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Counseling Students Who Think They Can: Throw, Catch or Hit
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Counseling Students Who Think They Can: Throw, Catch or Hit Resources Packet


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Counseling Students Who Think They Can: Throw, Catch or Hit Resources Packet

  1. 1. !!559.636.3605!!!!!!!!!!915!W.!Center!!!!!!!!Visalia,!CA!!!!!!!!www.mymcdonaldcc.com!!!!!!!info@mymcdonaldcc.com! College&Athletic&Do’s&&&Don’ts& ! Freshman! and! Sophomore! Year! From! September! 1st!of!your! Junior!Year! Do’s& Keep!your!grades!up!and!take!as!many!AP!or! Honors!classes!as!you!can.! ! Learn!to!manage!your!own!time,!your!schedule.! ! Develop!your!college!sport!playing!skills.! ! Take!the!core!curriculum!classes!required!to!meet! NCAA!and!college!eligibility!requirements.! ! Play!enough!tournaments!to!get!a!sectional!or! national!ranking.!! ! Play!desired!high!school!sport.!! ! Keep!a!record!of!your!wins!and!losses.!! ! Do!say!“hello”!to!college!coaches!when!you!see! them!but!no!more!than!that.!! Don’ts& Do!not!contact!coaches!by!phone!or!letter,!yet.!They! cannot!answer!your!questions!about!their!program! until!your!junior!year.! ! Do!not!make!personal!contact!with!college!coaches! other!than!to!say!“hello”.!They!cannot!talk!to!you!about! their!programs!at!this!time.! ! Do!not!agree!orally!or!in!writing!to!be!represented!by! any!individual,!agent,!or!management!even!if!the! contract!would!begin!after!you!complete!college.!! ! Coaches!cannot!initiate!contact!with!you!about!their! program.!If!they!call!or!write!you,!tell!them!you!will!be! glad!to!speak!with!them!on!or!after!July!1st!after!you! complete!your!junior!year.!! ! Do!not!accept!prize!money!(exception:!!you!can!accept! money!to!cover!your!costs!for!participating!in!that! tournament).! Keep!your!grades!up!! Do!not!call!and!ask!coaches!to!return!your!phone!calls.! ! The!NCAA!does!not!allow!coaches!to!return!your!phone! Complete!any!college!sport!questionnaires.!! calls!until!after!you!complete!your!junior!year.!Write! ! them!a!letter!instead!and!ask!your!questions.! Select!the!college!programs!which!fit!your!academic! ! and!sport!criteria.! Do!not!wait!for!coaches!to!contact!you.!They!may!not! ! have!enough!time!to!search!you!out.! Send!for!catalogs!and!applications.! ! ! Do!not!ask!coaches!questions!about!their!program! Send!introductory!letters!to!coaches.!Send!update! when!you!see!them!offUcampus.!They!cannot!discuss! letters!during!the!year!to!notify!them!of!your! this!with!you!in!person.! progress.! ! ! Do!not!accept!recruiting!phone!calls!from!coaches!until! Play!desired!high!school!sport.! you!have!completed!your!junior!year.! ! ! Achieve!any!sort!of!sectional!or!national!ranking.! Do!not!accept!prize!money!(other!than!for!expenses)! ! and!do!not!agree!to!be!represented!by!an!individual!or! Update!your!sport!record.! agent.!! ! ! Take!the!SAT!or!ACT.! Do!not!send!form!letters.! ! ! Know!the!college!sport!rules!and!regulations.!Send! Do!not!practice!with!a!college!team!during!an! for!the!college!guides!from!the!NCAA,!NAIA,!and! organized!practice!session.! NJCAA.! ! Say!“hello”!to!coaches!but!no!more.!
  2. 2. College&Athletics&Do’s&and&Don’ts&Continued& & Do’s& Don’ts& On!or!after! July!1st,!after! you!finish! your!Junior! year! Keep!your!grades!up!! ! Take!the!SAT!or!ACT!again!to!improve!your!scores.! ! Talk!with!the!coaches!on!and!off!campus!about!their! program.!Let!them!get!to!know!you.!You!can!phone! them!now!and!they!can!return!your!calls.!However,! it!may!be!easier!to!get!questions!answered!if!you! write!a!letter.! ! Visit!colleges!of!your!choice!while!they!are!in! session.!You!can!visit!as!many!colleges!as!you!like!at! your!own!expense.! ! Make!an!appointment!for!an!interview!with!the! coach.!It!is!best!not!to!come!unannounced.! ! Accept!official!visits!to!colleges!if!they!are!offered!to! you!provided!you!are!interested!in!attending!the! college.!Find!out!what!costs!of!the!visit!will!be! covered!by!the!school.! ! Send!thank!you!notes!to!coaches!and!players!who! assist!you!during!the!visit.! ! Be!honest!with!the!coach.!If!you!are!not!interested! in!their!program,!let!them!know!as!soon!as!possible.!! ! Check!on!your!admissions!status.!Your!coach!may! not!have!time!to!keep!up!to!date!on!in.! ! Play!national!tournaments!where!college!coaches! can!observe!you.!Let!your!coaches!know!the! tournaments!you!will!be!playing!throughout!the! year.! Be!patient.!Wait!to!see!which!schools!send!you!a! National!Letter!of!Intent.!Schools!start!sending!them! in!midUApril,!and!they!continue!sending!them! during!the!rest!of!the!year.! ! Ask!your!personal!coach!and!parents!to!assist!you!in! evaluating!the!strengths!and!weaknesses!of!your! schools!of!choice.!! ! If!you!are!offered!a!scholarship,!ask!coaches!what! specific!expenses!your!scholarship!offers.!! ! Do!make!the!decision!yourself!and!sit!with!that! decision!for!a!few!weeks!without!talking!with! anyone!about!it,!to!see!how!you!feel.!If!you!believe! you!have!made!the!right!decision!for!you,!inform!the! coaches!and!others.! ! Sign!one!Letter!of!Intent.!Once!you!sign,!you!are! committed!to!going!there.!! Do!not!send!form!letters!to!coaches.! ! Do!not!make!demands!on!coaches.!They!are!busy! enough!already.!If!you!are!having!trouble!getting! through!to!them!on!the!phone,!write!a!letter.!! ! Do!not!try!to!impress!the!coaches!or!tell!everybody! what!a!great!player!you!are.!Let!your!results!and! behavior!speak!for!themselves.! ! Do!not!let!your!parents!ask!all!the!questions!and! answer!them!for!you.!The!coaches!are!looking!at! choosing!you,!not!your!parents.! ! Do!not!exhibit!poor!performance!during!tournaments.! Just!when!you!least!expect!it,!a!coach!may!be!scouting! you.! ! Do!not!try!out!for!a!team!at!any!NCAA!campus!school.! ! Do!not!automatically!expect!to!receive!a!scholarship!no! matter!how!good!you!are.! Decision! Time:!!MidU April!to!the! end!of!your! Senior!year! Do!not!sign!an!institutional!Letter!of!Intent!or!any! financial!aid!package!before!the!National!Letter!of! Intent!signing!date.! ! Do!not!decide!to!go!to!a!particular!school!to!satisfy!your! parents!or!anyone!else!unless!you!really!want!to!go! there.!It!will!be!your!home!for!the!next!four!years!so! you!need!to!be!happy!there.!!
