A scholarship offered
When you are offered an athletic scholarship it must be for four years, right?
Most Division 1 and all Division 2 athletic scholarships are one academic-year agreements. The college must notify a student by July 1 if they are going to renew the scholarship.
Wait, really?! That is correct. They don’t have to renew it. Ask each individual coach and institution their policy. If you don’t have appropriate skill, a bad attitude or an injury you may not fit into the program’s plans the following year. You are at the mercy of the coach each year, for your scholarship to be renewed the following year.
Control the Controllables
There are two things you can control. You can control your attitude. Learn to accept that you cannot control other people or their decisions, but you can always control how you act and respond. You would be surprised how far your attitude contributes to a coach’s perception of you.
You can also control your work ethic. You may find you are not the best player on the team. You may even find yourself near the bottom. This matters far less to most coaches than your work ethic. Coaches understand there will be a top and bottom to a roster in regards to skill. Your job is work your tail off outside of scheduled practices and to show up every day ready to compete and give everything you have.
If you have a great work ethic and attitude, there are few coaches who would cut you. These attributes are invaluable to any athletic program.
Consider the Injury Potential
The potential for injury is always there. Fear should not be a driving force in your decision, but prudence dictates that you consider a couple of things.
The first is that if your body is already beat up coming out of high school or if you have had multiple concussions, you may not be able to physically play for four more years. It may not feel like it at 18 years old, but you will have a long life after athletics are over and you only have one body.
Secondly, you need to understand that if you are on an athletic scholarship and sustain a career ending injury, your scholarship may not be renewed for the next school year. Make sure you ask the coach about the school’s policy with regard to scholarship renewal after an injury.
What does this mean for you?
Ask questions of the coach. Make sure you know what you need to do to keep your athletic scholarship. Ask what happens if you sustain an injury. Ask how often a scholarship is not renewed. You could also ask the current players on your visit. See if they are confident that their scholarships will be renewed or if the coach holds it over them that it could be taken away. It is always important to know the fine print and the realities behind the scholarship.
You only get one shot at the recruiting process. It is time to take the steps necessary to be noticed by college coaches. It should be easy and even fun. Here is your guide:
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