IT'S JUST MY OPINION, BUT...
                                                                              

1-1-17  STAYING ON TOP OF YOUR FINANCIAL AID NEEDS

This is another reminder that if you haven't done so, 2017 grad parents
really need to start working on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid or "FAFSA" now if you are hoping to get financial aid beyond athletic money.  If you think you might qualify for academic aid, diversity based aid, geographic diversity based aid, work study, loans, need-based grants, merit awards, and so on, be sure to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible and have it sent to the appropriate colleges.  Once you have submitted your FAFSA, you can go back in and make all of your changes up until March 2nd.  So I suggest parents submit their FAFSA ASAP, then re-submit before March 2nd if necessary.  Also, you might want to check with the colleges you're applying to or attending to see if they have any additional financial aid requirements beyond the FAFSA.

Here's a link to the FAFSA web page where all your questions will be answered!   http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/

NOTE 1:  Canadian students need to consult the financial aid office at any colleges recruiting you because you don't apply for aid using the FAFSA.

NOTE 2: Read the Jan-Feb article entitled A Buck is a Buck and a Rose is a Rose: Financial Aid Basics for more information on financial aid and how it works.


1-15-17    MAKING SURE YOUR COLLEGE SEARCH IS ON THE RIGHT TRACK

If you are a junior or a sophomore who is looking for a little (or a lot of) guidance as your college search moves forward, now is the time to set up a phone consult. If you sign up for CSC's
Fast Track option after your phone consult, the phone consultation fee will be counted toward the Fast Track cost.  If you'd like to see what CSC has to offer, just let me know!!!


2-1-17     RECRUITING IS AS MUCH AN ACADEMIC MARATHON AS AN ATHLETIC ONE!

With the more challenging Div. I and II academic guidelines that will all be in effect by next year, the possibility of competing in college is something you need to think about as soon as you enter high school.  Students who struggle with Math or Foreign Languages, for example, will need to be on top of their grades from Day 1 of 9th Grade.  The fact that you’ll need 10 core courses completed before your senior year will make it harder to make up that D you got in Freshman Algebra or Junior Chemistry.  In other words, if you don’t work hard in the classroom for four years, your hard work on the field may not matter one bit.

On a completely different note, the Div. I rules council may start considering contact guideline changes for some sports as early as this year. IF any proposals are enacted, it's possible that so-called "early" commitments could become a thing of the past within a couple of years.  Let's cross our fingers!!!!



2-14-17    TAKE HEART!

I've learned a lot of things in my nearly 30 years as a recruiting consultant. One of them has to do with what is often referred to as "heart."  The term can mean a lot of things.  It can reflect your intense love of the game and your desire to play at the next level.  It might mean that you're a "gamer"--e.g., the player who is the first one out to the field at 6:45 before an 8:00 a.m. game or the player who's still cheering on her team at 5:00 p.m. on a hot summer Sunday afternoon when the team has played eight or nine games in three days and all everyone else wants to do is go home!

But the term "heart" also applies to the college search in a big way.
A few players will have it easy--e.g., they'll be identified as prospects and recruited without an exceptional amount of stress attached to the process. But most players who go on to compete in college have to work at it. And I do mean work!  If you're not willing to put in the effort needed to reach out to coaches, follow up with phone calls, work hard on improving your skills, and stick with it until the end...even if that's during your senior year, you may well have "heart."  But you probably don't have the kind of "heart" it takes to play softball in college!



































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