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Our health influences our daily operations. It is advisable to invest in your health among other factors in life. All learning institutions are expected to meet various health standards to acquire permission of operating. It is important for every establishment to have a health facility. This will make it easy to tend to students experiencing different health issues on time. Lecturers and counselors encourage learners to study various ways of enhancing their health while in college. Students that often fall ill will find it difficult to deliver academic tasks within the expected time. Therefore, they use Creation of awareness through forums and issuing pamphlets enable learners to understand how to take care of their health. Sex education is prioritized since most of the students are involved in sexual relations with their partners. The management ensures that protective measures are put in place to make sure that learners do not disrupt their study program as a result of health issues. Various medical practitioners and counselors are invited to talk to learners on sexual issues. The introduction of sex education as a common unit in most universities has helped to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted diseases among the members.

October 18, 2016 By: ACADEMIC SERVICES More than eight out of 10 student-athletes at Division I schools will earn bachelor’s degrees, a higher percentage than the rest of the student population. NCAA schools help student-athletes succeed in the classroom by providing state-of-the-art technology, tutoring and access to academic advisers. In the last decade, nearly 13,000 former college athletes in Division I returned to campus to complete their degrees. The NCAA offers a degree-completion program, and schools can fund additional scholarships to help former athletes graduate. OPPORTUNITIES AND EXPERIENCES Each year, the NCAA funds 90 championships in 24 sports, including paying for almost 14 million miles of travel to get athletes to the competitions. More than 90 percent of former student-athletes surveyed 10 years after finishing their eligibility reported they were satisfied with their overall college experience. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE NCAA schools award more than $2.7 billion in athletic scholarships every year to more than 150,000 student-athletes. The NCAA finances a Student Assistance Fund of more than $75 million each year to help Division I athletes with essential needs, from flying home for a family tragedy to buying a winter coat. WELLNESS AND INSURANCE The NCAA’s Sport Science Institute promotes health and safety through research and training on concussions, overuse injuries, drug testing, mental health, sexual assault and more. The NCAA funds an insurance policy covering all college athletes who experience catastrophic injuries while playing or practicing their sport – providing up to $20 million in lifetime insurance benefits. To support the nutritional needs of student-athletes, Divisions I and II schools can provide unlimited meals. Some schools have nutritionists and other health professionals to work with players. PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT The NCAA offers education and training programs, such as the Student-Athlete Leadership Forum and Career in Sports Forum, which are designed to enhance the well-being and personal development of college athletes. The NCAA After The Game™ Career Center connects former student-athletes with career-seeking advice and job postings for various industries and levels of experience.

August 27, 2016 By: Establishing and building relationships with college coaches is one of the most important aspects of the recruiting process, yet many recruits fail to grasp that this encompasses every interaction they have with a coach. Here is a list of common mistakes to avoid when cultivating relationships with your recruiting coaches, and help put you in the best position going through the recruiting process. Sending emails that are not personalized Avoid the “Dear Coach” emails. College coaches receive hundreds of emails a week, and it becomes easy to spot the ones that were copy-and-pasted. Take the two minutes to mention each coach you email by name. Specifically mention the school and add a line about how you visited the campus once or how you’ve heard wonderful things about the town or city in which the school is located. Sending emails with the wrong information It is shocking how often this occurs. There is zero chance Texas A&M is going to respond to a young athlete who emails their coaches about loving Austin. It’s going straight to the trash bin. Recruits get focused on copy-and-pasting emails to as many coaches as possible that they neglect to realize they have sent 30 different schools exactly the same email only intended for one school. Please be sure to proofread every email you send out to a college coach or staff member. While it may not seem like a big deal, it shows respect and diligence to the school and coach. Sending emails/tweets with just your highlight film link Please do not do this. The point of communicating with coaches is to show them that you have the proper oral and written skills to succeed in college, and by simply pasting your Hudl link into an email or twitter mention, you are neglecting an excellent opportunity to build the relationship with that coach. Introduction emails with your contact information and a short paragraph on your career in addition to your highlight link will be much more well-received by college coaches. Not reciprocating interest It is a big deal to be contacted by a college, regardless of division. While you may have no interest in attending a certain school, being polite and simply responding when a school reaches out to you says a lot about your character and personality. If a school happens to be contacting you and you are no longer considering them, tell them that you are flattered, but you are going to be looking elsewhere for college options. There are no guarantees when playing athletics at the highest level. You never know when an injury or a coach leaving a school or getting a new job may put you back in contact with someone from earlier in the recruiting process. Treat everyone with kindness and honesty, and you will have no issues. Persistence vs. rudeness There is a very fine line here, and it requires that recruits and their families to display a bit of empathy for the lives of college coaches, which can be hectic to say the least. Some may not have had a chance to respond to your email or phone call, and some may just be avoiding you. In general, tone and frequency can go a long way toward hearing back from a coach or school. Contacting a coach once a week while expressing an understanding of the demands of his job will be well-received, as opposed to leaving voice mails twice a day demanding to be called back. Not talking on the phone Despite the fact that it is 2016 and everyone spends hours a day on Snapchat or Instagram, the best way to communicate and develop relationships with coaches (without talking to them face-to-face) is talking to them on the phone. It is very hard for a recruiter to understand you and build a relationship with you if every communication is Twitter direct message or a text. Setting up phone calls to speak to coaches not only allows you the chance to ask questions about the school and program, but also allows that coach to see your personality and who you are as a person. Being quiet or reluctant to talk when on the phone Nothing can frustrate a recruiter or coach more than talking to a disinterested young man/woman on the phone. College coaches are extremely busy and if they take the time to call you, it is a huge indicator of their interest in you. Treat each phone call as a big deal, because it is an excellent opportunity for you to not only ask questions about the school or program, but also let the coaches get to know you outside of your sport. SEE ALSO: The Brotherhood of Football is Unbreakable These are the most common mistakes made in communicating with college recruiting coaches today, but are by no means the only ones made by young athletes. Being recruited to play college athletics is a big deal, and as long as you treat it as such and give each communication the proper respect it deserves, you can easily avoid these common pitfalls in the recruiting process. This blog was originally published on