  3. 3. Second'choice: Third'choice: What is your reason for playing a sport? ACADEMIC STATISTICS Weighted GPA: Unweighted GPA: Class Rank: out of a class of Possible Major: TESTING Composite ACT: SAT (1800 scale): SAT (2400 scale): Best ACT English: Best ACT Math: Best SAT Critical Reading: Best SAT Mathematics: ATHLETICS At what level do you want to compete: Div 1 Div 2 Div 3 NAIA My first choice is to play for a school at level. My second choice is to play for a school at level. Motivation: Circle the answers that apply to you: I am hoping athletics will boost my chances of getting admitted to the college of my choice: YES NO I want to move on in the pros: YES NO I just want to compete in my sport: YES NO I want an athletic scholarship, because it will help me get a better financial aid package even though my family will show need YES NO I want an athletic scholarship, because my family will not get financial aid, I only qualify for merit based aid. YES NO
  4. 4. " College Athletics Resources Counseling Students Who Think They Can: Throw, Catch or Hit ATHLETIC ORGANIZATIONS national Collegiate NCAA Athletic Association NAIA NJCAA National Junior College Athletic Association NCAA Eligibility Center Recruiting, statistics, rules http://www.ncaa.com/ National Association of Intercolegiate Atheltics http://ncaa.org/ Sport specific rankings, scores http://www.naia.org/ " " Small schools, mostl http://www.njcaa.org/ http://web1.ncaa.org/ECWR2/NCAA_EMS/N CAA.jsp Athletics for Junior & Community Colleges " " " " " " " Must register to be eligible to compete " NCAA National Collegiate Athletic Association http://www.ncaa.org/wps/wcm/connect/public /NCAA/About+the+NCAA/Who+We+Are+lan ding+page SEARCH <sport> ocllege rankings " " List of Sports ©"CMA"2013" " " info@guidedpath.net" " " " " " www.guidedpath.net"
  5. 5. Questions to Ask College Coaches ACADEMICS • What is the graduation rate for student-athletes at your school? What is the graduation rate for your program? • What type of academic services are available for the general student body and what services are available for student-athletes? (e.g., tutoring, writing labs…) • Approximately how many days of class does your team miss during the year due to practice and competition schedules? How is the missed class time handled? • What happens if class time conflicts with practice time? • Is it difficult to change majors once you declare your major? • What type of career counseling services are available for the studentathlete? ATHLETICS • How many seniors are you graduating this year and in what position? • Do you allow freshmen to start (provided they have the ability)? • Is there a junior varsity program? • Have you made it to post-season play, and if so how have you done? • What is your general coaching philosophy? • How do academics fit into your coaching philosophy? • At this point, where do you see me fitting into your program? • How many other prospects are you recruiting in my position, event, etc? Where do I fall in that group of prospects?
  6. 6. • Does your team practice year round? What is expected during the offseason? • What type of strength and conditioning programs are conducted and are they done year round? GENERAL INFORMATION • Are your student-athletes required to live on campus? If so, do they live with fellow student-athletes or with someone from the general student population? • What type of medical coverage is available for student-athletes? • Do you provide all necessary uniforms and equipment, or are the studentathletes responsible to pay for or provide uniforms and equipment? • As a coach, are you looking to move upward in the coaching ranks in the near future or do you see yourself continuing your career at this institution? • Does the athletic department or college offer counseling services for drug and alcohol use, nutrition, etc.? FINANCIAL AID • Do you offer athletic grants-in-aid? If yes, do you offer full grants-in-aid (tuition, room, board, books and fees) or do you offer partial grants-in-aid? • How many athletic grants do you have available for the upcoming year (or how much grant money do you have available for the upcoming year)? • I know that athletic grants-in-aid are not guaranteed for a four year period and that they are renewed on a yearly basis. If I receive a grant-in-aid, will it most likely be renewed each year provided I remain a part of the team? What is your policy on renewing aid? What is the institution’s policy on renewing aid? • If I receive an athletic grant-in-aid and I am injured in the first practice or game, what happens to that grant for the remainder of that year and for the following years? • If you do not offer athletic grants-in-aid, what type of financial aid is available to student-athletes? Is it only need based aid, or are there merit scholarships available?