Working with Student-Athletes
It all begins in 9th grade.
High school student-athletes share many of the concerns of other college-bound students. They also have distinctive concerns that require additional counselor advice and support, whether they hope to win college admission and scholarships with their athletic ability or just want to play on a college team.
What's special about counseling student-athletes?
The involvement and influence of coaches (high school and college) in the student's college search and application process
· Application timeline differences
· Academic preparation requirements that include national athletic association requirements in addition to high school graduation requirements
Many prep athletes aspire to play their sport at the college level. To be prepared for the recruiting process, student athletes must have the ability to play the sport and, more importantly, they must have the academic background to be a recruitable athlete. If you think you can play at the college level, it is important for you to make an appointment with your guidance counselor so that you can develop an academic plan that will ensure that you take the courses necessary to be cleared by the NCAA. In addition, it would be wise for you and your parents to visit the NCAA Clearinghouse- Eligibility Center website to:
- understand eligibility requirements
- access the NCAA Guide for the College Bound Student Athlete
- review Frequently Asked Questions
- know when/how to file required forms - check on certification status
- access phone numbers for the NCAA
Do not wait until your Junior or Senior year to establish and academic plan; however, it is recommended that students register with the NCAA no later than the summer before their senior year. You may also want to note that perspective student athletes should take the ACT or SAT in the Spring of their Junior year, as this is an eligibility requirement. To further assist you, the following link will provide more information about recruiting rules, the NCAA Clearinghouse, recruiting calendar and more: