Letters are sent by coaches. Videos are evaluated. Calls are made to potential recruits. Verbal scholarship offers are made. Official visit offers are extended. Athletes are signed. This is known as the recruiting process.
In the first step of recruiting players, college coaches and incoming athletes get in contact with one another.
California Baptist University’s coaches send letters out to athletes they are interested in with detailed information about the school and athletic program. The coach may also include a survey for the athlete to fill out to learn more information about the recruit.
Athletes will send emails to college coaches including information such as game statistics, academic records and videos they have of themselves playing, as well as any other pertinent information such as height and weight.
Leigh Ann Lindsey, sophomore healthcare administration major and member of the CBU women’s soccer team, said she emailed the head and assistant coaches of the schools she was interested in, and attached a player biography and her tournament schedule so coaches could come watch her play.
Lindsey was contacted by Kristen St. Clair, women’s soccer head coach, and was invited to take an official tour of the campus. Lindsey ate lunch with the team and got to watch practice.
“The girls were so friendly and told me a little about what it is like playing college soccer and being there at CBU,” Lindsey said.
Lindsey said the closeness of a family-like atmosphere at CBU is what drew her in.
For returning athletes, having a recruit on campus can be an exciting time, as well. They get to see who could be joining their team in the coming year, and it is a chance to see how the athletes will fit in with their team.
Joel Blocksom, senior political science major and member of the men’s volleyball team, said the recruits will come and watch the team’s practices and even practice with them. The team will also entertain recruits by playing video games, watching television or going to watch other CBU teams play.
Blocksom said having a recruit on campus puts a smile on his face because they have no idea what types of opportunities they have waiting for them at CBU.
“I like talking to them and hearing their story,” Blocksom said. “I am always interested in meeting new people, hearing about how they got into volleyball and hearing their ambitions.”