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  • NCAA Recruiting Terms

    Let’s face it: Recruiting rules are virtually impossible to understand. They are written overly complicated, and they vary depending on the sport. Frankly, they aren’t that exciting to read either. Don’t worry; we have done all the reading and complex calculations so that you can learn everything you need to know. We are going to focus on the most important NCAA recruiting terms. This will be a broad overview, and other articles will go more in-depth. Campus Visits – There are 2 types of visits to an institution’s campus: Official and Unofficial.         Unofficial – Visit is paid for by… Read More

  • NCAA National Letter of Intent

    A couple of times a year, HS wrestlers and institutions around the country take to the social media to proudly announce they have signed an NCAA National Letter of Intent (NLI). What’s it all about, though? Note – This applies to the NCAA National Letter of Intent only. The NAIA and NJCAA have their own NLI rules that will be discussed in other articles. The Program The National Letter of Intent program is managed by the NCAA with participation by institutions and wrestlers is voluntary. Its purpose is to improve the recruiting process for both the institutions and the wrestlers…. Read More

  • COVID-19 – NCAA

    COVID-19 has disrupted everyone’s life in some way or another. Two of these of interest to 2020 high school graduates is the forced cancellation of the ACT/SAT tests for months and school closures. While both are starting to test again, due to these disruptions, the NCAA has made changes to the eligibility rules. Read about the NCAA Initial Eligibility rules. COVID-19 is constantly evolving and with it, the rules. We will update this page as new guidance and regulation are announced.   Who Do They Affect? Students who graduate in the Spring/Summer of 2020 AND initially enroll full-time for 2020-2021… Read More

  • Male Folkstyle Options After HS

    We will be focusing on Male Freestyle options after HS in this guide. Oddly enough, despite being the most practiced style, if you would like to continue your Folkstyle career past HS, you have the ‘fewest’ options. You can go to college, and that’s it. Within this option comes the greatest variety, though. There are currently over 500 schools across 5 different organizations to choose from. This guide will provide a brief overview, and subsequent guides will go more in-depth about each organization. Organizations NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, CCCAA, and NCWA. Each of these organizations is governing organizations in which they… Read More

  • Grade Point Average (GPA)

    Your GPA is one of the most important numbers you will ever earn, for better or worse. It is used for both admissions to institutions and eligibility determination. The higher the GPA, the more institutions you can be admitted into, and the higher the likelihood you will be eligible to compete right away as a freshman. Not having a high enough GPA could make you ineligible for admission to your institution of choice and/or eligibility at your desired division of wrestling. Your GPA should be a focus of yours from the very start of your freshman year. The first year… Read More

  • Prospective Student-Athlete

    If you look at the definition of recruiting, almost every organization includes the term “Prospective Student-Athlete (PSA).” Thus, this is a term you need to know and understand. Here is how each organization defines a PSA: WCWA – a student who has started classes for the ninth grade. NJCAA – Has no formal definition. CCCAA – Has no formal definition. NAIA – an individual who has never identified or whose previous collegiate identification was with another collegiate institution. [Identification with an institution occurs when an individual enrolls in at least 12 credits (at least 9 at the NAIA institution) and… Read More

  • Recruited Prospective Student-Athlete

    Being recruited by an NCAA school can be the result of years of dedication and hard work. Very few people can make the claim. The NCAA defines what a recruited PSA is, so if you meet the below definition, you can do just that! Actions by a staff member or athletics representatives that cause a prospective student-athlete to become a prospective student-athlete at that institution are: Provide a wrestler with an official visit Having an arranged, in-person, off-campus encounter with the PSA or the PSA’s family members Issuing a National Letter of Intent (NLI) or the institution’s written offer of… Read More

  • Recruiting

    Everyone hears the word recruited thrown around, but what does that really mean? How do the different divisions define it? Why is it important? This article is a broad overview of recruiting, but don’t worry; future articles will go more in-depth on these topics. Let’s start with how each division defines recruiting: CCCAA – any solicitation of an individual, a member of his/her family, legal guardian, or coach by a college staff member or by a representative of the college’s interests to encourage enrollment in that institution for the purpose of athletic participation. NAIA – Doesn’t define. NCAA D1– Recruiting… Read More

  • Recruiting Periods

    A recruiting period is a period of time in which the rules of recruiting are restricted or different from the normal. The rules are usually limited because it is in the best interest of everyone involved. *When we use the term coach, we also include institutional athletic staff members (athletic director’s, recruiting coordinators, etc.) When we use wrestler, we also include family members* CCCAA – Has no set recruiting periods NAIA – Has no set recruiting periods NCAA D1 – Has 5 set recruiting periods: Contact, Evaluation, Quiet, Dead, and Recruiting Shutdown. ONLY the Dead period applies to wrestling.  … Read More

  • Recruiting Timelines for College Coaches (and You)

    Every organization and every division have different rules for when certain parts of the recruiting process can take place. You can talk to an NAIA coach at an earlier in your career than you can a D1 coach. D1 and D2 institutions are the only ones that have restrictions on unofficial visits. It’s essential to understand the recruiting timelines for each organization, so you know when the events are allowed, and you can progress in your recruiting. Definitions are provided below the timelines. Overview of every organization and defined events:   NAIA: NCAA D1: NCAA D2: NCAA D3: NJCAA: Definitions… Read More