College Recruiting & College Athletes
- Continue to develop athletic skills and speed.
- Play school and club sports, if possible
- Attend as many athletic camps as possible.
- Practice, practice, practice – there is no substitute for hard work.
- Develop strong academic skills and study habits. Good study habits are an important part of time management skills. A sound academic work ethic also pays off in athletics.
- Keep the same jersey number now through senior year.
- Attend athletic camps. Many athletic camps are held on college campuses and provide a great opportunity to see schools and coaches.
- Prepare for the SAT and ACT. Plan dates – make sure to allow time for a retake.
- Talk with coaches about athletic strengths and areas for improvement.
- Arrange for a video showing playing/game highlights and begin sending video to coaches.
- Think about what colleges would be good matches academically, athletically and personally.
- Compile a college list and gather addresses for coaches. (www.petersons.com) or (www.collegeboard.com)
- Investigate for each college the coach and team: its strengths, weaknesses, and openings on the team.
- Take the SAT and ACT. Arrange for them to be sent to the NCAA Eligibility Center, code 9999.
- Start completing applications, including essays.
- Prepare "player presentation" (picture, player profile, athletic resume, DVD, unofficial transcripts, description of Latin, game and tournament schedule and directions).
- Contact college coaches for sending the "player presentation."
- Fill out the "Player Questionnaire." Most colleges have one on their athletic website.
- During tours of colleges, interview with as many coaches as possible.
- Ask appropriate questions and evaluate important details.
- Register with NCAA Eligibility Center if considering playing at the Division I or Division II level in college. (www.ncaa.org)
- Create a file of deadline dates for each school that interests you.
- Keep grades up; play and practice; stay in shape.
- Be proactive. Contact and visit colleges of interest.
- Stay in touch with college coaches – send updates, i.e. awards, camps.
- Take the SAT and ACT again.
- Complete college applications. Do not procrastinate!
- Once accepted to college, revisit schools of interest.
- Work out and practice so that you arrive in shape!
The College-Bound Athlete: The roles and rights of students, parents, coaches and school and how Latin School of Chicago’s College Counseling and Athletic Departments can help student-athletes.
There is no question that the pursuit of sports, the desire to “best” oneself physically and participate in healthy competition, has countless benefits for school-aged children. It helps provide structure in the day-to-day life of high school students and at the very least enhances peer relationships with others who share common interests. The benefits can be endless and the personal reward multifold. However, pursuing athletic interests and playing varsity level sport in college can be a complicated journey fraught with even more uncertainty than the college admission process. At the most minimal, the desire to play a sport in college is bound to complicate a student’s process and we would like to offer some tips and insights to provide clarity for students and parents.
Latin intends to support the college-bound athlete as best as possible within our means of expertise. We know that playing in college is often a long-lived dream for some students. By explicating the roles of the student-athlete, parent, high school coach, and college counselor, we hope to provide tools, timelines, and approaches coupled with a realistic philosophy to help ground our families and students.
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- Latin’s Athletic Department
- Latin's College Counseling Department
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