Thank you for your interest in Springfield Athletics. Together we can make your college recruiting process an informative and successful process. Please know that most of the college recruiting process is regulated by NCAA. In order to compete as a student-athlete at Springfield (or any other college) you must do your part to stay within the NCAA guidelines. Below are some frequently asked questions by prospective student-athletes (prospects):
You may make your own unofficial visit to campus. Before January 1 of your junior year you may:
1) Meet with the coach
2) Meet with admissions
3) Do research on the web (www.springfieldcollege.edu)
4) Fill out and return the questionnaire for your sport
5) Contact the coach and ask any questions you might have
As early as possible, please let the admissions office and the coach know of your visit. If you plan to stay overnight, the earlier you can make arrangements, the better. The coach and admissions can help you plan your visit. Coaches and admissions cannot host everyone. Please confirm your dates with the coach before you make plane reservations. You do not want to have reservations to visit campus when the team is away from campus. If this is an official visit, you also need to take into account the 48-hour rule.
Parents are active participants in the college search and recruiting process. Parents should be involved but you, the prospective student-athlete, should be the primary contact for the coaches and admissions.
First, a college coach is only allowed to speak to those prospective student-athletes who have completely his/her sophomore year. Second, a college coach may only meet with the prospect after the competition is over for the day. Contact shall not be made with the prospect from the time the prospect reports on call (at the direction of the prospect’s coach or comparable authority) and becomes involved in competition-related activity (e.g., traveling to an away-from-home game) until the end of the day of competition. Contact shall not be made after the competition until the prospect is released by the appropriate coach and departs the dressing and meeting facility.
a) Gifts or loans of clothing, stereo equipment, compact discs, food, beverages
c) Use of an automobile
d) Low interest or interest-free loans, telephone cards, credit cards, charge accounts, etc.
e) Gifts of more than the allowable number of complimentary admissions
f) Special discounts on products or services
g) Special payment arrangements on personal purchases
h) Material benefits that are not available to the general student body
Go to our Springfield College athletics website, click on your sport. From there, you will be able to fill out a questionnaire and email the coach to express your interest.
Every team and coach’s tryout procedures are different. Contact the coach to find out more about try outs. The coach can tell you the requirements for team participation.
No, you do not have to go through the NCAA Clearinghouse to be recruited and/or participate at Springfield College, or any other Division III school.
If you are currently at a Division III institution, you can complete the NCAA self-release form (located at ncaa.org under “forms”), then mail, email or fax it to the compliance officer at Springfield College. This form will allow contact between you and the Springfield coach for up to 30 days. After this 30-day window closes, a second self-release must be filled out and sent to Springfield. Once the initial self-release form has been received, Springfield College is not allowed to contact your current institution. After the 30-day window, Springfield may contact your current school if you decide to pursue a transfer. Springfield may not contact the current school if a second release to contact is sent and must wait for the expiration of the self-release form. Though a coach is not allowed to contact your current coach during this 30 or 60-day window, you are highly encouraged to talk to your current coach about a possible transfer to Springfield, or any school of your choice.
The information contained in this list of frequently asked questions does not represent every possibility or situation. If you have any questions regarding prospects, student-athletes, or NCAA rules and regulations, please contact the compliance officer, Erica Hollot ([email protected]).