Who Is College Athletics for?
Player Development and Recruiting
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Ready for the Commitment?
The student-athlete experience at the collegiate level is significantly different from one’s high school or club team involvement. Athletes can expect a profoundly more rigorous, intense training schedule. Most of an athlete’s time will be spent practicing, including during the off-season and holidays, as well as travelling and competing at tournaments. Academic performance is also closely watched to ensure athletes meet academic standards.
How to Evaluate an Athlete's Level Versus Other Recruits?
There are various ways that an athlete can evaluate their level versus other recruits. Firstly, an athlete can ask their coach for feedback on their level, as well as what avenues might be best suited for them. Secondly, there are recruiting services available to help gauge an athlete’s level, such as ImRecruitable. Finally, showcases or college camps can be a great opportunity for an athlete to see how they stack up against their competition.
Star Rating System
Many sports, especially team sports, use star ratings to rank recruits. This is a common way to rank recruits, and the system ranges from zero stars to five stars. A score of zero stars means ‘unknown talent’, whereas a score of 5 stars refers to ‘elite athlete’.
Top players in the country
Outstanding skills and athleticism which is considered far greater than fellow recruits
Typically, the best player on a club or high school team
Most likely will start freshman year
Few areas need improvement and might have difficulty competing with higher level players
One- and two-star recruits
Several areas of their game needs improvement but they show potential
How to Measure an Athlete's Star Rating?
An athlete has multiple tools to help measure their level. Firstly, an athlete can visit a school’s athletic website and look at their roster. An athlete can then compare their statistics and achievements to see what level of competition they might fall under. They can keep searching for different institutions and divisions to find their best fit. Secondly, athletes can use a third-party website to help evaluate their level, such as UTR for tennis.
The Difference Between High School and College Sports
The transition between high school and college is a major adjustment and an even greater one for student-athletes.
Here are some key differences between the two:
Training is more intense
Surrounded by talented athletes
Time management is crucial
Highly team oriented
Coaching staff is far more involved in an athlete’s academic performance
Major benefits (register for classes early, state of the art facilities, top coaches, travel nationwide, and often free gear and apparel)
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