Bonney Lake Panther Girls Hoops: NCAA/Recruiting Info

Wednesday, December 8
Athletic Scholarships

You are judged not only on your athletic ability, but also on you academics and behavior. Your appeal to coaches at the next level, depends on you being a well rounded recruit.

You must meet certain academic requirements before you can become eligible to receive an athletic scholarship. Good grades are vitally important to you the athlete. The coach needs to know that you will perform well academically at college. If teams don't meet certain strict guidelines each year then the NCAA will reduce the number of scholarships that school can offer. If your academic standing is high enough before you start college then the school can apply for you to receive an exempted academic scholarship as well as a partial athletic scholarship.

Please beware that there are numerous companies and websites promising to get you a scholarship. No one can get you a scholarship. You must have the academic and athletic abilities to be awarded a scholarship. Speak with your coaches or your school NCAA cordinator to find the best approach to playing at the next level.

Five Steps For An Athletic Scholarship

1.) Build a Recruiting Profile
The first step to earning an athletic scholarship is to build a successful recruiting profile. Even for parents or athletes that lack computer skills, this is something that really can be easily done. The advantage of doing it on the computer in a Word document or PDF document is the ability to send it via email. You can use the Internet to your advantage and that is why putting this together is very helpful in the recruiting process. It allows you to quickly showcase your son or daughter’s accomplishments and saving you money by sending it through email.

2.) Find Schools that Match You
The second step to earning an athletic scholarship is to finding school that matches the athlete. In order to be successful at the college level, you need to think of a variety of things that could factor into the college decision process. Location is definitely one of the most important. If you are a homebody, it would be safe to say that you should look at in-state schools or programs that are in a certain mile radius.

3.) Market Yourself  to Coaches
The third step to earning an athletic scholarship is to market your child to the college coaches. As I talked about in part two, what you want to do is make a list of colleges in the country and find the ones that match you. After you have found those matches and put together your recruiting profile, now is the time to help your child get the attention he or she deserves.

4.) Make a Quality Highlight Tape
The fourth step to earning an athletic scholarship is to put together a quality highlight video. Athletes in football rely on putting together a quality highlight recruiting video that showcases your abilities. If you have a bad tape, chances are the college coaches will move on quickly. Unless you have already excelled at their camp, putting together a good highlight video is something that is essential for the recruiting process.

5.) Build a Website with Video
The fifth and final step to earning an athletic scholarship is to put together a website that provides stats and video of your child in action in their chosen sport. Some may consider this an egotistical thing to do for a cocky player but I consider this a smart investment that utilizes the Internet. It saves you money on producing more highlight videos as well as sending out the tapes. Having that video available by clicking on a link is something that makes things very simple for college coaches during the recruiting process.

Ten Things To Do To Not Get Recruited By College Coaches

10.) Do poorly in school
There is little doubt that doing poorly in school will scare many schools away. Not putting much time into your school work and struggling early on usually creates a hole that is very hard to get out of.
9.) Talking back to officials/refs/umpires
College coaches want to find athletes who just play and not have an ongoing sideshow with an athlete. The more you focus on succeeding in the game, the better of you will be.
8.) Get in trouble off of the field/court/diamond
With the amount of publicity that athletes get for off the field problems, the last thing you want to do in high school is get in trouble. When there is less supervision, watch out because more trouble can be had.
7.) Treat your teammates bad
Why would a college coach want to recruit an 18-year who thinks that they are better than their teammates? I can promise you that coaches will watch your demeanor in all phases of the game if they are considering you.
6.) Disrespect your parents
There was an article a while back about a coach who had an in home visit with an athlete and he moved on as soon as he heard the athlete talk to his parents. Treating your parents poorly is a huge sign of disrespect towards those around you.
5.) Skip workouts/practice/team meetings
College coaches do not want to have to deal with players who are headaches off the court. Skipping this type of thing means you don’t care all that much.
4.) Have bad sportsmanship
If you are someone who feels that it is necessary to taunt your opponent every time you can, that is just bad sportsmanship. You are not going to help your case.
3.) Lying about recruiting attention
Known as the Kevin Hart factor, athletes want to make themselves feel important to Rivals, Scout, and other recruiting sites. But don’t lie about who has been recruiting you and don’t assume schools will offer you.
2.) Have a poor relationship with your coaches
When college coaches call about an athlete, they won’t initially be talking to you or your parent. They will call your coach. And if you have treated your team and coaches badly and that has resulted in a poor relationship, good luck getting recruited. Coaches must, and will tell the truth when asked questions about an athlete.
1.) Dismiss any recruiting attention because of the level
You may have hopes for Division I but don’t ever think you are better than a school. With how hard the recruiting process is to figure out, you just never know what can happen in your life. Be realistic.


