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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.

College Application Hacks

By Kyle Winters, Next College Student Athlete 10/02/2019, 9:00am CDT

Starting to apply for college can be an exciting time in a student’s life. Add in sports and things become just a tad bit trickier. You have to qualify academically and athletically if you want to be a college athlete. We all know there’s a hack for everything, but do you know any good hacks for college applications? NCSA shares a few below.

Top 5 Questions Our Recruiting Coaches Receive From Families

By Next College Student Athlete 09/26/2019, 8:00am CDT

NCSA is the leader in the college athletic recruiting industry, so it comes as no surprise that our Recruiting Coaches receive a ton of questions about the recruiting process. Can you take a guess on what questions student-athletes ask the most? Here are 5 questions of the most common questions.

When Do College Coaches Stop Recruiting

By Next College Student Athlete 09/18/2019, 2:15pm CDT

The recruiting landscape has experienced a shakeup over the last several years. From the advent of social media recruiting to junior year official visits to early signing periods, student-athletes are getting discovered sooner and committing to college programs well before high school graduation.

The recruiting landscape has experienced a shakeup over the last several years. From the advent of social media recruiting to junior year official visits to early signing periods, student-athletes are getting discovered sooner and committing to college programs well before high school graduation. Constant changes to the recruiting timeline often impacts when recruits should begin their process.

Official vs. Unofficial Visits: What's the Difference?

By Stack MVP 09/17/2019, 8:00pm CDT

Visits are an integral part of the college admissions process, regardless of whether you're a recruited athlete or not. When you get the opportunity to visit a campus you're potentially interested in, take full advantage of the time you have there.

The Role of the College Coach in the Admission Process

By Next College Student Athlete 09/05/2019, 7:30pm CDT

Athletes and parents often think that college coaches have s big influence on the process, while many coaches may think their influence is minimal.

Athletes and parents often think that college coaches have a big influence on the process, while many coaches may think their influence is minimal. The truth is likely somewhere in the middle.

Obstacles Parents Face in the Recruiting Process

By Next College Student Athlete 08/30/2019, 11:00am CDT

Here are some important things parents should know before starting the recruiting process to help them manage it better.

Although parents typically just want to help their student-athletes navigate the recruiting process, sometimes becoming overly involved as “helicopter parents” can negatively impact their student-athlete’s experience. Here are some important things parents should know before starting the recruiting process to help them manage it better. 

What Does "Character" Mean to Coaches?

By Next College Student Athlete 08/21/2019, 7:15pm CDT


Character building is something we are taught from an early age. Good character makes a big difference not only in the world but also on an athletic team. College coaches are judging student-athletes character on and off the court. Here is what character to means to college coaches and why you should take it seriously.

What You Need to Know About Disordered Eating in Athletes

By TrueSport 08/15/2019, 10:45am CDT

Here's what you need to know about disordered eating to help your athlete develop a healthy relationship with food and navigate their nutritional choices when it comes to eating to fuel their sport performance.

Are Athletic Scholarships Guaranteed For 4 Years?

By Next College Student Athlete 08/14/2019, 2:45pm CDT

Receiving an athletic scholarship is not as common as families think. Offers are often confused with an actual scholarship, and they are two different things. Before you have accepted an athletic scholarship, it is important to know how often it will be renewed because not all athletic scholarships are renewed annually. Here is why an athletic scholarship may or may not be guaranteed for four years.

How to Get Recruited For College Lacrosse Part 1: Finding the "Right Fit"

By SkylerBell, Alpha Lacrosse 08/07/2019, 12:45pm CDT

Be responsible and accountable for your recruiting experience. You need to be proactive and market your skills for college recruiters.

Parents & Athletes

  • 4 Recruiting Tips for Parents

  • By Next College Student Athlete 10/09/2019, 1:15pm CDT
  • Do you know when’s a good time to introduce your student-athlete to a college coach? How about ways to stay on track academically and athletically?
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