Do Walk-Ons Have Something to Sign on Signing Day?

national letter of intentThe early signing period for many schools begins next week. These events are a wonderful celebration of a student athlete’s hard work and represent years of dedication on behalf of athletes and their families. One of the questions we get from a family or an athletes is, “will I have anything to sign on signing day if I am a recruited walk-on or not getting an athletic scholarship?” Just because you aren’t signing an athletic scholarship agreement, doesn’t mean you should have a celebration on signing day.

Technically You Don’t Have Anything to Sign

If you are not going to be receiving an athletic scholarship (only available at NAIA, NCAA DI and DII schools) then you technically don’t have to sign anything on signing day. There are two documents you sign on sign day: 1) Your national letter of intent (NLI) and 2) your financial aid agreement. Non-scholarship athletes do not need to sign an NLI, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have something there to celebrate their achievement.

Talk to Your Future Coach about Having Something for Signing Day

Ask any college coach and they will tell you a recruited walk-on or non-scholarship athlete is just as important to the running of a healthy program as anyone else. If your school is throwing a signing day celebration, your future college coach wants you involved and is usually more than willing to send over some documents for the athlete to sign on signing day. The best option if you are looking to have something to sign and wear on signing day is to talk to your future coach.

What if I Don’t Know Where I Will be Playing on Signing Day

Signing day gets all of the hype, because it is the first day athletes can sign the official paper work for their athletic scholarships. For many athletes, they might not yet know what school they will be attending on signing day, so what can they do on signing day? In this situation, there really isn’t anything you can do, you don’t yet have a school you are committed to. There are two common scenarios that lead a recruit to be in this position:

  • It is the early signing period or not their signing day – Depending on the sport you play, your signing day might be different than “national signing day.” Make sure you know when you can/will be allowed to commit.
  • You are still negotiating your scholarship deal – Unless you are one of the top recruits for a program, you are probably in the situation where you aren’t sure what/if you will be getting a scholarship until other athletes begin to sign.

Signing Day is a Celebration

Not every athlete is going to have the documents to sign and hats to choose from on signing day. For the majority of athletes (who aren’t on scholarships) signing day represents the end of a long and successful recruiting process. Athletes who might not be signing their scholarship should feel equally proud sitting next to their peers on signing day.

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September 1st and the NCAA Recruiting Calendar

NCAA Recruiting Calendar September 1stSeptember 1st is considered a big day in recruiting because it signifies important dates for when NCAA DI schools can begin contacting senior recruits. It’s important to understand what rules change September 1, but more important is understanding the NCAA Recruiting Calendar and how you can take advantage of the rules to get ahead in the recruiting process. Here is a breakdown of the rules by your graduating class.

 

Class of 2014 (Seniors)

NCAA DI

  • Coaches can begin calling July 1st after your Junior year Coaches can now begin calling recruits once per week with unlimited phone calls allowed during the contact period. This means a coach can now call you instead of you having to call them. The rules still allow a coach to speak with a recruit anytime you make the phone call. If you are not talking to DI coaches on the phone by this point in your senior year it is time to reevaluate your recruiting options.
    • NCAA DI Men’s Basketball coaches can begin calling June 15th following your Sophomore year
    • NCAA DI Women’s Basketball coaches can begin calling September 1st of your Junior year
    • NCAA DI Men’s Hockey coaches can call recruits until August 1st
  • Off-Campus contact is allowed – This means coaches are allowed to begin visiting (talking to you) off of their campus. This rule is misleading because coaches are always allowed to go watch you play in tournaments, they are just restricted in the interactions they can have with you. Also, you can always go visit a coach on their campus and talk with them there (you should have been doing this since your Junior year at least).
  • Coaches can bring you in on Official Visits starting the first day of classes – This means a coach can now pay to bring you in on a visit, host you on campus and pay for meals and game tickets. Given the fact many coaches are getting verbal offers from recruits in the Sophomore and Junior years, official visits are more of a treat and not essential recruiting tool. You should have already been making Unofficial Visits to the campus you are interested in.

NCAA DII – The only thing that changes for DII recruiting is that coaches can now bring recruits in on official visits. Coaches at DII schools have been allowed to call and email recruits for over a year.

NCAA DIII – DIII coaches can now bring you in on official visits. They have been allowed to call or email you since your freshman year.

