Recruiting is a process, years in the making. It is the culmination of everything student-athletes have been working towards in the past 4 years of their lives, if not more. Loving the sport you compete in is not enough; there is an absolute dedication that is required between academic and athletic preparation.
If you wish to participate in NCAA Division I or II athletics, you need to be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center. You need to qualify academically and you will also need to be cleared as an amateur student-athlete. It is up to student-athletes to make sure they will be ready and prepared for academic eligibility along with taking the required courses to get them through the eligibility process.
Please be sure to consult NCAA Guidelines for college bound Student Athletes (PDF) and the NCAA Eligibility Center for more information.
Send an e-mail to your selected coaches stating that you have completed their questionnaire. It is a must to fill out the questionnaires, this is how you will receive prospect clinic information. Include in your write up a player profile and if possible a link to a highlight video. Also, include tournaments and camps you are attending.
Answer all e-mails you receive even if they seem general. The easiest way to do this is to write a general response that tells about you, your upcoming tournaments/camps/meets. Include contact information. Follow up with all phone calls you receive. Before calling a coach write down information that will keep the conversation moving. Know something about the prospective team to add to the conversation, this shows the coach that you are prepared and have researched the school.