Parents and student-athletes always have a few questions when visiting our website or speaking to our recruiters. Most of the answers can be found on our FAQ page, but sometimes more detail is needed to clarify certain matters. In this blog we’re going to provide you with answers to popular questions that are not covered on our website. E.g. The importance of academics when applying for a sports scholarship and what hopeful athletes need to include on their Athletic Highlights Video.
Many athletes are unaware of how crucial their high school academic performance is when applying for sports scholarships. Thousands of exceptionally talented athletes apply for sports scholarships every year and to stand out, you will need to differentiate yourself. USA coaches and university admissions staff look for people who can diversify and strengthen their student body by making meaningful contributions in the classroom, in the community and on the sports field. The sooner you understand the importance of your grades the better your chances of earning a sports scholarship and possibly an academic scholarship.
Good video footage is a crucial component of the USA Scholarships recruitment process. We use your footage to develop a highlights package which is used to market your talents to our network of universities. Student-athletes frequently ask what needs be included? Our answer is, regardless of the sport you compete in; we need to see you in game situations or competing in a sanctioned event. If you play ball sports, we'll need to see technical skills, agility and match play. It is also important to ensure you footage is high-quality because this is the only time international coaches will see you play. Do not waste your time with poor footage, as coaches will simply move onto the next athlete that can make a better impression.
If an athlete is approached by a University coach and offers the student a verbal agreement to attend their college, they want to know, how binding is this agreement? The simple answer is, not at all! If a coach is interested in signing you to their university athletics programme, they will send you a NLI (National Letter of Intent). An NLI is a binding agreement that usually lasts for one year. If the student-athlete signs this contract and then wishes to go to another University or College to play and study, the student-athlete will then either have to pay a penalty or they will be eligible to play for one year.