All college bound students are required to take certain steps in order to complete the college search and application process. However, high school student-athletes face several additional steps if they want to play college level sports. These are as follows:
Be clear about what level of play you aspire to
It is very important to be clear about your abilities and what division of college is realistic for you to pursue. Talk to your coach to help you narrow down a list of colleges and choose one that is right for you based upon your skills and experience.
Attend a summer sports camp at your college of interest
Attending a sports camp at a college of interest is extremely important because not only does it expose you to college coaches, it also helps to give you a good feel for the campus.
Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center
To be eligible to play Division I or II sports, you must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center, ideally by the beginning of your junior year of high school. The NCAA recommends that student-athletes register at the beginning of their junior year in high school, but many students register after their junior year. There is no registration deadline, but students must be cleared by the Eligibility Center before they receive athletic scholarships or compete at a Division I or II institution. Visit the NCAA Eligibility Center website to learn more.