Why do you need to plan carefully for High School and College Sports?
Consider these facts:
- Only 3% of high school football players receive a scholarship to play in college; most of those are partials.
- Only 1 1/2% of high school basketball players receive scholarships to play in college—also mostly partials.
- Only 38% of Division I (major college) football players graduate at the end of five years. The percentage is lower for basketball.
- Tennis, swimming, and other kinds of scholarships are necessarily limited because of financial restrictions in many colleges.
- If you receive a questionnaire from a major college expressing interest in you as a football player, the odds are still as high as 320:1 that you’ll ever receive a scholarship.
How Do You Plan Carefully?
Your Freshman Year
- Complete the Downey High Athletics Athletic Participation Packet. This must be done every year.
- Meet with your Guidance Counselor to discuss your four-year plan as a roadmap to college. (Early December)
- Meet again with your guidance counselor before you register for your sophomore course to discuss college entrance requirements and to assure compliance with the NCAA eligibility rules. (Early February)
Your Junior Year
- Take the PSAT in October to practice for the SAT.
- Meet with your counselor before registration for your senior year to be sure to meet college admission requirements and to update your NCAA division I worksheet to assure compliance with the NCAA’s eligibility rules.
- Secure a copy of the NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Athlete from your Athletic Director. Specifically read the section on athletic eligibility. Discuss it with your parents and coach.
- Sign up for connectedu.net and Collegeboard.com.
- Meet with your guidance counselor to discuss your PSAT results. Take the SAT and/or ACT in the winter or spring of the year.
- Inform your coach of your interest in playing a sport in college.
- Visit colleges you are potentially interested in attending.
Your Sophomore Year
- Take the PSAT to practice for the SAT.
- Meet again with your counselor before registration for the junior year to complete NCAA division I worksheet to assure compliance with the NCAA eligibility requirements.
- Review the NCAA’s Eligibility for the College-Bound Student Athlete rules. They are available online at the NCAA website
Your Senior Year
- Retake the ACT and/or SAT as needed.
- Meet with your guidance counselor early in the Fall to review your transcript & Division I worksheet to assure compliance with the NCAA’s eligibility requirements.
- Meet with your coach to discuss your college potential to play for certain colleges.
- Mail your college applications.
- Review the NCAA Guide for the College Bound Athlete.
The Counselor and Coach Committment
Your guidance counselor and high school coach(es) are committed to providing the assistance you will need to realize your academic and athletic goals. As much as we would like to, we can’t guarantee you an athletic scholarship to college, but we can assure you and your parents that we will help you plan, work, and search for an appropriate college experience.
This information identifies for you and your parents the process and the people who will help you prepare to achieve your goals as a student athlete. Save it and refer to it each year to assure yourself that you are doing everything necessary to plan for your future college experience. Sports may or may not be in that future. Ultimately that is up to you. Your Downey coaches, guidance counselor, and teachers are here to help you achieve your goals … so Stay In Contact With Your Coach, Counselor, College …3
The World of College Sports
The world of college sports is as competitive as any activity in the United States. Players every year are getting bigger, smarter, and stronger. In football alone, the average lineman is 6’4” and bench presses over 400 pounds. Such athletes represent the finest in the world. High School athletes are therefore encouraged to remember these statistics and to remember that college is primarily an ACADEMIC experience.
What you do now in high school will determine in large measure what you will do in college, both on the court or the playing field and in the classroom. The success you realize in both areas will be the direct result of how hard you are willing to work now.
At the college level, athletics require an enormous amount of a student’s time. Now is the time to develop the right habits!
ACADEMICS are THE ANSWER to achieving your goals!