September 1st marks an important date surrounding communication between prospective student-athletes and college coaches at the Division I level. This is when prospective student-athletes and college coaches can start to engage in more serious conversations regarding recruiting. If you are in the high school graduating class of 2025, this information is extremely important!

What Division I Sports are Affected by September 1st?

For the NCAA Division I, September 1st going into your Junior year is the allowable date for college coaches to initiate or engage in recruiting-related discussions. The sports affected by September 1st are listed below:

  • Softball
  • Women’s Basketball
  • Men’s Lacrosse
  • Women’s Lacrosse
  • Football

3 Steps to be Taking Before September 1st

  1. Update Your Profile – Have as much information filled out on your SportsRecruits profile as possible. College coaches are using SportsRecruits to find and evaluate student-athletes further. The more information you have the better. Start with the “Essentials” section to get moving in the right direction. This includes grad year, position, contact information, etc.
  2. Upload Recent Video – Video is the most requested piece of information from college coaches. You can have anything from highlight reels, skills videos, or raw footage. With your account, you are able to upload an unlimited amount of video. Remember, athletes with video on their profile are 11x more likely to receive views from college coaches. Take the time to go through video from this summer season to get added to your SportsRecruits profile.
  3. Message Coaches – Communicating with college coaches is the only way for them to find out who you are, and why you’re interested in their program. Send an introduction message to the schools on your favorites list letting them know who you are and why you are interested in their program. If you have already been in contact with schools, make sure you send them a message before August 1st letting them know how excited you are to continue your conversations.

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Mike Babich is a Senior Recruiting Analyst at SportsRecruits. Mike has experience in collegiate athletics as a former football student-athlete at Mount Ida College, as well as a Graduate Assistant and Assistant Football Coach at Long Island University. He also served in the role of an Admissions Counselor for two years at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, New York.