 

Class of 2015 (Juniors)

NCAA DI

  • You can being receiving recruiting materials starting September 1st  – coaches can begin sending recruiting materials, basically this means they can begin sending you letters or emailing you. The rules do not prevent you from emailing coaches, something you should have been doing since your sophomore year at least.
    • Men’s Basketball coaches can begin sending recruiting material starting June 15th after your Sophomore year
  • Coaches can begin making one phone call per week starting July 1st You should still be calling coaches outside of this time period because coaches are allowed to talk to recruits on the phone if you call them; these rules only limit when coaches can call recruits.
    • NCAA DI Men’s Basketball coaches can begin calling June 15th following your Sophomore year
    • NCAA DI Women’s Basketball coaches can begin calling once per week starting September 1st of your Junior year
    • NCAA DI Football coaches are only allowed to call once between April 15 and May 31
  • There is no Off-Campus contact allowed – This means a coach is not allowed to meet with you anywhere off of their campus. This is the key, you are allowed to visit a coach on their campus and can talk with the coach there. They are not allowed to make home visits of talk with you when they come to watch you play.
    • For Men’s and Women’s Basketball coaches can have off-campus contact at the start of classes your Junior year.
    • Official Visits are allowed for Men’s and Women’s Basketball recruits only – For men, recruits can make visits at the start of the school year. For women, they can begin making visits the Thursday after the NCAA Women’s Final Four.

NCAA DII – There is no change in the recruiting rules, coaches have been allowed to call or email you for several months.

NCAA DIII – At the end of your Junior year coaches can begin having off-campus contact with you. They have been allowed to call or email you since you started high school.

 

Class of 2016 and 2017 (Freshman and Sophomore)

NCAA DI

  • For the most part coaches are restricted in initiating contact with recruits. They are not allowed to call, email or send letters to recruits in their freshman or sophomore years, the few exceptions are listed below.  This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be doing anything; you should be emailing coaches, attending camps and playing in tournaments and showcases to get your name out there and get on the coaches recruiting boards.
    • Men’s Basketball coaches can begin calling, sending letters to and emailing recruits June 15th after your sophomore year
    • Men’s Ice Hockey can call recruits once per month starting June 15th after their sophomore year
    • Women’s Ice Hockey can make one phone call to an international recruit between July 7 and 31 after their sophomore year.

NCAA DII – Coaches can begin calling, emailing, sending letters to and having off-campus contact with recruits starting June 15th after their sophomore year.  This means there is no excuse for a coach not to be responding to you unless you are contacting the wrong coaches or not contacting them in a way where they will respond to you.

NCAA DIII – Coaches are allowed to email and call recruits at any point once you begin high school. Many DIII coaches shy away from beginning the recruiting process too early because a lot can change with a recruit from their sophomore year and senior year. You should still be emailing and calling these coaches if you are interested in their school.

 

The most important thing to remember is that these recruiting rules almost never stop a coaching staff from establishing contact with recruits that they are interested in. College coaches can always contact your high school or club team coaches to set up a time to talk to you. The most popular reason coaches aren’t contacting recruits is because they don’t know about them. If you are reaching out to coaches but not getting a response, it is because you are either contacting schools that are the wrong fit or not giving coaches enough to evaluate you.  We have plenty of resources below to help you get started in the recruiting process.

How to email college coaches

Building a recruiting resume for coaches

How to tell if you are being recruited

Create an online recruiting profile

by David Frank


Some Schools Lose A Lot and That’s a Good Thing For You

finding a college scholarshipIt happens every year where athletes who aren’t particularly great at their sport basically walk into a scholarship opportunity or makes a team at a school. You are spending hours every week on your recruiting and it seems like you are getting nowhere. Why is it so easy for these athletes? The answer is, some schools suck, and making the team or getting a scholarship there isn’t that difficult.

Coaches have to use their scholarship money each year or they will lose it. For some schools this means coaches scramble to fill the roster and give away scholarship dollars. I’ve seen coaches who recruit at the beginning of the school year once students are back on campus. They are looking for anyone with experience, interested in playing their sport at the school. These coaches aren’t really recruiting high school students and they aren’t going to find you, you need to find them. Here’s how.

Know What You Are Getting Into

Whether it is a coach who isn’t working that hard, a school in the middle of nowhere, or just a program with a long tradition of losing, something just isn’t going right for the school and the athletic department. It might sound really unappealing to play for a terrible team or just an okay coach, but that’s the point. If a school has a lot of the other qualities you are looking for, playing for a losing team might be okay.

