The World of College SportsThe world of college sports is as competitive as any activity in the United States. Players every year are getting bigger, smarter, and stronger. In football alone, the average lineman is 6' 4" or taller, weighs over 300 pounds and bench-presses over 400 pounds. In basketball, the average front court player is at least 6' 4". Such athletes represent the finest in the world.While in high school, the student athlete can take steps that will determine in large measure what they will do in college, both on the court or playing field and in the classroom. The success they realize in both areas will be the direct result of how hard they are willing to work now. Sports require an enormous amount of time.High school athletes are encouraged to remember these statistics and facts:
1. Only 2-3% of high school football players receive a scholarship to play in college; most of these are partial scholarships instead of a full one.2. Only 1.5% of all high school basketball players in the nation receive scholarships to play in college; also mostly partials.3. Only 38% of Division I (major college) football players graduate at the end of 5 years. The percentage is even lower for basketball players.4. Tennis, swimming, baseball and other kinds of scholarships are necessarily limited because of financial restrictions in many colleges. Even if one is received, it is almost always a partial.5. If an athlete receives a questionnaire from a major college expressing interest in them as a football player, the odds are still as high as 320:1 that they will ever receive a scholarship.The Counselor and Coach CommitmentThe counselor and coach are committed to providing the assistance an athlete will need to realize their academic and athletic goals. College scholarships are decided upon by the colleges themselves, not by the high school coaches. Coaches can recommend their athletes but the decision is ultimately made by the colleges. However, coaches can assure the athlete and their parents/guardians that they will provide all the necessary information and assistance to help the athlete plan, work, and search for an appropriate college experience.As such the Granbury athletic department has partnered up with PLAYCED INC. to provide our high school athletes, free of charge, a recruiting tool that gives the athlete and their parents all the information and assistance they need.Earning a college athletic scholarship is not easy. It takes more than just talent. Good grades, patience, persistence, hard work and being proactive during the recruiting process are essential. Many high school students and their parents spend a great amount of money and time pursuing schools that are not a good match athletically, academically, socially or even financially. Understanding the recruiting process, and the implications of all factors, is essential for any high school athlete seeking a chance to play in college.There are many opportunities to play sports in college, but fewer athletic scholarships. No matter the level, the student athlete should be sure the schools that he is pursuing are a fit financially. Playced provides you with a focused list of colleges that meet your academic, athletic, social, and financial criteria, as well as a Recruiting Roadmap to guide you through the process.Please contact coach Greg Belleau via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) to receive further information on becoming a part of this exciting new tool to match you with your best fit colleges based on your athletic profile, your academic abilities, and your personal preferences to determine which colleges you or your son/daughter has the best chance to earn a scholarship.What does D1, D2, D3 really mean?One of the most misunderstood concepts of college recruiting is the differences between D1, D2, and D3.
Many athletes don't understand the differences and because of that limit their opportunities for success as a college athlete. Have you ever heard any of these myths?
- Many people assume the NCAA decides which schools qualify for D1 or D2. They don't!
- Many people assume the schools with the best athletic reputations also have the best academic reputations. They often don't!
- Many people assume placement in a level of play is dependent on enrollment, academics, public/private, or tuition. It is not!
- Many people assume all D1 schools are better than all D2s and that all D2s are better than all D3's. They are definitely not!