The NCAA’s recent announcements in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have left the field hockey community questioning what the full impact of this will be for current and prospective field hockey athletes.
- NCAA extends suspension of in-person recruiting until May 31
- NCAA grants extra year of eligibility to seniors in spring sports
- National Letter of Intent announces signing period changes
- School closures and SAT, ACT, AP testing updates
- Latest COVID-19 field hockey events and recruiting updates
It is now more important than ever for field hockey recruits to maximize their online presence and be diligent in starting and nurturing recruiting conversations. Of course, the NCAA changes will impact some student-athletes more than others, so here’s an outline of how these changes will affect each grad year.
As a fall season sport, field hockey recruits will not be impacted by the NCAA’s eligibility relief plan for spring sport athletes. But the NCAA’s suspension of in-person recruiting through May 31 poses a challenge for last-minute recruiting. With most Division I and Division II field hockey rosters already finalized, high school seniors still looking to get recruited will need to expand their search to include a wider range of schools and division levels. They should also begin reaching out to coaches online and by phone to discuss roster availability.
Field hockey recruits who have already committed to a program should stay in contact with the coach and be direct with questions about the coach’s expectations for training during the quarantine.
The class of 2021 is arguably the most impacted by recent NCAA changes. Normally, at this point in the recruiting process, field hockey coaches and recruits rely heavily on official and unofficial visits and recruiting tournaments/showcases. Now, coaches are turning to digital recruiting networks to evaluate and connect with student-athletes, while recruits are building a strong digital presence and reaching out to coaches by phone, email, text and direct messages.
The NCAA doesn’t allow in-person recruiting until after sophomore year, but the doesn’t mean underclassmen aren’t affected by recent NCAA changes. College coaches are no longer able to discover upcoming talent at tournaments, showcases and camps with the recent postponements or cancelations. Until college coaches can contact field hockey recruits, starting , underclassman should and , and send introductory emails to college coaches.
To help student-athletes and their families navigate this confusing time, NCSA is offering free online recruiting classes to make it as easy as possible to keep your recruiting journey on track. On Wednesday, April 29, USA Field Hockey is co-sponsoring an online recruiting class with NCSA that will address how to set up an effective recruiting game plan, get on a coach’s radar and effectively communicate with college programs to succeed in college recruiting.
How to Navigate the New Field Hockey Recruiting Road Map
Date: Wednesday, April 29
Time: 7 p.m. ET