GEREMIA: The Recruiting Game, Know the Rules!

A new school year and a new recruiting season is upon us so it is important to keep in mind some rules that will help you stay in front of “the Recruiting Game”. While the rules and added process of seemingly jumping through hoops and over barrels can be frustrating, ultimately they have been put in place to protect the best interests of the player, student-athlete. Simply, take a step by step approach and start now!

Create a U Sports Profile and get your ID number:

A new U Sports Recruiting process has taken affect as of April 2016. You must follow these steps in order to be recruited by U Sports Schools.

  • New rules mandate that you must register yourself and get a U Sports Identification Number Online.
  • This U Sports ID Number is to be used by you and the U Sports Member Institutions.
  • No visits are allowed official or unofficial unless you have this U Sports ID Number.

Go to:

  1. Click the “Student-athlete” tab
  2. Fill out the required information
  3. Click “Register” – You will be given a U Sports ID. Know and keep this number available as coaches will be asking for this in order to visit their campus.



New NCAA Division I Requirements as of August 1, 2016

You must graduate high school and meet ALL the following requirements:

  • Complete 16 core courses:
    • Four years of English
    • Three years of math (Algebra 1 or higher)
    • Two years of natural/physical science (including one year of lab science if your high school offers it)
    • One additional year of English, math or natural/physical science
    • Two years of social science
    • Four additional years of English, math, natural/physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy
  • Complete 10 core courses, including seven in English, math or natural/physical science, before your seventh semester. Once you begin your seventh semester, you may not repeat or replace any of those 10 courses to improve your core-course GPA.
  • Earn at least a 2.3 GPA in your core courses.
  • Earn an SAT combined score or ACT sum score matching your core-course GPA on the Division I sliding scale, which balances your test score and core-course GPA. If you have a low test score, you need a higher core-course GPA to be eligible. If you have a low core-course GPA, you need a higher test score to be eligible. [contact-form][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Website’ type=’url’/][contact-field label=’Comment’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form]

It is important to know these changes and share them with coaches, counsellors and teachers if you are pursuing the quest to become a student-athlete. There is a greater emphasis on the student demonstrating their academic abilities by their 7th semester and then not being able to repeat or upgrade courses to improve. Therefore, more than ever it is important to know the rules early to avoid disappointment later.


NOTE: changes will be coming to Division II requirements in August, 2018

No doubt as you proceed through the recruiting process there are times when the student-athlete and their parents feel as if they are having a bad referee experience. You know the one in which the referee has taken over the game and every time you gain momentum something else ops up. Just as in the game keep playing and before you know it you have made progress and you are moving on to the next challenge. See you at the next level!

Dino Geremia @coachDinoG 

The Recruiting Academy






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