Varsity Advice

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Partner Profile: AdvancePrep.com SAT Tutoring February 26, 2009

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www.AdvancePrep.com was founded by an Ivy League Ph.D. who understands that learning is a very personal process. No two students learn in exactly the same way, so why should otherwise unique individuals settle for a standard ‘one-size-fits-all’ style test prep course? Our goal is to provide a highly-interactive and engaging learning environment, customized to meet the very specific needs of each individual student.The SAT exam is not only one of the most challenging exams a student will take during their academic career, it also happens to be one of the most important. It is a marathon, not a sprint, and the right preparation is essential in order to achieve a personal best. This is a responsibility that we accept and will never take lightly.

AdvancePrep.com is committed to getting results and we are absolutely passionate about building the confidence of our students along the way.

 

Partner Profile : Recruiting-101 February 25, 2009

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    Recruiting-101.com is a resource that was created to help parents, athletes, and coaches throughout the college recruiting process. If you are a parent with a son or daughter being recruited, an athlete confused about the recruiting process, or even with a player who should be recruited, this is definitely the place for you. This site will be updated constantly with articles regarding the recruiting process, how to get recruited, NCAA rules of recruiting, interviews with college coaches, parents who are familiar with the recruiting process, and so much more. Stay tuned as we help guide users through the difficult journey of recruiting.

 

Its a great source to educate yourself on the recruiting process.

http://recruiting-101.com/

 

Partner Profile : MyCollegeCalendar.org

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MyCollegeCalendar is a FREE online service that assists students and parents with the entire college admission process by providing a toolbox of applications, information and recommended strategies, integrated into a single web based platform. Students and parents will find interactive tools combined with focused content to help with College Preparation and Testing; College Search and Selection; College Application Process and Requirements; Financial Aid Research and Qualifications; College Acceptance Procedures and Follow up; and Campus Preparation recommendations for the big move to school.

To learn more about how our platform and technology works, go here.

 

Combine Success Story

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Freshman Start Your College Search NOW !! February 24, 2009

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Freshman Start Your College Search NOW !! HS Freshem Students can visit as many colleges as they wish without breaking any NCAA rules.Another reason you should plan early.

GET YOUR NAME OUT THERE. Use the recruiting websites Active.com,beRecruited,PrepChamps and MaxPreps are some very good ones.

 

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6 Common Recruiting Mistakes February 23, 2009

Filed under: Scholarship Tips — Varsity Mentoring @ 3:46 am

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Earning an athletic scholarship is not an exact science. Therefore, there are common mistakes that are made by many prospective athletes. Avoid these pitfalls and you will increase your chances of earning an athletic scholarship to the school of your dreams.

1) Taking the recruiting process for granted

One of the most common pitfalls is taking the process for granted because you think that schools are going to aggressively recruit you. Many athletes receive letters from schools, but that doesn’t mean that they are recruiting you. You need to follow up with these coaches and express a mutual interest. Only a select few athletes actually get personal visits from coaches. It is simply too expensive and time consuming for coaches in most sports. Don’t take anything for granted and market yourself aggressively.

2) Underestimating your chances of getting an athletic scholarship

You don’t need to be the best athlete on your team or in your league in order to earn an athletic scholarship. Of course, you need to be skilled at your sport, but not necessarily the star. Many athletes don’t even attempt to get a scholarship, despite thousands of scholarships being at their fingertips. Talk to your coach to assess your chances and get some advice on how to proceed with the recruiting process. Register with beRecruited, and get your name out there to hundreds of prospective coaches in your sport.

3) Making poor decisions off the field

You can severely damage your chances of earning an athletic scholarship by getting trouble with the law and abusing drugs and alcohol. Although everybody makes mistakes when they are young, these decisions reflect your true character to a prospective school. If you don’t exercise discipline and good decision-making off the field, you probably aren’t going to on the field. Drugs and alcohol also dramatically affect the body’s recovery time and double the chances of injury.

