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The Role of Athletics in the College Admissions/Selection Process. Bill Cardarelli Athletic Director University of Saint Joseph. Want to Play a Sport in College? A Guide for Parents and Student/Athletes in the Recruiting Process. How do you get recognized and actively recruited by a college?

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The Role of Athletics in the College Admissions/Selection Process

Bill Cardarelli

Athletic Director

University of Saint Joseph

Want to Play a Sport in College?A Guide for Parents and Student/Athletes in the Recruiting Process

  • How do you get recognized and actively recruited by a college?

  • Understanding the differences between Division I,II, and III athletics

  • Visiting campuses on an unofficial or official visit

  • Making your final decision on where you will be attending college

The Role of Athletics in Selecting a College

The Differences in Philosophies between NCAA Divisions I, II, and III.

  • Division I

    a. Offer athletics scholarships

    b. Clearinghouse –Eligibility Center

    c. Core Courses

    d. National letter of intent

    Division I schools: UConn, UHart, Yale, Quinnipiac, CCSU, Sacred Heart University, Boston College, Providence, UMass, etc.

    Different levels in Division I

    IT’S A JOB!!!

  • Division II

    a. Offer athletic scholarships

    b. Clearinghouse-Eligibility

    c. Core Courses

    d. Tryouts

    Division II schools: SCSU, Stonehill, Bentley, Saint Anslem, University of New Haven, etc.

  • Division III

    a. No athletic scholarship

    b. Eligibility based on admissions to the college or university

    c. Student-athlete!!!

    Division III schools: University of Saint Joseph, Wesleyan, Trinity, Coast Guard Academy, Connecticut College, Springfield College, Bates, Middlebury, Smith, etc.

How Do You Know When You are being Recruited?

  • Receive a letter from the Coach

  • You are personally evaluated in a game/match/meet situation (Division I, II are limited on the contracts)

  • You receive phone calls from the coaches (Division I, II are limited on the number of phone contacts and personal evaluations)

  • Home visit from the head coach

  • Official College visit

Recruiting Visits

  • Unofficial Visit

    - prospect pays all expenses

    - Institution may provide 3 comp admissions to campus athletics event

    - Prospect may take unofficial visit at any time

    - Prospect may take as many unofficial visits as he/she wishes

Recruiting Visits

  • Official Visits

    - Institution finances all or part of the visit

    - Maximum of 5 visits per prospect

    - One visit per school

    - Maximum 48 hours in length

    - Academic requirements for visit:

    a. Division I : Test score and transcript

    b. Division II : Test score

How to Assist Your Students

Work closely with your guidance counselor

During the junior year

  • Student takes ACT and/or SAT

  • Report score(s) to the clearinghouse - Eligibility Center

  • Continue to monitor course selection

    After the junior year

  • Student registers with the clearinghouse - Eligibility Center

  • Counselor submits the six-semester transcript to the clearinghouse – Eligibility Center

  • Students must complete 10 core courses before their senior year.

Parents/Student- AthletesA Strategic Plan to Help You Recruit a College of Your Choice

Develop Your Student-Athlete’s Personal Profile

  • Cover letter includes the sport you are interested in and why you are interested in their school

  • Name/Address/ telephone/email

  • Intended Major

  • Academics: National Honors, GPA, SAT, SAT II, Academic Awards, etc.

  • High school sports played

  • Athletic honors: Captain, MVP, etc.

  • School activities

  • Community Service

  • Work Experience

  • Other

  • Keep it brief and remember to add dates

  • Email information to coaches

  • Fill out “Recruit Me” on college/university website

Parents/Student- AthletesA Strategic Plan to Help You Recruit a College of Your Choice

Research School that Meet your Criteria:

  • Academically

  • Athletically

  • Size

  • Location

  • Public/private

  • Cost

  • Etc.

    - Collect all information on schools that you are interested in and then compare/contrast


    - Ask Coaches, Guidance Counselors and Athletic Directors what they know about the schools

    -Your list of schools should include at least 5, but no more than 12 schools

    8. When investigating colleges in Division II or III, use the admissions office/ counselors to help contact the coach (60%)

How to Market Yourself

  • Create a DVD or use YouTube video of yourself in action.

  • Email/write the Head Coaches at the schools you are interested in.

  • Send your cover letter and personal profile.

  • If you do not receive a response, follow it up with another message/note i.e.: Did you receive my email/note?

  • Always respond back to thank a coach for contacting you.

  • Visit schools- call/email coach ahead of time and introduce yourself.

  • Follow up with a thank you; look forward to hearing from you. If you are really interested in the school, send a hand written note to the coach.

How High Schools Athletes Can Improve Chances of Being Recruited By Colleges and Universities

  • Return all questionnaires sent by colleges. Fill out “Recruit Me”.

  • Do not reject any interested school too early

  • Improve your grades. Regardless of how good they are, you can help yourself by improving them.

  • Call the coach of the schools you are interested in. College coaches are more likely to recruit individuals who show interest in them.

  • It is never too early to visit a school.

  • NCAA rules prohibit colleges from calling school athletes until after their junior year. Any time a coach expresses a large interest in you, it’s always a good idea to call him/her to learn more about the college and its program. Coaches are allowed to text potential student athletes.

  • Get some playing exposure in the off season. There are plenty of AAU teams, clinics, and camps that can give you an opportunity to polish your skills and display them to many college representatives.

  • Let your high school coach know what schools you are interested in. He/She can often provide valuable advice and help you get noticed

  • Take your ACT/SAT twice

  • Be honest with the college coaches. Let them know what you think and learn as much as you can about their programs.

Ten Questions That Will Give An Athlete a Clear Picture of the School Athletic Program

  • What does the depth chart look like?

  • How many players to do plan to sign at my position?

  • What is the policy on red-shirting?

  • What happens in I don’t become a starter?

  • What kind of academic support will I get?

  • How long will it take me to graduate?

  • What happens after I graduate?

  • What if I get hurt?

  • What if I get hurt before I report?

  • What are the future plans of my head coach and assistant coaches?

Seven Basic Questions Will Lead to Making the Final Decision

  • Does the school meet any of my academic needs?

  • Are my potential teammates the kind of people with whom I will be comfortable?

  • Will I be comfortable with my coaches?

  • Is the geographic location satisfactory?

  • Does the school meet my financial needs?

  • Is the school the level I want to play at?

  • On what visit did I feel the most at home?



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