For certain sports I find these types of opportunities work out better than others. True team sports like football, basketball, volleyball and soccer, sports where you rely on your team within the game it’s self, being on a terrible team can be very frustrating. For sports like swimming, track, tennis and golf, sports where you are essentially competing by yourself and your performance is added together for the team, these opportunities are best. What you are getting is the chance to compete in college and earn a scholarship. As long as the score isn’t going to determine your happiness, then these types of programs might be right for you.

How to Find an Easy Opportunity

Find a school with a history of losing. Go to the conference championship website and look at the results of the last few years of the conference championship. If there is a team that is consistently showing up at the bottom, investigate that team some more. Maybe you really like the school and they have your major but the team might not be highly competitive. It can still be a great college experience.

Find an athletic program that has just moved to a new division level. When a program has just made a jump to a new division level, typically there are several teams that are lacking the athletes to be competitive. These types of schools can be great for an athlete looking to play at a higher division level then they might ordinarily be able to or an athlete looking for the best scholarship deal.

Go where other athletes don’t go. This is a generalization and not always the case, but the facts are there are hundreds of NAIA, DIII and DII programs across the south and mid-western parts of the US and not enough athletes for all of those schools. If you come from a highly populated state or region, it might seem like you aren’t good enough to play in college. But, your typical varsity starter at a competitive large high school can usually find opportunities at schools outside of their region or state.

Don’t Go Only For the Scholarship

I want to be very clear, I am not suggesting you go to a school only for a scholarship, because in the end you will be very unhappy and probably leave the school. What I am saying is, if you are someone who is looking for a balance of college and sports, is open to smaller schools, schools outside of larger states or just the opportunity to play in college, use the advice here to find better scholarship opportunities.

If you have questions about how to do this please feel free to leave them in the comments or contact me on Google+


Insider Secrets to Finding Scholarships and Opportunities at the College Level

finding athletic scholarshipsThis article describes specific situations that happen in the recruiting process where you as a recruit have an advantage. These are situations where the athletes I have worked with have taken the opportunity to get scholarships or roster spots at their dream schools.

When a New Coach Comes In

When a program brings in a new coaching staff there is almost always high turnover on the team. The new coaches are trying to bring in players to fit their style and are typically letting go of a lot of current players. This means there are more scholarships available in the first two years of a coaching change. Additionally, when a coaching change happens it is late in the recruiting process and they are scrambling for players.

As a recruit it is going to be very uncomfortable to have to wait late in the process and watch other athletes signing scholarships but late season coaching changes are great opportunities for the right recruit. The type of athletes these opportunities are best for are an athlete who might have an offer already and is looking to move up a division level.

When a Coach Recruiting You Leaves the School

The other side of coaching changes are the schools the coaches are leaving. These coaches are at a huge disadvantage at their new job because they have spent the whole year recruiting players for a school they are no longer working at. For a recruit, the advantages are the coach already knows who you are, they probably have a short list of recruits they are considering and most likely you are on that list. If you contact that coach and let them know you are interested in their new program, it is a quick way to move up the recruiting board and get good offers.

Look for Weaknesses in the Program

This involves a little more work, but can pay off huge. If you can find programs that have a specific weakness at a position you play or in an event you specialize in, chances are better you’ll find an opportunity there. You should look over rosters for undersized athletes, a poorly ranked defense or offense or maybe there are specific events (think Track & Field, Swimming, and Gymnastics) where a team isn’t getting any points. It’s all about finding the school that needs you and beginning with schools weak at your position is a great place to start.

Wait to See Who Hasn’t Signed Any Athletes

For every program that lands a top recruit, there are 10 schools that didn’t. This means there are 10 schools still looking for players at that position. If a school hasn’t filled their roster within the first couple weeks of signing day that means they are having trouble finding the right recruits and this is an opportunity for you. How do you find these opportunities? Almost every team has a small write up on the athletes they’ve signed on their team website. Research the schools you are interested in the days and weeks after signing day. If the school isn’t reporting any signings, contact the coaches and see if you would be right for their team.

Are you having trouble finding schools? Are you not sure where to begin when looking for a scholarship opportunity? Feel free to leave your questions in the comments below or contact me on Google+.


What the New NCAA Rules Mean For You

new college recruiting rulesThe NCAA passed proposed rule changes on January 19th. The new rules will take effect starting August 1st of this year. I am not going to cover all 26 proposed rules but instead focus on the rules that are going to impact your recruiting the most.

