Multiyear Scholarships: Why it May Affect You Differently Than You Think

Multi Year ScholarshipsWhen athletes think about the possibility of a multi-year scholarship, they typically think about the safety of not needing their scholarship renewed annually. However, the new ruling may affect athletes in a more negative way than many of them think.

A Brief Background of the New Ruling

The decision to allow NCAA Division I schools to offer athletes scholarships for more than one year was passed in October of 2011. Prior to this ruling, all scholarships offered were for one year, and were renewable by the school at the end of each school year. Since the rule change in October, the debate surrounding multi-year scholarships has continued; the multi-year scholarship rule was narrowly upheld in a vote back in February 2012.

Why is This Bad For Athletes?

Initially, most schools will not be able to offer athletes a scholarship for multiple years. The ones that could are the schools with major football programs (think SEC, along with a few Big 10, PAC 12, and Big 12 teams). The reason these schools can offer multi-year scholarships is because they can handle the large financial burden that will be placed on the school. Instead of the risk of offering an athlete a one-year deal, the risk can now be up to four times as large. Most athletic departments do not make a profit. This would begin to open up a sizeable recruiting advantage for the schools initially able to offer multi-year deals. Other schools would then have to play catch-up, and begin to either cut costs or increase revenue, with the former being much more likely.

Where Will Schools Cut Costs?

If colleges and universities want to cut costs, they will need to shut down other athletic programs not considered to be revenue sports (revenue sports being football and basketball). This means anything from baseball and softball programs, to track and field, to swimming and diving, can be cut to help pay for multiple year scholarships for football and basketball players. Since majority of athletes out there are not football or basketball players that are going to a BCS automatic qualifying conference (Pac 12, Big 12, ACC, Big East, Big 10 and SEC), multi-year scholarships will likely have a negative effect on you because it will limit the number of opportunities you have.

Why Some Major Schools are Against the New Rule

If multi-year deals were an advantage for the top athletic programs, you would think all the top schools would be in favor, right? That is not the case. Schools like Texas and Oklahoma have come out against the new rule. They feel that if an athlete is offered a deal that covers all of their college years, they will lose incentive to work hard and compete year in and year out. Mack Brown, the had coach of the Texas Longhorns’ football team, claims that unless an athlete gets arrested, stops performing in the classroom, or stops working hard on the field, they will get their scholarship renewed.

What do you think? How will multi-year scholarships change an athlete’s motivation? Are they ultimately good or bad for college sports?

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Cross Country Scholarships by the Numbers

There are more opportunities to run cross country at the college level than almost any other college sport. With so many programs, finding an opportunity to run in college and earn a scholarship comes down to looking at schools you did not initially consider. Use our graphic as a guide for finding programs different programs.

Cross Country by the Numbers

Cross country scholarships are combined with track and field, so coaches can get the best all around teams. There are more athletes on a cross country team than scholarships available; getting an athletic scholarship as a runner can be difficult. If you are not going to be in the top 5 runners on the team, or scoring points at the conference level in track, most times you will not get a scholarship.

Being a college distance runner is a year round sport. You will be running cross country in the fall, indoor track in the winter and outdoor track in the spring. With the jump up in training, you will undoubtedly become a better runner. Keep that in mind when you are considering schools and scholarship money. It is always beneficial to set up markers with your coaches so you know what it will take to earn a scholarship.

Some schools will only have cross country programs and no track and field. These can be great programs for athletes who enjoy competing and running, but might want to focus more on academics and not just running. Typically, these programs are lower key as you are not running year round like you would with a track team. Additionally, you can get a reasonable size scholarship without having to be one of the best runners in your conference.

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College Soccer Scholarships by the Numbers

The recruiting process for college soccer is going to be experiencing significant changes as the elite club teams seek to identify the top recruits as freshman in high school. This means it will be even more critical that you contact coaches on your own. If you are not contacting coaches before they can contact you, or attending camps at schools you are interested in, getting recruited will be almost impossible. Use our graphic below to identify where colleges are and how many scholarships are available at each division level.

