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

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College athletics admissions expert Andrew Windham shares his tips and tricks for counseling students wanting to play sports in college.

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

  1. 1. Counseling Students Who Think They Can: Throw, Catch, or Hit Andrew  Windham,  President,  College  Planning  Ins6tute   Cyndy  McDonald,  President,  MyCCA  Corp.  
  2. 2. Meet the Experts •  Andrew Windham •  Cyndy McDonald
  3. 3. Professional Expertise •  How can a professional advisor help athletes in their college search process? •  What tools/resources do you bring to the families?
  4. 4. Top 5 Counseling Tips 1.  Identify Motivation •  Why does student want to play? 2.  Assess talent •  Become objective 3rd party 3.  Reality Check •  Assist family build realistic expectations 4.  Match •  Find right school & prepare for balance 5.  Manage Process •  •  Recruitment Application
  5. 5. 1. Identify MOTIVATION •  Is the parent pushing or student leading? •  Ready for the commitment? The WHY directs HOW the college search is conducted.
  6. 6. Why do you want to Play? •  I want to play in the pros •  I hope athletics will help me get money for college •  I hope athletics will boost my chances to get in •  I just love to compete in my sport
  7. 7. 2. Assess Talent •  Competition is tough •  Give reality check •  Compare stats and/or times •  Non interested 3rd party assessments •  Can call coaches
  8. 8. 3. Reality Check: Student Athlete •  Athletics –  Realistic expectations •  Academics –  Eligible or not? •  Identify right level to play –  –  –  –  NCAA Jr. /Comm. College Divisions Club an option? •  High school time line –  Don’t wait for coaches to knock on your door
  9. 9. 4. Match •  Where professional expertise shines •  Visits –  Talk to the team –  Coaches can leave –  Vetting the coach or recruiter •  Education + Athletics + Culture = Winning Combination •  Using MyCCA.net/GuidedPath™ for Matching •  Help prepare student for balancing demands
  10. 10. 5. Manage Process •  Recruitment –  Do’s and Don’ts •  Levels of commitment •  Why commitment timing matters •  College Planning & Applications –  Empower & manage online with MyCCA.net/GuidedPath
  11. 11. Recruitment • NCAA Clearinghouse registration • Athletic forms • NCAA rules & regulations • Teach student/parents to be own advocate • Watch for “big timing” • Official v. Unofficial visits • Visit do’s and don’ts: The Buffet Analogy • Social Media
  12. 12. College Planning •  Using MyCCA.net in process –  College list building: 2 lists –  Customized deadlines –  Added milestones –  Use Shared Comments –  Use Shared documents –  Communications –  Records Empower and Engage Students
  13. 13. Introducing : GuidedPath™ A College Planning Solution
  14. 14. GuidedPath™    Student  Dashboard  
  15. 15. Learn More •  Register for GuidedPath demonstration @ www.mycca.net •  Contact support@guidedpath.net to get started on a GuidedPath account. •  If you are a MyCCA.net subscriber: ask for a BETA account
  16. 16. Resources •  Powerpoint to be posted: •  Forms to be posted: –  Athletic Checklist 2013 –  Important Athletic Questions –  College Athletic Do’s & Don’ts –  College Coach –  Winning Athletic Scholarships –  Resource list To  be  posted  as  links  on  www.mycca.net  website  
  17. 17. Questions & Answers
  18. 18. Contact Information •  Andrew Windham: www.collegeplanninginstitute.com –  awindham@collegeplanninginstitute.com –  855.468.6274 •  Cyndy McDonald: www.guidedpath.net –  cyndy@mycca.net –  720.465.8555

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