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Recruiting Checklist for Your Post-High School Season

You just finished your High School season and won the State Championship. OK, maybe not the championship part... But it was a long and fun season. The question now is what should you be doing over the next couple of months? There is a lot you can do, so here are a couple of tips:

1. - Update your online profiles on the NEU site and others that you may have. Things have changed - add this past seasons accomplishments.

2. Prepare for the upcoming college showcase tournaments.

- Talk to your NEU coach and find out what tournaments they are focusing on.

- Research the tournament to find out what colleges will be there. It will be listed on the tournament website.

- Pick out the coaches that are attending the tournament that you want to have come and see you play.

- Research their colleges and their soccer programs.

- Submit your recruiting profile on their website - they all have them.

- Send them an introductory e-mail and let them know you're interested in their College or University. See documents page for some samples.

- Follow up with an e-mail to invite them to see you play once you know your scheduled games.

3. Update your personal and college profiles. Things have changed over the last 6 months. You played a High School season and matured a bit - make sure nothing has changed. Make sure you ask members of your team to take a look at it.

3. You have a few months with a lighter schedule, so use that time to research colleges on the Internet. You may even take some time to visit some. Winter isn't the best time weather wise for visits. But remember, you will be there during the winter so it will give you an idea of winter life on campus.

4. If you have already identified a short-list of colleges you are chasing, then check their websites to see if they are doing any College ID Camps over the winter. Many will be doing one. If you have interest, you may want to attend - meet the coaches and get a feel for training styles and personality.

5. Take a little time to relax. Enjoy the things outside of soccer that you like to do. After all, you've got to have some fun too. If your life in and around soccer isn't enjoyable, then it's time to do something else.

It's now up to you to take a little initiative in the off-season. Once you get into the spring premier season, you will have less time. Take advantage of this short break to get energized and get ahead of the game. Your college soccer career is not that far away...

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