College Recruiting


imageThe benefits that come from participation in an organized sport at a young age are countless. Aside from promoting physical fitness, teamwork skills and self-confidence, these benefits can also help to pay for a college education. An important goal of Utah Avalanche is to prepare our players for eventual collegiate play. The collegiate experience is where the years of dedication, preparation, ODP participation, ECNL, and national tournament play pay off. We are committed to exposing our players to as much competitive experience and as many college recruitment opportunities as possible.

What Colleges Are Looking For

  • Your grades
  • Your SAT or ACT scores
  • If you have played ODP
  • Your speed of play
  • Your decision making on the field
  • Your technical skills
  • Your tactical awareness
  • Do you listen?  Are you coachable?
  • Are you willing to play where the team and your coach needs you?
  • Have you done community service?
  • Tournaments you’ve gone to
  • Your team’s ranking: state, regional and national
  • Colleges you’re interested in and why
  • And more...

Questions To Ask College Coaches Or Players

  • How many hours a day does the team train? What seasons?
  • May I choose my major and attend classes required in my major even if practice conflicts?
  • What percentage of scholarship athletes graduate in four years?
  • Does this college environment appeal to me and my needs?
  • Can I afford the costs?
  • What is the Varsity team composition? (year in school, transfers, red shirts)
  • What is the academic expectation to keep scholarship or eligibility?

NCAA College Recruiting Timelines

Sophmore Year:

  • Make initial contact by letter and/or email with the schools you are interested in attending 
  • Formulate a list of 10-12 schools, varying in division and level of competitiveness
  • Your intro letter should stress your interest in and awareness of the specific program 
  • Personalize the letter, review that team's past successes (season outcomes, records, tournament bids)
  • Make unofficial visits to schools.  Campus tours can be arranged through admissions offices or visitors center
  • You are allowed to call coaches but they cannot return your phone calls
Junior Year:

  • As of July 1st your Junior year, you may receive one phone call a week per institution from coaches of both Div I and II schools
  • Athletes may begin to receive letters, media guides and soccer/university info from college coaches
  • Continue researching schools and programs
  • Watch a lot of college soccer
  • Take your ACT/SAT during the fall and as many times as you can
  • Coaches are only allowed to talk face to face with you on their campus
Senior Year:

  • Coaches may continue to call one time per week
  • Voicemail messages don't count as a call
  • Letters, emails, faxes, etc are unlimited
  • First day of class you may begin official visits by invitation. They are expense paid visits for you and a parent or guardian
  • Coaches are allowed to interact with you face-to-face off-campus

** There are no specific rules regarding the telephone contact of athletes by any coaches in the following divisions: Division III, NAIA, and NJCAA.
** In person, off-campus recruiting is permitted after the completion of the athlete’s junior year for Division III institutions.

Helpful Resources

Information for a Prospective NJCAA Student-Athlete The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) is committed to providing quality athletic opportunities to enhance the entire collegiate learning experience or its students. The Association and its member colleges strive to provide equal opportunities for all concerned student-athletes. The Association is sensitive to the special needs and circumstances of the Community/Junior College student while keeping within the high academic standards of our 513 member institutions.

It's your starting point for your NAIA college sports experience! The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Eligibility Center is responsible for determining the eligibility of first-time NAIA student-athletes and will begin taking registrations on September 1 for any student interested in playing NAIA sports for the first time.

NCAA clearing House Eligibility Center for prospective student athletes. Student registration and guidelines found at this link.

NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete

ACT Preparation Information


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