Useful Facts (A Little Advice)...
1) There's no such thing as a 4 year scholarship. They're 1 year, renewable.
2) You have 5 years to get in 4 seasons of Cross Country, 4 of Winter Track and 4 of Spring Track.
3) If you transfer schools, you sit out 1 year. (There are a few exceptions)
4) Sometime in November (for one week during early signing) and again in April all recruits have the opportunity to sign a National Letter of Intent. By signing this, you're telling all other colleges that you are going to attend "College X", so they need not recruit you any longer. It is a serious violation of NCAA regulations if they try recruiting you after you've signed this letter. (If you change your mind after signing this contract, you'll sit out 2 years and lose 2 years of eligibility. So be sure of your choice before signing a National Letter of Intent!)
5) Division III (smaller) schools and Ivy League schools give no athletic scholarships. (Remember, though, there are MANY other types of aid and an interested coach will help you. Ivy League Schools have a lot of money to give out: most people attending Ivy League Schools receive some sort of financial aid).
6) Pick the school/program/team/coach that's right for YOU, not for a runner you admire. Or because they have a good football team or you like their school colors...
7) DON'T FORGET ACADEMICS in choosing a school!!! THAT's the reason you're going there anyway. If it's NOT, then you should consider joining a good club.
8) Don't pick a school only because it's a name everyone knows or because it's prestigious. Conversely, don't eliminate a school simply because it isn't well known. Anyway, most NAME schools are that due primarily to strong football of basketball programs. NOT necessarily good programs in academics or running. 9) If you're receiving lots of calls, you might want to establish a "call time" or a "call night" and stick by it. Have someone else at home answer the phone outside of those designated times. Get the word around as to when those times are. Most coaches will respect this.
10) You might even want to get someone you trust, who is dependable and somewhat knowledgeable in these matters, to screen calls for you. Put his/her phone number on applications.
11) Once a school is no longer on your list, be polite but honest (and firm, if necessary) in letting the coach know. Don't let your fear of hurting his/her feelings lead him/her to waste his/her time and yours; this will happen if you let him/her still think there's a chance. Also, when you eliminate a school where the coach has put in lots of time with you because at one time you actually were considering going there, it's a courtesy to go out of your way to let him/her know as soon as possible. It shows some class if you let the coach know before she/he hears it from someone else. A brief note thanking him/her for his/her time and letting him/her know you've made other plans will do the job, and will take you 5 painless minutes.
12) Don't be embarrassed/shy concerning special problems you may have (slow reader, learning disability, seizures, diabetes, hay fever, hot-weather trouble etc...) Explain them fully and ask what the school/coach/program can do for you. Be honest. They'll find out eventually, anyhow.
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