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The Road to College •Grades •Talent •Desire What can I do now? Freshman Year Sophomore Year • Get involved in your new school. • Continue with core courses. You will need Make friends and join a club. 16 core classes – 24 Credits – Service • Sit in the front of the class and talk to your • Look at your options. List strengths and teachers. READ! weaknesses. • Introduce yourself to the guidance • Establish professional relationship with counselor, administrators and AD. teachers and references. • Core courses begin now and will help • Write to a college coach or two and solicit determine your eligibility. information and advice. • Core courses are "academic" courses i.e. • Start collecting information on junior English, math and the sciences. colleges and universities. • YOU MUST PASS all core courses to be • Attend a college baseball camp or eligible. Stay on track to graduate. Showcase. (FSU, Stetson, UF, UCF, JU) • A GPA of 2.0 or better must be maintained • Guide for College Bound Student-Athlete to be a qualifier. (NCAA) • Pursue On-Line Scouting service. • Stay involved in school. Build a resume. What should I do now? Junior Year Senior Year • Register with NCAA Eligibility Center. • Request final amateurism certification. • Meet with guidance counselor and be Coaches can now call you! sure you're on track. (Transcripts) • Do not neglect schoolwork. SAT /ACT. • Sign-up for SAT and ACT to take in the fall. Work with guidance counselor 24 credits. • Learn the sliding scale: GPA 2.5/SAT 820. • Prepare admissions letter and review • Contact college admission offices for applications. Contact references. general information/applications. • References are teachers, coaches, scouts, • Attend a college night. Start your list. community leaders or alumni. • Write to college coaches for information. • Prioritize list of schools, be realistic. Follow up with a phone call. • Visit schools on your own, meet coaches • Consider size, academics, cost, location and admission counselors. and baseball program. • Know the deadlines for applications/fees. • Prepare a resume with a personal section, • Able to sign letter of intent in November. academic information and baseball items. • Work with parent or guardian to prepare • Plan to attend a showcase baseball camp. Financial Aid Forms in January. • Consider trying out as a Walk -on. LETTER WRITING: •Be sure to have the coach’s name or recruiting coordinator. • Solicit information while expressing an interest in the school and baseball program. •You can write at any time (fall is best) and include your schedule and coach’s name. •You can list a reference as well or any showcases you may have attended. •Double check spelling and grammar and be sure to sign your name. RESUME TIPS: •Include personal information (address and phone) and a reference section. •Create an academic section with current GPA, test scores, rank, program and contact info. •The athletic section should include coach’s name and information, local scout or team. • List strengths and any special honors and awards. but avoid numerous statistics. No L.L. •Photos are popular now as well as e-mail, text info and school websites. Am I a Winner? Winners make the choice … To get something out of all situations, rather than complain. To move at a healthy pace, rather than dog it. To be prepared, rather than just show up. To be early and consistent, rather than just on time or late. To want to learn, rather than want to explain or excuse. To do more, rather than just enough or less. To be mentally tough, rather than lackadaisical or intimidated. To concentrate on what to do, rather than what may result. To be aggressive, rather than passive or submissive. To think about solutions, rather than worry about problems. To accept adversity as part of life and not seek sympathy. To share with and help others, rather than be selfish. To think and act positively, rather than negatively. ELIGIBILITY STEPS Register with Eligibility Center www.eligibilitycenter.com Sign up for the SAT/ACT www.collegeboard.com Continue to achieve! Transcripts/Test Scores Stay positive. Stay on track. Request Final Certification. Work with guidance counselor. Core Courses (16/14) Review FAQ sheet.
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