10 Steps to Help Your Child get Recruited by a Coach

lacrosse stick and helmetThe following is a guest post by Joie Jager-Hyman, college consultant and author of B+ Grades, A+ Applications. Joie was an Assistant Director of Admissions at her alma mater, Dartmouth College, and has a Doctorate in Education Policy.

Many students dream of playing sports on the college level but most athletes don’t know how to get started with the college recruiting process. How can you tell if you’re good enough to play for a university? Continue reading

Which Colleges Spend the Most on Football?

Footballs in shape of dollar signUnless you were in a semi-vegetative state last fall, you probably know that the colleges of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) dominated the top 25 football rankings. But you might be surprised to learn that the SEC didn’t have the highest conference average operating expenses. That would be the Pac 10, followed by the Big East, the Big Ten, and then the SEC. Continue reading

What College Sports Can You Play in New York State?

Sports GearThe Office of Postsecondary Education (OPED) collects information on college athletics. For each college in New York, you can look up the number of participants by sport, expenses and revenues, and the number of coaches. However, the data is from the 2010-11 academic year and won’t include programs that have just been added or reflect those that have been cancelled. Continue reading

D3 Baseball Experience

Baseball helmet on bleachers representing d3 baseball experienceLast week I watched my son played at his college’s annual Blue and White game. It’s just an intra-squad scrimmage at the end of their Fall practices followed by a family cook-out. It was cold but it was great to spend the weekend with him. He gave us a tour of HIS campus which is definitely a different campus as sophomore than it was as a “prospie.” Continue reading

Which States Have the Most Students Sending Test Scores to the NCAA?

test answer sheetIf you’re trying for an NCAA D1 or D2 athletic scholarship, you’re going to have to send your SAT or ACT scores to the NCAA Eligibility Center.?  Both the ACT and SAT have state reports that list the top destinations for score reports for each state. In general, these destinations are colleges but also includes some scholarship programs such as the National Merit Scholarship and services like the NCAA Eligibility Center. In other words, you can see how many students in a state sent their scores to the NCAA and where it ranked compared to other schools. Continue reading

Strength and Conditioning for Incoming College Freshman Student Athletes

male working outIf you read any books on college athletic recruiting, you’ll come across a section that discusses the biggest surprises to new college athletes coming from high school. I can’t think of a single one that doesn’t mention the dramatically harder strength and conditioning programs. In fact, I’m willing to bet it would come in first by a wide margin over anything else.

“Student-athletes we interviewed overwhelmingly reported that one of the hardest adjustments they had to make was in the level of physical endurance and fitness they were expected to meet to perform at the college level.” From Win a Sports Scholarship Continue reading

How They’ll be Spending Time on the Bus: Call Me Maybe

Once again, Harvard leads the nation in higher education. So as you send your sons off to college this fall and hopefully to play baseball in the spring, rest assured they will be spending all their travel time wisely. Remember, it all started at Harvard. And for those of you who are still in the college search process, it might not be too late to switch to another sport. Or maybe just pay for some dance lessons.

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