Soccer Scholarships by the Numbers

When looking for schools that might be the right fit, you should start with a geographic location where you want to go to school. You can tell with our graphic above that “wanting to go anywhere” is not good enough. There are too many programs across the country for you to be able to effectively communicate with each coach.

Once you identify an area where you want to go to school, compare it with this map here. You can get a sense of how competitive recruiting is in that region by seeing the number of schools in that region versus the number of elite club teams. For example, if you are in the northeast, you will face one of the most competitive recruiting areas in the country.

One of the best ways to get a recruiting advantage in highly competitive regions is to look at the club teams that schools have recruited from in the past. Typically, college coaches have very strong connections with their local club teams and use these teams to scout players. If you want to play for a school that recruits from the same 3-5 club teams, you need to get on one of those teams.

If you are in a region that is less competitive, you are going to need to be prepared to looking at colleges further away from home. If you only have 5-10 colleges within 500 miles of your hometown, you will want to expand your initial search to include at least 25+ programs. If there are not elite club teams in your area, be prepared to create high quality videos and be more proactive on contacting coaches through email and phone.

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College Volleyball Scholarships by the Numbers

Volleyball is one of the best athletic scholarship opportunities for women athletes. If you are seeking a college to play for, it is up to you to reach out to coaches and find the programs that are the right fit for you. The majority of the college volleyball coaches rely on athletes to contact them first and let them know they are interested in their school. Check out our graphic below to see where all of the college volleyball programs are in the country.

Volleyball Scholarships by the Numbers

Division 1 volleyball is the most competitive level. These girls are big, 6’0”+ depending on the position and have been playing year round club volleyball for years. If this is the level you want to play, look at the map and find schools you are interested in. You need to be attending camps at these schools and contacting coaches by your sophomore year.

With over 1,600 college volleyball programs across the country, there are opportunities to play in college for almost every ability level. For players looking to continue to compete while also wanting to focus on academics, the NCAA D3 level can be a great place to play. There are over 400 programs that compete at the D3 level and these programs relay almost exclusively on athletes contacting them first to get recruited.

When Considering What Division Level You Should Be Playing at, You Need to Consider Several Factors

1) Get an honest assessment from your coach about what level they think you can play.

2) If you are going to be trying to play up a division level, you need to be prepared not get as much playing time early in your career.

3) If academics are important to you, consider playing in a lower division where programs allow athletes to focus more on academics more.

4) If your club team does not play in the big tournaments each year it is going to be difficult to be seen by the D1 programs. You will need to make the decision early in high school to commit to playing in the big tournaments.

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College Track and Field Scholarships by the Numbers

Track and Field should be straight forward when it comes to college recruiting and getting an athletic scholarship. Either you are fast enough, jump high enough or throw far enough. However, every year thousands of recruits miss out on scholarship opportunities because they do not know where to look. Check out our newest graphic and see where the best track and field scholarship opportunities exist.

Track and Field Scholarships by the Numbers

There are more NCAA D1 track and field programs than any other division level. That means, there are a lot of opportunities to compete at that level, but, it does not mean there are a lot of scholarships. We break down how scholarships are given out based on your event. You need to understand that in order to get a scholarship at the NCAA D1 level you need to be placing at the conference, regional and hopefully national level.

The NCAA D2 is full of athletes who choose to compete at the D2 level even though they could have probably found a spot on a team at the D1 level. Many times athletes choose a D2 school based on its proximity to home, cost, or the fact they got a better athletic scholarship package. Don’t think that it is a low level of competition; many D2 athletes are making waves at the national level after college.

Being a track and field athlete at the NCAA D3 or NAIA level is an excellent place for someone interested in continuing with competition but wants to maintain a focus on academics. Many of the athletes at the NCAA D3 level are choosing those schools based as much on the school and their field of study as athletics.

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College Baseball Scholarship by the Numbers

Continuing with our series of scholarships by the numbers here is our graphic on baseball. College baseball is different from most other college sports because college coaches and professional teams are recruiting high school athlete’s at the same time. It is not uncommon for the major baseball powerhouse schools to lose a star recruit who decides to go straight to the minor leagues.