August 27, 2016 By: What’s the rule? While there are exceptions typically tied to academics, a student who transfers from one four-year college to another is generally required to complete one full academic year of residence before being eligible to compete for the new school. How did that become a rule? The transfer residence rule is in the first NCAA manual and was originally tied with freshman ineligibility, a rule that was eliminated in 1972. Why does the NCAA care? Requiring college athletes to sit out competition for a year after transferring encourages them to make decisions motivated by academics as well as athletics. Most student-athletes who are not eligible to compete immediately benefit from a year to adjust to their new school and focus on classes. Transferring schools has a profound impact on the academic achievement of all students, not just college athletes. Will it always be a rule? Divisions I and II transfer rules and policies will be reviewed by the Division I Council and the Division II Academic Requirements Committee throughout the next year.

August 27, 2016 By: What’s the rule? The NCAA bans eight different classes of drugs, from stimulants to diuretics to street drugs. Testing takes place at NCAA championships, plus year-round on campus in Divisions I and II. The penalty for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug: one full year of lost eligibility for the first offense. All remaining eligibility is lost with a second positive test. For street drugs such as marijuana and heroin, where intervention and counseling are considered more important than penalizing the user, a student-athlete must sit out a half-season of competition. A second positive test for a street drug results in the loss of a year of eligibility and withholding from participation for 365 days from the test. How did that become a rule? The NCAA first tested for drugs in November 1986 at the Division I Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships in Tucson, Arizona. Championships testing gradually expanded to include year-round testing on Divisions I and II campuses, often as a supplement to an athletics department’s own drug-testing program. Why does the NCAA care? Through the National Center for Drug Free Sport, the NCAA tests for drugs for a number of reasons. First, drug use can threaten the goal of protecting college athletes’ health and safety, one of the tenets that led to the Association’s creation more than 100 years ago. Performance-enhancing drugs also jeopardize the integrity of the competitions themselves, allowing one athlete an unfair advantage over another. The testing program is one part of an NCAA drug-use deterrence program, which also includes an education program that teaches college athletes about both the health consequences of drugs and what happens when they break the rules. Will it always be a rule? In recent years, NCAA member committees have reconsidered the Association’s role in monitoring street drugs such as marijuana and heroin. Based on the recommendations of the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports, which oversees the drug-testing program and is made up of physicians, a sports psychologist, athletic trainer and other experts, the three divisions recently reduced the penalty for a positive street drug test from one year of eligibility to half a season. The reason: Data showed losing a year of eligibility led many of the offending students to drop out of school. The committee continues to examine recreational drug use policies and will consider future recommendations in this area.

August 27, 2016 By: What’s the rule? In most sports in Divisions I and II, coaches can begin placing phone calls and sending correspondence, including electronic correspondence, to prospective college athletes Sept. 1 of the junior year of high school. In-person contacts can begin on a specific date in the summer between junior and senior year. There are significant exceptions in a handful of sports, such as men’s and women’s basketball and men’s ice hockey, and there are no limitations on the timing of phone calls and electronic correspondence in Division III. How did the rule come to be? NCAA members understand the need for coaches to develop relationships with prospects during the recruiting process but want to ensure recruits have a normal high school experience and fully explore their college options as students first. As a result, members elected to place restrictions on how early coaches can contact prospective student-athletes, defining such recruiting timelines for the first time in 1991. Why does the NCAA care? By limiting the amount of time that coaches can recruit, the NCAA hopes prospective college athletes can live more balanced, normal lives in high school without being continuously bombarded by recruiting pitches from colleges around the country. Will this always be a rule? The Division I Student-Athlete Experience Committee is reviewing proposals from the lacrosse community to address early recruiting issues. Committees made up of representatives from member schools regularly revisit recruiting rules to evaluate whether current rules are enforceable, relevant with current technology and in the best interests of prospects.

August 27, 2016 By: What’s the rule? Coaches in Divisions I and II cannot contact prospective student-athletes off-campus or allow a student to visit a school’s campus during the “dead period” of a recruiting calendar. Those coaches are allowed to have written or phone contact with recruits during this period, however. Division III does not have dead periods or a recruiting calendar. How did that become a rule? NCAA members try to strike a balance between unreasonable intrusions on the lives of prospective college athletes and the opportunity for coaches to develop relationships and make sound recruiting decisions. They also try to help coaches find a balance between their work and life demands. As member schools began to examine the recruiting process, they determined a dead period in the recruiting calendar was appropriate, and a variation of this rule was first adopted in 1994. Why does the NCAA care? Several sports have recruiting calendars, and each has a different dead period at a different time for a different reason; however, it generally comes down to allowing both prospects and coaches to have time away from in-person contacts. There are standard dead periods for a few days surrounding the opening of the National Letter of Intent signing periods, so coaches do not put in-person pressure on students at that time. Will the rule change? NCAA member committees regularly revisit recruiting rules to evaluate whether current rules are enforceable, relevant with current technology and in the best interests of prospective student-athletes.

August 27, 2016 By: What’s the rule? Incoming Division I college athletes must earn a 2.3 GPA in 16 core high school courses (English, math, science and social studies) in order to compete in sports their first year of college. Beginning Aug. 1, 2018, a 2.2 GPA in core classes will be required for incoming Division II student-athletes. How did that become a rule? In search of the right spot to draw the academic line, Division I administrators, student-athletes and faculty members examined the question for more than a year. They weighed many issues: Could raising the GPA requirement lead prospective college athletes to take high school more seriously and be more prepared for college? How would such a standard impact segments of society already battling limited access to higher education? The Division I Board of Directors settled on the standard because students coming into college with a high school GPA below 2.3 in specific academic courses were among the least likely to succeed academically in college. Why does the NCAA care? If student-athletes are to be students first, high school GPAs in specific academic classes are the best predictor of future academic success in college. Will it always be a rule? Academic standards for both incoming and continuing students are reviewed regularly in Divisions I and II, the only divisions that can award athletics scholarships. The 2.3 GPA is a new standard – students entering college this fall are the first to face the requirement – and the 2.2 GPA standard will be new for Division II in 2018. The divisions will review the impact of the new rule and potential unintended consequences, considering those when making future recommendations for academic standards.