Welcome to the Wild West of Recruiting

The goal of the NCAA president and the membership has been to make the recruiting rules easier to understand and allow athletes more opportunities to communicate with coaches. With all of their new rules they have certainly made it easier to understand, because compared to what the rules used to be, there are no rules!

  1. Any member of the University staff can recruit an athlete. The rule used to be only head coaches and assistant coaches could actively recruit. Now programs will have full-time members on the staff dedicated to recruiting year round.
  2. Programs can have as many staff members as they want recruiting off campus. The old rule limited the number of staff members who could conduct off campus evaluations of recruits (attend camps, showcases or tournaments). All of those rules have been thrown out in favor of allowing as many staff members to evaluate recruits off campus as the school wants.
  3. Coach’s can make unlimited phone calls, send text messages and private social media messages to recruits. Previously coaches were limited to a couple phone calls a month (where they called the recruit, not you calling them) and they were never allowed to text or use social media. With the new rules all of that is gone; it will be the responsibility of recruits and families to set guidelines with the coaches and recruiters.
  4. Universities can send unlimited recruiting materials. In the past, there were obscure rules around when, what and how much mail a program could send a recruit. Those rules have been completely erased and programs are free to send unlimited amounts and types of mail to recruits at anytime.

The Biggest Rule Change Didn’t Even Happen

There was a rule proposed that was going to allow coach’s to begin contacting recruits (outside of just mail) starting June 1st after their Sophomore year of high school. The current rule is, coaches can’t contact you until June 1st after your Junior year. This rule was not passed, which means all of the coaches calling, texting and reaching out through Facebook will have to wait until June 1st after your Junior year of high school.

What This Will Mean for Recruiting and For You

All of the new rules mean there will be more coaches and recruiters out there to discover athletes. This means when you attend showcases, tournaments or combines there is a higher likelihood representatives from the bigger programs will be there and you could get discovered. The downsides to these rules are that programs will start out with much larger recruiting classes because they can evaluate more athletes. That means a school that used to have a couple hundred athletes they were contacting, will be contacting a couple thousand. Because the rules on when coach’s can contact recruits didn’t change, it will still be your responsibility to contact coach’s before your Senior year and make sure that of the hundreds of athletes on their list, you show you are the most interested.

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Recent News about the Gymnastics Recruiting Period

Paving the way to be a successful gymnastic recruit is going to take plenty of skill and a lot of motivation. There are many avenues you can take in your recruitment, but ultimately, if you plan on earning a gymnastics scholarship then you need to know and understand the requirements surrounding college gymnastics recruiting.

College Gymnastics Recruiting

Gymnastic recruits should all be aware that this process is going to take time. They also need to know that at any time during high school they can start to reach out and introduce themselves to college coaches they hope to compete for. Reaching out to college coaches early is the best way for recruits to get ahead of their competition.

Gymnastics Recruiting Period

Throughout your high school career you need to continue to update and work on your college recruitment. Ways to stay ahead in the recruiting game Gymnastics Recruitng Periodinclude, sending coaches your current competition scores after meets and also sending them links to your new and updated competition and practice videos.

Making a point to keep coaches updated will benefit you during your recruitment. College coaches love to see improvements made in recruits’ competition throughout high school.

What Today Means For Your Gymnastics Recruitment

Today marks the second day of the NLI early signing period. For you this means there are already college recruits signing letters of intent with colleges. Once a recruit signs a letter of intent they can say their recruitment has come to a close. The student-athlete will still need to meet all academic and amateur eligibility requirements along with those set by the university they plan to compete for before they are officially a member of the college and the team.

If you’re a recruit who has NOT been updating college coaches or been asked to sign an NLI during this gymnastics early signing period then you need to kick start your college recruitment NOW.   This gymnastics early signing period goes until November 21, 2012 and will not be open again until April 17, 2013 – August 1, 2013 when it officially ends for 2013 high school graduates.

August 1, 2013 will be your last chance to sign with a college team. This date does not mean colleges will still have available spots left by this date so you should not hope to hear from a coach if you haven’t heard from one yet. Instead you need to take the initiative and get your name and stats out to coaches ASAP.

If you have further questions about your gymnastics recruiting then leave your comment below and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+!


