College Athletics

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    Sports and College


    If you are thinking about continuing your involvement in athletics when you go to college, you should think about what you want out of your experience with sports.  Different options will provide you with different benefits, costs, and experiences including playing time and training requirements.


    One way to stay involved in athletics when you go away to college is through intramural athletic programs. Many colleges have such programs in a wide variety of sports.  Intramurals allow students to remain active in a sport that they might not be able to play on the intercollegiate team.  However, they are also spared the time commitment necessary to participate on the intercollegiate team.  Many colleges also have club athletic programs.  Club programs often have more intensive time requirements and may provide opportunities to travel and compete against club teams from other colleges.  Club programs are still usually less intensive than playing for a college's intercollegiate team.


    If you hope to participate in intercollegiate sports when you go to college there are several important steps you’ll want to take—particularly if you are hoping to compete for athletic scholarships, or for a spot on a selective team (a school that recruits athletes).


    1. Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center.  This is a requirement for students looking at Division I or Division II colleges.  In order to practice or compete at a D-I or D-II school, you must be cleared as Academically Eligible to play.  The Eligibility Center does this by reviewing your high school transcript and SAT/ACT scores to see if you meet minimum requirements. You should begin this process before the end of your junior year.  This includes providing the counseling office with a release to send your transcript to the NCAA Eligibility Center at the end of your junior year. For more information, visit: and follow the directions.

    2. As you develop the list of colleges you are interested in, research the names of coaches for the sport(s) you are considering playing in college.  You should not wait for coaches to contact you—take the initiative and send the following materials to the coaches on your list:
      1.  A letter of introduction.  This is a short letter that introduces yourself and lets the coach know that you are interested in playing on his/her team.  It should also explain the other materials you’ve sent.
      2. Athletic Resume.  This document should provide a summary of your athletic accomplishments with an emphasis on the sport of interest.  Include team accomplishments (titles won, record, etc) as well as the individual statistics relevant to your sport and position.  This resume can also include a brief summary of your academic standing (GPA, rank, and SAT/ACT scores)
      3. Game Footage.  For many sports, coaches want to observe your skills.  Some coaches will make plans to visit one of your games or matches.  Many student athletes send video footage of games or matches that highlight their skills.  A video that includes a combination of highlights of your performance as well as longer sections of game play is encouraged.  For team sports, make sure you explain how they can identify you (jersey number, etc).

    3. Contact the college coaches regularly.  Be sure to send them a schedule for your season to help them plan a visit.  Sending articles about your performance is another way that you can keep them updated on your accomplishments and keep your name at the top of their pile.

    4. Involve your current coaches.  Your coach knows your skills, personality, and growth potential.  They may be able to recommend specific college programs to consider, or what NCAA division to focus on.  Be sure to keep your coaches up to date with your current athletic and collegiate interests.  They may be willing to write a recommendation on your behalf, or contact a coach directly to discuss your abilities. 

    For more information on the NCAA Eligibility Center and other important information including recruiting rules and restrictions, view or download the following resources: