How do you establish a relationship with the coach?
Schools have recruiting forms on their websites where you are asked to fill out sport and academic information. The best time to fill out these forms is in your sophomore or junior year, depending on your sport. Generally speaking, the coach will contact you with a follow-up email after you have filled that out.
What is the Academic Index in the Ivy League?
The Academic Index combines numeric values based on a student’s SAT I and SAT II scores plus his/her class rank or GPA. One of the most misunderstood aspects of how the AI works is its fluctuation from institution to institution. Because the eight Ivy League members have varying academic standards and the basis for the athletic AI average is the overall student body, the average AI for the athletic cohort at school A, for example, is several points higher than the average at school B. Finally, the AI is one of many factors involved in Ivy recruiting. Recommendations, interviews, socio-economic background, course of study, rigor, etc. all weigh heavily in the equation as well.
What is a Likely Letter?
Typically, Likely Letters are sent to athletic and academic recruits several weeks before official admission verdicts are slated to go out. This usually means some time in October for Early Decision/Action applicants and late-February or March for Regular Decision students. To receive a Likely Letter a student must complete and submit an application to the admissions office for review. Increasingly schools are using the Likely Letter to entice qualified applicants for particular programs or recruit students from various geographic locations.
The NESCAC is the New England Small College Athletic Conference. It is an athletic conference made up of academically selective liberal arts institutions. On top of the institution’s high academic caliber, the league is often considered the most competitive Division 3 conference. Details on NESCAC can be found on their website.
D1 Coaches: Each prospect is allowed to take one official visit to your program. They still cannot exceed five total official visits between your institution and any other D1 or D2 school to be eligible to play at your program.
D2 Coaches: Each prospect is still allowed to take one official visit to your program. Starting this year, each prospect you recruit is allowed to take as many D2 official visits as they like.
D3 Coaches: Unaffected