National Signing Day

NCAANational signing day is Wednesday.  It’s a day that gets an incredible amount of hype.  It elevates many but discourages more.

If your kid isn’t an elite athlete, national signing day can leave you cold, worried, anxious.  Of course, tomorrow is just football’s big day, but this kind of hype can send chills down the spines of parents whose athletes compete in other sports.

Why?

Because the air of uncertainty creeps into your mind and emotions.  What if my kid doesn’t land a scholarship?  What if all our effort isn’t rewarded?  What if we can’t afford college unless my son or daughter gets a scholarship?  What if…? Continue reading

There will be a lot of hoopla tomorrow when we hear about all the athletes who sign a national letter of intent, especially in the football world.  It makes you feel kind left out if you don’t sign.  But don’t be discouraged, because not all athletes will sign this week.   In fact, in most sports, there will be plenty of spots open for this year’s seniors.  Don’t panic.  Continue to do the things we teach you at Recruit-Me, and you’ll get noticed.

You have to stay focused, and what better coach to tell you that than the great Tony Dungy.  Here’s what he said at the NCAA National Convention:

Most people think of National Signing Day for athletic scholarships coming in February.  However, if you are not being recruited as a football player nor compete in field hockey, soccer, track and field, cross country, men’s water polo, National Signing Day is this Wednesday. It is considered the Early Signing Period, as there will be another opportunity in the spring.  This video from the NCAA might help clarify things for you:

 

There’s a lot of nervousness on the part of parents and athletes when the November period comes. However, if you don’t get signed in this period, don’t fret. A lot will happen between now and next Fall. There will be scholarship opportunities.

On National Signing Day (or Period), the athlete signs a National Letter of Intent. The NCAA explains the NLI this way:

“The NLI is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an NLI member institution

“A prospective student-athlete agrees to attend the institution full-time for one academic year (two semesters or three quarters).

“The institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for one academic year (two semesters or three quarters).

“Basic penalty for not fulfilling the NLI agreement: A student-athlete has to serve one year in residence (full-time, two semesters or three quarters) at the next NLI member institution and lose one season of competition in all sports.