All over the world, thousands of male and female swimmers compete at the high school level. Only a small percentage of them are lucky enough to go through the college swimming recruiting process and eventually earn a scholarship to an NCAA, NAIA, or Junior College institution. To make sure you’re included in that percentage, CCR is here to help with information you can use to separate yourself from other recruits pursuing college swimming scholarships.
Do Your Part
The only one who can guarantee you a college swimming scholarship are the coaches themselves. Using a recruiting service such as CCR assists the recruitment process through our proven method of working with high school athletes pursuing college swimming but even then there are certain things that CCR cannot control like your physical and academic development. Therefore, to give yourself the best chance of earning a college swimming scholarship means that you, as the athlete, must work hard and do your part to make yourself the best prospect available by also working as hard as you can in the classroom to earn the best grades you can. That doesn’t mean you have to earn perfect marks in all your classes or standardized tests; but in the same way you push yourself in the pool to prepare yourself physically, you must bring the same dedication to your studies and trying just as hard to be your best academically.
Have a Plan and Get Evaluated
College swimming recruiting started yesterday, so the sooner you get started the better. CCR recommends beginning at the start of your ninth grade year as there are certain classes athletes need to take to be eligible for a college swimming scholarship. In swimming recruiting, as with life, failing to prepare is preparing to fail. Involve your family and have a discussion about your goals to earn a college swimming scholarship. Together, you can create a game plan to follow year by year that will help you stay on track. Involving CCR can help your family, as a support system, to refine that plan and providing access to services like having your abilities evaluated by our team of former swimming recruiting specialists. Everyday, college swimming coaches are being sent athlete information and film all the time from potential recruits. Having a neutral, objective evaluation done by our team of recruiting specialists at CCR provides a layer of validation to your abilities that helps separate you from other college swimming recruits as we have earned the trust of our tremendous network of college swimming coaches that regularly recruit our athletes and seek prospect information from us.
Create an Academic/Athletic Resume
While swimming recruits can research and find a template for an athletic/academic resume that can be emailed to coaches, how does one know that the information they’re providing is what a college coach is looking for? In the same way that CCR performs a comprehensive evaluation on your swimming abilities, our team has a refined process that helps athletes create a comprehensive academic/athletic resume that makes the recruiting process for college swimming coaches a much easier and organized process as our vast network has facilitated access to anything they may need from contact information to film on a potential recruit.
Gaining a College Coach’s Attention with a Captivating Highlight Video
The reality of film is the better quality your tape is, the easier it is for a coach to see what you’re doing off the swimming board, which may make it easier for them to recruit you and potentially offer you a scholarship. College coaches spend countless hours watching film from the thousands of swimming prospects from around the world. As a college swimming recruit, you should designate someone in your support system to film you at meets which can be used to create a highlight tape of your best performances. While you could send a college coach an unsolicited DVD or YouTube link that may or may not get watched, CCR helps swimmers by recommending possible edits to your film to help you create your best highlight tape possible and by providing validation because it is being sent from our team of trusted recruiting specialists that will actually be viewed by a college coach.
Beyond the Pool
Defining yourself as a college prospect that desires to earn a college swimming scholarship is more than just making a 4-year decision to attend an American University. Choosing a college can be one of the most influential decisions that a person can make in their lifetime athlete or not. CCR wants you to know that academic and social fit with an institution take precedent and that swimming is simply the vehicle to help set you up for the rest of your life if you end up not being part of the even smaller percentage of college swimmers that participate professionally or at the Olympic level. As a member of CCR, we are here to answer any questions that you may have to help you communicate with college coaches and answer any questions you may have throughout the college swimming recruiting process.