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How to Beat the Back-to-School Scaries

Starting a new school year can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. Whether you’re adjusting to a larger school, making new friends, familiarizing yourself with new teachers and classes or feeling the pressure of competition, those familiar “back-to-school scaries” might pay a visit.  But don’t worry, we’re here to help you prepare. We’ve compiled some practical […]

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Dear Camps: A Thank You Letter

Camps are more than just a summer activity or a chance to improve skills. They are a vital part of the college sports scene, creating a space for aspiring college-athletes and coaches to connect. And let me tell you, as someone who has been both a D1 college coach and athlete, camps hold a special […]

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A Parent’s Guide to Navigating Junior Year Recruiting

If you’re a parent of a junior athlete who’s looking to play college sports, you’ve come to the right place! Junior year is a pivotal time in the recruiting process, and in this article, you’ll learn how to best support them through it.  We know how much you want your athlete to succeed, so we’re […]

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Tips from NCSA Experts: How to Maximize Your Summer Visits

Summer visits are super important when it comes to the college recruiting process. They give you a chance to check out the campus, meet coaches and get your recruiting questions answered to see if you can picture yourself living there for the next four years.  To help you make the most out of your college […]

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The Ultimate Summer Camp Sports Checklist

Summer is an exciting time with warm weather and camp season kicking off! But with all that excitement comes the stress of finding the right camp. We’ve created the ultimate sports camp checklist for athletes and their families that walks you through the camp selection process, from top to bottom, including 7 things you must […]

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June 15 – Why it Matters in Recruiting  

There are many important dates throughout the college recruiting process, but June 15 is particularly important for incoming juniors. June 15 marks the first contact period, during which Division 1 college coaches can begin contacting high school athletes.   It’s important to note that not all sports begin their contact period on June 15. The […]

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Reconnecting Athletes: The Role of Camps in the Post-COVID Era

As athletes, we’re no strangers to overcoming obstacles – it’s in our nature. So, when the COVID-19 pandemic threw unexpected curveballs, we did what we do best: adapted, reassessed our goals and got creative in pursuing them. But throughout this journey, one thing became clear: we crave connection.  That’s where sports camps come (back) into […]

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5 Powerful Benefits of Journaling for Student-Athletes and How to Get Started

Remember those childhood diaries where you poured your heart out onto the pages? Well, turns out, writing down your thoughts, feelings and emotions has serious benefits. And guess what? It’s not just for kids! Journaling is a powerful tool, especially in the world of athletics, and it can do wonders for student-athletes like you. Get […]

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The Benefits of Mindfulness for Student-Athletes

Have you ever stopped to think about how hard our minds work during competition? It’s a constant battle against distractions. Whether it’s the cheers of the rival team’s fans, trying to remember plays, the pressure of a big game or even that annoying itch from your jersey tag that just won’t quit, distractions are everywhere […]

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Sports Rituals: What Are They and How Do They Benefit Athletes?

Do you wear the same socks to every game? Or listen to the same playlist during warm up? How about visualizing your race the night before? Sports rituals look different for every athlete, but their purpose remains largely the same: to boost confidence and gain control. Read on to learn more about why athletes develop […]