Good Afternoon America,
This morning, I had Javelin practice. It. was. so. windy! Not a good combination for an early morning physical activity…
- ETSU Indoor Meet 2012
I am so excited about this Track & Field season! When I was in high school, sports were always centered around the prospect of collegiate athletics: breaking records to get headlines, joining recruiting sites visited by Division-1 coaches, editing film for highlight videos… everything was centered around the idea of reaching that next level!
I thank God everyday that my dream became reality at Gardner-Webb, but I am oh-so glad that that process is over! I can now fully enjoy practices, meets and be motivated by the love of the sport alone! I enjoy each and every day with my teammates and hope to be a conference champion within the next two years.
- Cross Country Conference Meet 2012
I do however, have some advice for the aspiring collegiate athlete:
1. Always believe you can do it. Be prepared for your peers, friends, coaches, parents, records, and competitors to count you out. Less than 5% of high school athletes move on to collegiate athletics, but be the exception to the rule. Believe in yourself and in your dream.
2. Work harder. If you want to be a collegiate athlete, you already know it is going to be tough. You must work harder, longer and better than not only those around you, but harder than you think you can. In the words of Drake, they will tell you the sky is the limit, so make the sky your point of view!
3. Be a student-athlete, not an athlete-student. Be a stellar student first and a superior athlete second. Enough said.
4. Register on the NCAA Clearing House. ASAP. Make your recruiting experience easy! Post your stats, contact coaches and create your athletic profile online. This is essential to any wannabe!
5. Communicate with your high school coach. If you want to compete in college, tell your coach so he can keeps his eyes and ears open for opportunities for you! Your coach ought know your competitive objectives and athletic goals better than anyone on your resume. Talk, chat and impress your coach with your dream!
- Coach Brian Baker, Head Track Coach! 2012
There are so many tips and ideas for any aspiring athletes out there, but everyone’s experience is unique and different. If I could help you or clarify any of the five points above, please contact me at email@example.com.
I had so many questions about becoming a collegiate athlete, but one thing I never thought twice about was the dream to become one. Shoot me an e-mail for a follow-up discussion.
Run hard, read harder!