August 27, 2016 By: What’s the rule? A school may apply for a waiver on behalf of a college athlete when extenuating or extraordinary circumstances are present. NCAA national office staff has authority to grant waivers using established standards and guidelines, and when schools or conferences disagree with a staff decision, they can appeal the decision to a member committee. The average time to decide a legislative relief waiver is 21 business days, but the time required varies depending on the details and complexity of each case. Urgent waivers are processed within five days. How did that become a rule? The waiver process was created in 1993 after member schools expressed a desire for more flexibility in how rules are applied. Why does the NCAA care? Sometimes, waivers just make sense. In fall 2014, Mount St. Joseph University received a waiver to move up its women’s basketball season opener so freshman Lauren Hill, who had terminal brain cancer, could compete in a college game. Just this year, the University of Kentucky received a waiver that allowed high school swimmer Madison Winstead to compete in a scrimmage before enrolling at the school so her mother, who had cancer, could see her take part in a collegiate event. But not all waiver cases are easy. Applications may be denied if they would give a school a recruiting or competitive advantage, or if the circumstances that led to the request were within the control of the school, student or coach. Often privacy laws prohibit the NCAA from making public all facts of a case, such as instances involving mental health or medical records. Will it always be a rule? As long as member schools continue to believe that not all rules can apply in every circumstance, some situations will continue to call for a waiver.

June 25, 2016 By: At a recent college fair, I encountered several students who decided that searching for scholarships was a complete waste of their time. I was amazed! Intrigued, I asked students why they had such a lack of enthusiasm for free college money, only to find that many had bought into those old scholarship myths that just won’t go away. Even some of the parents chimed in with excuses, which were all based on complete falsehoods. I’m not sure why these myths were first created. Maybe they were a way to dissuade students from applying for scholarships or maybe they just sounded like good excuses for slacking off. In either case, it’s time for them to vanish like old Halloween candy. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the top 10 scholarship myths that seem to be circulating these days. 1. Only Minority Students Win Scholarships FACT: This is totally untrue. I know it may seem like a disproportionate amount of programs are available for African American and Hispanic students, but Caucasian students actually win more awards. According to an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, white students receive 76 percent of institutional merit scholarships and are 40 percent more likely to win private scholarships. Athletic Scholarships2. You have to be an Honor Student or an Athlete FACT: Although there are merit-based and athletic scholarships available, there are many scholarship programs that are based on your choice of major, volunteer work, and creative abilities. You can also receive awards from employers, churches, and other organizations; having straight As or being the star quarterback is not a requirement for most scholarship programs. There's even a scholarship specifically for students who don't have a stellar grade point average - A GPA Isn't Everything Scholarship. 3. Only Low-Income Students Qualify FACT: See my comments above! Although there are some programs based on your ability to pay, there are plenty of other scholarship programs that do not even consider your family’s income. Even if you do not qualify for federal assistance (FAFSA), do not miss your opportunity to receive funding through private scholarship programs. 4. If I Win, I’ll Lose My Other Financial Aid FACT: Maybe. You typically cannot receive more financial aid than the school has estimated it will cost for you to attend, so colleges may reduce the amount of your award package to compensate for any free money you may have won. But each school has its own policy for handling outside scholarships and determining how they affect the awarding of grants, loans and institutional scholarships. For example, let’s say a college will meet your need by offering an award package that includes a $5,500 Pell Grant, a $5,000 institutional scholarship, and another $5,000 in federal student loans. If you win a $2,500 scholarship from an outside source, the college policy may require a reduction of $2,500 in your institutional scholarship award, or it may work to your advantage by requiring a $2,500 reduction in your loan amount, so you end up borrowing less to pay for school. You still receive the same amount of money ($15,500) to cover your expenses, but could walk away with less student loan debt, depending on the policy. Check with your college financial aid office to review the outside scholarship policy and get a better understanding of how your outside scholarships may affect your financial aid package. Searching for Scholarships5. Only Seniors Should Apply for Scholarships FACT: Wrong! If you have waited until your senior year of high school, you are already behind. Many scholarship providers offer awards for students as young as 13 (some even younger!), so the earlier you start your search the better. If you do win a scholarship prior to your senior year, the funds will typically be disbursed once you register for college. Taking the time to begin your search earlier can really help alleviate some of the stress you will have during your senior year. 6. I’m Too Old for Scholarships FACT: Not true! Although the majority of scholarships are targeted to high school and undergraduate students (13-22), many programs are available to non-traditional students and/or adult learners. Whether you are returning for another degree or simply starting your college journey a little late in life, there are plenty of scholarship programs for everyone! 7. Too Many People Apply FACT: This is not always the case. Here's the thing about scholarships: the less work required, the more people apply. If you simply have to complete a contact form and hit ‘submit,’ you may very well be competing with thousands of other applicants. To increase your odds of winning, look into programs with multiple essays or those with high word counts. Programs with smaller awards ($500 or less) also tend to be snubbed by students. More effort = less competition! 8. If I Have a Perfect GPA, I’ll be Offered a Full-Ride FACT: Probably not. Although there are full-ride scholarships available, there aren’t enough for every stellar student. In fact, less than 20,000 students each year (about 0.3% of those attending college) will earn a full-ride scholarship. It may seem unfair that you spent all that time studying and working for that perfect 4.0 only to find out it’s still not good enough to get a full-ride to college, but honestly, it’s not realistic for most students to expect to receive this type of scholarship. Scholarship Money9. Thousands of Scholarship Go Unclaimed FACT: Sometimes. Scholarship providers do not create programs so they can hide money from students; they want to give money away, but some scholarships do go unclaimed each year. Many of those that are unclaimed have such narrow criteria that very few students are even eligible to apply. It can be years or even decades before those awards may have an eligible applicant. In other cases, a suitable candidate may not have applied, so the provider chose not to offer the award. There have also been cases where a winner was chosen, but the student turned down the award. 10. Scholarship Aren’t Worth the Effort FACT: Crazy! If someone offered you a part-time job for $50 an hour, would you take it? Of course you would! That is how you should view applying for scholarships – as a part-time job. If you spend 20 hours searching and applying for scholarships, and win just one $1,000 scholarship, you just earned $50 an hour for your efforts. Do the math – scholarships are definitely worth your time! There really is no ‘trick’ to winning one of these ‘treats,’ you just have to put in the time and believe in yourself. Be sure to use a free online scholarship search service, such as, to help you identify the scholarships you are eligible for and then start applying. Remember, if you don’t submit any applications, you won’t have a chance to win free money for college!

