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College Search Cheat Sheet
Are you worried about finding the right college for your kids? Does the idea of researching colleges make you nervous? Do you find the idea of finding and paying for college daunting? Do you just want to know how to get started? If you answered "yes" to any to the previous questions, I've got a college search cheat sheet for you. I call it my li
10 Steps to Help Your Child get Recruited by a Coach
The 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 wi
12 Things You Need to Know About Athletic Scholarships
I'm always amazed at how little players and their families know about athletic scholarships. Given that most of them have been justifying playing their sport for the chance at a college scholarship since middle school, you would think they would be better informed. The following are 11 things you need to know if you're looking for an athletic schol
15 Sample Athletic Resumes and Letters
(I’ve added other resources since I originally published this article so I'm now up to 22 samples. Recently, I've only been adding resources that offer something other than a generic resume template. However, if I come across a great sample only resume, I'll be sure to include it.) There are plenty of samples of athletic resumes/profiles on the
3 Hooks in College Admissions
Trying to figure out your "hook" for college admissions? In general, a hook refers to the element of your college application that makes you stand out from the crowd. It's what will make the admissions office "bite" on your application. But not all hooks are the same. I think there are three types of hooks. Actually, it's probably better to say
3 Types of Players that Don't get Recruited by Colleges
There are a lot of athletes and their families that are expecting to play their sport in college. And far too many of them are actually counting on an athletic scholarship as part of their plan to pay for college. Yet, the truth is that most of these players won't be recruited to play in college, much less get a scholarship. If you're one of the f
4 College Recruiting Mistakes to Avoid When You're the Best Player on Your Team
A lot of high school players and their families believe that being the best player on their teams is their ticket to playing at the college level. The truth is that star high school athletes are likely to make some assumptions about their ability that will undermine their chances of playing in college. Here are four college recruiting mistakes base
4 Things You Should Know Before You Contact College Coaches
Nobody likes wasting their time and college coaches are no exception. So when you start to contact college coaches, be sure that you are prepared. If nothing else, what sort of impression do you think you make when the coach has to inform you of basic facts regarding the school or finds out that you aren't qualified to play on his team? For many
5 Financial Mistakes that Can Limit Your Chance of Playing Your Sport at the College Level
So far I've covered signs that you don't understand the college athletic recruiting process and mistakes players and families make about their ability and what it means. Today, I'm going to cover mistakes related to finances when looking for athletic scholarships. If it's really about using sports to help pay for college, you need to avoid the fo
5 Signs that You Don't Understand the College Recruiting Process
If you spend any time on the internet or reading books on college athletic recruiting, you'll see lists of common mistakes made by families during the recruiting process. The interesting thing is that there isn't a lot of variation in the mistakes mentioned, it appears that people are making the same recruiting mistakes over and over. You have to w
5 Ways to Get Smart About College Baseball Recruiting
As you start the college baseball recruiting process, you need to know what you don’t know. And sometimes it feels like you would rather not know than try to make sense of all of the information out there. Not only is there so much information out there, so much seems contradictory. Sometimes you just need a baseline to start with so that you can m
5 Ways to Get Smart About College Softball Recruiting
Looking for information on college softball recruiting is a frustrating experience. It seems that there are lot more websites out there interested in selling you their recruiting services than providing information. But such informative sites do exist and some of them are actually recruiting services. However, before you decide to hire a recruitin
5 Ways to Get Smart About the National Letter of Intent
We’ve all seen the pictures in the local paper, high school seniors signing their National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play for a specific university or college. Sometimes there are proud parents in the pictures. Other times, you’ll see team colors or maybe a football. What you won’t see is a coach from the university the student is signing the NLI w
50-50 Highlights: NAIA Colleges
The NCAA is not the only college athletic organization with sports programs. The National Association for intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has over 250 members. Like the NCAA, the NAIA regulates the number of scholarships available and students must register with the NAIA Eligibility Center. NAIA offers fewer sports than the NCAA but does offe
