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Truth Talk: Debunking Recruitment Myths

Can You Tell Truth From Fiction? 

Myth 1: You only need to send your profile to your top choices.

Truth: As a human, you're going to find that your initial judgements are frequently off base. You wouldn't restrict yourself to only one brand of chocolate, so why limit yourself when it comes to colleges? Cast a wide net and you'll be surprised which schools move up your list.

Myth 2: If you've got mad athletic skills, academics can take a back seat.

Truth: No matter how many prayers the NCAA gets during Biology midterms, the GPA requirements are here to stay for college-bound athletes. As well they should be: your post-college career will thank you for hitting the books now and learning those silly things like talking good and maths.

Myth 3: I'm not a star player, so I'll never get recruited.

Truth: Any athlete worth his or her salt knows what turns an average band of misfits into a national trophy-winning crew: teamwork. Having an all-star team isn't the recipe for success: well-rounded, complementary players are what coaches look for in recruits. Maybe you aren't the MVP, but what do you bring to the table?

Myth 4: There's plenty of time to make a good impression.

Truth: The recruitment process can be boiled down to two things: your qualifications and skills as a student athlete, and the relationships you build with college coaches during high school. Those meaningful relationships take time to build (i.e., your entire high school career), so get the ball rolling early with these steps.

Myth 5: There's no money on the NCAA DIII.

Truth: While DIII schools can't give out athletic scholarships, don't write them off: not only are these coaches more likely to respond to an eager athlete who starts calling and emailing them, but they can help you find financial aid from other avenues. You'd be amazed at what kind of scholarships are available, from dollars handed out for academics, to extra-tall students and crafty knitters.

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