So, how do you go about getting that scholarship? There are many people that have various ideas on this subject and as many methods as there are people. I want to explain what I know needs to be done from facts I have gathered over the years of working with college coaches and select softball teams.
Grades in high school are important. A good GPA is critical to getting a scholarship at a college. Most colleges won?t even look at a potential student/athlete with a GPA below 3.0. The fact is that the higher your GPA is the more doors you will open.
SAT/ACT tests, how important are they? The answer to this is easy, the higher your SAT/ACT score is the more money you will be offered by more colleges. SAT/ACT scores go hand-in-hand with GPA. As soon as you become eligible (most of the time it will be your junior year) you need to take your SAT/ACT tests and then schedule to take them as often as you can until you graduate. The reason for taking these tests over is that the final score that is recorded is the highest out of all of the tests taken. Remember this is about how much money you may receive in a scholarship.
Colleges will not give you a scholarship if they don?t have a need for your skills (positions played). If you play 2nd base and feel that you play that position very well, a college is not going to offer you a scholarship to play 2nd base if they already have a player that plays 2nd base very well. The purpose for stating this is to point out that all players need to have a well rounded list of colleges in all divisions (D1, D2, D3, JUCO & NAIA) that they would consider attending. The more doors you open the more opportunities you will have.
Relationships are key to you being successful in find a college that will offer you a scholarship. It is of great importance that you build the best relationship possible with the coaches of the colleges you are interested in attending. How do you do that? Attending camps, meet coaches? face?to-face, snail mail, and in many cases the internet (websites/email/profiles/videos).
When should you start? In my opinion the recruiting process should start in the first year of high school. Today with some colleges accepting early verbal commitments (sometimes as early as Sophomore year in high school) it is never too early to begin the recruiting process. Remember that the recruiting process is not over for those that attend a two year college. SEI can continue to help with the recruiting process.
Recently I have begun a new business called Softball Enterprises, Inc. (www.softballenterprises.com). Although this business can?t help much where GPA/SAT/ACT comes into play, it can help with the other aspects of the recruiting process. Much of the recruiting process is about marketing and your time, ability and knowledge of how, when and where to market which will determine the success you have.
Softball Enterprises, Inc. is an online recruiting tool/service that can help you become more successful than you ever thought possible. The features available through SEI allow you to build a complete player profile, upload pictures/videos/documents, and build a list of colleges you are interested in attending and via a tool that helps generate properly formatted emails, send email to these colleges. All of this is available to you through your individual website and online back office. The great features don?t stop there, after you have input your information SEI keeps track of emails you send and the number of college coaches that view your profile along with who those colleges are. Then SEI weekly sends this information in an email to you. SEI even emails you monthly to let you know when you last logged into your back office and will suggest that you may want to update information when necessary.
The best thing about SEI is that you can sign-up and look around for 7 days and it cost you nothing. After that free trail if you are interested in upgrading then you can if not you will at least know what is available if you change your mind. Here is the URL for Softball Enterprises, Inc. - www.softballenterprises.com.
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