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Many athletes dream of continuing to play sports at the collegiate level. If you’re considering playing sports while in college, then you might wish to know more about the process. Below, you’ll learn a little bit about what will happen as you try to transition into a role as a college student-athlete. This should make it easier for you to understand what to expect.


Players who are very good at their chosen sport (or sports) might be recruited by NCAA recruitment officers. Schools send out recruiters to look at athletes that they consider to be prospects. If you’re in a good position, then you might receive a scholarship offer from a school to join their athletics program. Otherwise, you might need to show your interest in a school and try out at an open tryout of some sort.

Visiting Colleges

If you’re being recruited, then you’ll want to visit various colleges. This helps you to get an idea of which colleges you might be interested in. You want to consider the quality of the education that you’ll receive as well as factors that relate to the sport that you’ll be playing. It’s typically wise to visit multiple colleges before committing to a school.

Committing to a School

Committing to a school means that you’ll sign an agreement or verbally commit to joining a specific college. If you’re being recruited by a school and like what they have to offer, then you can commit to them if you’d like to.

You’ll agree to attend the college for a specific amount of time, and you’ll even be provided with financial aid money so that you can pursue an education. Those who aren’t being recruited won’t have this luxury.

After you’ve signed a letter of intent, you’ll need to focus on doing your best to play sports while being a student. Balancing your student life and your sports career will be crucial. You must maintain a certain academic performance level to be eligible to keep competing. Work on maintaining your eligibility while also continuing to improve as an athlete.