When it comes to college soccer recruiting, there are certain contact rules that college coaches have imposed upon them by the NCAA, that as a prospective student-athlete, you must be aware of. These can differ by sport, so make sure you know the rules when it comes to soccer recruiting specifically.
September 1st (junior year):
This is the date when Division I and II coaches can begin contacting you personally through emails or letters. Prior to this date, they can only send you questionnaires, camp brochures or form emails (even if you reach out to them personally).
June 15th (before senior year):
Division II coaches can begin calling prospects once a week on this date.
July 1st (before senior year):
Division I coaches can begin calling prospects once a week on this date.
First day of class senior year:
This the day when the NCAA allows official visits to begin. You can only visit schools unofficially before this date. Keep in mind that you can only take a total of 5 official visits between Division I and II schools; use them wisely!
These are some of the biggest recruiting rules to be aware of. Remember that the contact rules ONLY apply to college coaches. You can contact a college coach, at any level, by any means you would like. Do not wait to start your recruiting until these dates pass. Be pro-active and show coaches how much you want to compete at the next level!