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College Sports Recruiting and Sports Scholarship Service
When it comes to athletic scholarships and college sports recruiting, it is
important for you to become familiar with the rules and regulations surrounding
the various college associations, conferences, and divisions. Violation of the
rules, even while still in high school, can result in ineligibility in your
future athletic career. Your first task should be to determine which
, etc.) your prospective colleges and universities belong to, and then
carefully review those groups' websites.
Unless you are one of the top athletes in the country, chances are college
coaches don't know who you are. This certainly doesn't mean you aren't a good
athlete or aren't going to be recruited into college. It just means you have to
be an active part of the process; you can't leave it up to the college coach to
find you. You have already put in all the time training for your sport, now you
need to put in the effort to showcase your talent. Below are a number of ways
for you to do this.
College coaches receive lots of mail everyday, and will only be impressed by
individuals that stand out. Therefore, take the time to personalize your
correspondence; it shows heightened interest and will translate to more
attention. Do research and don't include questions easily answered by the
school's website. For example, don't ask "I like biology. Does your school have
that as a major?” but rather “I see your school has a major in biology, which is
one of my favorite subjects. How have athletes on your team dealt with the time
constraints involved with balancing biology coursework and athletics?"
Open-ended questions like that will help initiate a more in-depth dialog with
the college coach, while demonstrating your enthusiasm for the program.
Talk to your high school coach
Your high school coach probably has connections to local college athletic
programs, and possibly some on the state or national level. Spend some quality
one-on-one time with your coach to talk about what your goals are for continuing
in your sport. Your coach may be able to suggest which direction you should
consider, as well as what your coach feels is realistic for you.
If possible, visit your top choices of colleges and universities. Before you
go, be sure to schedule an appointment with the coach for the time you will be
visiting the school. While coaches are often looking for specific
positions/talents, they are also looking for new members to join their team.
Therefore, your personality and how you interact while visiting are definitely
important characteristics they consider. During this trip, try to meet some of
the current athletes and get a feel for what it is like to go there.
Use a college sports recruiting service
There is a large variety of different recruiting services for college
athletes out there, both online and offline.
is a free online college sports recruiting website.
Athletes Advance has many features, listed below, that you may want to consider when
picking any recruiting service:
- Price: There are services that charge a fee and there are ones
that are free. Be careful though, because more money doesn't always mean
better quality. Determine beforehand exactly what you are getting for what
you pay. If a service is free, like Athletes Advance, determine how they are
making money: Athletes Advance contains ads on its website, but be cautious
of other services that profit by selling your contact information.
- Customized mailings: College coaches don't want to be mass-mailed a
random collection of profiles and will throw these away without looking at them.
Identify services that allow college coaches to specify criteria before being
sent perspective athletes. This means offline ones that form personal
partnerships between the service and coach, or online ones, like Athletes
Advance, that have specific search forms designed for use by the college
coaches. This way, the coaches only see those athletes they want, and are more
likely to spend time actually examining the profiles they receive.
- Detailed stats: The more college coaches know about who you are, the
more of an informed decision they can make. Athletes Advance offers the ability
to enter your academic information and detailed game-by-game stats. From this,
season averages are automatically calculated and displayed. This gives college
coaches the ability to get an in-depth view of your athletic career to see how
you perform beyond just your season totals.
- High school coach: The person who knows your athletic background the
best is your high school coach. A college coach can get a better idea of who you
are through this perspective, which is why Athletes Advance includes approval of
stats and coach testimonials by your high school coach. It is very helpful to
have the involvement of your high school coach throughout the recruiting
This guide is meant as an introduction to the process of being recruited
into a college sports program and potentially attaining a sports scholarship.
There is plenty of other information out there, and it is now up to you to
research more and begin the process. All of us at
wish you the best of luck in finishing your high school
athletic career and continuing it on into college!
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