Student Athletes

A Reality Check on Grades...Are You Affordable?

By Rick Paine

I know this may be hard for some of you to admit, but mom and dad were right......................... Grades Do Count    College coaches will look at your times first to see if you can help them and then immediately look at your grades. Recruits with good times and good...

READY, SET, GO!

By Lori Payne

The big day is finally here. This is the week where you look over your shoulder at those who love you the most and begin the adventure of your life; college and college swimming. Your reward and gratification for those classroom and pool hours are here! Like any child and...

Excellent Resources for the International Student

By Melynda Nash

Coming to the United States to achieve your collegiate and athletic dreams can be both very exciting and very stressful! DO NOT PANIC! This document gives you step by step directions including links to access all of the information you need. 1. Register for the NCAA Eligibility Center – This is...

Manners in the First Degree

By Lori Payne

The old saying, "first impressions" could not be more true when you have your first contact with your potential college swim coach.This is a formal interview; your tone, demeanor, interest in their school and manners, must be positive and well spoken.  This is all indicative of their first impression of...

Never Call a Coach “Dude”

By Rick Paine

Getting recruited is a once in a life-time opportunity. You will never go through a process like this for the rest of your life. It is a privilege and an honor. If you treat it as such then you will come across to the college coaches with respect and maturity. College...

When is my club swim coach going to get me recruited?

By Rick Paine

Your club coach plays a very important role in getting you recruited. They coach you in the pool to help you get fast enough to get recruited. Without them you would not have the opportunity to swim in college.How much more can you expect from them?In my 30 year coaching...

You Don't Have to Miss Practice because of a Recruiting Visit

By Rick Paine

I coached at the club level for 30 years and I always struggled with my swimmers missing practices to take official recruiting visits. Recruiting visits have always been a necessary evil for club coaches, but missing 2 to 3 days of practice for 4 or 5 visits during the first...

HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN YOU HAVE A COACH’S BEST OFFER?

By Rick Paine

The answer is you don’t because most coaches don’t know. You can usually count on the first offer not being their best offer, but where do you go from there?College recruiting changes on a daily level throughout the year, but it changes on an hourly level in the fall. You...

Recruiting in Plain English - Signing Periods, Official Visits, and Commitments

By Donny Brush

The recruiting process can be quite confusing. From registering with the NCAA Eligibility Center to signing an NLI, there are so many steps in the process. Here is a breakdown of times/ dates to help you understand the "official visits" and "signing" parts of the recruiting process.Fall signing period: When: November 8-15, 2017...

SAT Testing Dates for 2018-2019

By Melynda Nash

SAT Testing Dates Click here to find this year's testing dates and deadlines: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/dates-deadlines        

ACT Testing Dates for 2018-2019

By Melynda Nash

ACT Testing Dates: https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act.html        

The Importance of Extra Curricular / Volunteer Activities for the College-bound Athlete

By Melynda Nash

Juggling sports, academics and community service can lead to quite a hectic schedule for high school students; however, for the college-bound student these days, it is a must.  According to Topunivserities.com, it does not matter what a student chooses as his or her volunteer work or extra-curricular activities, rather they...