50-50 Highlights: NCAA D2 Colleges
The NCAA Division 2 is the smallest of the three NCAA Divisions. Division 2 colleges, like Division 1 schools, offer athletic scholarships. However, they do not offer as many scholarships in many sports and are not required to sponsor as many varsity teams as D1 programs. They also tend to offer more partial scholarships. The competition at NC
50-50 Highlights: NCAA D3 Colleges
When high school athletes and their families start looking at colleges, it often comes as a surprise to many that the largest NCAA division, D3, doesn’t offer athletic scholarships. Students may receive academic scholarships and financial aid but no scholarship for participating in collegiate athletics. The philosophy behind D3 athletics is tha
8 Infographics to Help You Understand College Athletic Recruiting
If you're a high school athlete or the parents of an athlete who wants to play at the college level, the sooner you understand the college athletic recruiting process, the sooner you can use the process rather than have the process control you. And while the chances of being paid to be an athlete in your particular sport may be minuscule, it can't
8 Ways Showcase Camps Can Be a Waste of Money
Remember when camps were something you did for a week or two in the summer or maybe over a weekend with a scouting troop? High schoolers didn't go to camps, they worked at them to save up money for college. Not anymore. At least not for high school athletes interested in playing at the college level. Showcase camps are a convenient, although inc
9 Resources for Creating Your Own Softball or Baseball Recruiting Video
You do not have to pay for a professional skills video for college baseball recruiting. If you have a video camera, a video stand, and a basic editing program, you can create your own video that will be perfectly fine for college baseball or softball recruiting. There are plenty of websites offering information on how to create such videos. Afte
Athletic Recruiting and the Financial Aid Pre-Read
One third of colleges do not offer athletic scholarships. At institutions that do offer scholarships, most sports are equivalency sports meaning that athletes are likely to receive only partial scholarships. This means that the availability of non-athletic financial aid is an important consideration for most college athletes. Generally, studen
Can College Athletes Receive both Athletic and Academic Scholarships?
You would think this would be an easy question to answer. And it is for NCAA D3 schools since they aren’t allowed to offer any athletic scholarships so the answer is no. As for D1 or D2 schools, if you just stop and think about it a little, you would begin to realize that there’s no way it could possibly have a simple answer. Why is that? Just i
College Athletic Recruiting Reading Suggestions: Recruiting Services, High School Issues, and Scholarships
Five articles for those interested in the college athletic recruiting process. Three of them have practical information for families in the recruiting process. If you're expecting something definitive, be prepared to be disappointed. As usual, so much depends on the individual situation. And there are two "big picture" reads just so that you have n
College Athletic Recruiting: Some Reading Suggestions
There's a lot of information out there and not enough time to figure out what to read, much less actually read it. So I thought I would suggest a few articles that are worth reading. Some are more "big picture" or "policy" type articles that hopefully you won't run into playing college sports, but you never know. Others are more along the lines of
College Softball Teams by State
If you want to play college softball, you should probably be looking in California, New York, or Pennsylvania. However, if you're looking specifically for Junior College teams, you should be focusing on Illinois and Texas. The states with the most D1 softball programs are New York, California, and Texas. The D3 college programs are concentrated in
College Strength and Conditioning Programs for Incoming Athletes
If 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 college strength and conditioning programs. In fact, I'm willing to bet it would come in first by a wide m
Creating a Recruiting Video with Your Phone Resource Center
If you're an athlete trying to get recruited to play in college, then you KNOW you need to have video. You have several options for creating your video from doing-it-yourself to hiring someone who specializes in recruiting videos. I'm a big believer in starting with the cheapest option first. If nothing else, it will make you appreciate that much m
D2 Softball Programs and Conferences
D2 is the smallest NCAA division in softball with 289 programs*. However, in 19 states there are more D2 programs than D1 and D2 programs outnumber D3 programs in 22 states. Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and California have the most D2 softball programs and there are 13 states with 10 or more D2 schools. Softball is an equivalency sport for sch
Do you have to specialize in a sport to get a scholarship?
