Athletic Scholarships For Dummies


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Find the right school, the right program, the right coach, and the most money

You're prepared for challenges on the athletic field. But are you prepared for the challenges of winning an athletic scholarship? Let this friendly guide be your coach. It explains what kind of scholarships are...

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Get insider tips on navigating the recruitment process

Find the right school, the right program, the right coach, and the most money

You're prepared for challenges on the athletic field. But are you prepared for the challenges of winning an athletic scholarship? Let this friendly guide be your coach. It explains what kind of scholarships are out there, how to promote yourself and deal with recruiters, and how to survive possible snags after you've won your scholarship.

Discover how to
* Get yourself noticed and recruited
* Make the most of college visits
* Negotiate a contract and make a commitment
* Understand redshirting
* Know when and how to transfer schools

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764598043
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/19/2005
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 316
  • Sales rank: 937,694
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Britz: Pat Britz began his athletic career at ayoung age, playing youth league soccer. He continued to play soccerand earned a partial athletic scholarship to attend the Universityof North Carolina at Asheville. While there, he was a four-yearstarter and ended his playing career as the second all-time leadingscorer in school history and the leading goal scorer since UNCAsheville went to Division I (1986). Britz has worked in the worldof intercollegiate athletics for over 14 years, the majority ofwhich he has been involved in NCAA rules and regulations. He beganhis professional career as the Assistant Commissioner forChampionships and Compliance for the Southern Conference and thenmoved to East Tennessee State University as the Assistant AthleticsDirector for Compliance and Student Services. Britz spent fiveyears working for the NCAA national office (1996–2001) andwas primarily involved in the initialeligibility and recruitingprocess. From there he went on to Texas Tech University, where hewas the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Compliance andAdministration. In August 2005, he followed his heart andnever-ending passion for the game of soccer and accepted a positionwith the National Soccer Coaches Association of America as theDirector of Division I Intercollegiate Programs. Although this ishis first book, he has seen the need for Athletic ScholarshipsFor Dummies throughout his professional career. Today, Britzlives in Lubbock, Texas, with his newlywed wife, Kim, their dog,Josie, and their cat, Shortstop. Even though age and lack of talentforced him to quit playing soccer, Britz is an avid golfer andsports a handicap of 10.

Alexandra Allred: Alex Allred earned two karate blackbelts and was honored Athlete of the Year by the United StatesOlympic Committee in 1994 when she was named to the first everwomen’s bobsled team. She went on to become asports/adventure writer. Over the years, Allred has had a varietyof unusual writing assignments. She test-drove and wrote aboutVolvo’s Gravity Car, played as a professional female footballplayer for Sports Illustrated, competed as a fighter(kickboxing), and took a rigorous firefighter physical — allfor a good story. But when coaches began talking to Allred abouther own daughter’s soccer abilities, she began looking intoathletic scholarships. As the author of over a dozen how-to andsports books, Allred saw the need for Athletic Scholarships ForDummies. Today, Allred lives in Midlothian, Texas, with herhusband, Robb, their three children, and a variety of animals.Together, they try to balance soccer practices and games, horsebackriding, tennis camps, karate, running, and volleyball.

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Table of Contents


Part I: The World of College Sports.

Chapter 1: Getting the Basics: Athletic Scholarships 101.

Chapter 2: Defining a College Athletic Scholarship.

Chapter 3: College Alphabet Soup: NCAA, NJCAA, NAIA.

Chapter 4: Clearing the Clearinghouse.

Part II: Getting Recruited.

Chapter 5: Knowing What Colleges Are Looking For.

Chapter 6: The Game Begins: Getting Noticed.

Chapter 7: The Full-Court Press: Calls, Letters, and E-Mailsfrom Coaches.

Chapter 8: What to Do If You Don’t Get Noticed.

Chapter 9: Recognizing College Recruiting Violations.

Part III: Making College Visits.

Chapter 10: The Play-by-Play of College Visits.

Chapter 11: Taking Your Turn to Recruit.

Chapter 12: Preparing for and Evaluating Each Visit.

Part IV: Committing to a School.

Chapter 13: Negotiating a Financial-Aid Agreement.

Chapter 14: Making the Verbal Commitment.

Chapter 15: Understanding the National Letter of Intent.

Part V: When You’re in the Big Leagues: For ExistingCollege Students.

Chapter 16: Maintaining Your Eligibility.

Chapter 17: Redshirting.

Chapter 18: Transferring.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 19: Ten Things Not to Do during the RecruitingProcess.

Chapter 20: Ten Considerations When Choosing a School.

Appendix A: College Scholarship Web Sites and Resources.

Appendix B: Resources for College Recruiting and SelectingColleges and Coaches.


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