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1 College Recruiting Consulting Services Dr. Jennifer Hightower

2 Champion Within College Recruiting Consulting Services The path to participating in athletics at the collegiate level begins with the knowledge and tools necessary for success in the recruiting process.

3 College Recruiting Consulting Services

4 Champion Within College Recruiting Consulting Services The National Junior College Athletic Association – NJCAA The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) regulates intercollegiate athletics of community colleges. It is the community college counterpart of the National College Athletic Association (NCAA), which oversees athletics at four- year institutions. The organization's goal is to promote athletics as a valuable component of the educational experience at community colleges. The NJCAA has 525 member colleges participating in 15 men's and 14 women's sports. There are 50 national championships and nine football bowl games.

5 Champion Within College Recruiting Consulting Services NJCAA National Office 1631 Mesa Ave Suite B, Colorado Springs, CO National Junior College Athletic Association

6 Champion Within College Recruiting Consulting Services Consists of two-year programs representing three separate divisions (I, II and III). D-I schools may offer full grant in aids which include tuition, fees, room, board, books and course related material. D-II are limited to awarding tuition, fees and books. Division III institutions may provide no athletically related financial assistance. National Junior College Athletic Association

7 Champion Within College Recruiting Consulting Services However, NJCAA colleges that do not offer athletic aid may choose to participate at the Division I or II level if they so desire. Some JCs offer you the typical college experience of living in a dorm, cheering at football games, that you would have at a 4 year school. What a junior college can offer is an economical way to attend college for two years then transfer to a 4 year school. The NJCAA does have a letter of intent program to commit athletes to scholarships but even if an athlete has signed with a junior college he/she can still accept a scholarship and attend a four year school. National Junior College Athletic Association

8 Champion Within College Recruiting Consulting Services National Junior College Athletic Association The general requirements for prospective NJCAA student- athletes are the following: Students must be a high school graduate, have received a high school equivalency diploma, or have been certified as having passed a national test such as the General Education Development Test (GED). Non-high school graduates can establish eligibility by completing one term of college work and passing 12 credits with a 1.75 GPA or higher. Students are allowed two seasons of competition in any sport at a NJCAA college, and must be full-time students while theyre playing those sports.

9 Champion Within College Recruiting Consulting Services NJCAA Sports Mens Sports Baseball I,II,III Basketball I,II,III Bowling Cross Country I,III Football Golf I,II,III Half Marathon Ice Hockey Indoor Track & Field Lacrosse Outdoor Track & Field I,III Soccer I,III Swimming and Diving Tennis I,III Wrestling Womens Sports Basketball I,II,III Bowling Cross Country I,III Football Golf Half Marathon Indoor Track & Field Lacrosse Outdoor Track & Field I,III Soccer I,III Softball I,II,III Swimming and Diving Tennis I,III Volleyball I,II,III

10 Champion Within College Recruiting Consulting Services NJCAA Schools in Texas REGION 5 – North/West (22) Brookhaven Cedar Valley Cisco Clarendon Collin County Eastfield El Paso Frank Phillips Grayson Hill Howard McLennan Midland North Central Odessa REGION 14 – South/East (21) Alvin Angelina Blinn Bossier Parish Coastal Bend Galveston Jacksonville Ranger Richland South Plains Temple Vernon Weatherford Western Texas Kilgore Lamar State – Port Arthur Laredo Lee Navarro Northeast Texas Panola Paris San Jacinto – Central San Jacinto – North San Jacinto – South Trinity Valley Tyler Wharton

11 Champion Within College Recruiting Consulting Services National Junior College Athletic Association Nolan Ryan, Jackie Robinson, Albert Pujols, Bryce Harper, Roger Clemens, Andy Pettite Sheryl Swoopes, Yolanda Griffith Connie Clark, Crystal Bustos Steve Francis, Sam Cassell Cam Newton, Ben Wallace

12 Champion Within College Recruiting Consulting Services National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics - NAIA 60,000 student-athletes 13 sports and 23 national championships Close to 300 colleges and universities and conferences $450 million in athletic scholarships

13 Champion Within College Recruiting Consulting Services A walk-on athlete is one that makes the team but does not receive any athletic scholarship; walk-ons are still eligible to receive academic aid though. Athletes can choose to walk on to a program for a variety of reasons. In some cases, coaches already have all of their scholarship money allocated for a students graduation year. Other times, athletes may try to play slightly above their competition level, or they have started the recruiting process too late. What is a Walk-On?

14 Champion Within College Recruiting Consulting Services Considering Walking On If you are considering walking on, spend some time researching the program and your prospects of making a particular team. Look at the athletes that are set to graduate and what athletes a program has signed in your class. Contact the coach to get more information about a program and to see what your prospects are of making the team. Just because you walk on to a program does not necessarily mean you just show up for tryouts one day. Walk-ons regularly communicate with coaches before applying to a college.

15 Champion Within College Recruiting Consulting Services Typical Walk-On Process If you are interested in becoming a member of an athletic team you must contact the coaching staff to determine if spaces are available and the date when a try-out will be conducted. You will need to be: Admitted and attending the college full-time Have a current physical examination Proof of health insurance Since the NJCAA has fewer recruiting guidelines and restrictions, the walk-on process will be less stringent.

16 Champion Within College Recruiting Consulting Services The Recruiting Process *SelectCollegeAthlete.com sponsored a survey of 109 current college coaches from around the country to help athletes better understand the recruiting process and how to improve their chances of getting recruited and receiving scholarship offers. Participating coaches were from NCAA Division I, II, III, and the NAIA representing 13 different mens and womens sports. Results above are directly from this survey.

17 Champion Within College Recruiting Consulting Services Research the Program Visit the website of the programs you are interested in. These sites can provide insight and valuable information about the school, team and staff. Many include the following: A schedule of games Rosters Statistics Player profiles Coaching staff bio's Photos of the field and facilities Dates of upcoming camps, clinics, and tournaments Staff phone numbers, addresses, and points of contact Fan information regarding tickets, directions, parking, special events and promotions

18 Champion Within College Recruiting Consulting Services Research the Program Now that you have familiarized yourself with a particular program its time to take the next step to see if this is the right program for you. Contact the coach and see if there will be any roster openings at your position. Talk to former players to see how they enjoyed their time there as a student-athlete. Talk to current players. Ask them what a typical day is like? How are practices run? What is the coaching style of the head coach, assistants and overall staff?

19 Champion Within College Recruiting Consulting Services Introduction to the recruiting process Marketing Yourselfrecruit letters, videos and much more Choosing the right college or university Which program and division is right for me? Academics-the importance of being a STUDENT- athlete Understanding the scholarship and financial aid process ParentsWhat you need to know and ask The Champion Within Recruiting Program

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