A8 Yellow Chip Athletes — We Try Harder


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The tier I, Division I bound athlete is sought over. Not so for tier II and III students who want to play in college. Hear from a student, parent and Division III college player about what to do pre-recruiting and throughout the recruiting process to get noticed in the search for the correct fit. Specific examples plus recruiting tapes and email/phone message prompts will
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  • Over one million high school football players
  • Survey used as a backdrop for trying to ascertain collective “yellow chip” athlete college process experienceothers were h.s. juniors (21.6%), college 1st (13.7%) and 2nd year (21.6%) studentssome interest in NAIA (43.1%); less interest in NCAA Div. I & II (allowed to check all that apply)including: football, basketball, soccer, wrestling, baseball, swimming, softball, field hockey, golf, cross country, track, ice hockey, tennis, lacrosse, volleyball
  • 22.9% began in 10th grade or 12th grade; 8.3% began in 9th grade or earlier75% used email; As expected; telephone was 2nd most common; most indicated they did not use text or Facebook at allVarying reasons for not pursuing sport in college, but most dealt with time commitment, level of play, wanting a bigger school, and burn out
  • Person initiating most of the communication was the student/athlete (52.1%)Head coach was 39.6% - surprised that high school coach and current college team members did not come out higherAlso realized we should have included parent as an option
  • Charted only the “very imprortant” responses.Nothing surprising since most respondents were looking at non-Div. I programs, academics came in first.
  • A8 Yellow Chip Athletes — We Try Harder

    1. 1. Jorge Acosta – Augustana College Suzanne Broski – St. Xavier University Naomi Ewing – Woodlands Academy Sandie Gilbert – Stonehill College Eric Gilbert – Deerfield High SchoolMaloree Johnson – St. Xavier University IACAC Conference – May 4, 2012
    2. 2. High School to NCAA  3.1% - Men’s Basketball  3.5% - Women’s Basketball  6.0% - Football  6.4% - Baseball  10.6% - Ice Hockey  5.6% - Men’s Soccer Estimated statistics from www.ncaa.org Provided by Ross Grippi, Baldwin-Wallace College
    3. 3. NCAA to Professional Sports  1.2% - Men’s Basketball  0.9% - Women’s Basketball  1.7% - Football  8.9% - Baseball  3.8% - Ice Hockey  1.6% - Men’s Soccer Estimated statistics from www.ncaa.org Provided by Ross Grippi, Baldwin-Wallace College
    4. 4. I 167,089 student-athletes II 93,510 student-athletes III 169,702 student-athletes Club www.ncaa.org Provided by Ross Grippi, Baldwin-Wallace College
    5. 5.  2000 – 2001 81,423 student-athletes 2009 – 2010 169,702 student-athletes There is a school and varsity program for most student- athletes if the school is the right fit www.ncaa.orgEstimated 2,000,000 student-athletes are playing club sports in college www.nytimes.com/2008/12/02/sports/02club.html Provided by Ross Grippi, Baldwin-Wallace College
    6. 6. 51 Respondents◦ 52.9% male; 47.1% female◦ 43.1% current high school seniors◦ Most (68%) interested in NCAA Div. III◦ Wide range of sports represented
    7. 7.  Most (45.8%) began the athletic recruiting process in 11th grade Most common method of communication was email 55.8% considered not pursuing sport in college
    8. 8. Who initiated most ofthe communication?
    9. 9.  Beginning the athletic search Communication Type Frequency With whom Schools visited What impressed me most/why How my criteria changed (or didn’t) over time Experience with merit money Pressure to commit Most difficult part of the process Final answer – why I chose my college
    10. 10. Prospective athlete questionnaire/follow-upSubjective vs. non-subjective sportsAthletic safety schoolsResearch specific team programsIntroductory emailAthletic scheduleRecruiting tape Extremely effective Must not be professional Youtube Examples
    11. 11.  Camps Personal connections Clarify recruiting time-frame Official/unofficial visits Sample phrases to utilize (handout)
    12. 12.  Importance of student initiating/maintaining contact Parental role Assuming interest level of coach Playing time Scholarship and merit money Effect of non-communication ◦ By college ◦ By student
    13. 13.  Working with “deadlines” Notify all coaches Enrollment deposit as commitment
    14. 14. NCAA Recruiting Calendar/Guides  http://www.ncaa.org/wps/portal/ncaahome?WCM_GLOBAL _CONTEXT=/ncaa/ncaa/legislation+and+governance/eligi bility+and+recruiting/recruiting/recruiting+calendars/ind ex.html NCAA High School Portal:  https://web1.ncaa.org/hsportal/exec/links?linksSubmit=S howActiveLinks  Guide for the college bound student athlete  Which colleges sponsor which sports  Rankings/statistics  Eligibility rules and worksheet  Presentations for counselors and students  More