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Why Lower Divisions Levels Are a Good Fit

Fact: less than 1% of high school athletes move on to play at the Division I level in college.

So, what does that mean for you? It means, keep your options open! Don’t count out the lower level programs because those are where your best chances are to be recruited. Especially if you’re looking for scholarship money, you need to be realistic and reach out to programs that are good athletic fits for you. Just think, the more programs you reach out to, the more offers you’ll receive and the more scholarship money could be offered to you.

 

Fact: 450 colleges and universities compete at the DIII level, making it the largest of the three NCAA Division levels. (DI 350 and DII 290)

 

Fact: Some high level DIII schools are more competitive than lower level DI programs.

Now, this is only true for baseball and the smaller sports such as swimming. These athletes especially should not be limiting their options to only DI because there are a limited number of college programs in the U.S. who offer their sport. DII, DIII and NAIA schools are great options for finding an athletic and academic fit, as well as receiving offers and scholarship money to play at the collegiate level.

For example, in swimming, top DIII schools often have better and faster swimming programs than some DI and DII college swim teams. DIII can also give out substantial academic scholarships, so don’t count anyone out of the race just yet!

In sports like ice hockey, many opportunities for college athletics are at the club level. Club hockey is also a good alternative for players who are looking for that perfect academic and athletic fit.

 

Fact: Many NAIA programs are highly competitive with NCAA teams and are academically excellent. They can be less-restrictive and generally less expensive than NCAA colleges as well.

 

Fact: Most student-athletes go “Pro” in something other than athletics.

Smaller colleges and universities often prove to be right fit for athletes academically and athletically. Remember, most athletes will “go pro” in something other than athletics, so getting a good education will set you up for the next forty years of your life. Smaller schools often demand a higher level of academic excellence from their athletes and provide more educational assistance and emphasis in order to ensure the future success of their athletes.

If academics are holding you back from pursuing your dreams of playing college athletics, remember that you still have some options. Try attending a Junior College or a Prep school in order to improve your academic standings. These colleges also provide an opportunity to improve your athletic skills as well, so use this opportunity to focus hard and get better athletically and academically before transferring to a NCAA or NAIA school.

 

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Learn more at http://www.ncsasports.org/

 

How Early Is Recruiting Really Happening?

By: Natalie Pedersen

Every month you can read at least one new article about a young kid around 14 years old getting scholarship offers, proving that the recruiting process starts early.

In April, I found this article about Eron Gordon, age 14:

http://www.indystar.com/article/20120423/LOCAL1802/204230316/Eron-Gordon-14-shows-early-college-recruiting-starts-well-early

In May, I read about Chris Lewis, an eighth grader with two scholarship offers:

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/n-fulton-8th-grader-offered-2-basketball-scholarsh/nNWcp/

And now, just this past week, I read an article about a freshman football player getting interest and offers!

http://recruiting.scout.com/2/1188950.html

If three articles aren’t enough to prove that the recruiting process starts early, then reading the rest of this blog surely isn’t going to change your mind.

For some families, they realize the recruiting process starts early, yet, they choose to do nothing. Just the other day I talked to a dad of a H.S. softball athlete and I was telling him about my experience working at NCSA Athletic Recruiting. We talked a bit about his daughter, a rising junior, and he mentioned that they still haven’t made any proactive moves towards getting her recruited. I even told him that softball recruiting starts earlier than many other sports, and he said he knew. Now, he could have been lying. But, even if he wasn’t lying, if still reflects poorly on him for not making any efforts to help his daughter play softball in college, potentially gain scholarship offers, and change the rest of her life.

While I know it’s not up to the parents to start the recruiting process, I think it shows support and sets a good example to the student-athletes if parents encourage their sons/daughters to get proactive in recruiting. Parents can even help research colleges and reach out to companies like NCSA Athletic Recruiting or BeRecruited to look for assistance and education on the recruiting process.

Student-athletes who start the recruiting process early have the advantage. Just look at the three athletes in the above articles. Starting early will help get your name out there and put you on college coaches’ radar. Start building relationships early and you will set yourself up to get roster spots and potential scholarship offers.

Starting early also puts you in a good position to start college. If you learn time management skills and learn how to set goals for yourself, the transition to college will be a lot easier.

 

Pursue your dreams before it’s too late!

By:Natalie Pedersen

What are you doing to proactively pursue your dreams?

The phrase “don’t wait until it’s too late” can have many different meanings. Student-athletes might wait too long to reach out to coaches and miss out on scholarships. Some athletes make the mistake of waiting until senior year to start the recruiting process and then find out that all the top schools have made their offers and are finished recruiting their graduation class. And, in one extreme case, a student-athlete was diagnosed with an untreatable disease.

