We are often telling our kids that they need to study if they want to play sports in College. And yes, it's true, good grades are essential to get into the door. And after interviewing college coaches from various sports and varying divisions, all had the same message, HIT THE BOOKS!
Here are 8 reasons your child should make academics a priority if they want to play sports in College.
- Most college coaches are confident they can develop a high school athlete into a good college player. But they are also keenly aware they have little control off the field and cannot force an athlete to hit the books and study. The High School athlete who is academically self-motivated will move up the recruiting ladder.
- Recruiting is a very intensive process, and coaches have a limited amount of time and resources. The bottom line is coaches will only recruit those athletes they feel confident will make a successful academic transition from High School to College. Enhance your recruiting profile - get the grades!
- Good grades in High School is the best predictor of getting good grades in College. College coaches want to avoid recruiting athletes who are ineligible to play or wash out for academic purposes.
- Good grades in high school are a good indicator that the athlete has developed time management skills. This will be essential in College, where academic and athletic workloads are more challenging than most high schools.
- Good grades in high school is an indicator that the athlete works hard and applies him or herself. Don't underestimate this factor - the perception that an athlete is "lazy" will immediately kill their chances with many, if not most, college coaches.
- College coaches want their players to succeed in school and graduate. It's part of the effectiveness factor of many coaches' ratings.
- Excellent grades might qualify the athlete for an academic scholarship and free up athletic-based awards for other players - coaches love this situation.
- Good grades are an indicator of smarts, and coaches want smart players on their teams!