College Time Commitment

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To help you fully comprehend the enormous obligation of being a student-athlete, we're breaking down real Division I, II and III softball players' typical off-season and in-season schedules. You may be surprised to see that hard work is the key ingredient to success—no matter what division you play.

Our Division I student-athlete representative is junior outfielder Rhea Taylor from University of Missouri. D-II was repped by senior infielder Amanda Gutmaker at Lock Haven University, while pitcher Ashlee Simon from Coe College was the face for D-III. From our interviews with each, we gathered the following information:

• The biggest difference between divisions was that our D-II and -III athletes held a job during the off-season. They usually worked three to five hours a day.

• All three players spent equal time on off-season training [one and half hours daily] and on in-season training [one hour daily].

• Our Division-I athlete spent an average of four hours a day in the classroom in and out of season; whereas the D-II and -III athletes spent anywhere from five to six hours in class.

• Our D-I athlete was required to attend a tutor session/study hall for a total of an hour and a half a day; she also spent two hours studying on her own time. The D-II athlete spent two and a half hours studying on her own time, while our D-III spent three hours.

• All of our athletes tried to go to bed between 10:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., no matter the season they were in.

Check out the different time commitments it takes to play football at each division: 

Division I

Student-athlete: Mike Tepper
School: California
Class: Senior
Position: OL

Typical Off-Season Schedule

7:00AM-8:00: Wakeup and eat breakfast
8:00-1:00PM: Classes
1:00-1:30: Lunch
1:30-3:00: Weights
3:00-4:00: Film review
4:00:5:00: Individual offensive line drills
5:00-6:00: Team conditioning
6:00-6:30: Dinner
6:30-11:00: Studying and homework
11:00-11:30: Relax
11:30: Bed

Typical In-Season Schedule
6:30AM-7:00: Wakeup and eat breakfast
7:00-8:00: Weights and shower
8:00-1:00PM: Classes and lunch
1:15-2:30: Football meetings
2:30-3:00: Get dressed for practice
3:00-6:00: Team practice
6:00-6:30: Shower and treatment
6:30-7:00: Dinner
7:00-8:00: Academic meetings
8:00-11:00: Studying and homework
11:00-11:30: Relax
11:30: Bed

Division II
Student-athlete: Larry Dean
School: Valdosta State
Class: Junior
Position: LB

Typical Off-Season Schedule
6:00AM-7:00: Wakeup, eat breakfast
7:00-8:00: Weights, training and shower
8:00-11:00: Classes
11:00-12:00PM: Studying and homework
12:00-1:00: Lunch
1:00-5:00: Studying, homework and friends
5:00-7:45: Class
7:45-9:00: Dinner
9:00-11:00: Homework, studying and relax
11:00: Bed

Typical In-Season Schedule
7:00AM-8:00: Wakeup, eat breakfast
8:00-1:00PM: Classes
1:00-1:30: Lunch
2:00-3:15: Position meetings
3:15-6:00: Practice
6:00-7:00: Dinner
*6:00-7:00: Training, weights and dinner
7:00-8:00: Film session
8:00-10:30: Studying, homework, light meal and relax
10:30: Bed
*Wednesday only

Division III
Student-athlete: Sean Norris
School: Wheaton College
Class: Senior
Position: QB

Typical Off-Season Schedule

6:00AM-7:15: Speed work and conditioning
7:30-8:30: Breakfast
9:15-10:20: Class
10:30-11:15: Chapel
11:30-3:00PM: Class
3:30-5:00: Lift weights
6:00-7:00: Dinner
7:00-10:00: Homework and studying
10:30-12:00AM: Hang with friends and relax
12:00: Bed

Typical In-Season Schedule
8:00AM-8:45: Breakfast
9:15-10:45: Lift weights
11:15-1:05PM: Class
1:05-1:45: Lunch
1:45-2:45: Film/QB meeting
3:30-6:00: Practice
6:45-7:30: Dinner
7:30-8:15: Offensive film
8:30-10:30: Homework and studying
10:30-11:30: Hang with friends and relax
11:30: Bed





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