Recently, NCSA learned that one of our student-athletes has been diagnosed with brain cancer and tumors that will ultimately end his life before hi s upcoming high school senior year. Not only is it a tragedy to lose a young life, but this athlete will never be able to achieve his dreams of playing Big Ten football as a Michigan Wolverine.

When I say “don’t wait until it’s too late,” I’m simply implying that you never know what is going to happen tomorrow. And, if you put something off for tomorrow, who’s to say you won’t put it off again once tomorrow is here?

So, what are you doing to pursue your dreams? And, what are you waiting for?

 

To start your recruiting process and get evaluated by a scout, click here or call 866-579-6272.

 

NCAA Eligibility Center 101

What is the NCAA Eligibility Center?

The NCAA Eligibility Center certifies that college-bound athletes who wish to compete in Division I or II athletic programs have met necessary academic credentials and are of amateur status. NCAA colleges and universities set these regulations to ensure all student-athletes meet NCAA standards, including required core courses.

 

Do I really need to sign up with the eligibility center?

  • You cannot attend official visits if you have not registered or qualified with the NCAA Eligibility center
  • You cannot compete in division I or II if you have not been registered and qualified with the NCAA Eligibility center

When and how do I register with the eligibility center?

To qualify for NCAA eligibility and view core course requirements, register with the NCAA Eligibility Center by completing the Student Release Form and amateurism questionnaire during your junior year.

 

 

*** Special notes

Fall 2012 enrolled athletes need to sign final amateur certification on or after April 1, 2012.

Starting August 1, 2013, NCAA Division II student-athletes will be required to take 16 core courses—this applies to any student first entering a college of university on or after August 1. Please note that the 16 core course for DI and DII slightly differ.

The SAT and ACT have changed their writing tests; SAT writing section is mandatory and the ACT writing section is optional.

Official test scores are no longer accepted from high school transcript. Instead, test scores are to be sent directly from the testing agency (use code “9999” to request ACT or SAT test scores).

 

Negative Impressions Could Cost Your Recruitment

By: Natalie Pedersen

Student-athletes don’t realize that athletic ability alone is not enough to get recruited, and this applies to ALL colleges. Yes, athletic ability is important, as well as strong academic scores, but there is one more key element that is important and should not be overlooked: making a good impression on a coach. Not just a good first impression, but a lasting impression that continues each time you not only talk to a coach, but anytime a coach hears or sees your name. What do I mean by that? Read on, my friends.

First, let’s start with the less obvious ways to make a good impression on a coach, or rather, how to avoid portraying a negative image to a coach. All of your social media pages are public and can be viewed by coaches at any time. This means you should not have any pictures or posts portraying yourself in a negative manner. “Sure, they understand that you are just a teenager,” says one former Division I Recruiting Assistant. “But, anything vastly inappropriate can greatly diminish the chances of a certain coach recruiting you.”

Another former Division I coach says “everything an athlete does is under a microscope,” meaning you never know where or how a coach will evaluate your character and determine if you are a fit for their team. “No one wants a bad apple dragging others down with them.”

You can also make a good impression on a coach through your letters and emails. Show the college coach that you are smart and a good student by having good grammar and writing skills. Remember, you are not sending a text to your best friend, so use complete sentences and pretend you are writing a thesis paper for your favorite teacher that accounts for 100% of your grade.

Next, take a minute to think about any phone conversations that you’ve had with college coaches. Did you present yourself in a professional manner? If you haven’t talked to any coaches on the phone yet, then think about how you can make a good impression every time you do. First, be prepared when you call coaches by knowing what questions you’re going to ask. Don’t call from a cell phone unless you know you’re going to have a good reception, and make sure there isn’t any background noise that could interfere with your conversation. You don’t have many opportunities to talk to coaches, so take advantage when you get them!

You should also be prepared to receive calls from coaches. Make sure you know the NCAA rules about making and receiving calls and know when the date comes that college coaches can start calling you! Have a list of questions you want to ask near the phone at all times. If for some reason you can’t talk at the time the coach calls, schedule a specific time that you can call the coach back. And, if you miss a phone call from a coach, make sure you have a professional and appropriate voice mail message. This is a key element that many student-athletes miss and one that could hurt your image if your voice mail is inappropriate in any way.

Now, what about talking to coaches in person? Whether you meet a coach at a camp, on an unofficial or official visit, or in your own home, you should always look presentable and act respectful. Shake the coach’s hand, use “Sir” or “Ma’am” when addressing them, and don’t swear. If you’re attending a college camp, make sure you come prepared with your own equipment because this is something coaches will notice.

