NCAA Recruiting Timetable for High School   
                  Equestrian Athletes
High School Freshman and Sophomores
  • Use to learn more about NCAA varsity athletics and compare
    with IHSA riding programs. Review colleges that offer college riding teams
  • Participate in a College Bound Invitational or similar program to learn the feel of intercollegiate
  • attend an intercollegiate competition in your area and observe the competition
  • Download a copy of the National Collegiate Athletic Association" Guide for the College-bound
    student-athlete found at  Become familiar with the guide and use it
    as a reference as to what courses are required in your High School curriculum. Alert your
    guidance counselor as to your desires of becoming a Varsity Equestrian recruit.
  • Notify your parents and trainer of your desires to become an varsity Equestrian athlete
  • Organize your show records and keep detailed accounts of any money won and offset these
    winnings with the expenses from the same weekend of horse showing.  Keep in mind that
    any profit money won by the student athlete will jeopardise their NCAA amateur status.  Keep
    accurate records and receipts of all expenses. Under NCAA rules, Varsity Equestrian recruits
    will be classified as Amateurs only if the prize money won at any given competition prior to
    college does not exceed the amount of a prescribed list of expenses incurred AT THATSAME
    COMPETITION, those expenses are limited to entry fees,gasoline,meals,lodging,stall,feed and
    hauling fees. Candidates who compete in more lucrative jumper or hunter divisions are advised
    from 9th grade forward to keep detailed accounts and all receipts of their earnings and
    expenses.  Keep in mind that in these classes it is the horse that truly earns the prize money so
    it may help to have the horses ownership taken out of the athletes name and just have the
    athlete be the rider and not the prize money recipient.  If a candidate finds herself with a overall
    record of more prize money than expenses at the time she applies for eligibility,she's advised to
    consult the compliance officer at the college of her interest. These officers, who are on the
    athletic-department staffs at all Varsity Equestrian schools, usually will work with potential
    recruits on applying for reinstatement in the NCAA,if necessary
  • Keep your academics strong, academic performance is very important in the recruiting process.
  • Know that at any time you may send an email or letter to any college coach, make a phone call
    to that coach or make an unofficial college campus visit.  Just remember at no time during your
    freshman or sophomore year in high school is the Varsity coach allowed to contact you

September 1st or after the first day of classroom instruction of your Junior Year
  • Register online with the NCAA Eligibility Center
This step is mandatory to be recruited to a NCAA team
  • College coaches and high school juniors may correspond through the mail only. No telephone
    calls are allowed at this time
  • Prospects may write to colleges that they are interested in as often as they feel necessary.
  • make sure you have a good video with competitions and or lessons posted on
  • Start to gather as much information about as many schools as you can.  You may use
    EQUESTRIANCOLLEGERECRUITER.COM as a source for much of this college information
  • Write or email schools that you are interested in and refer them to
    EQUESTRIANCOLLEGERECRUITER.COM to see your video, academic and equestrian resume'
  • NCAA College coaches may come to your stable to watch you train or go to a competition in
    which you will be competing but they are not permitted to speak to you.
  • Follow links to official college website and fill out the Varsity Equestrian Athlete questionnaire
  • Take your SAT and ACT in the fall of your junior year, allow yourself plenty of time to take
    retakes  if necessary.  When registering online for these test be sure to check the box
    requesting that a copy of your results be sent directly to the colleges of your choice, also check
    the box that sends a copy directly to the NCAA Eligibility Center( code 9999)
  • Familiarize yourself with the definitions page of this website, review the NCAA rule-book, you
    can find this at click on 'legislation and governance," then Rules & Bylaws then
    Division 1 manual.)  Make sure you familiarize yourself with Bylaw/article 12 Amateurism;Bylaw
    13 Recruiting and Bylaw 14 Eligibility
  • Request that your guidance counselor to mail copies of your Junior year transcript to the
    admissions office and the coaches at the colleges of your choice.  Request that a transcript be
    mailed to the Eligibility Center as well.  These transcripts must come directly from the High
    School; not from you.
  • Refer to our list of sample questions for college visits and start a notebook for keeping track of
    the questions you asked of different colleges and the answers you received.
July 1st after your successful completion of Junior year in High School
  • NCAA College coaches and members of an institution may call prospects once a week at this
  • Prospects may call the college coaches as often as necessary to gather information about their
  • Prospects should be narrowing down their top choices and deciding which schools the would
    like to visit.
  • College coaches may visit you at your home or at your stable and may speak with you at this
September 1st or after the first day of classroom instruction of your senior year of high

    Prospects may make official or unofficial visits to the colleges of their choice, keeping in mind
    you will be limited to five NCAA official college visits.
  • As a Prospect you may make an unlimited number of unofficial visits to NCAA and IHSA colleges
  • Be prepared to ask questions of the coaches and athletes.  Ask all the colleges you visit the
    same questions and keep a notes on the different colleges and their responses to these
    questions. Gather as much information as necessary to make a good decision and keep this
    information well organized
November of your Senior year
  • The early signing date will be determined in the summer, check the NCAA website to establish
    what these dates are. The early signing date is typically the first week in November and the late
    signing date is typically the first week in April
  • Be advised there will be a dead period that falls the week before the signing date. The dead
    period is the designated time when it is not permissible for coaches to make any in-person
    contact or evaluation. Telephone calls and written correspondence are allowed. ( This period
is 48 hours before and 48 hours after the signing dates and during the NCAA National    
 There are no in person contacts allowed at this time.
  • You may receive the National Letter of Intent from the school that you have chosen to attend.  
    You must wait until the actual signing date to sign and make it official. Call the University in who
    provided you with the letter of intent if you have any questions.
April of your Senior Year.    
  • The late signing period usually will fall with in the first two weeks of April. Check with the NCAA
to determine the specific dates for each year.  
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