June 23, 2016 By: Prospective student athletes and future college football players need to take steps to make sure college coaches are aware of who they are. Filling out college recruiting questionnaires is advantageous and in many cases will suffice as an introductory notification to the school about your interest in their program. Elite Prospect Zone is working hard to simplify the process for our student athletes. Our staff has put together a list of college football programs and links to their recruiting questionnaires.

June 22, 2016 By: By LISA HEFFERNAN and JENNIFER BREHENY WALLACE June 21, 2016 Most children who play team sports will not win a college scholarship. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t learn something from collegiate coaches who spend countless hours evaluating high school athletes on and off the field. As it turns out, the advice head coaches have for prospective recruits will help any student succeed, even those who don’t plan to play sports in college. We spoke with several college coaches from a variety of sports about the qualities they look for in a student as they try to build a successful team. Here are edited excerpts of what they had to say. Alabama Athletics Nick Saban, head football coach at the University of Alabama I tell my players to focus on what you have to do to succeed rather than the result itself. This is true if you want to climb Mount Everest, be the president of IBM or play for Alabama. I ask them: what are your goals, what do you hope to accomplish, and how is your behavior now helping you accomplish those goals? Whether we win or lose, there are technical aspects for every player, things that they did well and things that they did poorly. My focus is on improvement. One game doesn’t define success — it’s momentary. It’s about consistency and performance. I always talked to my [own] kids after their games and looked for the life lessons that came from the things they did or other things that happened in the game. [As a parent] you can have these discussions or leave it to the coach. I think sometimes you need to prepare your child to respond to adversity: If I want to play more, then I need to work harder. Everyone is not entitled to an opportunity to play. That’s not the way of the world. You have to earn your way. Think of [college] as a 40-year decision, not a four-year one. The life lessons learned at that institution will affect them forever. Washington and Lee University Gene McCabe, head coach of men’s lacrosse at Washington and Lee University We all think our kids are the greatest but what is the reality? If your child is talented and loves it, be sure to provide them with competitive opportunities to grow their game and to gain exposure but keep it in perspective. Candidly, I worry about the money that is spent today on competitive youth sports. While families do need to engage in the process and attend tournaments and showcases, they do not need to do it all the time, nor should they take out a second mortgage on the house to pay for it. I always find it interesting to get a voicemail from a parent saying that their son is so busy that he can’t call me himself. Until that kid picks up the phone, I assume they are not interested. When you see a kid who has taken ownership of the process, it tells you that, by and large, they will take ownership of other things in their lives, too. Clemson Athletics Audra Smith, head coach of women’s basketball at Clemson University The kind of athlete I’m looking for is one who can handle adversity. Today, a lot of parents walk around with a safety net so their children won’t get hurt or disappointed — but I want a tough player who understands that when I push them it’s not personal, it’s because I know they have the ability to be better. We need to help our children develop a little toughness so that when they experience toughness down the road, they don’t shut down or shatter emotionally. Parents should look for a good youth coach who demands the best of their kids but is not over the top. Find a coach who fits your child’s personality and who you feel comfortable with as a parent. So when your child says the coach is being tough, you can back up that coach and agree that maybe your child isn’t playing up to his or her potential. That’s what I tell my own daughter when she’s disappointed after a game. Parents need to uphold a coach’s authority, not undermine it. There are kids I don’t recruit because I see their social media. When I see an inappropriate [post], like provocative pictures or inappropriate language, it’s a red flag. It not only tells me about the player, it also tells me that their parents are obviously not aware of what’s going on in their teen’s world, and I don’t feel like I’m going to have that backing from a parent if I have an issue with that child. Jeremy Gunn, head coach of men’s soccer at Stanford University The biggest asset I look for on the field, past athleticism and skill, is intrinsic drive. The most successful student athletes that I have coached are the ones that, first minute or last minute, winning or losing, hot day or cold day, cup final or “easier game,” show the same type of attitude. If somebody has that drive and work ethic, they will continuously grow and develop. As a coach you are not really recruiting the student athlete for today, you are recruiting who they are going to become and who you think they can be. Everybody has moments when they’re upset and not happy with an outcome. As a parent you can either join in the complaining process or sensibly say to your kids, “What do you think you can do about it? Or what can you do next time?” When a child complains about their coach, you can either join in with the process or you can say, “Have you spoken to your coach about this?” to help guide them to take control of their situation. Being successful requires the same traits no matter what you do. If somebody is a good student, they have already shown perseverance and a desire to succeed. That means they’ve already learned certain skills that are going to make them a good athlete for us. I talk to our student athletes about Dr. Carol Dweck’s work on the growth mind-set, and explain that those are the types of people who are the foundations of our program. People who have been extremely successful have often been reinforced with the fixed idea that they are good and they are special. Then when they move up the levels, I think a great university can sometimes take a huge sledgehammer and smash their ego to smithereens. Now they are no longer top of the heap. They are no longer the superstar athlete. Based on the fixed reinforcement they’ve had their whole life, it logically follows that they are now bad and they are no good. So by educating people that it is a continuous journey, they’re able to handle the situation in a more positive manner. Gil Talbot Lisa Miller, head coach of women’s lacrosse at Harvard University We look for athletes who are also serious students, ones who are challenging themselves in the classroom by taking tough courses and doing well in them. With travel leagues, parents should ask themselves: What will my child be missing by not playing for our town’s team or for their high school? While the players on travel teams are all close in age, in high school a freshman may be playing with a senior and vice versa. Kids learn social skills when they have to play with people of different ages and levels. Upperclassmen are learning to be leaders, and freshmen are learning to be part of a team’s culture. These are skills that kids need to play at the college level and later on in the workplace. To play at an elite level, you’re going to have to play at the club level. But you don’t have to be on the road every weekend so that you’re missing family vacations, not forming friendships with the kids in the neighborhood or giving up a chance to play another sport. Ninety percent of our athletes played multiple sports in high school. Multi-sport play reduces overuse injuries and exercises different muscles — but there’s also a learning benefit. You might be the star lacrosse player but when it comes to basketball, you may be on the bench for most of the game. It’s a good learning experience for a kid to have to sit on the bench. It puts them in another person’s shoes and teaches them empathy, which will make them a better leader and teammate. Columbia Athletics / Mike McLaughlin Tracey Bartholomew, head coach of women’s soccer at Columbia University I think one of the things that kids don’t handle well is constructive criticism. They don’t know how to process it when they’re hearing things that aren’t praiseworthy all the time. You want parents to be encouraging, but also not afraid to give constructive criticism. A coachable kid who can handle constructive criticism — that goes a long way. As children get older, it’s important to teach them how to self-reflect. Instead of giving your opinion right away, ask them what they thought about the game. If they’re too hard on themselves, stop them and say, here are two or three things you did well and here’s the thing you’ll need to work on for next time. Help them learn to process it. We vet players by talking to their club coaches. I want to know: Is this the kid who after practice is by themselves, wearing their headphones, walking quickly off the field? Or is this the kid who picks up the cones and the pinnies and helps out? I want the kid who picks up the cones, who has that awareness of other people. In developing a team, I look for people who are not selfish. I honestly would take A- or B+ level talent but A+ characteristics because those people tend to rise when things get harder.

