Article: Consider Ten Basic Questions When Applying as a Student Athlete
By Willard Dix, Forbes Contributor and nationally known College Admissions Expert. "My short advice is that athletes and parents should take great care when researching and applying to institutions if playing a sport is part of the plan for college." The article contains resources to help you proceed deliberately in your research.
Every prospective athlete should register with the NCAA Eligibility Center partway through high school. It is generally recommended that students register at the beginning of sophomore year, but students can also register later, in the fall of junior year. The planning will be easier the sooner you register and begin making sure that the core courses count for both Shoreline School District requirements and for the strict NCAA core course requirements.
The NCAA has scores of guides, pages, and links that will be helpful. This page isn't pretty, but is a plentiful list of resources by subtopics like rules, grading scales & GPA information, managing your courses, and more.
Students and families should be ambitious and realistic. While there are 8 million high school athletes, only 480,000 will go on to NCAA Athletics. That is 6%. Of that 6%, only a tiny fraction will enter professional sports.