As a former Yale Ice Hockey Captain and president of Next College Student Athlete, Lisa Strasman is used to fielding questions from parents who are new to recruiting. A recent interview with Kristi Ross and Tony Battista on the TastyTrade Financial Network was typical of how many of those conversations go. Lisa quickly brought them up to speed on what curious parents need to know.
Full rides are few and far between
One thing families should know early on is that, today, there are very few full-ride scholarships in any sport. Often scholarship dollars are divided up among several athletes on a team. Parents should also know that earning a scholarship your freshman year doesn’t automatically qualify you for scholarship money for your remaining college years.
Grades do matter
Athletic talent only gets you so far. One of the most critical stats coaches look for is your GPA. A good GPA opens the doors not only to more schools but also increases your chances of supplementing your athletic offer with an academic scholarship.
Many student-athletes try to find schools where they can combine a partial athletic scholarship with an academic scholarship as well as any other additional grants. More importantly, college coaches like student-athletes with good grades for the same reason–they can create better scholarship packages to attract the right players to their program.
Look beyond schools covered by ESPN for richer and more rewarding college experiences
A lot of parents and student-athletes envision a college career as only being part of a bigger program at schools often featured on ESPN. The reality is there’s a much richer world of college experiences available, and the goal should be to find the one school that is right for you. That’s why NCSA works with every type of school from junior colleges to powerhouse Division I schools.
Early is the best time to start
Whether it’s saving for college, studying for the ACTs, or putting together your recruiting game plan, the best time to start is “early.” If your child has a real passion for their sport, get them started on their recruiting journey as early as 8th grade or their freshman year.
Where NCSA can make a difference
Where NCSA can really help is giving the necessary qualified, third-party athletic evaluation to really ground your college search. From there, a robust matching experience takes in academic achievement along with school preferences and input from college coaches what they need for their rosters. That way, you create can begin with a very good targeted list of not only schools where you can play but also that are the best fit for you personally.
What does NCSA cost?
We understand how important a college education is to our student-athletes and their families. That’s why we created the tools and resources (including FREE) to help virtually every family get their student-athlete into the right college.
For more information on Next College Student Athlete and college recruiting, catch the full interview with Lisa.