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April 22, 2016 By: You did it. You spent the last four years busting your butt in your given sport. You pushed your physical and mental boundaries and positioned yourself to be recruited by a four-year university. In fact, you impressed the coaches at your new school so much that they offered you a scholarship. You have arrived. It’s smooth sailing from here. Not really. In actuality, what you have signed up for is the closest things civilians will ever know to enlisting in the military. And don’t, for a second, think you are as tough as a soldier shipping off to basic training. You aren’t even in the same universe. The life you have been living thus far has been easy. Your mom will no longer be available to cook and do your laundry for you. You will be responsible for every aspect of your life. I’m aware you were All-Conference three years in a row and got letters from dozens of schools, inflating not only your own perception of yourself, but the perception of everyone around you. But your high school game won’t cut it here. You were the best player on your team the past few years, but that is no longer the case. Much the opposite. You Still Need to Study Being a student-athlete means you have to take classes. Twelve credit hours per quarter or semester are the minimum you need to remain eligible to play, practice, and lift weight. You can’t screw this one up. It’s the “other” reason you are here. There is no reason why you should struggle in your academics. There are academic advisors, tutors, and people falling over themselves to help you succeed in class. IF YOU MESS UP, IT’S SIMPLY BECAUSE YOU ARE LAZY. DON’T BLAME YOUR COACHES, YOUR PARENTS, YOUR GIRLFRIEND/BOYFRIEND, OR YOUR TEAMMATES. Become a Morning Person Get used to waking up before the sun rises. It’s part of the deal. Weights at 5:30am will be a normal event. Or if you attend a school like the one I work at, most of our teams practice early. Don’t worry, I can call you around 4:00am on my drive in every morning to make sure you are awake. FIND A WAY TO START LIKING THE MORNINGS, BECAUSE YOU ARE GOING TO GET TO KNOW THEM VERY WELL. AND NO SNIVELING ABOUT IT. Know You Are Not Special Whatever your story is coming in, let it go. Whether you are a super privileged kid who’s never wanted for anything in your life, or a trailer park/hood kid, you are here now. There will be people from all over the country, from every race and religion, all on your team. You will all be wearing the same workout gear and sweating and bleeding together. REMEMBER, YOU AREN’T SPECIAL. IF YOU THINK YOU ARE TOUGH, I’M SURE THERE’S A JUNIOR OR SENIOR WHO WOULD LOVE TO SET YOU STRAIGHT. Keep a Lid on Your Social Life I understand you will cut loose every now and then. I’m a realist and went to college myself. But your social life is your problem. Yes, I know it’s one of the things you are looking forward to most, but it might be the reason you get kicked out of school. The NCAA and your university drug test year round. One careless night out throwing caution to the wind could result in a positive drug test. If the NCAA tests you, you lose a year of eligibility from the moment you take that positive test, no questions asked. If the university I work for is the one testing, you have a laundry list of classes and counseling sessions you will get to add to your already packed schedule to remain in good graces. YOU NEED TO KNOW WHEN TO SAY WHEN AS IT PERTAINS TO YOUR SOCIAL LIFE. AND IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT PAIN IS TRULY ABOUT, SHOW UP TO ONE OF MY LIFTING SESSIONS STINKING OF BOOZE. Respect Your Trainers Sports medicine people are your friends. You should go out of your way to be respectful to them. You have no idea how hard they work and will never understand the level of sacrifice they’ve made in their own lives simply to be the one to run to your side when you have an injury. The hours they pull for the pay they receive aren’t even close, so don’t ever come at them like, “this is your job” or, “this is what you get paid to do.” The amount of work it takes to expedite your healing process and follow protocols dictated by doctors would make your head spin. SHOW UP TO TREATMENTS, BE ON TIME, DO YOUR REHABS, AND GREET THE SPORTS MEDICINE TEAM WITH A SMILE DAILY. THEY ARE PROBABLY THE MOST SELFLESS PEOPLE IN ANY ATHLETICS PROGRAM, SO TREAT THEM WELL. Unlearn Everything You Think You Know Whatever you have learned about weight lifting in the past has no relevance. You will start from the bottom and learn everything from the beginning. In fact, I would rather you have never lifted weights prior to showing up. You've been texting and tweeting and playing Madden for the past ten years, so you have an infinite amount of problems with your hips that you are not even aware of. I have