Should you play more than one sport in high school if you want to play at the college level? Focusing on a single sport would seem to provide players with the ability to develop advanced skills to stand-out from the competition. However, there are plenty of people out there arguing that playing multiple sports provides athletes with significant ben
Free College Admissions Resources You Should Know About: Guides for Athletes and Students with Disabilities
Free college planning PDFs for athletes and students with disabilities.
Getting Recruited for Athletic Scholarships is All About Knowing the Numbers
This shouldn’t be a surprising statement to anyone involved in sports. After all, every sport starts off with the most basic of numbers, wins and losses, or first, second, and third place. Potential college players and their families have probably spent a significant amount of time and money the last few years trying to improve their personal numbe
How Many Colleges to Target to Get Recruited to Play College Baseball
50--that's the number of colleges you should target if you're interested in getting to play at the college level. Too many? Think I might be exaggerating a little? Or maybe I don't have a clue as to what I'm talking about? Give me a moment and I'll explain my madness. Let me set the scene. You might be a freshman who's smart enough to know that
How Much do D1 Colleges Spend on Softball Programs?
Since I did a post on the average operating expenses for D1 baseball teams, I thought some might appreciate a similar one for softball. The table below shows the average college softball expenses from 2009 to 2013 for D1 softball programs. As with the baseball data, there are a few things to keep in mind when looking at the data on college softb
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
How to Answer Coaches Who Ask What Other Schools Are Recruiting You
Once again honesty is the best policy. When coaches ask what other schools are recruiting you, just name the schools. There are actually two ways to be dishonest in answering the question. The first is to not tell which schools are recruiting you and the second is to lie about which ones are. Understanding why you shouldn't do the former explains w
How to Figure Out Your Chances of Getting a College Athletic Scholarship
It would be nice if there was a formula somewhere that high school players could use to calculate their chances of getting a college athletic scholarship. All they would have to do is to enter their stats, maybe their high school or club team, and the formula would tell them their chances and even indicate how much to expect! Wouldn't that be nice?
How to Find Student-Athlete Graduation Rates
The NCAA has a public service announcement stating that most of their athletes go pro in something other than sports. They actually provide a table with the probability of competing beyond high school and the percentage who actually make it to the professional level. Given this information, any sensible athlete should pay serious attention to the
How to Start the College Athletic Recruiting Process
You've heard the saying, "you don't know what you don't know?" It's relevant to college athletic recruiting--when starting out, many families don't know where to begin or what to ask. So I put together this list of posts for athletes and their families just starting the college athletic recruiting process. After reading these, you should have a bas
Must Read for High School Baseball Players and their Parents
There is a post at the Next Level Baseball Player blog that all high school baseball players who want to play college baseball and their parents should read “A Raw Look Inside College Baseball Recruiting.” It’s an email from a coach at a D1 university responding to a father who asked why his kid isn’t good enough to play for the coach’s college bas
Must Reads about the Odds of Playing College Sports and Receiving Athletic Scholarships
Just a casual browsing of my blog would reveal that I'm not anti-athlete. When my son wanted to play baseball in college, I spent a lot of time educating myself about the college baseball recruiting process and shared the information here. However, there's a big difference between playing college sports and receiving an athletic scholarship. For
NCAA D1 Softball Colleges List
High school softball players looking to compete at the highest level in college will be targeting NCAA Division 1 schools. These colleges offer the most scholarships and the most competitive level of play. The table below is a listing of all D1 softball colleges. New York (21), California (20), and Texas (19) have the most colleges with D1 Soft
OU Football Coach Supports Paying College Athletes?
If you have even been in a conversation about the role of college sports, at some point someone will talk about misplaced priorities in terms of spending and complain that the football or basketball coach makes more than the university president, much less the highest paid professor on campus. Another person will inevitably respond with that no one

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