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HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS:
In the United States, participation in high school athletics has increased over the past ten years.
Without counting the athletes who decide to work exclusively with a cup or travel team, these are the most
current statistics. (Source: NFHS)
NCAA SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED:
|Number of High School Athletes (2011-12):
|Number of Male Athletes:
|Number of Female Athletes:
"Athletic scholarships for undergraduate student-athletes at Division I and Division II schools are partially
funded through the NCAA membership revenue distribution. About $1 billion in athletic scholarships are awarded
each year. Over 126,000 student-athletes receive either a partial or full athletic scholarship." --- NCAA
TUITION & FEES
It seems that the cost of college increases every year. According to the College Board, the
following is the average cost for the 2012-2013 academic school year:
|Four Year Private Institution
||$39,518 per Academic Year
|Four Year Public Institution
||$17,860 per Academic Year
All collegiate athletes have to maintain satisfactory progress toward achieving a college degree to remain
eligible to compete. They also must maintain an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) during their tenure at the
HIGH SCHOOL & RECRUITING:
|Entering second year
|Entering third year
|Entering fourth year
|Entering fifth year
|College Credits Earned
||12 college credits per semester
||24 college credits per year
All universities have minimum requirements that athletes must meet in order to be recruited and qualify for an
athletic scholarship. The following are estimates of the minimal requirements which take into consideration high
school GPA and either the SAT or ACT assessment (combined math and verbal for the SAT).
Division I (varies by GPA):
ODDS OF MOVING IN ATHLETICS:
Many athletes know and understand that odds of competing at the collegiate and professional levels are very slim.
Of students participating in high school basketball, only 3%
of them will get the opportunity to compete at the
collegiate level. Those who play high school football have a 6%
chance of playing on a college team. And,
athletes who participate in high school baseball or soccer have about 6%
chance as well.
Those who play high school basketball have a .03%
chance of going right to the professional level. For high school
will not make the jump to the professional level. And, only .08%
of the high school soccer players
will go right into the professional level.
Those making the jump from the collegiate level to the professional level fare better. Collegiate basketball
players have a 1.3%
chance of making it to the professional level. College football players have a 2%
of making it. Soccer players have about a 1%
chance of playing professionally. And, college baseball players
have a 10.5%
chance of getting the opportunity to play at the professional level.
Overall, your chances of landing a collegiate scholarship or playing at the college level are less than six percent.
This means that for every 100 high school athletes playing your sport, only five or six will play at the next level.
The numbers are even more discouraging for those who want to play at the professional level.
What are you going to do to give yourself an advantage? How are you going to become one of the elite 6% or one
of the 1% who make it to world of professional sports?