A JUCO scholarship is a real alternative for athletes who want to continue their sporting careers at college level but don't want to undertake a full 4 year degree course. Community colleges provide a great learning environment for student athletes as well as top class competition.
Junior colleges offer 2 year certificates and associate degrees that are recognized throughout the USA and overseas. Your sporting ability can pay for your degree and at the same time you get to do what you do best....Compete in your sport at an elite level. Many talented athletes who were overlooked by NCAA schools have competed at JC level for 1 or 2 years and then been offered athletic scholarships at NCAA division I schools. If you think you have the talent to compete in the NCAA or NAIA then this could be the way to prove yourself, you will even receive credits for subjects taken at JC level Junior colleges offer 2 year certificates and associate degrees that are recognized throughout the USA and overseas. Your sporting ability can pay for your degree and at the same time you get to do what you do best....Compete in your sport at an elite level. Many talented athletes who were overlooked by NCAA schools have competed at JC level for 1 or 2 years and then been offered athletic scholarships at NCAA division I schools. If you think you have the talent to compete in the NCAA or NAIA then this could be the way to prove yourself, you will even receive credits for subjects taken at JC level.


Core Courses

NCAA Division I requires 16 core courses as of August 1, 2008. This rule applies to any student first entering any Division I college or university on or after August 1, 2008. See the chart below for the breakdown of this 16 core-course requirement.
NCAA Division II requires 14 core courses. See the breakdown of core-course requirements below. Please note, Division II will require 16 core courses beginning August 1, 2013.
Test Scores
Division I has a sliding scale for test score and grade-point average. The sliding scale for those requirements is available on the Web site
Division II has a minimum SAT score requirement of 820 or an ACT sum score of 68.
The SAT score used for NCAA purposes includes only the critical reading and math sections. The writing section of the SAT is not used. The ACT score used for NCAA purposes is a sum of the four sections on the ACT: English, mathematics, reading and science. All SAT and ACT scores must be reported directly to the NCAA Eligibility Center by the testing agency. Test scores that appear on transcripts will not be used. When registering for the SAT or ACT, use the Eligibility Center code of 9999 to make sure the score is reported to the Eligibility Center.
Grade-Point Average
Only core courses are used in the calculation of the grade-point average.
Be sure to look at your high school’s list of NCAA-approved core courses on the Eligibility Center's Web site to make certain that courses being taken have been approved as core courses. The Web site is
Division I grade-point-average requirements are listed on the Web site. The Division II grade-point-average requirement is a minimum of 2.000.
16 Core-Course Rule
16 Core Courses:
4 years of English.
3 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher).
2 years of natural/physical science (1 year of lab if offered by high school).
1 year of additional English, mathematics or natural/physical science.
2 years of social science.
4 years of additional courses (from any area above, foreign language or nondoctrinal
14 Core-Course Rule
14 Core Courses:
3 years of English.
2 years of mathematics (Algebra I or higher).
2 years of natural/physical science (1 year of lab if offered by high school).
2 years of additional English, mathematics or natural/physical science.
2 years of social science.
3 years of additional courses (from any area above,
foreign language or nondoctrinal religion/philosophy).
PLEASE NOTE: Beginning August 1, 2013, students planning to attend an NCAA Division II institution will be required to complete 16 core courses.
Division II has no sliding scale. The minimum core grade-point average is 2.000. The minimum SAT score is 820 (verbal and math sections only) and the minimum ACT sum score is 68.
14 core courses are currently required for Division II. However, beginning 2013, students will be required to complete 16 core courses.
16 core courses are required for Division I.
The SAT combined score is based on the verbal and math sections only. The writing section will not be used. SAT and ACT scores must be reported directly to the Eligibility Center from the testing agency. Scores on transcripts will not be used. Students enrolling at an NCAA Division I or II institution for the first time need to also complete the amateurism questionnaire through the Eligibility Center Web site. Students need to request final amateurism certification prior to
enrollment. For more information regarding the rules, please go to Click on “Academics and Athletes” then “Eligibility and Recruiting.” Or visit the Eligibility Center Web site at
Please call the NCAA Eligibility Center if you have questions:
Toll-free number: (877) 262-1492
Bonney Lake High School code: 480111
Sumner High School code: 481345

