There are some important websites that will help you in your scholarship pursuit. I’d like to recommend five of them for you to bookmark and check on a regular basis.
1. NCAA. Of course, this is the daddy of them all, and it’s well worth checking regularly. They have news that often pertains to recruiting, and a number of resource pages within the site. One of these pages is the recruiting calendar.
2. NAIA. The NAIA is an association of schools throughout the country which have similar recruiting rules, but some key differences. One difference is that a recruit can actually work out with the team as he or she is being recruited. The NCAA, on the other hand, does not allow this. Our boys found it very helpful to work out with a couple NAIA teams, which gave them a feel for the program and gave the coaches a good look at them.
3. www.eligibilitycenter.org and www.playnaia.org. These are respective sites for the NCAA and NAIA that every recruit must register with in order to be deemed eligible to compete at the college level. You need to register on these sites, ideally in the junior year. Unfortunately, you need flash for the NCAA Eligibility Center.
Your son or daughter will not be eligible to play college sports or get an athletic scholarship from an NCAA or NAIA school without registering and being cleared by the respective Eligibility Center.
You do not need to have all of your documents ready before you register with the NCAA. Before your high school sends an official copy of your transcripts to the NCAA, you need to have an account set up. If your high school or the SAT testing agency were to send your documents to the NCAA and you didn’t have an account the NCAA would disregard the documents and you would need to resend them.
How to register with the Eligibility Center:
- Create an account on the website. Parent, you can create an account for your child.
- Pay $70 dollars ($120 for international students) Fee waivers are available to student athletes and you can talk to your student’s high school counselor about this once you have created an account.
- Have your high school counselors send official copies of your transcripts.
- Have the appropriate testing agency send official copies of your SAT or ACT test scores.
- Complete the amateurism questionnaire online.
When you graduate high school you need to request final certification and have you high school send your final transcripts and proof of graduation.
The NCAA Eligibility Center used to be called the NCAA Clearinghouse.
4. College Coaches Online. This is a searchable data base that Recruit-Me has partnered with for more than a decade. You can enter all the pertinent search parameters to find a list of schools that meet your requirements: size of school, region of the country, Division level, tuition, etc. It is by far the fastest way to come up with a list and complete contact information. You can purchase a subscription directly from College Coaches Online or receive a free one-year subscription with most of Recruit-Me’s Premium Memberships.
5. Catalyst by Adprima. This a tremendous free website to help student-athletes with the “student” part of their responsibility. As the website says, it is a “Dynamically balanced study skills program that has one purpose: to help students study more effectively and efficiently, which results in actually learning more and getting better grades. Period!” I highly recommend this site in order to take a student-athletes grades to the next level, which moves him or her up on coaches’ recruiting lists.
A great recruit is a well-balanced student-athlete. These websites can help recruits become that kind of person. Bookmark the sites and come back to them often.