This includes not only those diagnosed with the virus, but also their friends and family, those whose jobs and schools have been impacted and so many more. Our focus is, as always, on the health and safety of our players, coaches, and communities.
Second, we are dealing with a changing recruiting landscape and smart players need to evolve their strategies in order to ensure they remain top of mind when the world begins to recover from this virus and life returns to normal once more.
The NCAA has now instituted a dead time for in-person recruiting until at least April 15th.
The NCAA has suggested that colleges cancel all official and unofficial on-campus visits by potential recruits. This means that if you were expecting to find your next offer at an upcoming game, tournament, or ID Camp, this will no longer be possible.
You can still be seen and recruited via video and email communication. Emails, video footage, phone calls, and text messages are still allowed. Coaches will now spend more time viewing game highlights.
With DoubleTake simply follow the easy step-by-step guide below on how to get recruited through the current lockdown pandemic.
With no new games for the foreseeable future, now is the time to rely on the game footage that you already have on any device. These video clips can come from any high school, club, or DA soccer game.
Practice social distancing – go to your local field with a tripod and phone camera, then run through soccer training drills. Focus on critical points for your position. For example: if you’re a forward, focus on cone drills with a shot on goal at the end.
The process of uploading your video clips onto the DoubleTake website is easy.
Finally, receive a fully edited and finished soccer recruiting video back via email within 7 days or less.
If you haven’t already, now is the perfect time to research and make a spreadsheet of your fitting college soccer programs.
Include details such as:
• Name of college
• Type of college (private or public, small or large, military, religious, etc.)
• Ranking (D1, D2, D3, NAIA, NCSA, etc.)
• Head coach and assistant coach names, emails, & phone numbers
• Notes regarding the team/program.
After you’ve made your spreadsheet, organize colleges by fit and add notes regarding whether or not they have been contacted. Make sure to visit each college’s website and fill out their individual, university-specific athletic questionnaire before moving on to Step 4.
Once we finish your recruiting video, we will then upload it to our ad-free YouTube page. This will allow you easy availability to add the shareable video link to your email to the coaches. Keep in mind that by using DoubleTake, we will upload it on our networking sources, which reach out to many coaches of all NCAA levels, adding additional marketing power to your recruiting process.
Write a compelling email with key details regarding your player’s:
• Full name
• Graduating year (if in high school)
• Current club
• Why they want to play soccer at the next level (ex: coming from DA and seeking a spot on a D1 team)
Keep in mind: Every other recruit will also be emailing coaches. A bland email will not give coaches any insight as to who you are as a player, and right now, you need to show them everything you can. Make sure to not only introduce yourself but personalize each email with reasons why you are interested in their specific program. Tell them why you would be an asset to their team, and then back it up with your impressive DoubleTake recruitment video.
Every single coach in the United States will be forced to be on top of their emails during this time. They won’t be able to train their teams or focus on any games and won’t be able to travel to any of your games or tournaments. All their time will now be focused solely on recruiting for the next season.
So, email and be sure to follow up on each email with a personal phone call from your player to each coach. Have your notes and a rough script waiting along with initial answers, so your player is ready to leave a detailed voicemail with fundamental details or answer questions in a live phone conversation.
After each email or phone call, add notes to your spreadsheet regarding essential points discussed, frequency and dates of communication, and takeaways regarding each college’s soccer program.
When the time is right, and restrictions have been lifted, you’ll be ahead of the curve and one step closer to getting an offer. Times are tough right now, but it doesn’t mean your soccer career needs to go on pause. Partner with DoubleTake, stand out, and get noticed!