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Student-Athlete College Night. A look at the myths and realities of college athletics, scholarships, and recruitment. Rockland High School – March 11, 2013. Realities of Athletic Scholarships. There is more money available in academic scholarships than athletic scholarships.

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Student athlete college night

Student-Athlete College Night

A look at the myths and realities of college athletics, scholarships, and recruitment.

Rockland High School – March 11, 2013

Realities of athletic scholarships
Realities of Athletic Scholarships

  • There is more money available in academic scholarships than athletic scholarships.

  • Most NCAA Division 1 student-athletes are not on ‘full rides’

  • All NCAA athletic scholarships are only good for one year

  • Many NCAA Division 1 schools do not use full allotment of available scholarships.

  • In many sports there are more athletic scholarships available to females.

Ncaa division 1 schools
NCAA Division 1 Schools

  • Athletic scholarships are available.

  • Many schools do not use their allotment of athletic scholarships.

  • Local Division 1 Schools: B.C. , Providence College, Univ. of Massachusetts-Amherst, Univ. of Connecticut-Storrs

  • Ivy League Schools are NCAA Division 1, however they, DO NOT give out athletic scholarships

  • NCAA Division 1 are almost always the highest standard in collegiate sports.

Ncaa division 2 schools
NCAA Division 2 Schools

  • Athletic scholarships are available

  • Many schools do not use their full allotment of athletic scholarships.

  • Local Division 2 Schools: Bentley, Stonehill, St. Anselm’s, Franklin Pierce, Assumption, & Merrimack

Ncaa division 3 schools
NCAA Division 3 Schools

  • Athletic scholarships ARE NOT available.

  • Student-athletes may be able to use athletics to gain entrance to schools that otherwise may not be an option academically.

  • Local Division 3 Schools: NESCAC schools, most small schools in Boston, Wheaton, and Roger Williams. NCAA Division 3 schools are very numerous throughout New England.

Ncaa initial eligibility
NCAA Initial Eligibility

  • Minimum GPA’s and SAT/ACT scores need to participate on the NCAA Division 1 and 2 Levels

  • GPA’s based on core classes only

  • See handout for sliding scale of GPA’s vs. SAT/ACT for NCAA Division 1 schools (changes 8/1/2016)

  • NCAA Division 2 schools do not have a sliding scale

  • NCAA Division 3 schools do not have GPA/SAT/ACT standards for eligibility.

  • If you find that you fallen behind in core courses please contact the guidance department on course recovery options.

Grade point average gpa
Grade Point Average (GPA)

  • A= 4 points C= 2 points

  • B= 3 points D= 1 point

  • Convert each of your final grades to this scale

  • English A,A,A-,A = 16 points

  • Math B+,B,C,C= 10 points

  • Science B+,B,A, = 10 points

  • Social Studies B,C,C+ = 7 points

  • Spanish B,C = 5 points

  • 16 Core Courses GPA= 48/16 = 3.0 Core Course GPA

  • Honors Courses can add to GPA

  • AP courses may also add to GPA

Early academic certification
Early Academic Certification

  • Students may be approved by NCAA after 6 semesters

  • Div. 1 & Div. 2 have to a minimum SAT of 1000 or ACT of 85

  • For Div. 1 they must have a GPA of 3.0 in 13 core courses (must be 3 English, 2 science, 2 math, and 6 other core courses)

  • For Div. 2 they must have a GPA of 3.0 in 12 course courses (must be 3 English, 2 science, 2 math, and 5 other core courses)

Useful websites
Useful Websites





  • NCAA Guide for the College Bound Student-Athlete

  • Naviance

  • Also NCAA Division 1, 2, & 3 manuals

  • Duxbury Athletic Department website

Common misunderstanding prospect vs recruit
Common Misunderstanding – Prospect vs. Recruit

  • A prospect receives letters/questionnaires from college

  • All students become prospects when they enter the 9th grade

  • A prospect is not a recruit

  • A recruit is contacted by the coach

  • A recruit is offered an opportunity to visit

  • A recruit is encouraged to apply

Freshman year
Freshman Year

  • Understand different NCAA divisions as well as NAIA and junior colleges

  • Basic understanding of eligibility guidelines

  • Peruse useful websites

  • Begin to understand difference in levels and expectations.

Sophomore year
Sophomore Year

  • Identify factors that should be considered in assessing program

  • Understand NCAA initial eligibility including core courses, GPA, SAT/ACT)

  • Recruiting Services, carefully evaluate services to ensure needs are being met

  • Students start to contact coaches

Junior year
Junior Year

  • Understand specific rule relating to contact with college coaches

  • Register with NCAA initial eligibility center

  • Honest in evaluation of talent level

  • Enroll in correct classes

  • Consider wants and needs for a college beyond athletics

Senior year
Senior Year

  • Understanding of NCAA Division 1,2, & 3 levels

  • Unofficial and official visits

  • Have questions ready for coaches

  • College is about academics first, the college selection process should be based on a combination of academic and athletic fit.

Official visits
Official Visits

  • NCAA Division 1 & 2 rule 13.6

  • NCAA Division 1 and 2 schools can only allow 1 official visit to their school.

  • Official visits must occur during senior year.

  • Student-athletes may only have a total of 5 official visits.

  • Visit can last a maximum of 48 hours

  • Student must present ACT/SAT/PSAT score

  • Student must register with NCAA initial eligibility center.

  • School must register student with NCAA for an official visit.

Unofficial visits
Unofficial Visits

  • NCAA Division 1 & 2 rule 13.7

  • A prospective student-athletes may haven an unlimited amount of unofficial visits to NCAA Division 1 or 2 schools.

  • A prospective student-athlete may make unofficial visits before their senior year.

  • Visits must be at own expense.

Questions for coaches
Questions for Coaches

  • What positions are you recruiting me for?

  • How many players are currently in this position?

  • How many incoming players are you recruiting at my position? Where do I rank among those incoming players at my position?

  • What is the average size of scholarships in your program?

  • A scholarship is guaranteed for one year. How is it renewed?

  • What happens if I’m injured and cannot play the rest of the year?

  • Do you provide academic counseling?

Recruiting yourself
Recruiting Yourself

  • Most college athletic websites have questionnaires for prospective student-athletes.

  • Student-athletes may always contact coaches.

  • Visit schools to get a feel for environment.

  • Attend camps at school (if applicable)

  • Surf websites for schools, conference, etc. to see if you are a match for schools.

  • Talk to coaches, guidance counselors, athletic directors, and alumni

Other factors to decide
Other Factors to Decide

  • Don’t go to a school just because of the coach.

  • Whether or not to go early decision?

  • Decide how far from home you really want to go to college.

  • Urban/suburban/rural?

  • Big/small/medium size school?

  • Overall cost of school? (private/public)

  • Type of school (business/liberal arts)

  • Campus life