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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.

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."

How to Get Coaches to View Your Highlight Film

By Next College Student Athlete 06/15/2018, 12:00pm CDT

For most sports video is the best way to get evaluated

You probably won’t get every coach to respond to you, so don’t take it as a rejection. Instead, continue to send noteworthy updates as you progress.

Lacrosse Goalie Development

Twelve Ways to Destroy a Lacrosse Goalie's Development

By Coach Damon Wilson 06/09/2018, 4:45pm CDT

Want to make sure your goalie continues to develop? Make sure you are not making any of these 12 mistakes that can hinder a lacrosse goalie's development.

Body Language Speaks Volumes to College Coaches

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

Do they play the blame game or do they bounce back? Letting it go and moving on proves they have good mental discipline and will be better able to handle the pressure that comes with college sports.

Where Are You in the Recruiting Process? (And What to Do Next)

By Jason Smith, Next College Student Athlete 06/05/2018, 12:00pm CDT

Then, you’ll want to loop in your high school or club coach, especially if you’re an underclassman. College coaches will often reach out to a high school or club coach first to learn more about a recruit.

Fourteen Questions College Coaches Hate Getting from Recruits

By Jaimie Duffek, Next College Student Athlete 06/01/2018, 12:00pm CDT

Families should also steer clear from asking questions that they could just as easily research themselves. Coaches want to recruit athletes who are interested in and knowledgeable about their program.

How Parents Can Help Student-Athletes Make the Grade

By Garland Cooper, Next College Student Athlete 05/31/2018, 12:00pm CDT

Your student should be motivated to go the extra yard (or base; choose your own sports metaphor here) in the classroom. That’s one way to stand out when applying to the elite colleges and universities.

Four Steps to NAIA Academic Eligibility

By Jason Smith, Next College Student Athlete 05/30/2018, 12:00pm CDT

Athletes need to fulfill four main criteria to be academically eligible to compete at an NAIA institution

If you’re actively getting recruited by NAIA coaches, you can get on the “short list.” Being on this list tells the NAIA Eligibility Center to prioritize your account in its decision-making process. 

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