Athletic recruiting takes precise scheduling to be successful. There are several steps you can take to make sure your recruiting process stays on track. You definitely don’t want to fall behind and want to complete these steps sooner than later. It’s time to get serious. Schedule it and do it.
1. REGISTER WITH THE NCAA ELIGIBILITY CENTER
If you want to compete in NCAA Division I or II athletics as a freshman in college, you must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center and be certified academically and as an amateur. Although the NCAA recommends that student-athletes register at the beginning of junior year, there is no registration deadline. Keep in mind that students must be cleared by the Eligibility Center before receiving any athleltic scholarships or compete at a Division I or II Institution.
2. COMPLETE A FAFSA
Did you know that even with a scholarship, all of your tuition and expenses may not be paid for? If you don’t get a full athletic scholarship, you may still be eligible for other financial aid. Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is key to ensuring you receive additional financial aid.
3. GRADES MATTER
This is a classic tip and one that is not new. I know you have heard it all before. Your grades matter. Your GPA is important from the moment you start earning credits. If you are serious about your college career, then you know that there is no grace period and certainly no senioritis. Your only option is to study and make the grade. Athletes must prove that they make wise decisions on and off the field or court.
4. TAKE THE SAT/ACT JUNIOR YEAR
The SAT/ACT is a an assessment that most colleges require as part of an application process. Students usually plan to take the either the SAT or ACT during their junior or senior year in high school. Most students will take the test twice-spring of their junior year and in the fall of their senior year.
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