This shouldn’t be a surprising statement to anyone involved in sports. After all, every sport starts off with the most basic of numbers, wins and losses, or first, second, and third place. Potential college players and their families have probably spent a significant amount of time and money the last few years trying to improve their personal numbers to improve their odds (more numbers) of getting an athletic scholarships. But you need to pay attention to more than your personal numbers if you’re serious about playing in college.
The following are four sets of numbers you need to be aware of you really want to get recruited for an athletic scholarship.
Odds of Playing in College
Not all colleges support teams in all sports. According to the NCAA, there are 299 D1 colleges with baseball teams but only 206 with men’s soccer teams. However, at the D3 level, soccer outnumbers baseball with 416 teams compared to 387 for baseball. Knowing the number of teams available at each level is essential to start the recruiting process.
Each sport is allowed a different number and types of scholarships. They are not proportional to the size of the team rosters. In other words, they are NOT distributed equally among all of the sports. Furthermore, most colleges do not fully fund all of their allowable scholarships. This means that playing at the college level is not the same thing as getting an athletic scholarship
GPA and test scores count. If players want to get recruited for an athletic scholarship, they need to meet the minimum requirements established by the NCAA or NAIA. And remember, these are minimums, conferences and schools often have more stringent requirements.
Players who match their athletic statistics to the appropriate college level are much more likely to get recruited for an athletic scholarship. You can get a general idea of how your statistics measure up at websites like NCSA.
Also, before you spend time targeting a coach, take a few minutes to review the team roster’s statistics. If your numbers fall outside the range of those of existing team members, you might better spend your time focusing on another school.