Will I have to pay anything even if I get a scholarship?
The answer is most likely yes, it is very difficult to attain whats known as a "full ride". Even the most talented athletes will struggle to secure a full scholarship in their first season. The amount that you will have to pay will vary on your athletic and academic ability.
What is the NAIA?
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., is a governing body of small athletics programs that are dedicated to character-driven intercollegiate athletics.
Since 1937, the NAIA has administered programs and championships in proper balance with the overall college educational experience.
The student-athlete is the center of all NAIA experiences. Each year more than 65,000 student-athletes have the opportunity to play college sports at NAIA member institutions.
What is the NCAA?
The National Collegiate Athletic Association is a member-led organisation dedicated to the well-being and lifelong success of college athletes.
Colleges, universities, athletic conferences and other affiliated organizations are NCAA members. The NCAA national office staff in Indianapolis supports the members. Together, the members and the national office staff are known as the NCAA.
What is the NJCAA
The National Junior College Athletic Association, is the governing association of community college, state college and junior college athletics throughout the United States. Currently the NJCAA holds 24 separate regions across 24 states and is divided into 3 divisions. They are 2 year institutions, after finishing at one of these colleges most athletes will move on to a NCAA or NAIA university.
What grades do I need?
This can vary on which university you are looking to attend. The minimum requirement is 5 GCSE's and you must take either the SAT or ACT test to gain eligibility.
How many offers will I receive from college coaches?
This varies from each student-athlete, it depends on what coaches are looking for that particular year. It also depends on your academic and athletic ability, typically those with higher academics and athletic ability will receive more offers than those on the lower scale.
What are the term times?
Usually the term times start from the end of August to mid-December and then the restart is the second week of January to around the second week of May. Again, this varies from college to college. These dates are important especially to international students because you will want to book your flights well in advance to save money.
When do I need to start the application process?
The earlier the better. Ideally you want to give yourself at least 12 months because this then gives you plenty of time to complete all the documents necessary to admitted to a US college.
Do I have a chance of making it pro after college?
The answer is yes. However, to become a professional in any sport it requires countless hours of hard work and dedication. Just because you have earned yourself a college scholarship does not then mean that you're then going to make it to the pro ranks easily. Playing college sport will put you in the shop window but the rest is up to you.
Where do international students live?
This depends on the university. Most students in their freshman year will live in the dorms on campus, you will be put with a roommate by your coach who is usually a member of the same sports team as you. You may want to check these out before committing to any university as you'll be spending a lot of time in there. If you aren't to live in the dorms you will be put into a house near campus with other members of the team.