To-Do List for the End of Summer
Get in Shape
Even if your sport is played in the spring, you should still be participating in clubs, camps, and pre season workouts during the school year. If you want to play collegiate athletics, you have to be better than your competition during your high school career. So, find time to include workouts in your daily routine, whether that means working out in the weight room or practicing your sport.
Speaking of practicing – you should be developing your skills as an athlete and getting better at the sport you expect to play in college. Practice your swing, your throw, your ball-handling skills, your stick-handling skills, your jump shot, your serve, or whatever skills will make you the best athlete.
Register with the Eligibility Center
All rising seniors should register with the NCAA Eligibility Center for many reasons, but keep in mind you need to be registered to start making official visits during your senior year. Also, they will make sure you have all the requirements needed to play sports in college.
Plan and Take Visits
All student-athletes should be visiting college campuses throughout their four years of high school. Taking visits during the summer is great because you have more free time to dedicate to traveling. However, the only downside is that school is not in session. Therefore, you should plan some visits for your upcoming school year.
Study for ACT/SATs
Freshmen, this doesn’t apply to you, but everyone else should listen up! Rising sophomores, you should be preparing to take your tests next year, so start studying and taking practice tests. Look into test prep such as Kaplan to help guide and prepare you. Juniors, get ready for your tests and be sure to schedule them early in the year. Seniors, you should think about retaking your test(s) to aim for a higher score. Remember, even if you do worse the second time, most schools only consider your highest score.
Attend Camps and Combines
Combines are a great place to get verified measurements to send to college coaches. Camps are great ways to improve at your sport and get in front of college coaches who you have been in contact with. Just remember – you will not be discovered at a camp.
College coaches like kids who are active in their community and have a rounded portfolio including good academics, strong athletic stats, and a good personality with strong social skills.
And have fun!
Call 866-579-6272 or click here to create a recruiting profile in the NCSA Network.