College Bound Athlete Newsletter
Student Athlete Resource Guide for Athletic Scholarships
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Pat Grecco,
Independent College
Bound Athlete Advisor
Athletes and
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Pat Grecco,
Independent College Bound Athlete Advisor
Pat Grecco
Pat Grecco strives to get student-athletes into the college of their dreams! She wants her clients to realize their full potential.

Welcome to the College Bound Athlete Newsletter! We'll highlight our clients' achievements and will feature informative articles for student-athletes and their parents.

Athletes and SAT/ACT Tests

Why is it so important for athletes to take the SAT or ACT early
and often?
Simply stated that in order to receive athletic grants from Division I or Division II NCAA Schools, you must qualify academically.

The NCAA Eligibility Center governs all who will receive athletic $$ based on their academic criteria. In other words, they don't want student athletes to fail out of college because they were recruited athletes incapable of passing their courses. They want successful student-athletes.

The NCAA Eligibility Center will certify the academic credentials of all college-bound student athletes who wish to compete in NCAA Division I or II athletics. The Eligibility Center can easily be reached at 1-877-262-1492 if you have questions or concerns.

SAT exam

Nearly all colleges accept test results from SAT, which is a company called (College Board) or ACT (American College of Testing).

Athletes should take their first SAT or ACT in sophomore year.
This is my opinion, not the rule. The reason being, it will give
the student-athlete a chance to realize what level they are at academically and time to improve upon their weak areas.

With the verbal commitment policy now the norm, it can only enhance the student-athlete to know early on their academic level and will also give the recruiting coaches an idea of not only the players' athletic level but also who the student is academically.
This will also impact on the amount of money the coach can offer
a student in the athletic package. Athletic packages consist of:
  • Academic money
  • Athletic money
  • Financial need money
So basically if you are visiting a college coach in your junior year, of course you initiated the visit since college coaches cannot actively recruit you until the end of junior year and the coach says he or she wants you for his program and you respond that accept this offer is called a verbal commitment. The key piece of information is knowing how much money you can expect, so having your ACT or SAT available will enhance these negotiations.

Important things to remember when taking the SAT or ACT: Send your test results to the NCAA Eligibility Center using Code 9999. Also, many schools will mix and match; that is, if you took the SAT in October and scored high in the match and then took it again in November and the math went down, but the English portion went up, they will accept the highest score of both tests.

File with the NCAA Eligibility Center early in your junior year, and be sure they received your information, follow-up with them. Remember to send your final transcript upon graduation, if not you will not be cleared to participate in pre-season at your college of choice.

ACT/SAT can also help with negotiation in D-III Programs. Since D-III cannot offer athletic grants, they basically are limited to financial aid and academic grants. So again, knowing your SAT, ACT early on can certainly be of benefit to you and the coach recruiting you.

I recommend you contact the NCAA Eligibility Center and request the 2010-11 Guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete. It's free, it's important and it's the key to success.

I am eager to help student-athletes and their parents navigate the challenging college selection process.

Pat Grecco, Advisor
College Bound Athlete

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