On behalf of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA), I welcome you to the world of college field hockey recruiting This NFHCA Guide to Recruiting brings you one step closer to finding the right college or university that will best meet your academic, athletic, geographic and financial needs
The benefits of being an informed prospective student-athlete are invaluable in your college decision making By understanding the recruiting policies and guidelines set forth in this document, you can become a prospective student-athlete who asks educated questions on campus visits and in your communications with coaches regarding the recruiting process This Guide will help you understand the differences between Division I, II and III athletics programs; it will help you learn to utilize the NCAA Eligibility Center; and ultimately it will aid in devising a timeline for selecting the best college or university for you I encourage you to be mindful that institutions approach the overall recruitment of each student-athlete differently By seeking accurate answers from each university, you will play an active role in understanding the recruitment, admissions and financial aid process The goal of this guide is to assist you in making the college decision that is best for you
Most importantly, college coaches want to get to know you—the student-athlete It is imperative that you be proactive in contacting coaches to set up visits and that you promote yourself When you enter the world of higher education, being informed, diligent, and playing an active role in your future will be essential to achieving success both on and off the field—so do the same during the recruiting process
The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) is a non-profit organization serving field hockey coaches and supporters of the game from across the United States. The mission of the organization is to stimulate the professional development of coaching leadership within the sport of field hockey. The NFHCA strives to cultivate and recognize the professional contributions of its membership and to foster and promote the growth of the sport. The NFHCA is responsible for providing a recognizable presence and voice in regard to legislation affecting the sport as well as interscholastic and intercollegiate programs.
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