“I hate watching high school athletes fail miserably at getting recruited when it should be so easy…”
To find out where you stand…
To see if there would be any interest in you as a athletic match to a “particular” program…
To know if you can get a scholarship.
No matter what sport your in or how good you are, if you want to have the greatest chance of getting an athletic scholarship, you have to do the bare bones minimum I have listed below…
1. Have a GPA of at least 2.30 for Div I and 2.20 for Div II. Old school: Keep/Get your grades up. Lol. Anything below that is redshirt only eligibility.
The NCAA Eligibility Center (aka Clearing House) can give you the updated requirements you need to maintain eligibility.
Also make sure that you are aligned with the NCAA Core courses. This is what the Eligibility Center looks at when determining Eligibility. Not at your “school” requirements.
Meaning you could have passed and graduated from school only to find out that you didn’t take the “core courses” that the NCAA judges by and be ineligible.
SIDENOTE: Don’t forget that the NCAA also has a timeline in which these classes have to be taken by. Meaning you have to have your first 10 of 16 “NCAA Core Courses” before the end of your junior year. Seven need to be in: English, Math, &/or Natural/Physical Sciences. This is required for Div I.
2. Make sure you have passed the SAT or ACT according to the NCAA Sliding Scale (some colleges have their own standards also, so check with their requirements also).
Now don’t settle for just getting by, take the test again and again and again and keep working on getting your GPA up. Some universities require higher scores for their schools (i.e. At the time of my second round of recruiting, Michigan State was one of those).
3. Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center (aka: NCAA Clearing House).
4. Contact at least 50 schools and submit an “athletic questionnaire”. No, your coach isn’t going to do it for you.
If you think so, the next time you see them ask “How many letters have you sent out on my behalf”? or “How many schools have you contacted on my behalf”?
I’ll save you the time… None.
Maybe there have been inquiries about you and they have returned calls, but that’s not actively marketing you.
Your coach has probably told you that if you are going to get a scholarship the colleges/universities will contact you.
Yes, some will… but you will never reach the full potential of choices you have until you actively market yourself.
5. Practice diligently and consistently perform well in your games & competitions. Just relax and give it all you’ve got every single game.
You have to have skills.
But you’ll be surprised at what some coaches see, I think they call it…… Potential!
If you couple that with great work ethic and #6 below you’ve got a great chance.
6. Have a good attitude and be likable! If you have a bad attitude or coaches can’t seem to get along with you, you make it a lot harder for them to want to recruit you… especially over the thousands of other athletes.
And even harder for your current coach to “recommend” you. Although this does NOT have to happen, it helps. There are a many of athletes that do not get along with their H.S. or JUCO coaches who get recruited just fine.
Actually, I have taught extensively on how to get around coaches who have you in their dog house, especially when it’s for NO reason.
Even though there are 150,000 new scholarship available every year, there are millions of athletes, so one way to stand out is to be likable.