Baseball Scholarships by the Numbers

When looking at college baseball programs, it is important to remember coaches divide their scholarships up to try and get the best players they can. With 20 plus players on a roster, finding a full scholarship can be very difficult. Almost every college baseball player will need to pay for some of their own education.

Another consideration when looking for a baseball scholarship, is the position you play. The majority of scholarship money in a program goes to pitchers, catchers and/or the best hitters. Having an ace pitcher on your staff can be worth five to six wins a year. For that reason, coaches will give scholarship money to a prospect who might develop into an elite pitcher over a position player. Playing in the outfield or middle infield position you have to bring something else to the table to get significant baseball scholarship money.

Another very common route for college baseball players, especially pitchers, is to go through Junior College before moving on to a four year university. Generally, athletes go to Junior Colleges because they are not academically eligible. In baseball, a lot of four year university coaches have good relationships with Junior College coaches and send prospects to a JC for two years to develop before bringing them on to their roster. Don’t be surprised if a coach asks you to play two years at the JC level before they would offer you a scholarship at a four year school.

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College Basketball Scholarships by the Numbers

Next in our series of infographics is Basketball Scholarships by the Numbers. Here, you can see the number of scholarships offered at each division level, how many programs there are and in what regions programs are in.

Basketball Scholarships by the Numbers

If you are interested in playing college basketball and finding a basketball scholarship, it is crucial you familiarize yourself how many scholarship there are and where they are available. There are 13 full scholarship opportunities available at the NCAA D1 level. This is the most competitive level in college, and you need to be playing basketball year round. Also, attending the biggest camps and showcases might not be enough to get noticed by a major program. If you are only playing local high school ball, chances are you will never get to play D1 right out of high school.

NCAA D2 basketball is an excellent opportunity, but only if there are programs in your area. With only 282 programs nationwide, you need to check out the map to see if there are schools in your region. Normally, schools competing at the D2 level are smaller schools that look to recruit in state athletes on order to save on scholarship money.

NCAA D3 has 400+ programs but does not offer traditional athletic scholarships. Playing at this level you need to have excellent academics and be prepared to pay part or most of your own way in college.

The NAIA is fast becoming one of the most competitive basketball leagues at the college level. With two division levels and 17 scholarships per team, many athletes with the ability to play in the NCAA choose NAIA for scholarships. It used to be that the NAIA was closer to the competitive level of NCAA D3, but it is now even with NCAA D2 competition.

If you do not have the academics to be eligible at a four year school or need to save as much money as possible while going to college, the NJCAA would be right for you. Some of the best basketball players in the country play at this level. These players routinely go on to have a significant impact at the highest levels of college basketball. You should also consider this level if you need more years to develop as a basketball player.

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College Tennis Scholarships by the Numbers

Finding the opportunity to play college tennis and get a tennis scholarship, like most college athletics, is an extremely competitive process. It is an international competition and preparing early for your recruitment will no doubt give you the advantage needed to be successful.

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If you have the passion, dedication and drive to play tennis at the college level then let us help you get started and learn what it takes to be find a college program that fits your needs. There are many areas of the recruiting process that student-athletes and families simply don’t know what to do; this is why we have provided you with this infographic, which breakdowns the number of tennis programs and scholarships available at the college level.

Why it’s important to know

Being aware of the tennis “numbers” is an excellent starting point for players looking to score an athletic scholarship. Knowing the amount of college programs and the different divisions will be an excellent guiding tool for student-athletes when they begin to look more closely into colleges they have interest in.

Taking the leap into tennis recruiting

Finding the right college that will be the best fit for you will take a lot of hard work and time. Knowing what you will need in terms of financial aid and scholarship money should hopefully keep you motivated and focused with finding the right college. As indicated by the graphic, 90% of athletic scholarships are available outside of the NCAA DI level. Now that you know some hard facts how will you approach your recruitment? Will you be open to searching out colleges in the different divisions or will you take your chances and limit yourself to only one division and a handful of schools?

Remember that the more college coaches you reach out to, the greater your chances of finding a team.

