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Athletic - Academic Counseling

Introduction
Bishop Amat student-athletes who see college athletics as a goal beyond the high school level are encouraged to speak with the Athletic-Academic Counselor, Mrs. Cari Woodruff, with questions regarding the NCAA and the various aspects of the recruiting process. Additionally, it is highly recommended that Bishop Amat student-athletes speak with their respective coaches about their athletic ambitions.
 
NCAA Recruiting
College Athletics has evolved dramatically and the recruiting process has become even more complex. The issues include, but not limited to, eligibility, amateurism, recruiting calendars, dead periods, quiet periods, official visits vs. unofficial visits. With so much information to navigate through it is the objective of the Bishop Amat Athletic-Academic counselor to try and provide answers before having to spend money on recruiting services.
 
NCAA LINKS
The NCAA has provided plenty of valuable information in order to begin answering some of the serious questions. Below you can find some valuable links.

New SAT Rule for current student-athletes
 
If a student-athlete takes the current SAT before March 2016 and then takes the redesigned SAT at a later date, the NCAA Eligibility Center will not combine section scores from the current and redesigned SAT when determining the student-athlete&'s initial eligibility. The NCAA Eligibility Center will only combine section scores from the same version of the test. Because the redesigned SAT varies in design and measures different academic concepts than the current SAT, a numerical score on the current test may not be equivalent to the same numerical score on the redesigned test. Please reference the College Board website for more information: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/
 
 

4 YEAR PLAN
 
Freshmen Year
• Refer to the NCAA STUDENT-ATHLETE experience to insure you understand the academic requirements to become a college athlete.
• Work hard in the classroom
• Consider attending sports camps provided by various universities
• Begin discussing financial aid and how to pay for college
• Work hard in your respective sport
 
Sophomore Year
• Refer to NCAA STUDENT-ATHLETE experience to insure you are on track to meet the 16 core course requirement.
• Continue working hard in the classroom
• Attend sports camps as a way to introduce yourself and showcase your abilities
• Talk to your respective coaches about your ability and ambitions.
• Begin asking coaches if they would be willing to call college coaches on your behalf
• Begin filling out on-line recruiting forms for various universities of interest
• Follow up with phone calls to any coaches who begin showing interest with the understanding they cannot call you back because of recruiting regulations.
• Parents should plan on attending the NCAA information evening either in the Fall or in the Spring
 
Junior Year
• Register for the NCAA ELIGIBILITY CENTER at the beginning of the year
• Speak with your academic counselor to insure you are on track toward your goal of 16 core courses.
• Work hard to maintain high academic goals
• Speak with your coaches about their assessment of your ability to play at the next level.
• Continue filling out on-line recruiting forms for various universities of interest
• Start sending out highlight video to schools who show interest.
• Attend camps – Visit Schools – Introduce yourself to coaches
• Make yourself aware of the recruiting calendars
• Consider taking SAT in the spring and be sure to have all scores sent to the NCAA using the eligibility code #9999.
• Parents should plan on attending the NCAA information evening either in the Fall or in the Spring
 
Senior Year
• Track your academic progress with your counselor and make sure you are in the correct courses for your Senior year.
• Be sure you have registered for the NCAA eligibility center and request from the registrar an official copy of your transcript be sent to the eligibility center.
• Plan on taking the SAT in the fall in conjunction with an SAT prep course to insure the best possible score.
• Begin narrowing down your list of schools bearing in mind the schools that have had the most direct contact with you.
• Start asking teachers for letters of recommendation
• Keep coaches informed about your intentions and ask for their assistance to make phone calls on your behalf.
• Make official and unofficial visits to universities
• Start the application process for FAFSA
• Predict your financial aid through FAFSA4CASTER
 
FINANCIAL AID LINKS
 
FinAid is a comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools. 
 
FastWeb is a scholarship search provider for every student and matches users to scholarships based on their qualifications. The FastWeb database contains 1.3 million scholarships worth over $3 billion.
 
College Board has many programs and services in college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning.
 
Federal Student Aid, an office of the Department of Education, ensures that all eligible individuals can benefit from federally funded or federally guaranteed financial assistance for education beyond high school.
 
FAFSA4CASTER is a free financial aid calculator that gives you an early estimate of your eligibility for federal student aid. This information helps families plan ahead for college.
 
Click below for the NCAA FORMS