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