3 Tips to Stand Out at a Showcase

College Showcase

Are you attending Showcases, maybe even this weekend?

Your club coaches have stressed for you the importance of going to showcase events. Maybe you have already attended one or more. It is different than a tournament. At these events, you have probably heard from your coaches that you are showcasing your skills. Teams like to win, but this is the one event in which winning is a secondary goal. The primary goal is for college coaches to see high school athletes and if they like what they see, to contact them.

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The Myth of the College Golf Scholarship

Golf ScholarshipsI love golf. But not everyone is motivated by love for the Masters and a birdie. A "tiger mom" reads a newspaper article about unused golf scholarships. The next day she has signed her six year old up for golf lessons. A decade of green fees and lesson expenses is an investment that is going to pay off in a big way. Or is it?

There are 289 NCAA Division 1 men’s golf programs and 210 in Division 2. For women there are 235 NCAA Division 1 programs and 128 Division 2 programs. There are 178 NAIA men's golf programs and 163 women's golf programs.

That sounds like a lot of opportunity to get yourself a “full ride” golf scholarship.

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The Helicopter Parent Goes to College

Helicopter Parenting
What the College Coach Sees!

Too many of you are helicopter parents. I admit, I am too. Is there a way we can do it well?

What is the role of parents during the recruiting process? How can you help your child through the process without hovering right over head?

Who is leading?

It is a tricky business leading your child through the recruiting process.

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4 Tips Toward a Great College Athletic Experience

Great College Experience

4 Tips toward a great college athletic experience and a story about Mary

Every year there are hundreds of athletes who end up in college athletic programs in which they won’t succeed. Athletic careers that were so full of hope fizzle out. Athletes who could have enjoyed 4 years of competing as a college athlete, drop out of sport with their dreams in shambles.

Read on. Take heed of the 4 tips and let yourself see the college athletic experience through Mary’s eyes.

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What about the homeschooled athlete?

HomeschoolToday’s post is in answer to a question from a parent. I knew instantly it impacted a lot of families. These families participate in every sport, yet are often out of public view. Twenty years ago few people knew home schooling was an option. Today, most people have heard about homeschooling, know a homeschooling family, or are considering homeschooling themselves. 3.4% of all children in the U.S.A. are home schooled. At the end of the article I provide a snapshot into just how big home schooling is and why people choose to home school.

If you know a home schooled athlete, please pass this along to them.

The Question:

“Are there any differences in the way a homeschooled athlete needs to approach the recruiting process?”

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Conflicting Schedules

Conflicting SchedulesConflicting Schedules

With the new school year starting it is a good time to think about how academics and athletics fit together.

When playing a sport in college, how can you make sure you don’t find yourself uttering the phrase, “I am on the field, but I am supposed to be in the classroom right now.”

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No Fear of the Recruiting Process: 2 Tips

Overcoming fear
Don't Let Fear Paralyze You

Life is Changing

One thing I know about the recruiting process, it is scary. Up to this point in your life, your decision about what to do after high school is probably the biggest decision you have had to make. For the first 18 years of your life you are in a bubble. The bubble has problems, but it is generally safe and more importantly it is known.

When you think about where to go to college you are imagining yourself stepping outside of all that is familiar to you.

Add to that your desire to continue to be a collegiate athlete. Currently you are probably one of the better players on your team, maybe even one of the better players in your region or state. What will become of you when you play in college?

Will you be able make the transition to college sports? Will you be good enough? Will you be accepted by the players currently on the team? And how in the world will you figure out where to go?

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How to Look at Christian Colleges and Universities

Church at NightChristian Colleges and Universities:

Are they all the same?

The landscape of colleges and universities is far different than at the high school level. There is far more choice. In 2014, the overwhelming majority of high school students attended public schools, 88% or 14.7 million. Private schools, which are generally catholic or protestant, accounted for 9%. Nearly 3% of students were homeschooled.

Millions of students each year take advantage of private colleges.

Colleges and universities are far different in makeup. There are 629 public 4 year institutions with an enrollment of 6,837,605. There are 1,845 private institutions with an enrollment of 4,161,815. The break up of these 11 million students is 62.2% public and 37.8% private. Approximately 26% of students make a shift from public to private education.

Private colleges are both religious and secular. It is easy to spot a secular college, but what about institutions with a religious affiliation? Are they all the same in practice? The short answer is no. (When speaking of Christian colleges I am including both Protestant and Catholic.) If you are considering a Christian college it is important to understand the distinctions so that you choose a school where you’ll feel comfortable.

The Christian College Spectrum

Don't be mistaken. All Christian colleges are not the same. For the sake of simplicity I have broken all schools into four types of Christian colleges and universities. In reality it’s more of a spectrum, and even varies from professor to professor at many schools.

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