The process of high school students trying to attend a USA University as athletes is often referred to as the Athletic Recruitment Process. This is the process that prospective athletes, all over the world, go through when discovering colleges and coaches looking for their talent. This process can be a difficult and complicated one to navigate and students are often misinformed. To save you the embarrassment and heartache of missing out on the opportunity of a lifetime, we have compiled a few of the most common misconceptions about the recruitment process.
Top five most common recruiting misconceptions.
Misconceptions 1: The NCAA Division 1 is the largest of all divisions.
Fact: This is not true. Division 1 has the smallest percentage of athletes compared to the other divisions.
Misconceptions 2: If I don't play Division 1, I have failed in my sport and might aswell not play in college.
Fact: There are over 1800 Colleges and University scholarships available to student-athletes in the USA and most of these scholarships are awarded to athletes outside of the Division 1 universities.
Misconceptions 3: Many students think that the recruiting process begins when coaches make contact with them in their Grade 11 or Grade 12 year.
Fact: If you are looking to get recruited in grade 12 you are too late. Coaches start recruiting athletes when they are much younger age. Coaches start to identify prospective athletes in grade 9 and 10. This is why it is best for a student-athlete to apply to our programme as young as possible.
Misconceptions 4: University coaches initially evaluate talent by attending high school games and Provincial/State tournaments.
Fact: Coaches are busy people. They do not have time to travel the world looking for talent. Technology has made recruiting much easier for them to evaluate you and coaches will initially look at video footage of athletes that are sent to them.
Misconceptions 5: Parents and athletes often assume that the high school or club coach is responsible for getting an athlete a scholarship
Fact: Wrong. The athletes and their families are ultimately responsible for acquiring an athletic scholarship; you will never achieve anything if you wait for others to give you what you want. Put yourself out there and make you dreams come true.
Please do not be fooled by what you hear or see on television, one will need to do their research when making a big life changing decision. As a student-athlete try stay as active as possible in the process even when going through an agency like ourselves, it will only benefit you in the end.
Parents and athletes using our service will be quickly linked up with USA coaches and guided during the entire scholarship procurement process, making sure you get the best possible chance to study and play in the USA.