Preparing Yourself to be a Collegiate Student-Athlete

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					Preparing Yourself to be a
Collegiate Student-Athlete
               Maureen A. Harty
   Associate Athletic Director for Compliance,
  Academic Services, and Student Development
            Northwestern University
 You can be a College
   Student-Athlete
There is an opportunity for every
varsity student-athlete that competes
  in an NCAA sponsored sport to
 participate at the collegiate level.
Athletic Opportunities
National Collegiate Athletic
    Association (NCAA)

      Three Divisions
Athletic Opportunities
   NCAA Division I

Athletic Scholarships are
        permissible
Athletic Opportunities
   NCAA Division II

Athletic Scholarships are
        permissible
Athletic Opportunities
   NCAA Division III

  Athletic Scholarships
   are not permissible
Athletic Opportunities
  National Association of
  Intercollegiate Athletics
          (NAIA)

Athletic Scholarships
are permissible
Athletic Opportunities
  National Junior College
 Athletic Assoc. (NJCAA)

     Athletic Scholarships
           are permissible
            at some levels
 Athletic Opportunities
  National Christian College
  Athletic Assoc. (NCCAA)

Athletic Scholarships
 are permissible
         Eligibility
   NCAA Divisions I and II
 You must be certified by the
   NCAA Eligibility Center
 Academic Certification

 Amateurism Certification
                   Eligibility
        NCAA Divisions I and II
   Academics
       Division I-16 core courses
       Division II-14 core courses (increasing to 16 in 2013)
       State Administered ACT is now accepted
       Test scores must be sent directly from ACT/SAT
       Transcript must be sent directly from High School
                     Eligibility
        NCAA Divisions I and II
   Academics
       Fall 2015
           Higher grade point average required to be certified for
            competition.
           Must complete 10 of the 16 core courses before the
            senior year.
              Eligibility
    NCAA Divisions I and II
 Amateurism
   Certified by Sport
   Must complete questions
   Must verify in May of the senior year
          Eligibility
   NCAA Divisions I and II
 Official   Visits
      be registered with the
  Must
   NCAA Eligibility Center
        Eligibility
     NCAA Division III
You must admitted to the
institution as a regular degree
seeking student
                 Eligibility
 NAIA
     NAIA Eligibility Center
    Meet 2 of 3 in order to be eligible:
        A minimum of 18 ACT or 860 SAT
        A cumulative HS GPA of 2.0
        Graduate in the top 50% of your hs class
             Eligibility
 NJCAA
   You must have graduated from high school

    or received a GED
    Setting Your Priorities
   Demographic characteristics
   Size of the institution
   Location-region, rural vs. urban
   Diversity-Racial, ethnic, religious
   Cultural opportunities/
    Socioeconomic Factors
    Setting Your Priorities
   How important is the academic
    reputation of the institution?
   What kind of atmosphere do I need
    to succeed academically?
   What are my top three major
    choices?
   What is my career goal?
    Setting Your Priorities
   Is being able to come home for
    holidays important?
   Is being in a location where my
    family can see me play is important?
    Setting Your Priorities
   Is being a starter important even if
    the team is not successful?
   Is being on a successful team most
    important regardless if I play?
    Setting Your Priorities
   Limit your search to those schools
    that you are really interested in.
   Coaches would prefer that you tell
    them no rather than string them
    along.
        Getting Noticed
   Personalize your recruiting letters
   Resumes are great
   Send a video of your strengths and
    weaknesses
   Attend Camps
   Take unofficial visits
???Questions to Ask???
   What academic assistance is available?
   Are the faculty generally supportive of
    athletics?
   How large a roster will you keep?
   Does everyone travel?
   How many SAs have quit in previous
    years?
   What position/event do you see me in?
   What costs will I need to cover?
Academic Performance Indicators
   Federal Graduation Rate-all schools
         The most recent rates reflect the class that
          entered six years ago
   Graduation Success Rate-Division I
         Uses the Federal Graduation Rate data and
          adjusts for transfers in and out of the program
   Academic Progress Rate-Division I
         Real time data
Financial Aid
   Student-athletes will be allowed to accept
    additional financial aid if their financial
    need is not met by athletic aid.
   Need as determined by the FAFSA= 50%
   Athletic Scholarship offer = 25%
   Student permitted to accept additional
    25% of institutional financial aid
Financial Aid
   Student-athletes receiving a full in grant
    and who are receiving athletic aid are
    now eligible for an additional $2000 in
    expense funding. The decision to award
    this additional stipend is up to the school
    and/or the athletic conference.
   Students: The Most
  Important Question to
     Ask Yourself…
If you no longer compete in the
  sport, would you still want to
     attend that institution?
   Parents: The Most
 Important Question to
Ask an Administrator…
    “Would you want
  your son or daughter
 to play for that coach?”
The three things Coaches
      look for……

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