College Athletics (NCAA)Here are some recommendations from the CollegeBoard for student-athletes who want to play college sports:
Click here to read more advice about "Choosing a College" for student-athletes.Want to learn more about athletic scholarships and financial aid for student-athletes? - click here!Students who want to play sports in college must complete academic coursework requirements that exceed the a-g college admissions requirements, and they must register with the NCAA by the end of Junior year. The document below will help students and families with the NCAA registration process...Files:
- Determine what level of athletic competition/play you hope to pursue (NCAA Division I, II, III or other levels).
- See about participating in a summer sports camp at your college of interest.
- Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center (see document below). Student-athletes pursuing NCAA Division I or II schools must register; others do not.
- Develop an athletic resume that includes your basic student demographic information, sports stats since 9th grade and academic record/standing.
- Send letters of interest during Sophomore and Junior years to colleges/universities.
- Send coaches your athletic resume, stats summary and a video showcasing your skills in actual competition.
- Keep track of all contact you've had with college coaches in a written log.
- If applicable, apply to the college/university with a special application coded by the college's athletic department to notify the admission office that their athletic department is interested in you.
- Remember that athletics are only part of the college choice - make sure you still find the college to be a good fit if something happens and you can't play or decide not to play.
- Also, remember that athletic eligibility does not guarantee you're going to be admitted.