There are a few key elements that are fundamental to a successful NCAA recruitment journey:
Our next few articles will focus on each of these key elements individually, beginning today with Assessment.
The first step that a family must take in the recruitment journey is to undergo an honest assessment of the student-athlete's athletic and academic abilities. This first assessment step should be done by an objective third party and is used to determine the kinds of universities that might be most suitable for the athlete and their family. If the assessment phase is skipped, your recruitment journey will lack the focus and direction that it needs to be successful.
A genuine assessment will help determine what level of play your abilities are most suited for: Division I, Division II, Division III, NAIA, NJCAA. Many families discredit divisions outside of DI, however, there are universities at all levels that offer outstanding academic experiences and financial assistance. For example, while 56% of all DI student-athletes receive some athletics aid in the form of athletic scholarships, 82% of all student-athletes in DIII receive some form of academic grant.
To complete your initial assessment follow these three steps:
Next we'll be looking at creating an athletic and academic profile.