The competition for earning and being awarded a college athletic scholarship is getting harder every year. There is a correct path to take to get one no matter the sport you play. These 5 mistakes are the biggest that I have seen every season.
1. You don't have the grades.
I'm sure we have all heard of the talented athlete who should have gotten a scholarship, but was left sitting home in the fall because they could not get into school. In addition to having to pass the NCAA Clearinghouse, athletes must also meet the minimum requirements to get into the college where they are being recruited.
2. High School athletes who only want to play NCAA Division I.
Part of being awarded with a roster spot in college is being able to take a true measure of your talent and put your ego aside. If you are good enough to play DI, then by all means, go for it. But if you are not, you may have a hard time getting an offer and should look at DII schools or smaller conference DI.
3. Starting the recruiting process too late.
As the scene becomes more competitive each year, parents and students are starting earlier in their high school athletic career to get a jump on the other students. Do not wait until your high school career is over to think about playing in college. If you are a sophomore or junior, the time to start is now.
4. Getting hurt during the season.
I realize that if you get hurt it is not your fault. But you can't use the injury as an excuse not to get an offer. There is a right and wrong way to treat injuries that occur during your career.
5. Not knowing what coaches are looking for.
You have been working most of your life at your sport. Don't waste years of training by not knowing what coaches want in a recruit.