Listen to what you NEED to hear. Not what you WANT to hear.
I am always amazed at the lengths parents will go to in order to secure what they believe will be a DI scholarship. Unfortunately, more often than not, those “lengths” lead to nothing more than a burned hole in their pocket.
ESPN “Outside the Lines” recently highlighted a “prep school” in North Carolina which sure seems to have gotten families on the hook by telling them what they wanted to hear. Watch for yourself: http://tinyurl.com/78foph8
Here is what you need to hear.
The NCAA is cracking down on “sports mills” or “schools” that have only 25 kids enrolled, with an average height of 6 feet, 8 inches. Or, in the case of NC Tech, the “student” is a football player. These schools rely heavily on credit recovery or distance learning classes. The NCAA now has very strict parameters for these types of classes. Before taking any online, or credit recovery class, make 100% certain the class meets the following NCAA distance learning standards:
- Courses taught through distance learning, online, credit recovery, etc., need to be comparable in length, content and rigor to courses taught in a traditional classroom setting. Students may not skip lessons or test out of modules. The course must be four-year college preparatory.
- All courses must include ongoing access between the instructor and student, as well as regular interaction for purposes of teaching, evaluating and providing assistance. This may include, for example, exchanging of emails between the student and teacher, feedback on assignments, and the opportunity for the teacher to engage the student in individual instruction.
- Any course taken must have a defined time period for completion. For example, it should be clear whether the course is meant to be taken for an entire semester or during a more condensed time frame.
- Nontraditional courses should be clearly identified as such on the high school transcript.
It is also important for you to take off the “love glasses” when evaluating your son or daughter’s athletic ability. Keep in mind, only 3% of high school students will receive a college athletic scholarship, and less than 1% will realize a 4-year DI scholarship.
Most important, go against the grain. We live in a reactive society. But, you need to be proactive to avoid the pitfalls common in the recruiting process. These pitfalls are frequently lined with vultures ready to take full financial advantage of you by, you guessed it, telling you what you want to hear – “we can help get you a D1 scholarship.”
Start early by focusing on the single most important part of the recruiting process - your academics!