If you’ve been a dedicated athlete for all your life then it only makes sense that you would use your physical prowess as a means for paying your way through college. Even if you don’t plan to pursue sports after college, you should consider playing for a college team. That way you can find a sports scholarship that will pay for your college tuition and you can major in any subject you like. There’s no time like the present to start getting to work, so it’s time to start getting serious about your training. Here is how to improve your chances of getting a sports scholarship.
Train on Your Own
If you want to stand out from the rest of the crowd, you have to train harder than everyone else. It’s not enough just to show up to every team practice and do all the same conditioning and training as the rest of the team. You have to dedicate time and energy to your own personal practice. If possible, you should look into hiring a personal trainer who can help you to improve your game in every way possible.
Be Reliable and Relentless
Even if you are training on your own, your coach needs to see that you are always working your hardest in practice and during games. If you are not giving 110%, you are not giving enough. You should always be early to every practice and you should never miss a game if you can help it. You want to set an example for everyone else on your team if you are going to be the star player that everyone is talking about.
Talk to Your Coach
You should always be talking to your coach (or coaches) about your performance. They will know what you need to do in order to improve at every turn. You want to always maintain a rapport of respect with your coaches and show appreciation for their guidance. When you are in your senior year, you want to ask your coach about whether or not there will be any college recruiters coming to any games and let them know that you are hoping for a sports scholarship.
Research Schools Thoroughly
If you want to increase your chances of finding a sports scholarship then you’re going to have to know which schools will be most likely to recruit you. If you only try out for schools that are out of your league or schools that are willing to put you on the team, but don’t want you badly enough to put you on scholarship, then you’ll need to find another way to pay for your education. If you don’t get a scholarship with Norwich University, keep trying out for other schools.
Try Out for as Many Schools as Possible
Once you have done your research and you know which schools you will have the best chances of getting scholarships from, you want to to go to as many tryouts as possible. Even if you think you did extremely well at the first two or three, you want to keep trying out. You never know if you are going to be recruited, and even if you are, you never know whether you’ll get a scholarship or not.