Ivy Recruiting Your Athletic Advantage

What is Ivy Recruiting's Track Record?  With the six graduating classes of 2005 through 2010, 186 of 191 clients had the opportunity to continue their sport at the collegiate level. The expectation is that every accepted client will have the option to compete in college at a highly selective academic institution consistent with their talent, academic performance and interests.

When is the best time to start?  The best time to start is when it is evident that the athlete is on track to compete athletically and academically at the college level.  Generally, this is determined by a conversation with the athlete's coach and a review of the athlete's academic record.  Ideally, the best time is sophomore year after
the PSAT has been taken, as we have two full summers to do the things that need to be done. 

When is it too late to start?  Senior year is not necessarily too late, but it greatly reduces the chances for a
DI coach to see an athlete compete.     

How are you regarded by college coaches?  I consider my job to be to solve the needs of college coaches and would only contact them with information about a pre-qualified prospective athlete that I believe they would want to know about.  Because of that perspective combined with my years working with Dartmouth Admissions, I have found that most coaches consider me a resource for solving their needs.

Are you helping clients to get recruited only by Ivy League schools?  No.  Recruiting is a numbers game,
so all appropriate selective schools should be considered based on the athlete's academic and athletic credentials, including but not limited to "reach" schools.  In addition, some athletes choose schools where
they receive athletic scholarship aid.

What is the objective of the program?  To provide the student-athlete with college options where they can continue participating in the sport they love at elite academic colleges, including those that the student-athlete might not otherwise be able to get into based on academics alone.

Is there a magic SAT score that is needed to qualify for a highly selective school?  There is an inverse correlation in that the better the athlete, the lower the scores necessary to qualify.  Although many factors go
into who is ultimately accepted, to be considered as a recruited athlete, a student-athlete should have a minimum combined score of 1200 on the SAT based on the Critical Reading and Math scores or an ACT
score of at least 26.

Is it possible to get an athletic scholarship at a selective school?  With only a few exceptions in the Patriot League, none of the Ivy League, Patriot League, or Division III colleges offer aid based on athletic ability.  But they all offer aid based on financial need which can often be more than a partial athletic scholarship.  There are some highly rated national universities, however, that do offer athletic scholarships such as Stanford, Duke, Northwestern, Boston College, Rice, Notre Dame, Cal-Berkeley, Vanderbilt and Michigan.

How important is video?  For team sports, it is extremely important.  The purpose of video is not to get recruited but to give college coaches what they need to decide if it is worth spending their limited funds and time to see
an athlete compete in person.  In most sports, the chances of getting recruited without a video are small.

Would you consider working with an athlete that does not meet your qualifications yet? I only want to work with athletes where I expect to succeed.  Where there is uncertain information, I would consider enrolling a family in the S.T.A.R. program, Strategy and Tactics for Athletic Recruiting. 

What ARE the chances of success?  Well, of course this depends on so many factors relative to the particular situation of each athlete.  With superior athletic ability and adequate academic credentials, an athlete will be able to get coaches to watch them compete in person.  At that point, it will depend on how well the athlete performs compared to other athletes the coaches are considering.  Unfortunately, this is beyond our control. 
But within the top 50 national universities and top 50 liberal arts schools, I would expect to find a match for
every superior athlete with a strong academic record. 

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