When researching colleges, first make sure that they offer the sport of your choice. If they do, be proactive and contact the coach via email or phone. Communicating this interest early (sophomore/junior year) allows you to send in information about yourself to the coach as well as finding out tryout specifics.
Are you going to an NCAA or NAIA school?
For NCAA Division I, II, or III schools; stay informed about the student requirements and eligibility here:
For NAIA schools, stay informed here: