Every year thousands of high school athletes compete for athletic scholarships at colleges across the country. Competition is fierce and dedicated athletes are working hard every single day to showcase their athletic prowess and academic achievements to coaches . Getting an athletic scholarship is not easy so here are some basic tips to make sure you are maximizing your chances at gaining an athletic scholarship.
Keep Your Profile Up to Date
Keep your BeRecruited profile up-to-date by ensuring sure your academic information, statistics, leadership positions, and achievements are all accurate. Make sure your profile is filled out completely and that you are representing yourself in a professional manner. Uploading a highlight video on your profile is also vital in making sure coaches can see your athletic ability in action. Use the BeRecruited iOS Gameday App to upload your recent stats, photos, and videos to your BeRecruited profile. You can sign up for a BeRecruited profile here. During the season make it a routine to update your statistics and academic information on your profile.
Maintain A Professional Social Media Presence
Your interactions on your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media sites are publically visible. You want to make sure that your online persona represents your character and values as a student-athlete. If you are a high ranking prospect, your online presence will be under the microscope of many colleges and recruiters. Protect your brand image as an athlete by avoiding derogatory and offensive discussions online . How you brand yourself on your online platforms does matter so keep this in mind when you are using social media on a daily basis.
All coaches seek out athletes with excellent grades. You want to make sure your grades are a priority during the recruiting process. As a student-athlete you should be pushing yourself to meet and exceed the academic requirements for the schools you are applying to. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or to seek out resources at your school to improve your academic performance. Stay on top of your grades and start early when studying for the ACT’s and SAT’s. Make sure to do some research about the schools you are considering applying to see where you stand academically.
Don’t wait around for coaches to reach out to you! Being an active participant in the recruiting process will provide you a greater chance of finding the right school. Research schools that offer athletic scholarships, which are typically Division I, Division II, and NAIA schools. Look up coach contact information on the athletic staff directories of the schools you are researching and send out an introductory letter and emails. Deluxe Users on BeRecruited have the ability to send emails to coaches using our Letter Generator so take advantage of all the resources available to you. Make sure to respond to all coaches that email you back. You will likely also receive questionnaires or camp invites from coaches interested in you so make sure to reply promptly.
Work To Be the Best
To stand out from other athletes you have to perform at an exceptional level. Being an elite player takes work so you have to be ready to commit to improving your game. Work on your game in the off-season and in your free time as much as possible to become a better player. Develop your skills, condition your body, and spend time perfecting your fundamentals. The jump in talent from high school to college is sizeable so you want to make sure you are ready. Spend time working with your coaches to figure out what you can improve on. Athletic scholarships are hard to come by so you have to be willing to work harder and longer than everyone else.
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