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Men’s College Soccer: NCAA, D1, D2, D3, NAIA, NJCAA. What’s the Difference? Part 2

To participate in Division I or Division II athletics, students must register and be certified by the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse.  Students can get information on registering on the NCAA website at http://www.ncaaclearinghouse.net/.

NCAA Division III schools are generally the smallest in the NCAA, although some larger schools, such as New York University, are in DIII.  Many of the four hundred twenty schools are private and high quality.  The competition level of D III schools varies widely.  Catholic University, Kenyon College, Transylvania University, Amherst, and Messiah College are examples of DIII schools.

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Men’s College Soccer: NCAA, D1, D2, D3, NAIA, NJCAA. What’s the Difference? Part 1

Several organizations govern college athletics.  These groups establish the rules for sports programs at the schools that belong to their associations.  They also run championships and establish eligibility requirements for the student athletes attending member schools.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is the oldest and largest national sports organization in the United States.  This is the group many think of when considering college sports.  The schools in the NCAA range from the largest universities to small colleges.  They are grouped into three divisions.

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Marketing Yourself

If you want to play soccer in college, you can’t sit back and wait for coaches to contact you.  Only the top few percent of players are recruited without promoting themselves.  The rest (which is almost all players) need to market themselves in order to catch a coach’s attention.

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Marketing Yourself – For High School Players

If you’re a high school soccer player and want to continue playing in college, start planning as early as your freshman year.  While premier-level teams or developmental programs like ODP usually market their players and are well known to college coaches, some other teams aren’t so organized.

If your team is lacking in the marketing department, you can still make a college squad.  It will just take a little more effort on your part.  To make sure you find a spot on a roster when your time comes, consider doing the following.

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9 Things to Know About Athletic Scholarships

Athletic scholarships drive college searches more than they should. Some parents seem to think the money they’ve “invested” in training, teams and travel should come back to them by way of college scholarships.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the reality. Athletic scholarships should not drive the college selection process and it’s important to understand the advantages—and disadvantages—of receiving them.

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Don’t just play in a tournament, network before you play!

Most coaches won’t fly or drive to see you play unless you’re putting up some great numbers.  The reality is YOU have to get to them.  He/she can then make a decision as to how (if at all) you fit into their soccer program. 

I participated in a number of tournaments; however, there were important steps I needed to follow before any opportunities truly came about.