As one former DI college coach puts it, just being respectful is still not enough. “Those who ask the coach questions will make a more lasting impression. Keep in mind that coaches are having the same conversation over and over with hundreds of prospects, so a little back-and-forth [sport] talk with a student-athlete who looks you in the eye and knows what he’s talking about will truly help that coach remember who you are in the future.”
In one article from the South Bend Tribune, Head Football Coach Pat Fitzgerald from Northwestern University talked about the professionalism of his coaching staff which can also be applied to recruits.

He said “At one of our first staff meetings, [Athletic Director Jim Phillips] said, ‘The “N” never comes off. That’s the guiding principle. In other words, NU coaches represent the school seven days a week, 365 days a year. If you don’t operate that way, you’re making a huge mistake.”
So, think about how you can impress coaches and put your best foot forward at all times. Prove to each college coach that you will be a good representation of their college and will wear their colors with pride.

How Should I Dress For A College Visit?

Summer is almost here! Between summer ball and athletic camps most student athletes will probably be pretty busy, however summer can be a great time for student athletes to take a few unofficial recruiting visits.Unofficial visits can be a crucial part of the recruiting process, student athletes needs to see every aspect of a school before they decide that a school is right for them. Athletic aspects such as the facilities, the coaching staff and the team are all important but all those things can change during your career. Athletes should also look at the academic aspect of the university, do they have your major? Are the professors good? What is the professor to student ratio? Past even academics unofficial visits can be a great time for student athletes to see the culture of the campus, does a big campus feel right or would the athlete feel better at a smaller school? Is it a college town or a big city ? It can be hard for student athletes to make such a major life decision such as choosing their college at the age of 16,17,18 years old, therefore researching and visiting the very best option for that athlete is important. A common question that athletes ask before taking a visit is “what should I wear?”. This is a crucial part of the visit, below Coach Bob Chmiel thirty year college coaching veteran explains why!

If you need more help in the recruiting process call NCSA at 866-577-6272 or visit NCSA at www.ncsasports.org

A Lack of Exposure in the Recruiting Process

A majority of student athletes think that college coaches will just come to them. However most of the time that is not the case, unless an athlete is in the top 100 in the country, finding a college that is right for you will be up to you. A large problem is that student athletes do not realize that college coaches do not have the time or resources to find student athletes. It is the student athletes job to stay proactive,and reach out to coaches themselves. Start by emailing coaches, filling out questionnaires and calling. Depending on your age and NCAA rules coaches may  not be able to contact you back, but it is never too early for you to start reaching out to them.Make sure to get your information online both academic and athletic resumes should be posted with verified information, along with your professionally edited highlight tape!

Do you need more help in the recruiting process?

Call us at 866-577-6272 or visit us at http://bit.ly/GetRecruitedNow

LEAVE THE GLITZ AND FLARE OUT OF YOUR HIGHLIGHT TAPE

By:Natalie Pedersen

Theme music is great for adding drama to movies. Inserting animations and effects to a PowerPoint can help engage your audience. However, when it comes to creating your highlight film, college coaches don’t want to see any of this.

College coaches want straight-forward information without the distractions of glitz and flare getting in their way. The purpose of your highlight film is simple: evaluation. Your highlight film is the first chance college coaches have to start evaluating you as an athlete. Adding dramatic effects to your tape won’t make a coach think you’re a better athlete, so what’s the point? Your skills and ability should be enough to captivate your audience, so focus on what’s really important: you!

Think about the movie The Blind Side when S.J. submits video footage to Tom Lemming’s office. The film shows Michael Oher taking his opponent to the bus because, “it was time for him to go home.” The video doesn’t include any special effects because the jaw-dropping block was the focus; it was its own effect.

On another note, college coaches have a variety of mediums to get to know you as a person. They don’t need (and also don’t want) to watch an interview at the beginning of your highlight tape. Your tape is your first, and possibly only, chance to impress a college coach with your ability, so show off your athletic skills and focus on those crushing blocks, mad ups, killer spikes and out-of-the-park grand slams.

Take the advice of this former college football coach: “In the initial evaluation stage, we want to see how an athlete is going to help us on the field. We want to get directly to the tape. There will be plenty of time to learn about the athlete through phone calls and emails as opposed to sitting through an interview. Slow motion or effects also pull coaches away from your athleticism. One question I would ask recruits is ‘Why do you want to ever slow yourself down on film?’ For music, we typically are listening to our own music during eval sessions.”

So, you heard it straight from the source. Keep the glitz and flare out of your highlight film and save it to impress your teachers!