Whether you’ve always wanted to play in college or you just started thinking about it, the process can feel overwhelming. Here are a few details to keep in mind.
The recruiting process is important.
Making a good impression with the coach and team are crucial during this process. One way to do this is to make sure you know what you can and can’t do by downloading a free copy of the NCAA 2018 -2019 Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete (NAIA Eligibility Center) and get certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center.
Remember to smile, be friendly and answer questions that the coach may ask you. It is important for parents to allow their child to be the driver of this process (don’t let your parents answer questions for you).
Go to an information night.
The KCGA offers a College Golf Information Night each year. Coaches from regional universities and colleges come and discuss the ins and outs of the recruiting process. The next information night being offered is on January 17 in Wichita.
Make sure the school is the right fit.
There is no denying that going to college will be a transition. Be sure to choose a school that has the classes and support you need to get the degree you are looking for. Ask questions like “what support do you have if I’m struggling in a class?” or “am I required to go to study hall every day?”
Remember you are a student first and athlete second.
You won’t regret playing.
If you are on the fence whether to play in college, try to play! Playing golf in college will give you the opportunity to travel, make friendships, and overcome challenges. You will grow in every aspect of your life by becoming a student-athlete. When your four (or five years) come to a close, you will be so glad you made the choice to play.
Wherever you are in the recruiting process, remember to take the time to get to know each school you visit. Making the right decision is the first step to a successful college golf experience.
If you are still looking for more information about the recruiting process, be sure to sign up for the Winter College Golf Information Night.