Thursday, November 13, 2014

Planning to Swim in College: Where to Begin?

As the weather turns cooler, leaves change color, and holiday decorations appear on store shelves, it is a sure sign that the college recruitment efforts for swimmers won't be far behind. There is so much to learn and consider when looking at opportunities to swim in college. Here are just a few links to get you started:

First on the list is to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center. The website is very user friendly and has loads of information on the recruiting process. Most importantly, athletes can register and obtain the REQUIRED eligibility registration number. This number will be needed throughout the recruiting process. 


Next stop is the NCAA Division I College Toolkit. High school athletes need to read about Academic Eligibility requirements so they know exactly what courses, GPA, and college entrance test scores are needed to compete at the collegiate level. You can also learn about NCAA rules for recruiting. This document includes information on Financial Aid but those guidelines are changing so keep an eye out for current updates on how Financial Aid will be awarded to athletes. 


The College Recruiting Timeline is valuable to swimmers and their parents because it makes the whole recruiting process very REAL when you begin reading about what should be done during the freshman and sophomore years in high school. This is a real wake up call and can be a big motivator to get students to study hard and work for that GPA and ACT/SAT test scores.


USA Swimming offers an array of useful resources for learning about the recruitment process and getting started on that next big step...college swimming! Check out the Swimming into College page under Programs and Services at USA Swimming.

It is never too soon to educate yourself on this process!

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