Choosing a School

Four basic questions the graduating high school student athlete should ask:

  1. What do I want to be doing for a living ten or more years from  now?
  2. Will more schooling after high school directly lead me to my long range goal?
  3. What kind of school - four year, two year or trade - should I attend?
  4. Do I really want to participate in college level sports? Do I still have the competitive drive and excitement?

Consider the following when debating various colleges:

  1. Don't choose a school simply to follow a group of friends.
  2. Seek advice from people you trust, such as parents, coaches, and school counselors.
  3. Check out as many schools as possible, both by reading l about  them and visiting them.
  4. Decide how far from home you are willing to travel.
  5. Don't overlook the smaller schools.
  6. Be honest with coaches.  If you are not interested in their school, say so as to not waste their time and yours.
  7. No coach can promise you a starting position or a certain level of performance.
  8. Go where you like the coaches.  These are the people you will be working with.
  9. Check out the head coach.  Write him a letter, call, or email him and ask him questions. Request to meet him when visiting campus.
  10. When making a college visit, be sure to talk with students and graduates of the school.  Ask them if they got a good education.  Don't talk with just athletes.
  11. If possible, visit or talk with a graduate of the college - in your area of interest.
  12.  Realize that all academic and athletic programs are not created equal simply because they are at the collegiate level. Be certain the college has made a COMMITMENT to be your area of interest, both academically and athletically. There are reasons for the their success and lack there of.  Work to find out why.
  13. Remember that big weight rooms, mirrors, carpeting and stadium size are mostly for show.  The big questions is how successful have their teams and athletes been.
  14. Don't play hard to get!  You will only diminish a coaches interest and make them weak on you.  If you have a favorite school, tell them so.   If you are very interested, also make this known.  Remember recruiters and coaches talk with student athletes every      year, you will only go through the process once.
  15. Don't be swayed by promises of scholarships once you get to school or for the next year.  Scholarships are a "money" issue - know the details and compare each school with the "bottom line."


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