Do not be discouraged, but you must be realistic.... Hard work is the answer.



1 Understand who is responsible.
Most families assume that their high school coach is responsible for their recruiting process. High school coaches are great people; they work really hard, and often are teachers who have papers and tests to grade. Most of them have families to take care of. The recruiting process is ultimately your responsibility. You are responsible for researching and evaluating schools, contacting college coaches, visiting schools, and making decisions along the way. The high school coach can help by determining where an athlete’s skills might fit in with different college levels and programs, writing recommendations, and even placing phone calls on an athlete’s behalf to college coaches after the athlete has initiated contact. Don’t be the parent of the senior who says, "I thought our coach would take care of the recruiting process for us."
2. Be proactive.
It is important to be proactive and research as many schools as possible. The recruiting and college selection process is not something that should sneak up on your son or daughter senior year. Success in recruiting is about matching academic talents, athletic talents, and desires with a given college program. The families who find a great athletic, academic, and social match are the one’s who usually have taken the right steps in the recruiting process. They have already done much of the work for the college coach, and the coach has confidence in recruiting a smart and talented athlete who wants to attend his or her school. There are over 1,100 NCAA colleges at the Division I, Division II, and Division III levels and 500+ Junior College and NAIA schools.
3. Don’t follow the herd.
Many students put themselves in a position to fail by simply following the herd and applying to well-known popular schools. The problem is that everyone is applying to these schools, and competition for admission is extremely difficult. Harvard annually receives over 20,000 applications and admits roughly 10 percent. Each year Harvard is going to turn down over 18,000 students, many of whom are incredibly smart and gifted. Juniata, a small Division III school in Pennsylvania received just over 1,500 applications last year and accepted about 1,100 students or roughly 75 percent. Few have heard of Juniata because it is not Harvard. You won’t find its basketball team on TV in March Madness or its football team in a bowl game. Juniata recently appeared in the Unofficial Guide to the 320 Most Interesting Colleges, published by Kaplan Publishing. If your list of colleges includes only those well-known schools everyone has heard of, you will find competition for athletic spots and acceptance extremely difficult.
4. Be realistic.
One of the best quotes I ever saw was the following, "A kid scores 20 points in basketball at the age of 8, his parents think he's the next Jordan; if a kid gets 100 on a math test, they don't think he's the next Albert Einstein." The love, time, money, and passion you have poured into your son or daughter’s athletic career can often cloud your judgment of his or her potential for a college scholarship. Most parents dream of athletic scholarships and all the money they will save and are not realistic about the chances of receiving money. While your child’s talents may garner some athletic scholarship dollars, after Division I football and basketball, there is very little scholarship money to go around. Most coaches, even at the Division I level, have a limited amount of money that they divide amongst 10-20 players (even more for some sports). There is far more money in the form of grants, merit aid, outside scholarships, institutional aid, and federal financial aid, than there is athletic scholarship money. You need to explore your options at all programs at all levels and not focus your search solely on an athletic scholarship. You also need to seek out people who can give you a realistic evaluation of your son’s or daughter’s ability and how it applies to different levels.
5. Be Educated.
There are a lot of confusing topics and terms that you will come across in the recruiting process: official visits, early decision, EFC, red shirts, greyshirts, scholarship blending, head-count sports, NLI, Clearinghouse. Your job is to learn the basics, understand your role in the recruiting process, recognize how coaches recruit and what they look for, and understand what admission
departments and schools look for. It’s not about rules; it’s about understanding and working with the process.