specific things that I need to establish with you and your nervous system, which means you get to unlearn everything you have learned. I HAVE SIX MONTHS MINIMUM OF CORRECTIVES TO GET YOUR FEET, ANKLES, HIPS, AND BACKS ONLINE BEFORE YOU GET THE CHANCE TO GET “SWOLE.” Get an Alarm Clock I am a drill sergeant when it comes to time. I would rather you skip a session entirely than show up late - for any reason. Quit with the excuses. Your alarm did go off. Your car didn’t break down. You just cut it so close that you made yourself late. Now you get to explain to your teammates why they are doing 400 yards of rolling or 100 up-downs. If you need to be late, you better let me know beforehand so I don’t correct it by punishing the people you care about most. YOU ARE ONE OF OVER 500 ATHLETES I HAVE TO WORK WITH TODAY, SO YOU WILL RESPECT MY TIME. Don't Question the Coach There are fundamental expectations I have when you walk in the door. First, you will work hard every session. I spend more hours than you can count working on your program, not counting the twelve-hour days I spend in the weight room Monday through Friday (and many times, Saturday and Sunday). So the minimum I expect is your absolute best for the next sixty minutes. Second, I spent the last twenty years learning this stuff, perfecting my approach, and becoming an expert in my field. So, we will not have a discussion about programs, loads, or reasons we are doing it the way I have it set up. I don’t ask you about Kanye and Kim Kardashian, so don’t question my expertise on this. Third, I am here for the sole purpose of getting you strong and prepping your body for competition. That’s it. I have a one track mind. Do not let anything in your life get in the way of me completing my task. I AM A MAJOR PART OF YOUR EXPERIENCE, SO IT IS ON YOU TO ENSURE THAT THE JOB GETS DONE. Pros and Pipe Dreams I have a better chance of being struck by lightning than you do of making it in the NFL, NBA, or any of the other professional leagues. You couldn’t be further from that destination right now. I’m not trying to kill a dream - in fact, I’m helping you realize what it will take to fulfill that dream. The amount of work it takes to play professional sports is beyond comprehension to you right now. If you still think you have what it takes, you better get ready to work. Which leads me to the three groups professional scouts talk to when they come on campus - your coaches, the sports medicine people, and me. If you go to school where I work, it’s likely not in that order. Many teams come to me first. They aren’t going to invest millions of dollars in a person who is going to be a problem for their franchise. When I spend time with the scouts, how much you lift is something like number 25 on a list of 26 things they ask. We have the inside track on everything that is going on within athletics, so scouts will take what we say about your character, work ethic, and leadership. If you think I will lie and say you are a great worker when you are not just so you can get a chance, you have another thing coming. I will not sacrifice my integrity or my relationship with that scout and team just to do you a favor. There will be many more after you. If I burn a bridge with them by telling them how much of an angel you are and you end up being a problem, they will never trust me again. I OWE IT TO THE PEOPLE AFTER YOU TO BE BRUTALLY HONEST ABOUT YOU. SO NO FAVORS WILL BE COMING YOUR WAY IF YOU DECIDE TO BE A PROBLEM FOR ME. The Truth: We Want You to Succeed In the old days, we were worked until some kids simply never came back. I remember my legs hurting so bad after a workout that I had vomit spraying out of my nose. I can recall waking up in the end zone for a punishment run after blacking out, surprised to find myself laying in a puddle of my own urine. My first job we held double-days at the nearby military camp. Things were so hard that several guys jumped the fence in the middle of the night and walked over nine miles to the nearest town to call their parents to come get them. Times have changed, and you will never encounter anything close to this. (Probably.) Athletic programs are set up for you to succeed. Universities hire some of the brightest coaches in the world to design and run your programs. We strength coaches are the best friends you could ever ask for. We want you to become the absolute best version of yourself. If you think we like punishing groups, or that we try to make teams puke just for the fun of it, you are wrong. WE DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO GIVE YOU THE BEST CHANCE TO WIN. YOUR SUCCESSES ARE OUR SUCCESSES. THE MORE WE TRY AND WORK TOGETHER, THE BETTER IT IS FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED. Knowing all of this, are you still ready to sign that NLI? Great, I'll see you in the fall.

