Are you a student –athlete that loves your sport and thinks that you have what it takes to compete at the college level? Then now is the time to get started on your recruitment whether you have seriously considered playing in college or believe that have the drive to make it. All you need is dedication to your sport and your recruitment in order to open up many more opportunities then you thought possible.
Are you good enough to play at the college level?
As a high school athlete you have many questions to answer for yourself regarding your future. You need to think about what you want to major in, where you want to attend college, how you’ll be able to finance this venture and how you will be able to balance your academic life with an athletic one. Most high school students aren’t able to answer all questions right away; some items will need to be answered once they’ve been experienced. The important part is realizing you have options and if you are willing to chase them than you will be able to reach your goals.
What others say
If you feel unsure about your plans to pursue a college athletic career, than it’s not going to be a good fit for you. If you think that the only things holding you back is your lack of experience, but feel that you are capable of holding your own out on the court or field than get to work. The only person that will make sure you are getting the best college opportunity is you.
What if you have not been playing your sport for very long?
Let’s say that you have only recently picked up your sport and think that you would like to give it a try at a higher level and possibly take it into college, what then? Athletes that are new to participating in their sport will need to realize the level of competition best suited for them. New athletes who want to participate at a NCAA Division III university or Junior College may have a better chance considering their athletic experience, at late start in the sport.
Construct a plan
Make a point to find a college that fits your academic and athletic needs. Researching is your key to finding a school which is right for you. Check to see what the athletic staff will be like and read up on team stats. Visiting a college is the best way to get a feel for what you will come to expect and it will also give you a chance to make contact with the college coach or a representative from the athletic department who can explain to you what student-athletes expectations are.
Even if you do not end up being recruited for a college team you can still consider walk-on opportunities. Walking on is an excellent way to get your foot in the door and to experience what juggling academics and athletics will be like. Athletes who are able to prove themselves out there are more likely to be offered financial assistance the following years.