The NCAA rulebook is thicker than a big city yellow pages and certainly more difficult to interpret. There are some very detailed rules for college recruiting efforts, such as colleges cannot use multicolored paper in recruiting materials or provide business cards that are magnetic. Generally speaking, following some basic rules will keep you out of trouble. However, you do need to understand some specifics of person-to-person contact:
In all sports, phone calls from faculty members and coaches (but not boosters) are permitted, however certain restrictions apply, including sports-specific regulations for football and basketball, as follows:
NCAA Division I – College coaches can place one call in March of the athlete’s junior year in all sports except football and basketball. Coaches can call one time per week starting July 1 following completion of the athlete’s junior year in all sports except football (after September 1) and men’s and women’s basketball (visit for basketball call regulations as they are extensive).
NCAA Division II – College coaches can place one call (per week) after June 15th after completion of the junior year.
NCAA Division III – Unlike Division I and Division II, there are no restrictions as to when a Division III coach can call a prospect in high school. It is possible that the NCAA feels that smaller Division schools do not have the time, money, or resources to abuse this privilege, which will often be true.
Football Specific: In Divisions I-A and I-AA football, ONE telephone call to a prospect may be made during the month of May of the prospect’s junior year in high school and not again until September 1.
Basketball Specific: In Division I basketball (men’s and women’s), an institution’s coach may telephone a prospective student-athlete (PSA) one
time in March of the junior year and not again until June 21. Finally, only three telephone calls to a PSA may be made during the month of July following the junior year, with no more than one telephone call per week.
NOTE: In any grade, coaches, other than basketball coaches, may receive calls from students who are paying for the call. However, if a message is left, the coach cannot return the call until the proper time. The exception is basketball—a player cannot call a coach until after sophomore year.
Student-athletes are allowed five official visits to different schools, provided the school has extended an invitation. The visits can begin at the start of the senior year (except for basketball—visits can begin January 1of the junior year). These visits are paid for by the school and include round-trip transportation, lodging, food, and tickets to a game for the athlete and, in some instances, for parents. Official visits cannot exceed 48 hours. Choose your visits wisely as it would not make sense to take an official visit to a school that is 20 miles from your house when you could use that visit to check out a school a thousand miles from your house. What will be cheaper for you? The high school coach can accompany the athlete if the transportation is by automobile, but a college will not pay for a coach’s transportation. A student-athlete cannot have an official visit unless he or she has given the college a high school academic transcript and a score from a PSAT, an SAT, or ACT.
Division II – The same rules apply for official visits for Division II schools. Regardless of the division classification of the schools, five total official visits to NCAA Division I and Division II level schools are permitted. The five official visits may be to any combination of Division I and Division II schools.
Division III - Student-athletes are allowed the same expense-paid official visits to Division III schools as to Division I or Division II schools. While a prospect may make only one visit per school, he or she can visit an unlimited number of schools, as the limit of five does not apply for Division III. Many Division III schools cannot offer paid official visits due to the expense of bringing a student athlete to campus.
Financial Aid is often a resource that many families fail to take advantage of. Some don’t understand how it works; some don't start the process early enough; and some, thinking they will not qualify, don't even apply. There is far more money in financial aid and grants than there is in athletic scholarship money. There are many types of aid so don’t dismiss any school because of cost until you have explored all the financial possibilities at your disposal. While there will be many schools out of your reach financially, you may also find many colleges offering generous financial aid packages based on need and academic record. Smaller and lesser known colleges will often offer more aid in an attempt to attract more talented students with the goal of increasing the school’s ranking and exposure. The Federal Student Aid Information Center (FSAIC) has established a number for assistance: 1-800-433-3243. The Center also publishes The Student Guide: Financial Aid from the US Department of Education, which can be obtained free of charge. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Web site also has detailed information on the process.
Where can I get the FAFSA form?
You can get the FAFSA form at

When does the form need to be submitted?
Submit as soon as possible "after" January 1.

