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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Problems High School Athletes Face Getting Into College

High school athletes face many problems getting into college. The problems can range from not getting the proper guidance, academically and athletically, or not working hard to achieve this goal. Also, there might not be any exposure by the local media. Parents, coaches, high school athletes need to be aware this situation.

The student needs to rely on his or her own instincts on how to achieve this goal. By the time they are seniors they have so many things to juggle and not enough time to do it. Most wait or sit back and expect a scholarship to fall out of the sky. You need to go get it.

Thousands of high school athletes are waiting for calls from college coaches. Some calls will be made, but many highly talented athletes will not get called. What went wrong? Why didn't the All-league or All-state athlete get recruited? The answers can be complicated, but the most important reason is visibility.

There are many things that you can do to raise your visibility among college coaches and to improve your chances of being offered a college sports scholarship. The best rule is do not wait for someone else to do it for you. As soon as you know what you want, it is time to begin working on your recruiting strategies. Hopefully you didn’t wait till your senior year.

A high school athlete or one that aspired to be one should have started this process as a freshman. They needed to stake out their path as soon as they entered high school. The question was who was there to guide them? Usually the parent has no idea what is needed. They expect their child’s god given talent to be sufficient, but it is far from enough. Athletic talent will only take you so far. Coaches are the next best thing, but many just sit around and wait for the college coaches to come to them. They have a lot on their plate besides recruiting. So, it just doesn’t happen by waiting.

If you waited for your senior year, it might have been too late. You should have been working hard on your grades. If you waited till your last year to make sure that you are eligible grade wise, it probably is too late. Hopefully the college recruiter can give you some advice to still reach your dream. There is still a chance, but this will take a lot of time and hard work.

Everybody needs to be educated on this topic. In reality, approximately 1 out of 25 high school students goes on to compete at the college level. Approximately half of those receive athletic aid. So, the overall odds are that about 1 in 50 high school athletes receive a college sports scholarship. The odds are better in some sports than others. Talent is important, but your talent must come to the attention of coaches. You can improve your odds by educating yourself, your parents, and coaches about this process. Remember do not wait, go for it. If you sit back your goal will never be achieved

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