April 14, 2016 By:
With the ban on coaches working at satellite camps, the kids who can't afford multiple camps and the coaches who work at colleges that can't afford to organize a camp on campus, are hurt. The NCAA in its rush to penalize Jim Harbaugh for his creativity and good use of Michigan State money, they neglected to see the forest for the trees. It is apparently not about the kids, it's about the NCAA ego. I think Harbaugh's recommendation that we drop the term 'student-athlete' because the NCAA does not help develop the student part of the equation is correct. In many ways, this reminds me of how many people hate the New England Patriots for their work ethic, understanding of the rule book and, by the way, winning. When the NCAA realizes that it can do marvelous things to help the under-served out of poverty by showing them a path to follow and ensuring that they train their minds while training their bodies, we will all be better off.

March 30, 2016 By:
Everyday, I visit student athlete twitter pages find around 50% of them are not helping their owners out at all. I don't see a linked highlight film, where they are from or there even worse I see inappropriate content. As student athletes need to start building your brand. Just like Nike and Under Armor your name needs to mean something to those who hear it and the best way to do that is on social media. There are a lot of coaches that see players twitter feeds and how are you helping yourself if there isn't any info about you on the page or worse something damaging that could cause a coach to look past you. You need to start building that brand by using your actual name. If they don't have your name attached to the twitter account how are they going to find you? In the twitter bio section you need to add your height, weight, and other information. Add in your core GPA and SAT scores as well, this shows initiative and that you are prepared. If you played in any all-star games or earned all-county or 3 year varsity starter. You need to promote YOU! Lastly, you need to link your hudl film to the account. Twitter has a section to add a web page, you need to add a web link to your hudl film (If you do not have hudl you need to contact me immediately at so we can make a highlight film for you). In your hudl film you need to have your GPA and test scores. Your height and weight, 40 time, bench and squat. Most importantly you must have your email flash up somewhere so the coach knows how to contact you. Your hudl film should have all your top plays right upfront. Do not just go game by game. You need to put every top play you made up front and the entire film should be no more than 3 mins. If it is longer than that the coach is going to move on. If you need help setting up your hudl film please contact me Please get this done as soon as possible because the next twitter account I might come up on might be yours and if it doesn't have any information for the coaches that follow me, I will pass you by.

March 16, 2016 By: Need to find out what classes are certified by the NCAA? Use the link above. Make sure you are getting it right! If you don't have those 10 classes complete with good grades by the start of your senior year you are going to be in trouble.

March 8, 2016 By: The advantages of competing in college sports are both immediate and lifelong. Participating in college sports provides opportunities to learn, compete and succeed. Student-athletes receive top-notch academic support, quality medical care and regular access to outstanding coaching, facilities and equipment. Student-athletes as a group graduate at higher rates than their peers in the general student body and feel better prepared for life after college. Learn more about the three divisions College-bound student-athletes preparing to enroll in a Division I or Division II school need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center to ensure they have met amateurism standards and are academically prepared for college coursework. Are you ready to play college sports? Download this brochure to find out.

February 19, 2016 By:
Verbal commit: A recruit who commits to schools before National Signing Day. Rrecruits and college programs are allowed to back out of their commitments before national signing day. "Soft" verbal commit: A recruit who commits to a school but is still entertaining other offers. "Hard" verbal commit: A recruit who has said he is 100 percent sure of his choice and has stopped participating in the recruiting process by not taking official or unofficial visits to other schools. Official commit: A recruit that has signed with a school on National Signing Day in early February. Source: Gerry Hamilton, a national recruiting analyst for ESPN

February 17, 2016 By: Answer: Students may take the ACT or the SAT an unlimited number of times prior to full-time collegiate enrollment. All ACT and SAT scores must be reported to the NCAA Eligibility Center. It is best for students to list the NCAA Eligibility Center as a score recipient at the time of exam registration to avoid additional fees . Please note only official test scores sent from the testing agency (ACT/SAT) are acceptable. Test scores on your high school transcript will not be used. Here is the step-by-step process to have your test scores sent. SAT Scores: Log on to the testing agency website at: ; The code is "9999" to select the NCAA Eligibility Center as a score recipient (either during exam registration or after exam registration); After submitting the request, your official test scores will be sent to the NCAA Eligibility Center and the test score section of your account and your status report will be updated; and If you need additional assistance, you can contact College Board's customer service at 866/756-7346. ACT Scores: Log on to the testing agency website at ; The code is "9999" to select the NCAA Eligibility Center as a score recipient (either during exam registration or after exam registration); After submitting the request, your official test scores will be sent to the NCAA Eligibility Center and the test score section of your account and your status report will be updated; and If you need additional assistance, you can contact College Board's customer service at 319/337-1270.

February 4, 2016 By:
NCAA Divisions I and II schools provide more than $2.7 billion in athletics scholarships annually to more than 150,000 student-athletes. Division III schools do not offer athletics scholarships. Only about two-percent of high school athletes are awarded athletics scholarships to compete in college. Of the student-athletes participating in sports with professional leagues, very few become professional athletes. A college education is the most rewarding benefit of the student-athlete experience. Learn more about the probability of going pro Full scholarships cover tuition and fees, room, board and course-related books. Most student-athletes who receive athletics scholarships receive an amount covering a portion of these costs. Many student-athletes also benefit from academic scholarships, NCAA financial aid programs such as the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Opportunity Fund and need-based aid such as Federal Pell Grants. Division I schools may provide student-athletes with multiyear scholarships. Additionally, Division I schools may pay for student-athletes to finish their bachelor's or master's degrees after they finish playing NCAA sports. If a school plans to reduce or not renew a student-athlete’s aid, the school must notify the student-athlete in writing by July 1 and provide an opportunity to appeal. In most cases, coaches decide who receives a scholarship, the scholarship amount and whether it will be renewed. The truth is that only about 1.7% of Student Athletes get an athletic scholarship and they only average about $4,000 a year.

February 4, 2016 By:
The NCAA supports student-athlete well-being by promoting a fair recruiting environment that limits intrusions into the lives of student-athletes and their families. Recruiting happens when a college employee or representative invites a high school student-athlete to play sports for their college. Recruiting can occur in many ways, such as face-to-face contact, phone calls or text messaging, through mailed or emailed material or through social media. Use the link for additional information

