Academics are crucial to any student-athlete’s college sports career. Coaches want serious athletes who work hard on and off the field while keeping high academic standards. College coaches don’t offer scholarship to students who lack academic interest because they don’t want to waste any scholarships. As budgets are limited, competition is high and there is not much room to make mistakes or fall behind.
The academics part is often a deciding factor in helping college coaches decide how interested they are in the student-athlete. Often times, players end up playing for a lower division school where they can get more academic scholarships. The main focus should always be on academics first as student-athletes go to college to earn their degree and get a job after the playing days will be over. According to NCAA less than 2% out of all 460,000 student-athletes end up going PRO in their sport. The video below outlines the crucial steps for student-athletes to follow in order to better prepare themselves to compete in college.
Student-athletes have to stay focus on their high school grades, GPA, PSAT’s and SAT’s. International students should familiarize themselves with the TOEFL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language) test. As the journey to college is approaching quickly, there is nothing more important than proper planning, being organized and getting educated about the college recruiting process. Have fun and be proactive not only on the field but also in the classroom.