Information on SUNY Plattsburgh hockey, NCAA and NAIA recruiting, sports scholarships, scores, NJCAA player stats, and rankings. For college-bound students, applying to college has many steps, and for student-athletes who plan on playing college sports there are additional factors to take into consideration, such as time-management, strength building, and weight-loss. Not all recruiting is done like NCAA Division I football and basketball. NAIA college coaches have less rules on when they are allowed to talk with recruits, and NJCAA scouts may show up at your high school games without any notice. It's practically impossible for college coaches to watch every player who has expressed interest in their program, so if you get the chance, make a memorable first impression by visiting the campus in person. Sports camps offer athletes a great way to train, and to work on specific skills with real college coaches during the off-season. |
Intercollegiate athletics program information follows, where available. Colleges that are eager to recruit star freshman athletes may urge student-athletes to apply via early decision. Students who are considering applying via early decision should be aware of the rules and obligations that this commitment entails. Most college and university team rankings, along with the latest scores, can be found below. You may be able to compete either at intercollegiate levels for competitive sports, or simply play intramural sports to make new friends.
Althletic Scholarship Information
You don't have to quarterback the university football team to a state championship to earn an athletic scholarship. Most major sports that are able to field a team in intercollegiate competition have sports scholarships available. From women's gymnastics to men's track and field, coaches are seeking players to build a team around. That leadership role often is accompanied by a full-scholarship. The best time to begin searching for scholarships is before your senior year, in order to meet deadlines. Schools confirm that it is important to file financial aid forms such as the CSS Profile early in the school year.
There are several scholarship databases available online. With more than 1.5 million scholarships worth more than $3.4 billion, the FastWeb.com scholarship search is the largest, most accurate and most frequently updated sports scholarship database. There are many scholarships that focus on less tangible qualities, such as the ability to lead a team, motivate others, and learn new skills rapidly. Take stock of your athletic abilities as you mature through high-school. Information about the number and amount of scholarships can be found in the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS), conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics.
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So, you've been recruited, or made it past a walk-on tryout. That's when the real challenge starts. You still
have to make it through daily practices, and several rounds of cuts. A college team practice is far more
physical than high school, because the players are so much better. Returning players are put through their
paces, run drills, lift weights, and do the running that comes with being on the team. Freshman and walk-ons,
on the other hand, are special targets for the coaching staff, looking to test their ability. They are forced to run
sprints and do agility drills, to see who's ready to quit before the game even starts.
Some players quit sports because they can't make the grade academically, after heavy lifting, running and long practices. Away games only add to the time commitment of being a student-athlete. Others quit because they
are sick of getting their butts whipped on a daily basis. What you're left with after the dust settles, is the real
team. Those are the folks you lift with, and often live with as well. To succeed in practice, and actually make
the team, here are some rules to follow. Sure, you knew most of these, but do you actually do them?
Stay in great shape, even through the off-season. Being physically fit includes knowing your diet, staying healthy, and not overworking your body before big games. Know that giving anything less than 100% effort will be resented by the team. Follow the advice that coaches give you, and it will make a big difference in how you play. Most coaches were star players at some point in
their careers. Practice is how you prepare for games. If you get lazy, and decide to take it easy during practice, coaches will take notice. Push yourself, work hard, and you'll improve as a player. Find a position you really like to play, not just settle for what you're good at. Over the long haul, you'll have a better career. Be aware of your competition. There are plenty of people who want the same position you do, and if you want to start, you'll have to be the best at your position.
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Every student needs to purchase health insurance, and that goes double for student-athletes. Sports injuries that require immediate treatment include the following conditions.
Knee Dislocation Surgery
Rotator Cuff Pathology
Hand and Arm
Soft Tissue Hand Injury
Ulnar-Sided Wrist Pain
Athletic Training Exercises
In the weight room, don't be fooled by players who are always pumping iron. It takes a lot more than big muscles to
succeed in college sports. Players are becoming more agile, and developing superior game skills every year. You need to develop muscle strength as well, it's true, but your primary focus in weight training should be to use the equipment to help you develop strength along a natural range of motion. Good, old-fashioned push-ups, with a clap in the air every other rep, will do wonders to increase your chest and triceps. Chin-ups will increase your biceps, and pull-downs will bring out your lats.
Track stars have revealed the secret to developing running speed. You need to be able to breathe in proportion to the distance you are running. As lactic acid builds up, and muscle fatigue sets in, untrained players think they've reached their limit. Track stars, and well-coached basketball teams, train by sprinting short distances, over and over. It's not fun, but it works. After a few months of training, the lungs begin to process oxygen more efficiently, and players find that they can run long distances non-stop, or sprint for a longer period of time. To improve your endurance for long-distance running, drag a small car tire behind you, tied onto a long rope around your waist.
Online Course Listings
Given the need for students to cut costs, it's a good idea to browse the various online courses that you can take. Whether you're working full-time, or already a student at a regular degree program, you can take classes online that may complete requirements, especially in lower-level courses. Conversely, if you have trouble completing a particular subject, like organic chemistry or statistics, taking the class online can help you pass. You don't have to take notes because everything is recorded, and you can review videos as many times as you want to.