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College Sports: Recruitment

Posted: 01-31-2012 | Categories: Parents & Students

Do you remember middle school athletics?  Everyone received equal playing time and it wasn’t necessarily about who won the game, but that all of the little athletes had fun.  Do you remember thinking that high school athletics were going to be scary and rough?  Well, it looks like you survived and now it’s time to prepare for the collegiate level.

Unlike middle and high school sports, playing at the collegiate level is a whole new ball game – literally.  There are rules for just about everything including when a coach can even speak with a recruit!  You have to have a specified grade point average, a certain SAT or ACT score, and there are even a certain number of classes you have to take before suiting up for a college game.

If you’re a freshman or sophomore, you can start planning for your collegiate career now!  Make sure you study hard and perform well in school because coaches will be looking at your grades and classroom performance, not just your athletic ability.  If you already know where you would like to go to college, that’s great!  Take a look at the college or university’s website to see what core classes you should be taking as a high school student so you can be eligible to qualify when it’s time to recruit.  Visit http://www.eligibilitycenter.org to find out more!

If you’re a junior, congrats on finally becoming an upperclassman!  Keep working hard in your classes and at your sport!  Start preparing for the ACT, SAT, or both by signing up for prep classes or buying a prep book!  Make sure you’re taking the right courses required by your future college or university so you’ll be good to go when it’s time to recruit.  Work with your guidance counselor to have your official transcript prepared and sent to the Eligibility Center at the end of the school year.

Hey seniors!  Your last year of high school should be a blast, but there is also a lot of work to be done!  You may be almost finished with high school work, but you’re in the middle of preparing for life as a college student-athlete!  You need to take the ACT, SAT, or both either the summer before your senior year or during the first semester.  Don’t wait too late to take these standardized tests because that could delay your recruitment process giving other athletes the chance to snatch your spot on a collegiate team.  Make sure you begin filling out college applications early and watch the schools’ deadlines.  There may be different deadlines for each school!  After graduation, party like a rock star, but don’t forget to send your final transcript and proof of graduation to the Eligibility Center.

All high school athletes who are thinking about playing sports in college should visit http://www.ncaa.org and familiarize themselves with terms like “unofficial visit,” “verbal commitment,” “contact period,” and “evaluation period.”  It’s very important to know the recruitment process and the lingo!  You can also see a recruiting calendar for a variety of sports on the NCAA website.

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