February 4, 2016 By: College sports offer student-athletes opportunities to learn, compete and succeed. 19,000 3Divisions 460,000 Teams DIVISION I Division I schools, on average, enroll the most students, manage the largest athletics budgets, offer a wide array of academic programs and provide the most athletics scholarships. PARTICIPATION • 173,500 student-athletes • 346 colleges and universities ATHLETICS SCHOLARSHIPS 53 percent of all student-athletes receive some level of athletics aid ACADEMICS 2012 Graduation Success Rate: 81 percent* OTHER STATS Average Enrollment: 12,900 Average Number of Sports: 18 Average Percentage of Student Body Participating in Sports: 6 percent Division I National Championships: 26 (1 out of every 8.5 student-athletes participates) DIVISION II Division II provides growth opportunities through academic achievement, high-level athletics competition and community engagement. Many participants are first-generation college students. PARTICIPATION • 109,100 student-athletes • 300 colleges and universities ATHLETICS SCHOLARSHIPS 56 percent of all student-athletes receive some level of athletics aid ACADEMICS 2012 Academic Success Rate: 71 percent* OTHER STATS Average Enrollment: 4,200 Average Number of Sports: 15 Average Percentage of Student Body Participating in Sports: 14 percent Division II National Championships: 25 (1 out of every 7 student-athletes participates) DIVISION III The Division III experience provides an integrated environment that focuses on academic success while offering competitive athletics and meaningful non-athletics opportunities. PARTICIPATION • 183,500 student-athletes • 450 colleges and universities FINANCIAL AID 75 percent of all student-athletes receive some form of academic grant or need-based scholarship; institutional gift aid totals $13,500 on average ACADEMICS 2012 Academic Success Rate: 87 percent* OTHER STATS Average Enrollment: 2,600 Average Number of Sports: 18 Average Percentage of Student Body Participating in Sports: 21 percent Division III National Championships: 28 (1 out of every 10 student-athletes participates)

February 4, 2016 By:
Choosing the right college can sometimes seem like an overwhelming process. Below are some important questions to ask staff members at each school as you make your decision. Remember, the first step in your journey as a college-bound student-athlete is to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center. Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center Questions to ask coaching staff What positions will I play on your team? It is not always obvious. Most coaches want to be flexible, so you might not receive a definite answer. What other players may be competing at the same position? The response could give you an idea of when you can expect to be a starter. Will I be redshirted my first year? The school's policy on redshirting may impact you both athletically and academically. What expectations do you have for training and conditioning? This will reveal the college or university's commitment to a training and conditioning program. How would you best describe your coaching style? Every coach has a particular style that involves different motivational techniques and discipline. You need to know if a coach's teaching style matches your learning style. When does the head coach's contract end? How long does the coach intend to stay? Do not make any assumptions about how long a coach will be at a school. If the coach leaves, does this change your mind about the school or the program? What are preferred, invited and uninvited walk-on situations? How many do you expect to compete? How many earn a scholarship? Who else are you recruiting for my position? Coaches may consider other student-athletes for every position. Is medical insurance required for my participation? Is it provided by the college? You may be required to provide proof of insurance. If I am seriously injured while competing, who is responsible for my medical expenses? What happens if I want to transfer to another school? You may not transfer without the permission of your current college’s athletics department. Ask how often coaches grant this privilege and ask for an example of a situation in which permission was not granted. Questions to ask admissions staff Academics How good is the department in my major? How many students are in the department? What credentials do faculty members hold? What are graduates of the program doing after school? What percentage of players on scholarship graduate? The response will suggest the school's commitment to academics. You might want to ask two follow-up questions: What percentage of incoming students eventually graduate? What is the current team's grade-point average? What academic support programs are available to student-athletes? Look for a college that will help you become a better student. If I have a diagnosed and documented disability, what kind of academic services are available? Special academic services may help you achieve your academic goals. How many credit hours should I take in season and out of season? It is important to determine how many credit hours are required for your degree and what pace you will follow to obtain that degree. Are there restrictions in scheduling classes around practice? NCAA rules prevent you from missing class for practice. Is summer school available? If I need to take summer school, will it be paid for by the college? You may need to take summer school to meet academic and/or graduation requirements. College life What is a typical day for a student-athlete? The answer will give you a good idea of how much time is spent in class, practice, study and travel. It also will give you a good indication of what coaches expect. What are the residence halls like? The response should give you a hint of how comfortable you would be in your room, study areas, community bathrooms and at the laundry facilities. Also ask about the number of students in a room, coed dorms and the rules governing life in the residence halls. Must student-athletes live on campus? If the answer is “yes,” ask about exceptions. Financial aid How much financial aid is available for both the academic year and summer school? What does your scholarship cover? How long does my scholarship last? What are my opportunities for employment while I am a student? Find out if you can be employed in season, out of season or during vacation periods. Exactly how much will the athletics scholarship be? What will and will not be covered? It is important to understand what college expenses your family is responsible for so you can arrange to pay those. Educational expenses can be paid with student loans and government grants, but it takes time to apply for them. Find out early so you can get something lined up. Am I eligible for additional financial aid? Are there any restrictions? Sometimes a student-athlete cannot accept a certain type of scholarship because of NCAA limitations. If you will be receiving other scholarships, let the coach and financial aid officer know so they can determine if you may accept additional dollars. Who is financially responsible if I am injured while competing? You need to understand your financial obligations if you suffer an injury while participating in athletics. Under what circumstances could my scholarship be reduced or canceled? Coaches should be able to give you some idea of how players are evaluated from year to year and how these decisions are made. The college or university may have a policy governing renewal of athletics aid. Ask if such a policy exists and read it. Are there academic criteria tied to maintaining the scholarship? Some colleges or universities add academic requirements to scholarships (e.g., minimum grade-point average). What scholarship money is available after eligibility is exhausted to help me complete my degree? It may take longer than four years to complete a college degree program. Some colleges assist student-athletes financially as they complete their degrees. Ask how such aid is awarded. You may have to work with the team or in the athletics department to qualify for this aid. What scholarship money is available if I suffer an athletics career-ending injury? Not every institution continues to provide an athletics scholarship to a student-athlete who can no longer compete because of a career-ending injury. Will my scholarship be maintained if there is a change in coaches? A coach may not be able to answer this, but the athletics director may.

February 4, 2016 By: College-bound student-athletes preparing to enroll in a Division I or Division II school need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center to ensure they have met amateurism standards and are academically prepared for college coursework. When you're sophomore year you need to sign up at the NCAA Eligibility Center.