happen at any time however for an official visit, the athlete will need to wait until August 1 before their junior year of high school.
Division III does not have a recruiting calendar therefore the entire school year is treated like a contact period. Coaches can reach out by text, call, email, social media during anytime without restrictions. Unofficial visits can occur at any time and any recruiting material can be sent via mail or email as well. Coaches can begin off campus contact after the athlete’s sophomore year. Official visits can be conducted after January 1 of their junior year.