The NCAA recently announced a new set of rules for high school athletes hoping to play Division I sports in college. The changes went into effect in April 2018 and primarily affect the timeline students must follow when it comes to in-person communication with coaches. All sports are affected except the following: football, men’s and women’s basketball, and men’s and women’s lacrosse, which follow their own unique timelines.
Sally Ganga guest hosted the latest episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation. The show started with the weekly School’s Out Application Workshop session, moved to a conversation about how being a recruited athlete can impact a student’s chances of admission, and finally wrapped up with tips for making a strong financial transition to college.
For those recruited athletes working out hard this summer or attending summer training camps or programs, don’t forget there are still things to do over the summer to help ease your college application process. So, what is it that should you be doing this summer to ensure the athletic recruiting process goes smoothly and has a positive result? The following is a check list to make sure it goes as planned:
After all the games, practices, try outs and tournaments, after all the hours in the car, on the bleachers, at the field, the court or the rink, it is now time to reap the rewards of your child’s athletic ability! For the chosen few, an athletic scholarship may help pay for college.
After participating in your sport for a number of years and achieving a high level of play, you may decide you want to continue in college. You may very well end up being one of the fortunate high school athletes recruited by coaches. So how do you navigate the athletic recruitment process? The following are some general tips and resources to guide you through the college admissions process.
In Part One, which we published on Wednesday, we discussed the early stages of the athletic recruitment process. Today, we will talk about the next steps for aspiring college athletes.
Find your fit, put together your materials, and get in front of the coaches you want to play for.
Get started early and use the summer to build on your exposure to the colleges you are interested in!
Sophomore year is a good time to start looking at current college rosters to see how you match up. Ask your coaches for programs that will suit you and do your own research. As you get to the summer before junior year, it can be helpful to create a sports resume. Most colleges want to see you play before they recruit you, so pick tournaments, showcases, teams, and camps that will get you in front of those coaches you want to play for. If you are considering Division I or II, be sure to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center. Remember that the better your grades and test scores, the more likely you are to be recruited, the more likely you are to get accepted, and the more likely you are to earn a scholarship where available.
Many high school students are interested in participating in college athletics, but many are unsure what to do and where to start. Adding athletic recruitment to the college application process not only requires additional work on the part of the athlete, but it actually moves up every part of the college application timeline. In addition, one of the biggest surprises for aspiring college athletes is that recruitment rarely provides the financial impact on college costs that many families are led to expect. There are huge differences in athletic recruitment from sport to sport, and between Divisions I, II, and III, that will affect financial benefit. What is most important is that with talent, tools, and time, students can find an athletic program that will fit their abilities at a school that can provide them with a wonderful college experience.
Below, we catalog the most important considerations for students who are interested in making athletics a part of their college experience. In part one, we discuss the early stages of the college selection process. In part two, we will discuss the steps students will take to put together and submit applications to their schools of choice!