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College Recruiting


Overview of Collegiate Athletic Associations

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) – 3 Divisions; 1,091 institutions; about 403,000 athletes; a budget of over $500 million per year. 

  • Division I: 3 Subdivision; 31 Conferences; 344 members; 10 Independent members; offers athletic aid (except Ivy League)
  • Division II: 22 Conferences; 302 members; 26 Independent members; offers athletic aid
  • Division III: 44 Conferences; 445 members; 17 Independent members; does not offer athletic aid

National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) – 25 Conferences; 290 institutions; 37 Independent members; roughly 45,000 athletes; a $4 million budget (less than 1 percent of the NCAA budget); may or may not offer athletic aid; may have duel membership in NCAA Division II or NCCAA

National Christian College Athletic Associate (NCCAA) – 99 members; many have duel membership in the NCAA Division III or NAIA

National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) – over 500 junior and community colleges; roughly 50,000 athletes; may or may not offer athletic aid

Myths About Full Athletic Scholarships

  • High school students who receive standard recruiting letters from university coaches often tell people they are anticipating full scholarships when in fact they receive only partial aid or no aid at all, and they don’t disclose this disappointing outcome.
  • College students receiving tuition waivers or other forms of partial athletic aid sometimes lead people to believe that they have full scholarships.
  • Athletic scholarships are one-year renewable contracts, but when they are not renewed, many people assume that those who had them last year also have them this year and the next.
  • Many people assume that everyone who makes a college team, especially at large universities, has a scholarship. This is not true.  Some players choose to WALK ON = no athletic monies.

Reality of Athletic Awards (Coakley, 2009)

Overall Data - 2008

  • Over 6 million undergrad students in NCAA institutions
  • 408,364 (6.8 percent) were on intercollegiate teams
  • 249,743 athletes competed in Division I and II institutions.
  • DI and DII schools had 73,200 full athletic scholarships to award
  • They split these among 138,216 (55 percent) Division I and II
  • The average athletic scholarship is $8,700.
  • An estimated 6.8% (27,643)  of all athletes receive full athletic scholarships
  • 34 percent of all athletes receive some athletic aid
  • Overall, 66 percent (268,148) of all athletes, 45 percent (111,527) of Division I and II athletes receive no athletic scholarship money.
  • Cost of room, food, books, tuition at most NCAA institutions is between $15,000 and $45,000 a year.
  • Among all undergraduates at NCAA schools, less than ½ of 1% (0.46 percent) of them have full athletic scholarships; only 2.3 percent of all undergraduates receive some form of athletic aid
  • 15 to 20 times more college scholarship dollars are awarded for academic achievements than for athletic skills

Women - 2008

  • 174,534 (42.74 percent) female athletes on intercollegiate teams
  • 108,699 athletes competed in Division I and II institutions
  • DI and DII schools had 31,736 full athletic scholarships to award to female athletes
  • They split these among 59,763 athletes

Our Reality of Athletic Awards

  • From 2007 to 2015, AZ Desert Sky graduated 65 athletes.
  • AZ Desert Sky SUCCESSFULLY negotiated 62 athletic  and academic scholarships
  • AZ Desert Sky has a 98% chance of garnering athletic and academic aid to play collegiate volleyball for their student-athletes.
  • 62 of 65 offers were accepted by AZ Desert Sky athletes
  • AZ Desert Sky athletes have an 96% acceptance rate. They like the home we find.
  • AZ Desert Sky charges no fee for their successful recruiting accomplishments

Female Athlete Collegiate Expectations

Expect to play for a male head coach

o   1972 – More than 90% of all coaching positions for women’s teams were held by women (Acosta & Carpenter, 1988; Boutilier & SanGiovanni, 1981)

o   Today, less than 42% of all coaching positions for women’s teams are held by women (Associated Press, 2008; AAUW, 2010)

Expect increased pressure to win

o   Women’s teams have been competing at the same level as men’s sports, reaching prominence within the athletic department.  Pressure to win has increased from coaches, teammates, athletic and university administration, and team fans. (Acosta & Carpenter, 1988; Boutilier & SanGiovanni, 1981)

Expect to need help academically due to travel

o   As universities have increased travel budgets, athletes can expect to travel, spend nights on the road, miss school; thereby jeopardizing academic success in the name of athletic competition (Blinde, 1989; Coackley, 2009

Expect to spend more time on your sport (20+ hours/week) than in the classroom (15 hours/week) (NCAA Bylaws; University Hour/Credit Regulations)

It is one thing to be recruited to a Club to “make a name for that Club” it is quite another thing to be recruited to play in College and receive a scholarship for your efforts.  87% of Student Athletes graduate from college whereas only 53% of the general student body does.  If a Collegiate Coach is there to “see you play” you will be put on the court IF YOU ARE IN OUR CLUB – it may cost us the “Win” but if we obtain the bigger “WIN”  for you, an athletic scholarship then…  Your future is more important than our team winning a match.


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