The Student Athlete's Guide to Getting Recruited: How to Win Scholarships, Attract Colleges and Excel as an Athlete

The Student Athlete's Guide to Getting Recruited: How to Win Scholarships, Attract Colleges and Excel as an Athlete

by Stewart Brown

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The Student Athlete's Guide to Getting Recruited: How to Win Scholarships, Attract Colleges and Excel as an Athlete by Stewart Brown

Illustrating that there is a spot for everyone, this completely revised recruitment manual is a go-to guide for all high school students that dream of participating in college athletics. It addresses not only how to get recruited by top colleges and universities but also how to excel academically in both high school and college to ensure a successful career as a student-athlete. Offering insider information, this guidebook for getting scholarship money also provides tips for understanding the complicated NCAA recruiting rules, information on what colleges really want from athletes in their programs, and techniques for developing individual skills to transition successfully from high school to college athletics. The step-by-step guide addresses how to best utilize social media and campus visits in the recruiting process. Candid and insightful input from college athletics experts, college and high school counselors, and athletic trainers helps athletes achieve success in many areas of their life—including training, nutrition, and time management—catapulting these students beyond their peers both on and off the field.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781617600432
Publisher: SuperCollege LLC
Publication date: 07/15/2014
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Stewart Brown is a former men's and women's collegiate soccer coach, athletic trainer, and physical education professor. He won Coach of the Year for both his men's and women's programs. He lives in Dallas, TX.

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High School vs. Club Sports

For some sports and athletes, there is the debate on whether an athlete should focus on high school athletics, focus on club athletics or attempt to find a balance between both. Each college coach will have his or her own philosophy of the good and bad of either scenario and as a prospective student-athlete, you should ask several coaches for opinions.

Benefits of High School Sports over Club Sports:

  • Athletes get the opportunity to play with and against older and younger athletes (similar to college).
  • Athletes are in an environment of hierarchy—they learn the roles expected of being a freshman, senior and the two years in-between.
  • Representing a high school (sometimes a community) can create a feeling of pride, passion and belonging that may not occur within club sports.
  • Competitive club players may not get to develop strong leadership roles in club sports, but they may get that opportunity at the high school level, especially in the latter years.
  • Athletes experience another coaching style and philosophy that will allow them to grow in their knowledge of the sport—every coach has something to teach.
  • Benefits of Club Sports over High School Sports:

  • Athletes experience playing with and against athletes of the same age and similar talent level.
  • Without a hierarchy of ages an athlete may feel more comfortable accepting and developing a leadership role within the team.
  • Club teams tend to travel farther and are exposed to different teams, styles of play, and philosophy—more than most high schools.
  • Club teams tend to have like-minded athletes around them which can create an environment of synergy as the athletes set and attain their goals.
  • There are fewer restrictions on practice and game schedules, which can create more learning opportunities for the athlete.

  • Table of Contents

    Introduction 1

    Chapter 1 Navigating through the Rules 5

    Chapter 2 I'm Eligible, So Why Take the SAT Again? 39

    Chapter 3 College Coaches-What They Want 67

    Chapter 4 Physically … Smarter 95

    Chapter 5 Your Body as an Athletic Temple 115

    Chapter 6 Tuck in Your Shirt and Pull up Your Socks 133

    Chapter 7 Not a 48-hour Vacation: College Visits 157

    Chapter 8 I'm in … Now What? 181

    Chapter 9 When Do I Get a Day Off? 209

    Chapter 10 The Rules are There to Protect You 229

    Appendix: Resources 253

    College Coaches' Biographies-Snapshot 255

    What People are Saying About This

    From the Publisher

    "Brown's insight will help you become more successful both as a student and as an athlete."
    —Schellas Hyndman, Men's Soccer Coach, Southern Methodist University

    "A must read for any high school athlete interested in competing on the college level."
    —Gary Clark, Director of Athletics, Furman University

    "An invaluable resource filled with great tips. It is a must read for any young person considering playing sports in college at any level."
    —Michael Scerbo, Women's Lacrosse Coach, Duquesne University

    "An outstanding aid in helping students understand the recruiting process."
    —Charles Breithaupt, Director of Athletics, Texas University Interscholastic League (UIL)

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