Push to Get Academically Prepared for College Sports

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Recruiting is a serious business and is treated with the highest regard by aspiring high school athletes. Keeping up to date on all the latest news and techniques of getting your young athlete recruited by a reputable college or university takes lots of time and energy. Fortunately, My Recruit Scoop has teamed up with BlueFinn Creative Group, a Grand Junction web design firm, to create an online web and social media tool to keep parents and athletes engaged in conversation with each other. A recent post on My Recruit Scoop’s Facebook page tells how the standards are increasing in order to prepare high school athletes academically for their careers both in college and afterward.

My Recruit Scoop Mission: To create an open forum for recruits and their families to share their stories about the recruiting process.

My Recruit Scoop Mission:
To create an open forum for recruits and their families to share their stories about the recruiting process. Thus establishing the first and only interactive social media site driven by recruits for recruits.

Coaches, teachers, and parents all want what’s best for their future athletes. The Division I Board of Directors have set a date in order to ensure that college athletes are prepared academically as well as athletically. By taking these measures, students now have ample time to prepare for the upcoming eligibility standards. The effective date was initially 2015 but has been extended another year since current eighth graders are expected to enter college in 2016.

Why Raise Standards?

As a society we place high standards on our national athletes. These new regulations seek to push the academic level to a higher standard as well. The president at South Florida and Board Chair, Judy Grenshaft, states, “The presidents have every confidence that future student-athletes will do the work necessary to be academically successful in college.” Athletes put much hard work and determination into their athletic abilities and it serves them well. However, if a student athlete wishes to continue competing at the college level, they will have to prove themselves in the classroom as well. This will not only ensure their success on the field, but will also prepare them for a prominent place in the workforce.

What Do the New Standards Entail?

The new standards include GPA, SAT scores, and core high school class completions. By merging these two metrics, freshmen entering college life will already have an advantage to their schooling and the momentum to keep it going. All student athletes must have a 2.3 GPA and an increased sliding scale. The SAT scores will determine what GPA a student must have in order to compete and / or practice. The new standards also require that 16 core courses are required for NCAA eligibility and at least 10 core courses must be completed by their senior year. To see all the requirements visit espn.com.

Now is the time to start preparing. MyRecruitScoop.com is an online tool for both parents and players to engage in meaningful conversation regarding current recruiting topics. These new eligibility standards won’t go into effect for a while, but they need serious consideration now if you expect to have a successful high school career that transfers into college. Sooner than later, all college athletes will have the skills and capability to show their determination both in the classroom and on the field.

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