Understanding NCAA Eligibility Center Information

College eligibility requirements are one of the most complex areas of the recruiting process, especially for athletes who do not take the traditional route of getting recruited during high school. Making the decision to participate in college sports can be complicated. For athletes who are unsure if they have what it takes to participate at the college level, they may be reluctant to get involved in the recruiting process right away. Others may not know if they are ready for college, and they don’t think about competing until they have already graduated high school.

Learning the Process After High School

It’s important for student athletes to understand the different athletic divisions in college sports. Each division level will have its own eligibility standards, which are required for all students who want to compete at the college level. Knowing where to find the eligibility information that is relevant to you will be your best resource when deciding to play sports again and finding the best division level to meet your needs.

The Division Levels

The NCAA Division I and Division II levels have the strictest eligibility requirements for both incoming freshman and transfer students. Both of these divisions are able to grant athletic scholarships to student athletes, which is the main reason students must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center. To become eligible, athletes will need to meet all requirements of the eligibility center to be granted clearance to compete at the division I or division II levels.

The NCAA Division III eligibility varies by individual institution requirements. At this level, student athletes need to be in contact with coaches from member schools to discuss possible athletic opportunities. Transfers and special circumstances can be discussed with coaches and conference eligibility staff to determine status. Having access to official eligibility rules will give you an idea of what your eligibility status will be once entering into an NCAA college.

NAIA schools have their own set of standards when it comes to student athletes’ eligibility requirements. The NAIA, like NCAA Divisions I and II, requires athletes to register and complete the NAIA Eligibility Center’s requirements. NAIA players are allowed to compete in four seasons of their sport. For special eligibility circumstances, athletes will need to be reviewed by the NAIA Eligibility Center, the college coach who is interested in recruiting the player, and administrators for the college conference.

Junior colleges in the NJCAA system are two-year schools which do not require student athletes to register with an eligibility center. At the NJCAA level, eligibility requirements are the least strict. Junior college is a great starting point for athletes unsure if they can handle college and sports, as well as athletes who wish to return to competitive play after a hiatus from school and sports.

Remember all college division levels require student athletes to meet not only eligibility requirements, but also the enrollment expectations of the college or university they plan to attend.

It’s completely understandable that student athletes’ plans are not always going to work out the way they expect them to, which is why each of the division levels provides information on special circumstances. If you have any other eligibility questions, then leave them in the comments section below or connect with us on FacebookTwitter, or Google+!


Seniors, Here Are 375 Universities Still Looking For Students

Late Enrollment To College

It’s the time of the year when the dust is starting to settle, and many high school athletes are realizing that they do not have a school to play for next year. In the past, we have discussed options for seniors such as walking on to a school, taking a year of postgraduate studies, and attending junior college; but there are currently 375 schools out there that are still accepting students.

It’s Not too Late

At this point in the year, these 375 schools are likely the only option for student athletes looking to attend a four-year college. If you are holding out and hoping to get a scholarship offer to your dream school, odds are it is not going to happen. The aforementioned options (these 375 schools included) are all better options for athletes than sitting around for another year hoping you can find a scholarship. The NCAA will begin to take away years of eligibility one year after your high school graduation (depending on your sport). Also, it can be hard to get recruited by a college coach after taking time off from your sport after high school graduation.

It may be relieving to hear that there are schools that still accept students, but there is still much work to be done by the athletes. If you want to have a shot at attending one of these schools, you will need to simultaneously start the admissions process and contact coaches. These opportunities can dry up fast.

Do These Schools Still Have Scholarship Money Available?

Some of the coaches at these schools may have scholarship money still available, but many will not. That does not mean you shouldn’t contact them though, because you can still earn a spot as a preferred walk-on. Basically, preferred walk-ons are given a spot on a team for their first year of college. It is up to them to play well enough and work hard to earn a spot on the team the following seasons. Preferred walk-ons can potentially go on to more playing time and even earn scholarship money. Regular walk-ons are forced to compete for a spot on the team and are not guaranteed anything.

Lynn O’Shaughnessy wrote a great article for CBS News about the colleges that are still accepting students.  According to O’Shaughnessy, there are more schools looking for students right now than in any year since 2000.

If you have any questions or concerns about what your options are this time of the year, leave us a comment in the section below or connect with us on FacebookTwitter, Google+!


You Can’t Just Wait For A Scholarship After High School


Athletic Scholarship

NCAA eligibility is a complex subject, and most athletes do not realize they start losing eligibility just one year after they graduate high school. Make sure you fully understand the rules for your sport before you decide to delay your college enrollment.

How Much Eligibility Do I Start With?

