Week 26 -- "Are you going to play in college?" -- Grade 9

Week 26 -- "Are you going to play in college?" -- Grade 9

Suite360 Student Lesson Name: Are you going to play in college?

Brief Summary: Your child is just beginning their high school athletic career. Why would we talk about college now — that’s four years away!  Many student athletes dream of playing at the college level. If that is something your student is considering, the time to plan for it is now. To play for an NCAA college or university, there are course requirements that begin in 9th grade.  The world of college athletic recruitment is complex and as a parent, you will need to help your child get organized, assist them in making highlight tapes, and guide them through the process.  

Shared vocabulary: None

Key Takeaways:

  • It is important for your child to meet with their counselor at school to chart their academic path from their 9th grade year through their senior year.
  • Choosing the right college is not just about the sport your teen plays but also about what the school has to offer in regards to academics. 
  • Making the right decision for the individual is about fit, feel, and the future.
  • This is a process that should be enjoyable.  Make sure that you have open lines of communication with your child and their coaches about the next step in their playing careers.  

Continue the Conversation:

  • Why is this decision as much about academics as it is athletics?
  • Why is it important to make sure that the student comes before athlete?
  • Who should you consult with in making this important decision? 
  • Why are open lines of communication so important in this process?  
  • Who are the stakeholders in getting to the “next level”?

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