Any Kids that did recruitment visits for sports? BTDT experience

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Any Kids that did recruitment visits for sports? BTDT experience
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Fri, 09-14-2012 - 5:11pm

We've got 6 weeks til our recruiting weekend visit to ODD's top school, its a Division 1 school and she's being recruited for their Acrobatic and Tumbling team, its recruitment only, no try outs.  Anyone with experience on these visits, just looking for a bit of BTDT experience on what to expect, questions to ask, etc.  This is the only school she would look at seriously doing athletics.  Her no. 2 college she would try out for their sideline cheer squad which is try out based only and a division 3 school, and her other 2 schools she wouldn't look to do athletics at all.  I have started to compile some questions i want to ask while we are there, but other than that, I am at a loss, she has got her list of colleges very tight and so we haven't done any actual campus visits at all so I am not sure what to expect.

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Registered: 09-13-2006

Hi.  We went through this with our oldest DS for soccer.  He stayed with a team member overnight and went to a practice the next day, where the coach evaluated his play.  If the offer involves any money, I would ask what happens in the case of an injury and if the money is guaranteed for 4 years.  I would ask about the training/travel commitment to be on the team and about what accomodations are made for missing classes and keeping up with school work.  I would ask if the team trains year round - and what the expectiions are in off season.  Good Luck!!  Have fun!

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Definitely questions I hadn't thought about! Thanks! I do know it's not year round training, but I'll have to ask what they expect the girls to do during the summer, and I know all girls on the team get scholarships, 1 year at a time, it's 1/4 scholarship per year so that seniors have a full ride, but I know I need to know things like is that 1/4 of our of state tuition or do they waive the out of state difference, etc. we get the itinerary about 2 weeks put the coach said, they are waiting on the football game schedule for that day to tailor the weekend activities around that. I assumed they would not be actually practicing with the team or being evaluated that weekend, so I guess that will either need to be asked ahead of time so she takes the appropriate clothing or it will be referenced on the itinerary. Thanks so much for the input, she has been doing all the research and everything up til now, so I feel like I need to come up to speed on things before the trip.
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Registered: 12-16-2003
Dd attends a Div 3 school, so no athletic scholarships. But, we went to practice, ate with some of the team members and coaches.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Registered: 08-06-2009
Welcome to our POCS board Tracy, Congrats to your daughter for putting herself in this scholarship position! What an exciting time this fall will be as you visit schools and decide on her college! Has she decided on a course of study? The school she is visiting is out of state? Are you flying or driving? Has the school offered to pay for her travel? Some schools will put the athlete in a hotel and some will only house the athlete in a dorm. When we drove to Florida with our son they pay for our gas and when he went out of state they paid for his plane fare not the parents. We met with coaches, went to football game, and had appointments with academic advisers, admissions, training and strength coaches along with visiting the campus, dorms, and facilities for his sports. Before we left the coach offered him a scholarship and we were handed or mailed the offer in writing With the aid/$$ broken down. Athletes can not lose their scholarship while injured according to NCAA rules. No scholarships are guaranteed for more than a year, hence, After they return to the squad after healing can be a different story. You may ask the coach this question however I would be asking this of senior players. I would be asking if their is help/tutors provided from academic support? Will she have to attend study halls? Does her scholarship fall under the NCAA progress to degree rules? I would ask if there are athletes who are studying her major and ask to meet them and a prof ( coach will have to have notice on this to arrange with student and prof).. Will she be housed with teammates or be in a housing pool? What happens when the tuition or room and board increases? Will she get $$ for student fees books labs? Can she apply for merit aid too? Will admissions and fin aid offices help her find this? Is there a parent org affiliated with the team? How active? Will the school give you the schedule of where they will be staying for away and tournament meets will you get their group rate? What is the attrition and graduation rates for the team and compare this to general student population. Will their be a senior mentor for your student? Does she have to purchase her workout/practice or uniforms? Does the training staff provide gatoraid or fruit to meets?
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Registered: 07-26-1999
Some more great questions Elle-fi! They arranged her flight last week and she's staying with the athlete she is matched up with, they are paying for my hotel and transportation for activites, I paid for my own flight, which was not cheap, but I knew it was an important opportunity for us. She is p,anying on studying art history, and she has a few different minors in mind, but she hasn't decided for sure. I will make sure to ask the coach about any other athletes on the team pursuing that major. My understanding is The team is "sponsored" by Nike somehow and all their practice wear is provided to the students and is all made by Nike. The brief description of our weekend so far sounds exactly like you described yours, she has benn uploading videos to the coach for a few months now, they would ask her to see certain skills, etc. and after they evaluated those, they offered the invite. She's extremely excited, it's been a whirlwind for me, until about 7 months ago we already had an entire plan in place for college, she was planning on going to her second choice, living just off campus with my brother for at least the 1st 2 years, would have gained in state tuition status after 1 year, and was in talks with their cheerleading coach, all in hopes of keeping the student loans and expenses to a minimum, so when she all of a sudden veered over to the other college specifically because of this team, it threw me for a loop. It's an excellent opportunity if it happens, I'm a bit concerned about the expense of it all, but it sounds like the first 2 years will be the biggest expense/hurdle if it does happen.

Do you have any idea how it works if they walk into the college with community college class credit from dual-enrollment and AP test credits? I know we do an academic advising, so I am sure they can answer that for me. From all the research she has done, she estimates that as of the end of senior year, with her credits an pd everything she would already have 30 credit hours established, can that put her technically at a sophomore status, and if so, would that make a difference on scholarship money since its a graduated scale?
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Registered: 12-03-1999

My kids did not have athletic scholarships, but as a dental hygienist, I've talked to hundreds of patients. I suggest you ask--Is the scholarship guaranteed for 4 years after she FIRST makes the team, or does she have to try out again EVERY YEAR? In following years, will she only compete against sophomores or juniors, etc., or will she have to compete against EVERYONE--all the prospective freshmen, too? Is there a necessary number of hours on the field in order to maintain the scholarship?  How much time will she have to spend in practice? Does practice count toward the mandatory hours?  If she is only a back-up, does she have to practice as much as the first string? If there is a conflict between classwork and the team, is she expected to forgo the classwork? Is she expected to attend ALL meets, even if she is second string, and will NOT compete? Who pays for transportation if she is 2nd string, but has to attend?

 I have to say, lots of kids tell me the athletic scholarships are bait and switch.  There are no guarantees; students are routinly bumped by better incoming freshmen; hours of practice are not counted toward the required attendance/field play, and more.  I've heard from SOOO many kids who got aid ONLY for the first year, and then were committed to a school they couldn't afford.

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Registered: 09-19-2006
Congrats to your daughter! That is great. I can't offer any advice because my kids have no athletic ability so we have no experience in that area. Sounds like your daughter has some great opportunities and I am sure she has worked very hard to get to this point. Once again congrats to her!
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Registered: 08-06-2009
Please remember scholarship money is not guaranteed for 4 years. All academic money is only guaranteed if the student keeps their grades above the min GPA then they get $$$ every year. Athletic money is more tenuous because there can be coaching changes, and shifting roster moves. Coaches do all kinds of things with their athletic money. Academic money is a safer bet because it is under the student's control. Athletes are always "trying out" that is the competitive nature of sport. Coaches do keep their job only by competitively keeping the best team. Coach will not cut athletes because this would affect his ability to do recruiting / attract students in the future years.