College Athletic Scholarship Myths

Myth #1: If I am a good athlete, the coaches will find me.

A very small number of recruited athletes are "found" by the coaches. The vast majority of prospective college athletes have to take the initiative to contact coaches.

Myth #2: My high school coach will get me an athletic scholarship.

Few high school coaches have either the time or knowledge to take charge of your son or daughter's scholarship search. You have to take charge.

Myth #3: I would have to be the best athlete on my team to get a scholarship.

A talented athlete has a great chance of being recruited even if he or she is not a national superstar. The key to improving your child’s chances of earning a scholarship is exposure.

Myth #4: I can wait until my senior year to look for an athletic scholarship. The best plan is to begin contacting coaches when your athlete has varsity statistics, usually by their sophomore or junior year. The goal is to get your child on the college athletic radar.

Myth #5: Coaches resent being contacted by prospective athletes.

On the contrary, coaches hope to hear from good athletes who are interested in their programs. Blue-chip athletes are on the radar as a matter of course, but there are not enough highly sought after athletes to go around. A coach needs to fill his or her roster with the right mix of talent.

Myth #6: Only the money sports like football have athletic money.

NCAA and NAIA schools give scholarships in almost every sport.