What is the #1 misconception people have about college golf scholarships? The biggest misconception is that D3 and NAIA programs are not competitive. D1 and D2 is not an end all be all. For example, the NAIA National Champion shot -16 in the National Championship. You cannot argue about that level of competition. Some people can’t get past just being a D1 player. Only the top 1-2% play at the D1 level. If you eliminate the D3 and NAIA programs, you are eliminating 465 programs to play at 50% of your options. Never eliminate a division level until you actually have an offer from a higher level school. The most important thing is to be HONEST about Everything. Coaches will check your scores and are required to verify your grades. Their schools are also looking for all kinds of students. Remember to add any special recognition, awards or honors you have received. This includes school, church, community work and golf accomplishments. Make sure you include a valid email address. Without it we cannot communicate with you about your profile/resume and coaches cannot contact you. Also, please be sure that if you have your email set to block incoming messages, that you reset it to accept messages from: firstname.lastname@example.org.
An unofficial visit to a college campus by a prospective student-athlete is a visit made at the prospect’s own expense. There is no limit as to the number of unofficial visits a prospect can make or to how early in the recruitment process the visits can be made. In addition, schools may provide complimentary admissions to an on-campus athletics event during an unofficial visit. Official visits, on the other hand, occur during a prospect’s senior year in high school, are financed by the school, and are limited to no more than five schools.
Student-Athletes are students first and athletes second. This is the case even in nationally competitive programs where there is a lot of pressure to win championships. With NCAA initial-eligibility requirements becoming increasingly difficult and new bylaws based on college graduation rates now in place, coaches have to identify junior golfers who can not only help their teams win golf tournaments, but can also handle their academic responsibilities. Academics DO MATTER greatly to coaches in the recruiting process.
For a productive scholarship process, we recommend the following:
- When meeting with a coach, parents should refrain from answering questions for their child – let them speak for themselves.
- Resist the temptation to tell your child where they should attend college and play golf without asking their opinion.
- College questionnaires should be completed by the student-athletes, not the parents.
- When coaches call your home, they are most interested in speaking with your child – stay off the call unless you are asked to listen in.
- During junior golf tournaments (and especially in the presence of college coaches), refrain from showing excessive emotion after each shot your child plays – remain as calm as possible.
- Pressuring your child to play better in order to get recruited in unhealthy and in many cases, can be counter productive.
- Parental calls and/or emails to college coaches should be kept to a minimum during the recruiting process.
- Overstating your child’s true athletic ability can result in a poor long-term decision and a bad college fit – for both your child and the coach.