How to Get an Athletic Scholarship

Updated: Aug 25, 2020

You’ve done it. For the second year in a row, thanks to your leadership on the field, your high school team has won the state championship. You’re on top of the world, and as you celebrate your victory you know that colleges will be knocking down your door to try and recruit you. You’ve got it made.


Unfortunately, that’s a mistake a lot of student athletes make. The college recruitment process is a lot more complicated and complex than simply, “Be great, get noticed.” Sure, that helps. But college programs and the various organizations that oversee college sports have strict guidelines about how recruitment works.

While it is true that sometimes it can work that way, that’s typically reserved for the best of the best. And no matter how good you might be on the field, winning championships is no guarantee that you’re among the elites of your game and your level. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to be proactive about getting noticed and recruited.

Be Prepared

First, express interest. Send the coach an email and introduce yourself. Let them know you’re interested and also give them some facts about your abilities—how many yards you rushed, how many points you scored, what your ERA is. Knowing you’re interested and establishing a relationship can improve your long term prospects at getting noticed.

It’s also a good idea to put together a highlight reel. Coaches and scouts can’t always make it to every game, so having footage of your best plays and moments can give them a good idea about your skills and what you might bring to the table.

Recruitment Rules & Regulations

Once you’ve made contact, it becomes a lot more likely that you’ll get noticed and recruited by a particular institution, but even then it’s no guarantee. Almost every contact you might make with a school, or vice versa, is subject to oversight by a particular governing body and each governing body has specific rules about what counts as contact, when contact can be made, and the differences between official and unofficial contact.

And even then, the burden is still on the player to do their research and perform their due diligence. Coaches and recruiters are a lot like used car salesmen, and you’re the customer. Just because a coach are recruiter tells you something—“You’ll start as a freshman; I can guarantee a scholarship; you’ll be on the first string”—doesn’t mean it’s true. You should always thoroughly research a program both online and in person and know what you’re getting into before you make a commitment.

The bottom line is that the recruitment process isn’t as simple as you might think, no matter how good you might be at your sport. Our course can help you navigate the process of recruitment to ensure that you end up in the best possible position to not only get noticed by but also recruited and signed to your dream school. It’s important to know the proper steps before you begin to take them and, with our help, you’ll always know the right move and when to take it.

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