You get five years to compete in four. The fifth year is called a red-shirt year. Red-shirting allows you to take a year of competition off for many different reasons but permits you to compete athletically in four years. Athletes use their red-shirt year to heal from injuries, catch up on academics, let athletes ahead of them on the depth chart graduate, among many other reasons.

Understand the Rules

For all NCAA Division I sports (except men’s ice hockey and skiing and men’s and women’s tennis), athletes are given a one-year grace period before they start losing eligibility. One year after your high school graduation, the NCAA can take away a year of competition for every year you continue to play organized sports.

If you play division I men’s hockey or skiing, your grace period is longer than that of other athletes. You are allowed to delay your college enrollment until your 21st birthday. Every 12 months you continue to play after your 21st birthday, you will lose a season of competition. In men’s and women’s tennis, the grace period is shortened to just six months after your high school graduation.

All NCAA Division II sports give you a one-year grace period. There are no exceptions to the rules for division II.

What if I don’t Play Sports After High School—Can They Still Take Away My Eligibility?

You may not lose any eligibility if you don’t continue to play sports after high school, but it is extremely difficult to get recruited if you aren’t playing competitively. The NCAA has strict guidelines for determining what organized competition is, and almost anything short of a pickup game can hurt your eligibility. The bottom line is not playing to save eligibility will not help you.

What Are My Other Options?

You still have the one-year grace period, so make sure that if you do use it, then you are using it to get better at your sport and connect with college coaches. After you graduate high school, you can take a year to play at a prep school; this is known as postgraduate studies. Junior college is another option. You may not have full eligibility by the time you transfer to a four-year college, but at least you will be competing in your sport and starting your college education. You will also be playing at a higher level, which looks great in NCAA coaches’ eyes.

NCAA eligibility can be hard to understand, so make sure to ask us your questions in the comments section below! You can also connect with us on FacebookTwitter, or Google+!


Junior College Could Be a Great Option for High School Seniors

Junior College

If you are a high school senior and you don’t know where you want to go to college—or you haven’t found an opportunity yet—attending junior college may be your best option. Similar to taking a postgraduate year, junior college gives students a chance to continue to build their athletic and academic profile before attending a school accredited by the NCAA.

Too Many Athletes Stop Playing Sports after College but Still Want To Be Recruited

Do not fall into this category. Athletes think that because they couldn’t find a school to attend, they can just take the next year off and an opportunity will appear. It is extremely difficult to get recruited to play at the NCAA Division I or Division II level even after taking just one year off from competing. Junior college allows you to continue to play sports, which looks much better to a college coach than taking a year off to play in the local rec league. The level of competition will likely be higher than the one you played at in high school, and taking that step may make you more appealing to a coach.

Know the Rules if You Want to Transfer

Transferring is not as easy as most people think. If you attend junior college because you were academically ineligible to compete at the NCAA level, you must complete your associate’s degree. If you do not receive your associate’s degree, the NCAA Eligibility Center will still consider your high school grades and standardized test scores. If you were an NCAA nonqualifier and transfer to an NCAA Division I or Division II institution, you may have to sit out a year of competition with no scholarship to become eligible. If you entered junior college as an NCAA qualifier, you can transfer sooner.

It May Be More Cost Effective

Most athletes think that athletic scholarships cover all of the costs associated with attending college. This is only true for several sports and for a small percentage of top-level athletes in other sports. Whether you are able to get a scholarship or if you pay out of your own pocket, the costs of going to junior college are usually less than many of the scholarship offers you may get as a high school senior. Coming out of junior college with two or three full years of eligibility left and a much mature athlete will help you receive a better scholarship to a four-year college.

Restrictions for International Athletes

Junior college has always been a great way for international athletes to gain exposure in the United States, and it still is; however, the National Junior College Athletic Association passed a law last year limiting the number of international athletic scholarships per team to just three. This means that international athletes can still compete, but the opportunities to have their expenses paid are much harder to obtain. Still, attending junior college is one of the most cost-effective methods for international athletes to get exposure in the United States.

How Do I Find Junior College Opportunities?

Looking for an opportunity to play at a junior college is similar to the process of finding an NCAA scholarship. First you have to research the schools that offer your sport. Then you must put together a profile highlighting your academic and athletic skills and achievements. Finally, you must reach out to coaches and contact them yourself; do not wait for them to contact you.

How do you think playing at a junior college may benefit an athlete? Let us know in the comment section below.

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