1. Write a field hockey resume, include:
PERSONAL - HS Graduation Year; Contact info: email address (many people create a separate email address for recruiting purposes that both the parent and player can access), address, phone number; DOB; Photo optional.
ACADEMIC - Name of School, GPA or class rank, Course load (important for NESCAC’s and Ivy’s), Test Scores, Awards or Honors, Interests if applicable.
FIELD HOCKEY - HS Coach’s name and contact info; Club info and coach’s contact info; Futures info; Your position; awards; Stats (important if you are a forward or attacking mid and GK goals against average and save percentage); USFHA Futures participation (site, level, NFC, JOs, Olympic Development Select, etc.)
OTHER- Other interests (community service, religious service, academic groups, hobbies); Other sport participation and awards/honors
2. Make a list of schools you are interested in
Research information about the schools and the field hockey programs.
3. Complete Online Prospect Form
Every institution will have this link on their athletic home page or sport page. It helps to get in their database so you will be included in their future mailings.
4. Email the programs you are interested in - SEE NCAA RULES
Create your own email address for recruiting purposes. Introduce yourself in the first email and include your resume and picture if possible. Elaborate on your interest in playing in college. This initial email can be somewhat formulaic, but be careful cutting and pasting. It's a good idea to include your graduation year in all emails.
5. Follow up emails
Email coaches before recruiting events, any visits to campus, and/or schedules of games so they can possibly come and watch you play.
6. Register for NCAA by junior year at NCAA.org
You want to be sure you are taking all the necessary courses for eligibility.
7. Take SAT’s and SAT2’s as early as possible
Preferably late sophomore or early junior year. Coaches like to have this information early on so they know what they are working with. You can always take it again and try to raise your score.
8. VIDEO - Make and distribute a video during your junior year, or after your sophomore year if going Div. 1
Include skills sections and game clips (not entire games). Email an online link, or send DVD’s. You can always send a shorter updated video junior year, if you send one out sophomore year.
9. Attend camps and events designed for recruiting
Festival, Disney, NIT’s, College Connection, Super Sixty, the college’s camps and clinics.
10. Visit the colleges
Make travel trips with your parents to visit the schools and schedule on-campus visits with the coaches.