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February 22, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 133

The NCAA has three divisions; division I, II and III. That said, most athletes occasionally have tunnel vision and think they have to play for division I or II school and playing for a division III is bad.

It's the wrong way to think. An Athlete should be really be looking for a school that offers the best and where they feel most comfortable and sometimes that's a division III school. Yes, I know division III schools do not provide "athletic" scholarships, but they do offer "academic" and third party scholarships. And sometimes depending on several factors (gpa, sat or act test scores, etc) the two closely balance out. You have a greater chance of being recruited by a division III school as opposed to a division I or II. After all, there are over 400 division III schools in the NCAA, making it the largest division of the NCAA.

But know this in advance. Division III schools have limited recruiting budgets; often times, just a few hundred dollars. So it's really hard for them to travel and do the type of recruiting they really would like to conduct. So, if you're not close or are an unknown athlete YOU will be the one having to search out and reach out and be proactive with those division III schools. To your benefit, most division III schools if your athletic foundation and skill level is strong will most likely give you the playing time you want. Look at it as being able to get a good education and being able to play the sport you love, knowing that your main emphasis will be on your education. Because afterall, after college comes the "real" world.

And unlike division I or II school, division III coaches have more flexibility to contact prospects. Remember, division I and II coaches have year-by-year rules, schedules and regulations about how, when, where and why they can contact a prospect. But in a division III arena, the coaches only limitation is in reference to in-person visits. Otherwise, they can call, text, email you anytime for any reason. And unlike division I or II schools, division III schools do not have a National Letter of Intent (NLI) because it's simple. You have to have the grades, apply, be accepted, accept the financial package. Remember, all three divisions have their own academic requirements and differ from the other.

So, please don't overlook division III schools when trying to find where to go after high-school. Because, fact is, all three are good and no one is better than the other. They're just different and serve different purposes and look for different things. You need to find what best fits you and your objective in life. And in all three cases, you need to showcase yourself someway, some how and there is NO better way to do that than with an Athletic Profile. An athletic profile is simple; it tells the coach who you are, about your academics and athletic ability. It gives them a snap shot and from there you build the relationship, but it has to be done correctly for it to work smoothly. A site like http://www.myathleticprofile.com is a great resource and way to create an athletic profile, please check us out.

My Athletic Profile ( http://www.myathleticprofile.com ) is where student-athletes such as yourself can create an athletic profile. An athletic profile will get you noticed. It will tell a coach more about yourself, who you are, show them your academics and your athletic ability. It will become your resume, your letter of introduction and where you will build from. It's time you take your recruiting efforts into your hands and get results you require.

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