Plenty of high school athletes expect college sports to be just the same when they arrive on campus.
That couldn’t be further from the truth.
Although some of the major high school sports programs train like elite athletes, the travel and grueling training regimes are much different.
Add in the hours of study that is needed to stay eligible, and college sports is very difficult. But if you have the drive and determination to make it, you can and will.
You should know going into a life of college athletics that your schedule will be full.
While some kids are going to parties in between nightly study sessions, you will be working to become a better athlete.
An example of your schedule could see you up at 5:30 am for a 6:00 am weight training program. A quick shower and you are in class at 8:00 am until 3:00 pm.
After a quick snack you are off to practice followed by dinner and study periods.
Small schools may equal big fun
For athletes attending smaller universities (DIII or NAIA), the chances of going professional are fewer than those at top universities.
Due to less pressure on the program, some athlete might find the schools far more enjoyable.
Although you will be working hard and trying your best, the pressure of knowing there is no professional contract on the other side can allow you to have more fun.
Scholarships from small colleges may be better than walking on at a big university
Having your entire education and housing paid for on a full-ride scholarship is one of the most important reasons to go to smaller college.
While a big university offers a well-known name, playing time and fees being paid should mean more.
Having a sizable debt from walking on and sitting the bench isn’t great once your playing days are over.
College isn’t always a party
Perhaps the biggest thing to remember before playing sports in college is, it isn’t a party.
There are a number of players, coaches and alumni counting on you to do you best.
While classmates are out at night partying and rolling into class five minutes late, that can’t be you. Sleep is your friend and being in class is vital to staying eligible. It is also how you be the best athlete you can be.
You will appreciate it when you are beating the opposition.
By staying true and dedicating yourself to your sport, you can have a very successful college sports career.