4) Letting your grades slip

As any coach will tell you, schools are looking for a complete package in their recruits. Of course they want excellent athletes, but they also desire recruits that perform in the classroom. Do not assume that your athletic prowess trumps your academics. Do your best in the classroom until you graduate.

5) Getting bad advice

You will find that everyone has advice for you during your recruiting process. Some of it will be good advice, but not all of it. Consider your sources carefully, and be sure to evaluate their expertise before following their advice.

6) Over/under reliance on your coach

Your coach is one of your biggest assets in the college recruiting process. Often times, coaches have connections that can help you in your search. Experienced coaches are also good judges of talent and may be able to give you an idea of your level of competition. Don’t forget to use them as a resource. However, don’t assume that they know everything, or that they will do anything for you. You need to ask for their help, and you will need to follow up with them. Remember that they have a lot going on in their lives besides you. Few coaches will aggressively market you to colleges. Consider your coach as being a crucial part of your recruiting process, but not your only resource.

 

Your High School Years

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Here are some suggestions on what you need to do during your HS years

Freshman Year

Your High School tenure starts with the 9th grade. I cannot stress enough the importance of starting your freshman year working toward good grades, which also includes developing good study habits and disciplining yourself to complete and turn your homework in on time. Not only is a student-athlete’s future eligibility at risk, but you will find a larger base of colleges interested in you with a higher GPA. I have talked with too many junior and senior High School athletes who wish they had the opportunity to go back and redo the 9th grade with the same focus and understanding that they now have.

Make a personal commitment to your sport. Practice basic skills and set an off-season conditioning program. Most coaches are very happy to guide and direct you in setting up personal goals to work on during your off-season.

Look for opportunities to play outside of your high school program. Again, talk to your coach. He or she may be able to steer you toward clubs, AAU teams, traveling teams, or other opportunities to play and improve your sport. 

Sophomore Year

Sophomore Year Your sophomore year is the time to get serious if you are interested in competing in college and in getting a sports scholarship. Learning about recruiting and the rules around sports scholarships now will put you ahead of the game when it counts. You can start working on raising your visibility as well as learning about colleges and their sports programs.

Sophomore year is also about development. This means both developing your sport skills as well as working on your leadership abilities. You will be a more valuable recruit if you have built a reputation for teamwork, sportsmanship and maturity. Establishing that reputation is a long process and it requires consistency. It is important to have fun and keep a sense of humor, but even more important to be fair, honest and mature. College coaches need motivated athletes who contribute to team unity and stay clear of trouble.

Junior Year

No year is more important to recruiting success than your junior year. Most people know about recruiting as a senior activity, but it is likely to be the accomplishments of your junior year that get you recruiting calls. The earlier that you get onto the coaches’ radar screens, the better your chances of having a successful recruiting season your senior year. Do not sit back and wait for lightning to strike.

 

You can boost your visibility to coaches by making phone calls, visiting schools and meeting coaches. You might think that it is the coach’s job to meet you. However, there are various NCAA rules that prevent coaches from reaching out until late in your junior year. Learn about the rules and learn how you can use those rules to get a head start on recruiting. You can contact the coaches and you can meet with them and show your interest as long as you follow the rules

For NCAA Division I sports other than football, you can receive one phone call in March of your junior year. In football you may receive one phone call in May of your junior year. With a few exceptions, active recruiting in most sports starts July 1, following your junior year. In Division II, coaches can start making recruiting calls on June 15th of your junior year.

Senior Year

You have many things to juggle at once. Time is in short supply. You need to continue to make sure that you are eligible by filling any holes in your transcript. Your sport skills should show continuing development. You may be receiving calls and you may get a request for a home visit by the coach. How should you handle a home visit? You may be fortunate enough to get an early scholarship offer. Is this offer the best you will get? Will you have to make a commitment before the signing period? What if the offer is good but you do not think that the school is right for you? What should you do and who should you see on an official recruiting visitYour High SchoolY