Determine your Reasons for pursuing college athletics
Realistically evaluate what level you can play, or what is needed to reach the desired athletic level
Talk to your coaches and parents
Train, practice and compete. Summers are especially productive in making local, regional and national connections, as well as building skills
- 5 Levels of College Athletics
- Talk with your counselor and the College Bound Student Athlete Advisor about your goals
Update your athletic resume
- Talk to your coaches for direction and recommendations.
- You can start reaching out to coaches at anytime by filling out questionnaires, emailing, calling, visiting college campuses, attending college camps.
- Make initial contact with college coaches via questionnaires, email & phone. Don’t wait for coaches to contact you!
- Tips for Communicating with Coaches
- Talk to coaches while you are on campus (coaches may communicate with student-athletes while on unofficial visits to the college, unless it is a "dead period" - see NCAA sport specific recruiting calendars for "dead," "quiet," and "evaluation" periods
- Include your 1 page athletic resume
- Track content discussed with college coaches - emails and calls
- See College and Career Services for sample email to coach
- Create short video/highlight video of you in recent competition
- Go on unofficial visits to narrow down search. Unofficial visits are made at your own expense and are unlimited
- AMATEURISM: Know how to maintain amateur status (NCAA Guide)
- Attend College Info Session with Mrs. Arey, College & Career Coordinator
Develop list of qualities desired in a university
- Develop list of qualities desired in an athletic program
- Continue to make academics a priority! A higher GPA will make you more desirable to college coaches.
- The NCAA locks in 10 core course grades before the start of senior year - meaning you can't replace those with better grades senior year.
- Know the grades and test scores you must get to gain academic eligibility.
- Fall - REGISTER with NCAA Eligibility Center
- REGISTER to take SAT/SAT II and/or ACT and have scores sent to #9999 (NCAA) and/or #9876 (NAIA) - if you want to retake SAT or ACT, note the registration deadlines for the next test and remember to send the scores again to the NCAA/NAIA.