My kids have been playing club sports for a few years now. When I meet parents on the sidelines (especially from other teams), I get the impression that their intensity reflects a belief that sports are a ticket to college. It could be that it’s their golden ticket into a college, but I hope it’s not because parents think it will also pay for college.
Because … full ride athletic scholarships are harder to get than entrance to Princeton (7%), Harvard (5.3%) or Stanford (5.05%).
…odds of a high school athlete getting a sports scholarships is 2%, but the odds are far worse on getting a full-ride.
More than 600,000 girls competed in track and field in high school while there were only 4,506 scholarships. These scholarships were split among 9,888 athletes and the average award was $8,105.
More than 330,000 boys played soccer in high school while there were 2,357 soccer scholarships. These soccer scholarships were split among 6,047 students and the average award was $8,533.*
These are dreadful odds. from The College Solution
*Boston College costs $62,820 for Tuition, Fees, Room, and Board for 2015-2016.
Just 3.3 percent of high school seniors playing men’s basketball will have roster positions on NCAA teams as freshmen—with or without scholarships, according to NCAA data. For women, the figure is 3.7 percent.The odds are almost as slim in men’s soccer, football, and baseball. The chance of getting an athletic scholarship is even smaller, even for students whose parents can devote the hundreds of hours–and thousands of dollars–that high-level youth sports often require.
Put another way, the odds of landing a college scholarship in many major sports are lower than the chances of being admitted to Harvard, Yale, Princeton or Stanford. from CNBC
It’s true that some sports are easier than others to get than others. Here’s the stats on that by sport, broken down by boys versus girls.
Blue= Mens Orange = Womens
But even this is deceptive. PickyKidPix‘s club soccer team has an Academy Team for boys (but not girls). There are only two Academy teams in Massachusetts where the best players compete for a spot. Here’s where the graduating seniors landed:
Nicholas Atwood: Florida Southern (acceptance rate 65%)
Alexis Berrera: Daniel Webster College (acceptance rate 66%)
Colin Berg: Sarah Lawrence College (acceptance rate 62%)
Mason Brummett: Holy Cross (acceptance rate 33%)
Nicholas Caruso: Eastern Connecticut State University (acceptance rate 70%)
Colin Chiakpo: Boston University (acceptance rate 32%)
Patrick Conway: University of Rochester (acceptance rate 35%)
Alex Dano: New York University (acceptance rate 35%)
Rohan Doherty: Allegheny College (acceptance rate 58%)
Adam Gibbs: Northeastern University (acceptance rate 31.2%)
Clayton Hafer: Holy Cross (acceptance rate 33%)
John Hackney: Elmira College (acceptance rate 75%)
John Hamilton: Providence College (acceptance rate 60%)
Eoin Houlihan: Holy Cross (acceptance rate 33%)
Paul Maggazu: Merrimack College (acceptance rate 77%)
Aleksandr Marceau: Bates College (acceptance rate 24%)
Michael Milhollen: Connecticut College (acceptance rate 32%)
Francis Muumba: Roger Williams University (acceptance rate 78%)
Miles Robinson: Syracuse University (acceptance rate 49.5%)
Kyle Ryan: George Mason University (acceptance rate 67%)
Joe Schallmo: Wentworth Institute of Technology (acceptance rate 61%)
There’s another twist in the mix … international high school soccer players. At Boston College (acceptance rate 34%), recruits from overseas are top picks.
College Soccer News ranked Boston College’s 12-member freshman class as the 46th-best in the country.
Here is what the website said about the new Eagles:
Ed Kelly has added a twelve member recruiting class that he hopes will give the Eagles the edge they need on both sides of the ball to get back into the NCAA Tournament field in 2015 after a two-year absence. Forward Simon Enstrom from Sweden, midfielder Joshua Forbes from Germany, defender Rodolfo Postigo from Venezuela and midfielder Raphael Salama from Spain are among the international players in the class who have the potential to make an impact. Forward Tommy Garcia-Morillo out of the Weston FC Academy and Gulliver Preparatory is among other members.
It’s true that everyone know someone who is heavily recruited. Where I live, this accolade belongs to Athena Ardila with more than two dozen scholarship offers at Division 1 schools for volleyball. Her serve has knocked out more than one libero unconscious. She’s also on the pre-Olympic team and trains in Colorado Springs.
If you are the best in the world in your age group, you can ignore this post. For everyone else though, it’s time to hit the books.
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