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NIFA College Combine

January 5, 2017

Due to low registration and school conflicts (snow day), the 2017 NIFA College Combine has been cancelled.  This is a huge disappointment since the event has been a effective tool to have players evaluated and recruited to Universities that otherwise may not have seen them play.  This includes Jr. Irish players as well as players from other clubs that the event has helped.

The three years of the event by the numbers:

  • 308 Total number of players who have participated in the event 
  • 99 Total number of players from clubs other than Jr. Irish
  • 32% Percentage of players outside of Jr. Irish
  • 68% Jr. Irish players
  • 21 Total number of players playing in college from the first combine (24% of the players from the 2014 combine)
  • 9 Total number of players from the 2014 playing NCAA Division I soccer currently.
  • 146 Total number of college coaches who have attended the event over the three years.

Jr. Irish will continue to promote all the players in our soccer community. 

College Recruiting is a long and sometimes confusing process.  This page is designed to help you along the process.  Chose a tab in the left for up to date information.

Below is a list of helpful links to help you in the recruitment process.

The NCAA eligibility Center

The NAIA Eligibility Center

List of all NCAA Institutions

The College Board 

The ACT

Top 10 Recruiting Tips
 
1.  Register (if you have not already) for the NCAA clearinghouse.  http://web1.ncaa.org/ECWR2/NCAA_EMS/NCAA.jsp
2.  Respond to EVERY email a coach sends, even if it's a school you are not interested in.  Coaches talk and you don't want to have a "snobby" reputation.
3.  Be proactive with all schools on your top list.  Send them an email, a letter in the mail, a resume, Holiday card, like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, congratulate them on wins or recruit signings, constant updates, and your transcripts.  It will let them know how serious you are.
4.  Research Winter ID camps at the schools you are interested.  This is a pretty new recruiting strategy and lots of programs are holding them.  They have to take everyone that registers so d not procrastinate.  Most of the time, an ID camp involves a campus tour and other activities.  Perfect time to meet the coach and have them be involved in your training.  
5.  Protect yourself on social media.  Coaches are like private investigators.  They search for you on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc to find out more about you.  Even an innocent conversation on Twitter can turn a coach away.  Never use offensive language or say mean things to a friend, not everyone knows you are friends…..
6.  Always reach out to coaches who are attending an event multiple times.  1) send them an email that you are playing at this event.  2) the day the schedule is announced, send them a schedule and say "I hope you can make it".  3) Send an email the week of reminding them of your interest.  4) follow up the week after with a recap of your games and the results.           
7.  When you play away games, see if you can leave a little early and visit a campus close by.  Memphis Tennessee has multiple schools right there and some are pretty strong!
8.  This is a link to every NCAA school in the country by conference:       http://web1.ncaa.org/onlineDir/exec2/divisionListing?sortOrder=4&division=All
9.  The NAIA website:  http://www.naia.org
10.  Be realistic about your ability to play at certain schools.  You need to see as many college games as you can.  Get on line and see if the school has games on line.  Check the spring schedules and make an effort to see games.