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Operation Inform08. Recruiting for College Athletics . The State University of New York. SUNY. Operation Inform 08. Today’s Program: Provide information about college athletics Help secondary school counselors advise potential athletes and their families

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Operation Inform08

Recruiting for College Athletics

The State University of New York


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  • Today’s Program:

  • Provide information about college athletics

  • Help secondary school counselors advise

    potential athletes and their families

  • Introduce the NCAA Eligibility Center

  • Dispel myths


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  • What do all successful coaches

  • have in common:

  • They care about students

  • They want to win

  • They seek top players

  • They abide by NCAA rules


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Various Divisions in Intercollegiate Athletics:

  • NCAA Division I: No tryouts, Athletic Aid

  • NCAA Division II: Tryouts, Athletic Aid

  • NCAA Division III: No tryouts, No Athletic Aid

  • NAIA: Tryouts, Athletic Aid

  • NJCAA Division I: Athletic Aid

  • NJCAA Division 3: No Athletic Aid

  • Level of play varies across divisions and within divisions


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What do coaches look for:

  • Can the candidate play?

  • Do they have the ability: physical, tactical and mental

    attitude to be successful?

  • Can he or she withstand the pressures of competition?

  • Does the candidate have the speed for the contest?

  • Can they meet the institution’s academic standards?

    • NCAA v. individual college’s standards

    • Eligibility Center: “qualifier’ status

  • Does the candidate have character?

    • Leadership ability?

    • Goals for life and for sports?

    • What is their behavior before, during and after a game?


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Where do good players come from?

  • Coaches seek good players

  • Players seek good coaches, winning teams and

    a good college fit

  • 2-way street of communication

    • Team sports v. individual sports

    • High school v. club teams

    • Videos


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The time line for prospective

student athletes:

8th – 12th grades:

Take rigorous courses. Be prepared to meet high school graduation requirements and meet NCAA initial eligibility requirements. Understand NCAA’s definition of “core courses.”


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The time line for prospective

student athletes:

11th grade:

Take SAT/ACT or both Send scores to the Eligibility Center DI and DII students should register with the eligibility center (code 9999) https://web1.ncaa.org/eligibilitycenter/common.At end of 6th semester, send original transcript to eligibility center


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The time line for prospective

student athletes:

  • 12th grade: Student complete amateurism questionnaire and requests a final amateurism certificate

  • High schools Need to make sure list of NCAA- approved courses is up to date


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The Building Blocks of Prospective

Student Athletes:

Recommendations for your student-athletes:

  • Play often with and against highest level possible

  • Make the grades – do the work!

  • Overachieve – the next grade builds on the previous year

  • Begin the process (look at colleges on the Internet)

  • Pick-up NCAA guide for the college bound athlete

  • Register with the Eligibility Center Junior/Senior Year

  • Develop a player resume and write to the schools of interest

  • Produce a video if possible

  • Play at as many high profile events as possible AND PLAY WELL!!!

  • Update important information – Playing schedule, Awards, Honors

  • Prepare applications for admission


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The Building Blocks of Prospective

Student Athletes:

Recommendations for your students:

  • Visit the campus if possible before senior year

  • See the team play and meet the coaches and the players

  • Have your coach call with a recommendation

  • Call the coach at the schools of interest. They want to hear from the

    student.

  • Keep parents involved and in contact with the coach

  • Apply early to the schools of interest

  • Be realistic in choosing the school

  • How important is the sport to you? Are you committed to spending

    the time and energy necessary to be a successful student-athlete?


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Questions for the prospective

student athlete:

  • What type of college experience are you looking for?

  • Location… Close to home v opposite coast (3-5hrs)

    Academic, Athletic, Social, City/Country…

    Size…Team/Sport Specifics…

  • How many players are graduating and what positions

    will be available?

  • What are the time commitments of a student athlete?

  • What is the training like in and out of season?

  • What are the graduation rates of the school? (All

    athletes and the team)

  • What is it like to be a student athlete?

  • What are the academic benefits and special services for

    athletes?


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Recruiting terms:

NCAA guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete (http://www.ncaa.org/wps/ncaa?ContentID=263):

Contact

Contact period

Dead period

Evaluation

Evaluation period

Official visit

Prospective student-athlete

Quiet period

Unofficial visit

Verbal commitment

Qualifiers

Red shirting


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Know the process and the myths:

  • Match student’s academic skills, athletic skills and desire to

    play with the appropriate college.

  • Understand the goal of the ‘free ride.’

  • Explain to the student athlete that meeting NCAA

    requirements does not guarantee admission into a college.

    The student must still meet the college’s admission

    requirements.

  • Clarify that signing a letter of intent does not guarantee

    admission to a college. The student must still meet the

    college’s admission requirements.


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Wish your student-athletes good luck as they begin college-level athletic competitions!

Questions?

Thank you for your participation.


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