Through this graphic you will find information on the number of tennis programs offered at each level and the regions of where the institutions are located. In seeing the numbers, this will help you get a better understanding of the amount of work that you will have to put into your recruitment in order to reach the greatest number of programs.

Staying organized and informed about your recruitment, will make the process much easier on you because you will be educated and aware of what you need to get recruited and have the tools to make the most out of your recruitment.

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Head Count Sports vs. Equivalency Sports: Which One do you Play?

The availability of athletic scholarships in college may have a lot to do with which sport you play. The NCAA puts their sanctioned sports into two categories: head-count sports and equivalency sports.

Head Count Sports Equivalency Sports

Head-Count Sports

Scholarships within head-count sports are restricted by a set number, and they are all full scholarships. Hence, if a sport offers ten scholarships, ten new athletes on that team can receive full scholarships each year. Head-count sports are those sports that generally bring revenues to the school. For men, revenue sports include Division I basketball and Division IA football. For women, head-count sports include Division I basketball, tennis, volleyball, and gymnastics.

Equivalency Sports

Equivalency sports also have a set number of scholarships, but these teams are allowed to divide the scholarships between multiple athletes. For example, a team with six scholarships available could award four full scholarships, divide the fifth between two athletes, and divide the last one between three or more athletes. Most of the time, incoming freshmen are not offered full scholarships in equivalency sports unless they are capable of being in the starting lineup or winning a conference championship as a freshman (for individual sports). The teams that use the equivalency method are usually nonrevenue sports for the institution.

Knowing which category your sport falls into can be an advantage. When you know the scholarship numbers that the college coaches are working with, you have a better idea of what to expect in scholarship availability.

Because head-count sports only offer full scholarships, you know that the competition for these scholarships will be very high, and only a few student athletes actually earn these. They are given to the most elite athletes. If you participate in an equivalency sport, you know that although the competition for scholarship money is still high, there is a better chance of earning even a partial scholarship.

In your discussions with college coaches, make sure to ask the right questions, including whether your skills are high enough to be considered for a scholarship and what you can do to help increase your chances.

Scholarships Categorized in Sport/Division

Men’s Sports
Head-count Sports in Division I:

1. Football
2. Basketball

Equivalency Sports in Division I:

Baseball, Rifle, Skiing, Cross-Country, Track and Field, Soccer, Fencing, Swimming, Golf, Tennis, Gymnastics, Volleyball, Ice Hockey, Water Polo, Lacrosse, Wrestling

Women’s Sports
Head-count Sports in Division I:

1. Basketball
2. Gymnastics
3. Tennis
4. Volleyball

Equivalency sports in Division I:

Bowling, Lacrosse, Rowing, Cross-Country, Track and Field, Skiing, Fencing, Soccer, Field Hockey, Softball, Golf, Swimming, Ice Hockey, Water Polo

Note: All Division II and NAIA programs are equivalency sports.

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College Football Scholarships By The Numbers

College football scholarships can be a great way to earn money for college, but they aren’t the only source of financial aid. Check out our award winning graphic below and learn more about where the real scholarship opportunities are.

Football Scholarships by the Numbers

 

Football Scholarships Aren’t the Only Way to Get Money For College

Football scholarships are seen by a lot of athletes as the only opportunity for them to afford a college education. What our graphic points out is that that is just not true. There is over 10 times more money available in scholarships for regular students then is available in athletic scholarships. Getting good grades and high ACT or SAT scores along with applying for every scholarship you qualify for is the best way to be able to afford college. 

College football scholarships at the NCAA D1A (FBS) level are all full ride scholarships also known as head count scholarships. However, this doesn’t mean that every football scholarship is a guaranteed full ride. Programs at the NCAA D1AA (FCS), NCAA D2 and NAIA levels usually only offer partial scholarships. College football teams at the NCAA D3 level do not offer any athletic scholarships but can offer very good finical aid packages for athletes depending on your needs.

If you want to play college football it is critical you understand how recruiting works in your region. 80% or more of a teams roster is made up of football players that grew up within 500 miles of that school. The best place to begin your search for a scholarship and get started with the football recruiting process is by looking at programs within your state and then within 500 miles of your hometown.

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