Some interesting points about athletic scholarships from another blog…i found it interesting


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  1. June 24, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    Do you secretly hope that your child will some day win a full-ride athletic scholarship?

    Many parents do, including my sister, who believes that her 9-year-old daughter enjoys an excellent shot at a soccer scholarship in 2021. What would prompt my sister, Jane, who is sane in other respects, to think her daughter, Kate, has a chance at an athletic scholarship?

    Kate, a third grader, was recently picked to be on a top club soccer team in her San Francisco area neighborhood. Yep, that’s all the evidence that my sister has to go on.

    There’s so much disinformation about athletics scholarships circulating in this country that I decided this week to share seven things that teenagers and parents, including my misinformed sister, need to know about sports scholarships.

    1. The odds are remote.

    There are roughly 138,000 athletic scholarships available for Division I and Division II sports.

    That might sound like a lot, but it isn’t. For instance, more than 1 million boys play high school football, but there are only about 19,500 football scholarships. Nearly 603,000 girls compete in track and field in high school, but they’re competing for around 4,500 scholarships.

    2. The money isn’t that great.

    The average athletic scholarship is about $10,400. Only four sports offer full rides to all athletes who receive scholarships: football, men’s and women’s basketball, and women’s volleyball. If you exclude football and men’s basketball, the average scholarship drops to around $8,700.

    3. Most scholarships are sliced and diced.

    The NCAA dictates how many athletic scholarships each sport can offer in Division I and Division II. To squeeze out the maximum benefit, coaches routinely split up these awards. For instance, a Division I soccer coach is allowed up to 10 scholarships, but he or she can dole out this money into tinier scholarships to lure more athletes to their campuses. This practice can lead to some awfully dinky scholarships.

    4. Don’t wait to be discovered.

    Unless your child is a superstar, college coaches probably won’t know he or she exists. Teenagers should send an E-mail to introduce themselves to coaches at schools that they think they’d like to attend. They should include such info as their positions, sport statistics, and coach contacts.

    5. Use YouTube.

    To attract the attention of coaches, jocks should compile seven or eight minutes of their best stuff in an action video and then post it on YouTube. Send the coaches that link. Rather than CDs that tend to pile up on desks, coaches prefer seeing YouTube videos of athletes.

    6. Scholarships aren’t guaranteed.

    If your teen receives a sports scholarship, don’t assume that it’s going to be for four years. Athletic scholarships must be renewed each year and that’s at the coach’s discretion. The pressure to maintain athletic scholarships can distract stressed students from what should be their main goal—earning a college degree.

    7. The best places for money can be in Division III.

    The best way for many athletes to win a scholarship is to apply to colleges that don’t award athletic scholarships. Yes, that’s right.

    Division III schools, which are typically smaller private colleges, routinely give merit awards for academics and other student accomplishments. The average merit grant that private colleges are awarding routinely slashes the tuition tab by more than 50 percent.

    Here’s the bottom line: Students and parents, including my sister, should be realistic about a child’s scholarship chances. For most athletes, academic scholarships from the colleges themselves are going to represent the preferable way to shrink the cost of college.

  2. June 28, 2010 at 8:59 AM

    Great piece Tony. You are on target with your points in this post. The NCAA reports that only about 2% or high school athletes will receive a scholarship. Those are small numbers, and I do believe that full rides are lower yet.

    For a real life example that supports 2 & 3 above, my oldest daughter played soccer on scholarship for Marquette University they had about 25+ on their roster (I think it was actually more). If I am not mistaken, the NCAA scholarship allotment for women’s soccer is 14 – however, Marquette has an allotment of 9 or 11 (can’t remember which). For most all of the girls on scholarship (not all of them are) they are divided up. I am not sure there was anyone on the team with a full ride but I cannot state that as fact. I would estimate that around 70+% of my oldest daughters schooling (Tuition) was paid for on scholarship.

    Most college programs carry a soccer roster well into the 20’s. The physical nature of the game requires that due to the amount of injuries that occur and number of players needed for a full team. Unless a female soccer player is at, or close to, being a national team player – the chances of a full ride are much much lower than the 2% listed above for that sport.

    Volleyball (the sport my youngest plays), as you say, is a different story. The teams are much smaller and the NCAA allotment is 12 scholarships. On my daughters team at Louisville University they carry a roster of about 14 or 15 athletes, and they do have the full allotment of scholarships allowed by the NCAA. Most are on full rides. The numbers dictate that possibility.

    The best advice I could give for anyone who has young athletes playing sports and wanting to play in college is to strive to reach their own individual potential. To take solace and pride in the fact that you worked hard at being the best you can be and let the chips fall where they may. When parents, and kids, place that scholarship as the REASON for why they play, it tends to take focus off of what is important. Scholarship is not in the athlete’s direct control, being the best one can be is – and that has more chance of bringing back to the athlete what it is THEY are seeking.

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