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You Will Need
- Athletic skill
- Decent grades
- An updated resume
- And a take-charge attitude
- A video highlighting your athletic skills
Improve your grades
Improve your grades as much as possible. You can’t play for a college if you can’t meet its academic requirements.
Create a resume
Include your junior varsity and varsity experience, extracurricular activities, your grades, the major you plan to choose in college, and any awards you’ve received.
List your dream schools
Make a list of your dream schools and note the appropriate coach and his or her contact information.
Compose a letter
Compose a master letter stating your interest in playing college athletics. Include your high school coach’s contact information.
Make a video
If you don’t have one already, record and edit together a video showing you in action. Make copies to send out, and post it on a free video-sharing site to make sure it’s widely available.
Personalize each letter
Personalize each letter with a line or two about what you admire about that particular university and/or their athletic program. Send each coach on your list a package containing the letter, video, resume, and any press clippings via registered mail.
"Showcase" your talent
Attend as many 'showcase tournaments' as you can—that is, special events where college coaches and scouts get to see prospective scholarship students play.
Be persistent. If you don’t hear back from any of the coaches, send them a follow-up. In the meantime, decide on a second tier of schools you’re willing to consider and start the process again.