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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
  • www.ncaa.org
  • www.eligibilitycenter.org
  • www.collegeboard.com
  • www.princetonreview.com
  • 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
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