What type of information will I need to provide with the FAFSA form?
• Student’s Social Security number
• Student’s income tax returns, W-2, and 1099 Forms
• Parent’s income tax returns, W-2, and 1099 forms for previous year
• Bank statements and mortgage information
• Records of untaxed income
• Information regarding stocks, bonds, and mutual funds that your family holds
• Information on childcare costs, medical expenses, and other unusual family expenses
What problems do people often encounter when applying for financial aid?
Probably the biggest problem is getting information submitted as early as possible. Since your EFC (Expected Family Contribution) and your financial aid reward is calculated on your previous year’s income, you have to estimate your taxes before you have probably begun to even think about your taxes, since your tax forms are not due until April. This means that if your son or daughter is enrolling in school in September of 2005, the Federal Government will use your earnings from January 1, 2004 to December 31, 2004. Your financial aid information is due as soon as possible after January 1. You need to estimate your earnings and taxes for the previous year. This often sends people scrambling around trying to estimate their tax rates and earnings, and, if your tax information is not accurate, you could miss out on financial aid money.
What mistakes can be avoided when filling out the FAFSA form?
1. Do not report retirement money. FAFSA does not ask for this, but some people report it anyway. When schools find out that you have $800,000 saved in your 401K program, you are not going to be getting a lot of aid. The only retirement money you need to report is money utilized for retirement in the tax year used to apply for financial aid.
2. Do not report savings as an asset of the student. Parental assets are counted at 5 percent and student assets are counted at a much higher 25 percent. Some parents set up an account for their son or daughter and think this will save them money. If the income is truly the student’s, count it as such, but, if scholarship aid is a priority, do not move your money into the name of your child. The same applies for grandparents wishing to give grandchildren money for college. It may be preferable to give the money to the parents than to the student.
One of the common misconceptions in recruiting is that athletes are discovered. While the very best high school athletes who play in high-level traveling programs and showcase camps are discovered, most college coaches rely on student-athletes contacting them. The most successful recruits are usually those who possessed a combination of athletic skill and academic talent and worked hard to research different colleges that might be a potential fit for their skills and desires. As we stated earlier, there are over 1,000 NCAA colleges at three levels, and it is important to explore all options. At the end of the day, finding a match is about answering YES to the following questions:

1. Can I be accepted to this school based on my academic record?
If you cannot get accepted, your recruiting process is over. It doesn’t matter how good you are or how much the coach wants you. Most coaches won’t even talk about athletics until they have qualified you academically!
2. Do I have the athletic skill to play for this school?
If you don’t have the skills to play for a certain program, it doesn’t matter how badly you want to go there. No one wants to get cut or sit on the bench. It’s important to find programs that fit your athletic level.
3. Does the coach have the ability to evaluate my skill?
If a coach cannot physically see you play through an actual game or through a video, he may have a difficult time feeling confident in your ability and might lean toward other recruits who he has seen perform in live competition.
4. Is this coach truly interested in having me play for his or her program? Some coaches encourage athletes to "try out" or "walk on." Other players are used as tackling dummies or to warm up pitchers in the bullpen. You need to know if a coach is interested in you as a person and as an athlete.
5. Can I afford to go to this school?
The national tuition average for private colleges is over
$19,000 a year, and some are approaching $40,000 per year. College is not cheap, and, despite your desires and the availability of financial aid, there will be some colleges you probably cannot afford to attend. This is a reality that needs to be accepted, and you need to apply your energy to other schools that are more affordable. It’s important to note that you should never dismiss any school because of cost until you have explored all financial options with the coach and with the institution.
6. Does this school offer academic programs I am interested in?
If you want to be an architect or an engineer, it is important to find schools that
offer those programs. If you have no idea what you want to do, it is important to find schools that have a wide variety of programs that you can explore. You are going to school for an education and to enter the working world after college, so it’s important to find schools that offer academic programs you are truly inte