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(In 2021, again, only two resources have fallen off of the list. Given the number of resources already on the list, I decided to just replace those that have disappeared. If you don’t like any of the samples you see here, you can easily find others on the internet.) There are plenty of samples of athletic resumes or player templates on the internet. After all, it seems just about every recruiting website has one posted. It’s just tedious going through all the search results to find something useful. Well, I’ve just saved you the trouble–you can thank me later.
And yes, you should have an athletic resume. If for no other reason, having the resume will allow you to easily complete all of the online player profiles teams require prospects to submit. This way the information will be all in one place.
The following is a list of resources I’ve found and actually opened and looked at. I’ve divided them into two sections, the first has some sort of substantial additional recruiting information along with the samples. The second section includes just sample letters and resume or player profile templates.
With the exception of the first two documents, they are in no particular order. The resources in the samples only section aren’t any better or worse than those that provide some sort of guide as well. In fact, I’ve included some even if I didn’t think they were so great (and indicate such) so you might only open these to use for comparison purposes.
I didn’t include just one best because sometimes you’ll find the best solution for you is to use a little something from a variety of sources. For all of these sources, be sure to double-check with the NCAA and NAIA for the latest information since very few of these guides are updated on a regular basis.
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The College Planning Guide for Student Athletes is no longer being updated by the New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation Network. This is one resource I have always recommend everyone download. Unfortunately, it’s replacement, The College Insider Series: Student Athletes isn’t nearly as good. The new version includes a sample player profile template and cover letter along with an overview of the different NCAA divisions.
But it’s missing the information on the percentage of athletes going pro. There used to be a sample in-season Division 1 athlete schedule to show the time commitment required. It still includes valuable information and is worth downloading but it’s just not as good as the original. So I’m keeping a link to the original for a while until I think the extra information isn’t worth the inclusion of possible outdated information.
My current choice of if you’re only going to download one item is Lebanon School District’s Guide for the College Bound Student Athlete.
The example athletic resume is best as a content guide rather than for formatting an actual athletic resume. However, it includes a good sample cover letter. One thing the guide includes is a recruiting funnel which should help anyone understand why a letter alone doesn’t mean you’re being recruited. You’ll also find information on the recruiting timeline, glossary of terms, the recruiting process, tips, and questions to ask. One thing to pay attention to is that it lists the NCAA approved courses for its own school. You should check with your own school for its NCAA list of approved courses. The download link is just below the page title. It’s a great resource to start with.
Sample Athletic Resumes/Player Profile Templates With Recruiting Guides
South Windsor Public Schools A College Admissions Guide for the Student Athlete. Very comprehensive guide with two of each letter and resume examples. Also includes words of wisdom from some of the high school coaches from various sports as well as a section on selecting a college and financial aid considerations.
St. Ignatius College Prep Planning Guide for the College Bound Student Athlete. Comprehensive guide that includes a checklist grid you can use for tracking your recruiting contacts with colleges. Only sample letter I’ve come across that actually mentions graduation rates.
Academy of the Holy Cross The NCAA & College: What You Need to Know About Playing Competitive Sports in College. Contains a sample volleyball resume and cover letter. Overall guide to recruiting process and includes the most recent changes in the NCAA academic eligibility rules (pre-COVID).
San Marcos College Soccer College Soccer Recruitment Guide for Parents and Players. This guide is available from several different soccer websites. It includes two sample letters and one sample player profile. It has a nice section addressed to parents covering financial aid and amateurism.
St. Joseph School District Athletes and the College Recruiting Process: A Handbook for the Students Their Families. This is an 18 page guide that includes timelines, checklists, definitions of NCAA & NAIA, along with a sample email and resume. Pay attention to the differences between “Blue Chip Athletes” and “Most Athletes.”
Forman School’s Planning Guide for the College Bound Student-Athlete. Along with a sample player profile and coach email, it includes sport specific information to include in the athletic resume. You’ll also find a recruiting glossary and frequently asked questions.
High School District 214 Student-Athlete College Handbook. It also has information on Qualifer Status, Walk-Ons, and Education-Impacting Disabilities. It contains one sample letter but it never mentions the college the student is interested in. Pretty standard resume but doesn’t include any sports related stats.
Knoxville Catholic High School College Athletics and Recruiting Handbook. Detailed description of the recruiting process. Provides numbers of players who make it to the next level and what it means when a coach contacts you. Includes a sample letter, sample athletic resume, sample follow-up letter, and statistics to include by sport. Dated from 2011.
Collegiate Soccer Academy Soccer Resume. Only player profile template I’ve seen that includes a link to a video setup as an image so that it looks embedded. Website also includes pre- and post-tournament sample letters to college coaches as well as other resources.
New Hyde Park Memorial High School A Guide to Collegiate Athletics. It includes timeline/checklist, sample letter, as well as marketing strategies. It also contains a section on the role of school personnel which could be useful to some families.
NCSA Writing a Recruiting Resume. You’ll find how to write an introduction, what academic information to include as well as specific information for football, basketball, baseball, soccer, volleyball, and softball.
Staples High School Athletics in the College Admissions Process Guide. Relatively short guide that includes one sample athletic resume and one letter. Instead of repeating what’s found in the NCAA guide it actually lists their specific high school classes that won’t count towards eligibility and a short overview of athletic scholarships. Revised 2019.
Resume/Player Profile Template and/or Letter Only
HS Baseball Web The Introduction Letter. A basic sample geared for baseball players. However, the website includes a “Schedule” letter as well as an unscientific poll as to whether coaches prefer emails or letter.
Orinda Aquatics Sports Resume, Cover Letter & Correspondence. Word document that has a sample athletic resume, coaches letter, and samples of other letters to keep the coach updated including a thank you letter.
Campolindo High School Sample Student-Athlete Resume. Nothing special but some might find the sample letter useful.
School of the Holy Child Sample Resume and Email. Again nothing special but the sample letter may contain a phrase or two you could use. Don’t use the “Please send me everything…” sentence unless you want to look like you know nothing about the school and are totally helpless. You should end it with you saying what you will be doing next.
San Diego Mustangs Rugby Sample Rugby Recruit Athlete Resume. Another sample resume but with a Rugby perspective. The website does include Top U.C. and CSC application mistakes that may not apply to your situation but are something you should check on just in case.
Castro Valley Soccer Club PDF soccer resume template. Nice set-up for club members since they only have to fill-in the blanks of the player profile template.
National High School Golf Association Good and bad examples of a college golf resume. PDF examples of a “good” and “bad” resume. While the stats are for golf, it shows how to format your general information into a working athletic resume.
Broomfield Soccer Club Player Profile Template. Simple, easy to modify player profile template in Word format.
Rush Soccer Communication with College Coaches. The usual sample letter and athletic resume but also includes a phone script to use calling coaches.
USA Today Recruiting Column: How to get your first email noticed by college coaches. Critique of a good and a bad email to a coach.
Exact Sports Sample Letters from Athletes to College Coaches. Provides 2 good samples and 2 bad samples, an initial letter, and a follow up.
CollegeHockeyInc.com 10 Steps to a Great Hockey Resume. Lists needed elements for the athletic resume as well as a sample resume.
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