Each year, hundreds of colleges are looking for talented and athletic individuals who they can award an athletic scholarship to. If you’re a talented athlete with potential and drive, you’re definitely in with a chance of getting a sports scholarship to one of the best colleges if you put your mind to it. With the help of your high school coach and a lot of determination, you can achieve your dreams of competing for one of the best colleges in the US. We’ve put together a smart guide for athletic students regarding applying for and securing that coveted sports scholarship.
Put Yourself Out There
Don’t just sit at home waiting next to the phone for a call, or hoping that a top coach will turn up at one of your games, see you play and decide to offer you a scholarship. Although this does happen in certain cases, it’s very rare and usually happens completely by chance – do you really want to leave it down to a chance encounter? If you’re determined to get the scholarship, you’ll need to put yourself out there – go through an agency such as Athletes USA, and contact coaches from your chosen universities introducing yourself and your abilities.
Actions Speak Louder
It’s all very well e-mailing a coach and telling them how great you are at your sport, however in order to really impress them you’ll need to show them what you can do as well. If you’re applying to a college close by you may be able to invite the coach to a game or tournament that you’re competing in so that they can see your athletic performance first hand. If travelling is not an option, another good way of showing coaches your ability is to get a friend to record a video of you taking part in your sport. Upload the video to YouTube, and include the link to it in the e-mails that you send to coaches. This way, they’ll be able to make an educated decision based on not just your application and your achievements but your actual playing abilities as well.
How to Stand Out
Once you’ve been in contact with coaches and put yourself out there for recognition, it’s important to spend the school year demonstrating your abilities and striving to be a leader in your sport. A dedication for the sport is a must, as coaches are looking for athletes with a passion and love for their sporting field when deciding who and who not to award scholarships to. You should be consistent, as you never know when the coach might pay a surprise visit to a practice or tournament, or they could even ask for feedback from your current high school coach to see how your performance is matching up.
Were you awarded a sports scholarship? If you have any advice that you’d like to give fellow athletic students hoping to go to college with an athletic scholarship, we’d love to hear from you in the comments below.