It starts with you! The years as we have referred to them, 14-24, are very much setting the stage for the rest of your life and it is a very good thing to step forward and be the person you want to be, doing the things you would like to do, putting in perspective the fact that to achieve great things there are many things that are non-negotiable.
Okay, let’s get it out right now. You are sitting there as a young student-athlete thinking “great, well, I do not like school, so I am not going to University.”
That is not it!
There are many things that you may not like but you really want the end result. So, we are drawing a connection from what you need to getting what you want; the non- negotiable! Almost every coach I have worked with has talked about the non-negotiable; the tasks that must be done, like them or not!
- Get to class.
- Be on time.
- Have a positive attitude when you get there.
If you want to be successful in a sport you need to play at top level. In most cases, that path goes through University, and to play at University you need to achieve good to great grades; the better they are the more choices you will have and the more money possibilities there will be for your education to get paid!
Whether your goal is to be an athlete, entrepreneur, musician, etc., there are requirements that you may not like about the path to get there but they are things you must complete.
Recruiting and Eligibility
The recruiting world has become more and more competitive. For this reason, there have been more rules put in place to level the recruiting playing field. While the rules play a role in the recruiting process, they can also confuse and overwhelm the student-athlete and their parents.
University & College bound student-athletes must collect and prepare personal, academic and athletic information so it is easily passed on to a coach or recruiter.
Be a Student-Athlete
The best way to demonstrate to coaches that you are a student-athlete is to be a student- athlete. Balance school, workouts, practice and work. Multi tasking is a student-athletes friend.
It is important that you are aware of the rules of the recruiting process. Coaches should inform you of all the rules that affect you, however; it is up to you to become knowledgeable about the rules that will ultimately affect you.
Rules vary depending on who you are being recruited by. Even then, the rules will vary by University Sport Governing bodies and then by Division and Conference.
The NCAA Division I “Full Ride”… While they are rare, you must put yourself in a position that enables you to be considered.
Each year, there are things you should do to stay ahead of the Recruiting Game:
- Ask your counselor for a list of your high school’s NCAA core courses to make sure you take the right classes.
- Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center at eligibilitycenter.org.
- Identify any early needs for scholarship opportunities i.e. government exams.
- Check with your counselor to make sure you will graduate on time with the required number of NCAA core courses.
- Check to ensure you have the right number of courses for your CIS University choices.
- Create a CIS profile & ID number https://cis-sic.net/.
- Take the ACT or SAT and submit your scores to the NCAA using code 9999.
- At the end of the year, ask your counselor to upload your official transcript to the NCAA Eligibility Center.
- Finish your last NCAA core courses.
- Take the ACT or SAT again, if necessary, and submit your scores to the NCAA using code 9999.
- Complete all academic and amateurism questions in your NCAA Eligibility Center account at eligibilitycenter.org.
- After you graduate, ask your counselor to submit your final official transcript with proof of graduation to the NCAA Eligibility Center.
- Send final transcripts to the University/College you are planning to attend.