My daughter signed with a D1 school, offering a 60% athletic scholarship.
I would love to see the rules changed to match the reality of the recruiting process.
- The recruiting process for many of the D1 schools women's soccer programs starts in the spring of the kids' sophomore year, and its in high gear by the summer between sophomore and junior year
- The rules say that coaches can't respond to e-mail or calls until fall of their junior year and can't initiate them until September of senior year. By then, the vast majority of the scholarships in many/most D1 schools have been awarded
- Official visits can't be done until Senior year, again long after most of the top female soccer players have committed. Why not have them in their junior year, when the verbal offers are being made?
Alternatively, change the rules so that no contacts by either party, verbal offers, or visits can be made until end of junior year.
Overall, we had a good experience, but the rules and timeframes seemed to be made to accomodate the football signing and recruiting schedules, more than any other sport.