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There’s no right or wrong way of being an athlete, everyone’s situation is different. These are just some things to think about when deciding what athletic path to take. Learn the in and outs and pros and cons of getting involved in the recruiting process.

Five Invaluable Life Skills Athletes Learn From Recruiting

By Next College Student Athlete 07/12/2018, 12:00pm CDT

College coaches know they’re dealing with teenagers who are treading into unfamiliar territory

During your children’s recruiting experience, they’ll learn how to promote themselves while remaining humble. That’s no easy task!

The Five Most Common College Walk-On Questions

By Next College Student Athlete 07/10/2018, 12:00pm CDT

Being a college walk-on simply means you are on the college team and receive no form of athletic financial aid

Earning your spot on a college team will be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. Walking on is very challenging, but when it works out there is nothing better.

How to Save Money on College Tours

By Next College Student Athlete Team Edition 07/09/2018, 12:00pm CDT

Visit costs add up quickly if each trip is not an official visit

Though virtual visits can’t and shouldn’t replace in-person visits, they can potentially help recruits cross a school off their list, which could save a nice chunk of change in the long run.

Should Parents Encourage Kids to Take Recruiting Trips?

By Elizabeth Wickham, SwimSwam 07/06/2018, 12:00pm CDT

Without parents asking questions or steering a child’s thoughts one way or another, an official visit helps swimmers see for themselves what a coach, university and teammates are like.

Frequently Asked Questions About Combining Athletic and Academic Scholarships

By Next College Student Athlete 07/05/2018, 12:00pm CDT

Avoid the misconceptions about how combining scholarships works

If you’re nervous about whether you can accept an academic scholarship or not, contact the college or universities’ compliance office to work through the situation.

Using Social Media to Strengthen Your Recruiting Game

By Next College Student Athlete 07/03/2018, 12:00pm CDT

By following a program on social media, students might learn who’s leaving, who’s staying on the roster and what the coach values most in players. You’ll also get a better feel for the program to determine if it’s a good fit.

Questions You Should Ask College Coaches

By Next College Student Athlete 06/26/2018, 9:00pm CDT

Many athletes and their families will tell you campus visits really made the decision process much easier. Some schools shined while others that looked great on paper just didn’t live up to expectations.

Three College Recruiting Myths Sports Parents Should Know

By Janis B Meredith, JBM Thinks 06/26/2018, 12:00pm CDT

Student-athletes should be contacting coaches as they are the ones who are going to play for that coach, not the parent.

Twenty-Five Reasons to Contact a College Coach

By Next College Student Athlete 06/22/2018, 12:00pm CDT

Don’t leave your future up to chance by waiting for college coaches to find you

In short, don’t shy away from sending a message to a college coach, even if the NCAA recruiting rules and calendar prevent the coach from contacting you back at that time.

How to Find the Best NCAA Division Level for You

By Next College Student Athlete 06/18/2018, 12:00pm CDT

"Even if you are on a really great club team with multiple DI players, it can't compare with the level in college when athletes are older, stronger, and more experienced."

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