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1 Counseling Student Athletes Share, Learn, and Connect WACAC :30am-10:20am

2 Stephanie Shapiro Associate Director of College Counseling Boys/Girls Tennis Travis Kikugawa Director of Counseling for College Bound Athletes Director of Soccer/Tennis Operations

3 Agenda I. Benefits of College Athletics II. Athletic Options III. Creating the College List IV. Admission Impact V. Recruitment/Self-Marketing VI. Making yourself the ideal recruit VII. Resources VIII. Q & A

4 Benefits of College Athletics Social Physical Emotional Educational Professional

5 Organization of Intercollegiate Athletics NCAA Division I (D-1) Highest level most recognized and competitive Athletic scholarships awarded Schools with Football programs are I-A or I-AA Difference based on quality & depth of athletes and financial commitment to programs Enormous time commitment no off-season year round play feels like sport is a job pressure to perform Examples are UCLA, USC, Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame NCAA Division II (D-2) Smaller schools with lesserknown athletic programs Feature local or in-state athletes Pay for education w/combination of scholarships, grants, loans & jobs Substantial time commitment Local examples are San Francisco State, UCSD, Sonoma State, Cal State LA D-1 and D-2 require athletes to register with NCAA Clearinghouse spring of junior year

6 Organization of Intercollegiate Athletics NCAA Division III (D-3) Largest number of colleges & universities within NCAA Athletes receive no scholarships related to athletic ability Time commitment not as large as D-1 and D-2 Athletes play for the love of their sport Highly skilled and competitive Impact of athletics placed on participants rather than spectators Ability to play two sports Local examples: Cal Lutheran, UCSC, Chapman, Pomona/Pitzer Some schools maintain membership in 2 different divisions Johns Hopkins: D-1 in Men s lacrosse - D-3 in other sports

7 Organization of Intercollegiate Athletics NAIA National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Governing body of group of smaller colleges Time commitment and scholarships vary depending on school and sport Azusa Pacific, Master s College, CSU San Marcos, Cal Baptist, CSU East Bay NJCAA National Junior Collegiate Athletics Association Governing body of 2-year college athletics Pierce College, Moorpark College, Santa Barbara City College Members compete at the D-1, D-2, or D-3 level

8 NCAA Eligibility Standards NCAA Eligibility Standards

9 NCAA Eligibility Standards Division II 2.0 minimum GPA Division I sliding scale GPA and test score no SAT/ACT writing Core GPA SAT V/M ACT sum

10 NCAA Regulations NCAA Clearinghouse D 1+2 Spring Junior Year, send transcript and initial test scores Fall Senior Year send final test scores Graduation send final HS Transcript

11 Creating The College List Identify appropriate schools Consider the following: Location urban/rural; distance from home; weather Size small liberal arts college vs. large research university Academic Major liberal arts vs. pre-professional Admission Criteria Level of Athletic Competition Counselor can provide a list

12 The Admissions Process for a Student Athlete Can my athletic talent help me get into college? What is more important, my grades or my athletic talent? Will I be able to know all of my options before I decide? Committing early Early Decision Ivy League Academic Index

13 Recruiting and Marketing

14 Marketing Yourself Communicate with College Coach Identify and contact the Coaches from school s athletic website Submit online questionnaire Create an Athletic Cover Letter and Resume head and all assistant coaches expressing interest/game schedule Highlight DVD/youtube link Send copies of newspaper articles about you/team Send letters of recommendation All contact should be from the student, not the parent Be seen! Club/Travel teams, Tournaments, etc. Summer Identification camps

15 Athletic questionnaire

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20 Sample Cover Letter

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22 Freshman/Sophomore Year Tasks Establish a 4-year plan for Eligibility Maintain at least a 2.0 GPA Talk to coach about opportunities to increase exposure in your sport Attend summer ID camps Film games/matches Create and update athletic resume Keep records of athletic achievements, articles, extracurricular activities, etc. Fill out prospective athlete questionnaires on college websites

23 Junior Year Tasks Ensure academic eligibility Register for and take standardized testing Send test scores to NCAA 9999 Attend college admission info sessions on HS campus or local area Visit college campuses Register for NCAA Clearinghouse in spring Develop initial college list with college counselor Continue athletic resume Get an honest evaluation of talent from coach Send resume and cover letter to coaches/fill out athletic questionnaires Attend ID camps Keep a file on each school that shows an interest in you Film games send DVD or link to YouTube to prospective coaches Attend college games to assess level of play

24 Senior Year Tasks Continue to work hard in academics Retake standardized tests if necessary check with counselor Update athletic resume File college applications/review with counselor before submission Continue to write, call, or coaches Be prompt in responses to coaches Visit campuses official and unofficial visits Attend sporting events/demonstrate interest

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26 WHAT DO COLLEGE COACHES ATHLETICISM / LOVE OF THE GAME Sport-specific skills Competitiveness and physical/mental toughness Athletic ability (i.e. skills, size, strength, speed, quickness, agility) Potential to grow and mature Team players, not players whose personal goals supersede team goals CHARACTER Personal references Work ethic Leadership LOOK FOR? ACADEMICS competitive for admission potential for academic success ability to graduate on time provide a positive image for the school

27 Resources National Collegiate Athletic Association National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Junior College Athletic Association Ryan Bache Gold Dust Productions

28 Questions?????

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