The College Search Game Plan
- During preregistration meetings, be mindful of selecting courses that meet graduation requirements.
- Take a solid academic program so that you have a better chance of meeting NCAA eligibility rules. You must successfully complete specific subject area courses that have been approved by the NCAA. See Daniel Boone High school’s list of approved courses at www.eligibilitycenter.org and enter our school code:
- Maintain acceptable grades in all core courses (grades below 80% can affect eligibility).
- Speak with your guidance counselor about creating a CoreCourseGPA account at www.corecoursegpa.com.
- Request your transcript from the guidance office so that you can evaluate your academic status for participation in Division I and Division II athletics.
- Begin to visit college campuses.
- Develop a sports record of athletic accomplishments.
- Attend summer camps:
- For exposure – attend specific recruiting camps; select camps at colleges that you may want to attend.
- To improve skills.
- To experience independent living.
- To compare your current skills with others.
- Videotape games.
- Begin to visit college campuses.
- View college athletic websites. Most have a simple questionnaire you may fill out and e-mail to the coach.
- Confer with your coach so that you can thoroughly and honestly evaluate your athletic talents and skills.
- Continue to take rigorous academic courses.
- Make certain you are taking the required core academic units and are aware of the core course conversion chart and sliding scales (if appropriate).
- If you haven’t already spoken to your guidance counselor yet about creating a CoreCourseGPA account, you should do so immediately at www.corecoursegpa.com.
- Register for and take the required standardized examinations (PSAT/SAT/ACT). Designate NCAA to receive SAT scores (NCAA code is #9999).
- Meet with your guidance/college counselor to develop a list of possible schools based on your academic achievement.
- Attend college fairs and read literature sent to you by schools.
- Continue to visit college campuses.
- Develop an extracurricular – activity list/resume.
- Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center online (www.eligibilitycenter.org) following the ATHLETIC TASKS:
- Familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations governing recruiting, eligibility, and financial aid.
- Develop a sports portfolio of athletic accomplishments.
- Include a schedule of games and record of awards.
- View college games to assess their level of play and how it compares to your level.
- Meet with your high school coaches for a thorough evaluation of your athletic ability, and hopefully, a recommendation on the appropriate level of competition. Be realistic! Also, discuss with your coaches their involvement in your recruitment process. Ask your coach to be proactive on your behalf by responding to questionnaires sent by recruiting coaches.
- Write initial letters of interest or e-mails to college coaches.
- Videotape games. Send videos to prospective coaches during your junior year.
- Continue to attend sport camps.
- Develop a list of pertinent questions to ask.
- Be proactive! Take initiative!
- Visit schools you are seriously considering.
- Keep a file on each college/university that shows an interest in you.
- Continue to work hard in your academic courses.
- If you haven’t already spoken to your guidance counselor about creating a CoreCourseGPA account, you should do so immediately at www.corecoursegpa.com.
- Register to take/retake standardized tests (SAT/ACT).
- File college applications (preferably on-line).
- Write a personal statement and include it with your application.
- Meet with your guidance counselor to review application materials.
- Apply to several colleges. Even if you are going to apply early decision to one college, there is never a guarantee of admission.
- Complete financial aid forms early; FAFSA must be filed soon after January 1st.
- Continue to visit the campuses of those schools you are interested in attending.
- Continue to write, call or e-mail coaches expressing interest in their schools and athletic programs.
- Respond to college questionnaires online.
- Update your athletic profile sheet.
- Take campus visits VERY seriously!