About to get recruited by a NCAA, NAIA or NJCAA school? What's the difference in terms of available scholarship money? Not every team has the same amount of scholarship budget available - let's have a look at why that's the case!
Many people think coaches always have the maximum number of scholarships available - or that coaches have the same amount of money available, which makes for a level playing field. But did you know that's not the reality and not all college sports programs dispose of the maximum budget? Some coaches work with the limitation of being partially funded and other coaches with no available athletic scholarship budget at all.
The moment when somebody commits to an athletic program at college can vary widely. But there is a massive upside of getting things done rather earlier than later.
All the talk about full-ride scholarships, partial scholarship or walk-ons. How does all of this actually work? How much scholarship money does a coach have to give to players? What does a scholarship cover and how are the various divisions different from each other?
End of May and while some athletes still compete for a National Title on the NCAA D1 level, others have arrived at home by now. Reason enough to have a look at what happens in the life of student athletes after finals are in the books and the academic year is completed. This edition of the Friday Scholarship Guide will be all about the typical activities, student athletes spend their time on in the summer break, prior to eventually heading back to their dorm rooms.
Out of all collegiate athletes the share of people on a full-ride scholarship is very small. If you are in the position to be among these athletes consider yourself lucky or better put, you have done something the right way in the past. But praising those athletes, who are on a full-ride scholarship, is not what this edition of the Friday Scholarship Guide is about. Instead, we want you to understand that the recruiting process requires work and in order to do a good job, you need to know the dynamics of it a lot better.
No one said the recruiting process was going to be easy. For some recruits it's a walk in the park, but for the majority of people it simply is a massive amount of work. But listen up young athletes, here's the thing: you can make it even more difficult for yourself in case you don't pay attention to the 5 biggest mistakes athletes keep on making in their recruiting process. Learn from their mistakes in this edition of the Friday Scholarship Guide.
Very typically, the recruiting process starts later for international student athletes than is the case for their (North-)American peers. Understand the underlying reasons, identify how you can make sure you are on top of things at the right time and get in control of your future recruiting process!
Let's get this straight right from the start: No, you do not need to be quite as young as the kid on the image when you embark on your college tennis recruiting process. :) But you should think through very carefully what to focus on and when to start, as there are quite a number of collegiate coaches who like to be ahead of the crowd in their recruiting work.