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Recruiting Tip: What is the National Letter of Intent or NLI?

Recruiting Tip: What is the National Letter of Intent or NLI?

The #NationalLetterofIntent is a binding agreement between a student athlete, and the academic institution offering a scholarship in exchange for playing your sport.  Upon signing the NLI, a student athlete is assured a scholarship for a minimum of 1 academic school year. You must complete the registration process with the Eligibility Center in order to sign. The Eligibility Center will process your application to ensure you are eligible to compete at the next level.

What if the coach decides to leave the institution after I sign my NLI?

The NLI is a binding agreement, which remains in tact, regardless if the coach who recruited you is at the institution or not. In order to fulfill the agreement, you must attend the academic institution for 1 year as outlined in the NLI. There is a penalty if you do not fulfill the terms of your agreement.

If you are in a position where you would like to commit, be sure this is the college that fits your needs. This decision has a serious impact on your life for the next 40 years, and you cannot afford to get it wrong. Be clear of what your academic and athletic goals are before you decide to sign to a institution. Defining these goals typically takes time and a few college campus tours. When I work with an athlete, I prefer they visit at a minimum, 3 colleges before deciding to sign.

The early signing period for volleyball begins November 12 and lasts through to November 19th. Do not sign the NLI until you have visited the college and feel confident it’s the perfect fit. Are you a senior and feel behind in the recruiting process? You need to call me at 888-354-0052. I can offer you a free consultation to understand your goals, and point you in the right direction. If you have questions about the recruiting process, I’d love to hear from you! Please email