Taking the SAT and ACT Tests

Nobody I know enjoys taking tests.  Nobody.

But if you’re a high school student-athlete who wants to have a shot at playing college sports, there are some big tests that you have to take.  Not taking them could ruin your chances of playing college sports.

I’m talking, of course, about the SAT and ACT tests.  Completing either of them with a qualifying score will allow you to compete athletically at the college level.  Most students take one of the tests, some take both.  I would recommend taking both, as different colleges prefer different tests in evaluating their incoming prospective students.

The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) is the most common nationwide.  For athletes that have at least a 2.5 grade point average overall in their core courses, a score of 820 is required on the SAT to be eligible for Division I or II athletic participation.  Higher scores are needed for lower grade point averages.  For the ACT, a score of 68 is needed for students with a 2.5 grade point average and above.

Hint:  If you do better in English and general comprehension classes in school, you may score higher on the ACT.  If math is easier for you, the SAT will be the test you want to take.  They are two very different tests, so try to pick the test that you have the best chance at scoring well on.

When should you take the test? If possible, you should try to have one or two SAT scores on record by the time you end your junior year of high school.  That will allow a coach to seriously recruit you heading into the summer of your senior year, because that coach will know that you have a qualifying score and doesn’t need to wait to see if you’re going to pass the test.  Take these tests early, prior to your senior year!

What if you haven’t taken either test yet, and you’re a senior? Sign up to take it now!   You must sign up to take one of these tests before you graduate if you hope to play college athletics.  Don’t delay!  Talk to your school coach or counselor immediately and get registered to take the test!

Tests are no fun, but they need to be taken care of as soon as possible.  Not taking the SAT or ACT is something that has hurt many talented high school athletes in the past and ruined their chances of playing college athletics.  Don’t let it happen to you!

Not Getting Recruiting By Colleges? Here Are Some Reasons Why.

You sweat.  You sacrifice.  You succeed at your sport.  You’re one of the best players in your league.

So why aren’t you getting any attention from college coaches?

That’s a question that we hear a lot this time of year.  From seniors (who are pushing the panic button because they realize they only have two more months of school!) and from sophomores and juniors (who want to make sure they aren’t in the position of that senior I just mentioned!).

For all of you wondering why you aren’t hearing from college coaches, here’s a few possible explanations:

· You’re too young. If you’re a freshman or sophomore, it may be a bit soon for coaches to start actively sending you letters and beginning the recruiting process with you.  If you’re a junior, that’s when you should be hearing from college coaches.  If you are a junior or senior and you are not yet hearing from college coaches, that should raise a red flag.
· You’re being overlooked. It’s sad but true.  Most deserving athletes get overlooked by college coaches simply because those coaches don’t know they exist.  You need to get your talents and abilities in front of coaches as soon as you can so that they can track your progress and give you an opportunity to be an athlete that earns one of their sports scholarship. (Hint:  Recruit does wonders for deserving student-athletes with this problem!)
· You aren’t good enough to play at the college level. Ouch.  That one hurt a little.  “You mean, even if I was All-League my junior year and my dad played for Texas when he was in college?”  Yes, even then.  You are competing against the best of the best for sports scholarships.  I’ve talked to a lot of motivated, focused, smart high school linemen who are only 5′ 10″ and 200 lbs.  At the college level, that’s probably not going to be big enough.
· Your grades turn off an interested recruiter. If a recruiter does happen to find out about you, the number one thing that will bring your recruiting process to a grinding halt will be poor grades and / or test scores.  Colleges won’t seriously recruit athletes who don’t have their act together in the classroom.

This isn’t an exhaustive list, but these are the more common reasons that we see for lack of interest in an athlete before they come into the Recruit program.

What do you do if one of these items describes your situation?  Get help with fixing the problem immediately.  If your grades are below par, focus on academics and get help from your school or coach.  If you haven’t been exposed to college coaches, then let us here at Recruit assist you in targeting your information to the right coaches.  Whatever the case, address the issue immediately!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 1-888-284-9227.  One of our trained staff will be happy to assist you and find out how we can assist you with your individual needs.

Seniors: The Time Is Now To Get Noticed

For some high school senior athletes, spring is a time to enjoy the last few days of school before continuing their athletic career in college.

For the majority of athletes that have been hoping to land one of those coveted athletic college scholarships, however, spring is a time to panic.

The phone calls from college coaches have stopped.  Maybe they never started.  And suddenly, the end of an athletic career is staring you in the face.

So, what’s a senior athlete to do?  Is all hope lost?  The answer is no.  However, the time for action on your part is now.  And, to win one of the quickly dwindling number of athletic scholarships available for 2012, you may need to re-adjust your focus and your goals as you search for a program that is still searching for incoming college sports prospects.

Start calling college coaches now!  Because you are dealing with a limited amount of time, you need to get very aggressive in searching out possible opportunities at colleges.  Develop a “top ten list” of some colleges in your region of the country that offer your sport.  You then need to contact the coach at the schools, explain that you feel you are a qualified athlete who could benefit their program, and ask what you need to do to be considered for admission to their school and the sports program in question.  Remember, there are lots of coaches around the country that are under the same pressure to find eligible, talented recruits before the school year ends.  Plenty of coaches are still looking!

Broaden your search!  Recruit deals with lots of athletes who are hoping to win an athletic scholarship to a major Division I school.  However, these schools have probably already finished their search for incoming athletes (most Division I schools know one year ahead of time who they will be recruiting for a particular year).  If you are interested in finding the most coaches with the biggest needs at this point in the school year, try contacting Division II, Division III or NAIA schools.  Some offer many of the same benefits that bigger Division I schools offer, many with comparable athletic talent to Division I schools.  Give those schools a chance to show you why they might be an excellent choice for a college athletic career.

Get your coach to help!  You could have an important ally in your search for a college scholarship:  Your high school or club coach.  If you haven’t done so already, talk with them about contacts they might have at the college sports level.  Many of these coaches are former college athletes themselves, and would be happy to assist you with finding an opportunity to play collegiate athletics.

Make sure you’ve done your homework!  That is, make sure you have registered for the NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse (Division I and Division II only), taken the right classes, and taken the SAT or ACT tests.  This is an area that many athletes overlook.  They still assume that just because they can sink a three pointer form NBA range, or run the 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds that the academic requirements will just take care of themselves.  Wrong!  You need to meet NCAA and/or university requirements for admission and athletic participation.  Doing your homework means taking care of the paperwork behind the scenes.

Be ready to be flexible!  What if a college you have contacted is interested in having you play sports, but doesn’t have a scholarship available this year?  Are you willing to be a walk-on athlete and wait for a scholarship?  Or, if nothing is offered, would you go to a junior college to play sports and transfer to a four-year school in two years as an athlete?  Get ready to face these possible questions.  They may be viable alternatives compared with giving-up your athletic career altogether.

The bottom line is this: Time is running out quickly.  You, and only you, have the motivation and the desire that it will take to clear this final hurdle on your way to a college athletic career.

If you take it seriously, and enlist the help of others, your goal of winning an athletic scholarship is still within your reach.  If you need assistance, the trained experts here at Recruit will be happy to assist you.


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