4 Ways to Win a Sports Scholarship
Only around six percent of students win a Division I or Division II grade sports scholarship. If you are an eager sportsperson and are looking to gain a sports scholarship into a school or college of your choice, there are a number of things that you can do in order to increase your chances. If you are proactive about it, there is more of a change that you will secure the scholarship and be able be pursue your dreams. So, if you’re wondering how to go about ensuring that you win an athletic scholarship we’ve put together a list of top tips that will help you to stand out.
Don’t Wait For Discovery
If you’re looking to get a sports scholarship, it’s important that you don’t just wait around for somebody to discover you. Although many students win sports scholarships by a chance discovery, there’s no way that you can guarantee this happening. Unless you’ve already made quite a name for yourself in sports, you’re going to have to contact coaches and ask them to watch you play. Bear in mind that college coaches are not allowed to contact high school students before September 1st of the student’s junior year. You might also find it useful to contact an agency. Athletes-USA.com provides sports scholarships for a range of different sportspeople.
Email the Coach
If you’re interested in the position, the best thing that you can do is email the coach as soon as possible. Don’t wait any later than your sophomore year, as waiting too late could mean that the spaces get filled up quickly and you miss out. In your email to the coach you should include information such as your name, primary sport position, any sports related achievements and statistics and your high school name and year of graduation. You should also provide contact details for your high school coach so that they can get in touch with them if needed.
Get somebody to record a professional video of you competing, and upload it onto YouTube. This is a great way to get your abilities out there and also provides coaches who are located a long distance away with the opportunity to watch you playing without travelling. Coaches generally only need to see around seven to eight minutes of an athlete performing to decide whether or not they’d like to take them on and/or give them a scholarship. Send the link to your YouTube video in the email to your coach.
Keep Coach Updated
If you send an email to the coach and then they never hear from you again, you’re putting yourself in a weaker position when it comes to getting a scholarship. Instead, update the coach on your progress – have you won a major trophy, or been invited to play in a large tournament? You might also want to invite the coach to attend and watch you play in person – even if they can’t make it, your enthusiasm will show through and go in your favor.
Good luck getting a sports scholarship at the college of your choice! If you’d like to share your experience, we’d love to hear from you in the comments.