Choosing the right University – Q & A

Questions to coach

Questions to ask when you get an offer from a university

Choosing the right college can sometimes seem like an overwhelming process.

Below are some important questions to ask staff members at each school as you make your decision:

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Frequently Asked Questions

A question for the coaching staff

What expectations do you have for training and conditioning?

 

This will reveal the college's or university's commitment to a training and conditioning programme.

Questions for the coaching staff

How would you best describe your coaching style?

Every coach has a particular style that involves different motivational techniques and discipline.

You need to know if a coach's teaching style matches your learning style.

A question for the coaching staff

What other players may be competing at the same position?

The response could give you an idea of when you can expect to be a starter.

A question for the coaching staff

When does the head coach's contract end? How long does the coach intend to stay?

 

Do not make any assumptions about how long a coach will be at a school.

If the coach leaves, does this change your mind about the school or the programme?

A question for the coaching staff

Will my scholarship be maintained if there is a change in coaches?

 

 

A coach may not be able to answer this, but the athletic director may.

A question for the coaching staff

 

Is medical insurance required for my participation? Is it provided by the college?

 

You may be required to provide proof of insurance.

You should also consider GAP insurance ( Ask Sport USA about the discounted rate for GAP Insurance through Sport USA)

A question for the coaching staff

What happens if I want to transfer to another school?

 

You may not transfer without the permission of your current college’s athletic department.

Ask how often coaches grant this privilege and ask for an example of a situation in which permission was not granted.

A question for the admissions staff

What academic support programmes are available to student-athletes?

Look for a college that will help you become a better student.

A question for the admissions staff

How many credit hours should I take in-season and off-season?

 

It is important to determine how many credit hours are required for your degree and what pace you will follow to obtain that degree.

A question for the admissions staff

What is a typical day for a student-athlete?

 

The answer will give you a good idea of how much time is spent in class, practice, study, and travel.

It will also give you a good indication of what coaches expect.

A question for the admissions staff

What are the residence halls like?

 

The response should give you a hint of how comfortable you would be in your room, study areas, community bathrooms, and at the laundry facilities.

Also ask about the number of students in a room, coed dorms, and the rules governing life in the residence halls.

A question for the admissions staff

What are my opportunities for employment while I am a student?

Find out if you can be employed in-season, off-season, or during vacation periods.

A question for the admissions staff

Exactly how much will the athletic scholarship be?

What will and will not be covered?

 

It is important to understand what college expenses your family is responsible for so you can arrange to pay those.

Educational expenses can be paid for with student loans and government grants, but it takes time to apply for them.

Find out early so you can get something lined up

A question for the admissions staff

Am I eligible for additional financial aid?

Are there any restrictions?

 

Sometimes a student-athlete cannot accept a certain type of scholarship because of NCAA limitations.

If you will be receiving other scholarships, let the coach and financial aid officer know so they can determine if you may accept additional dollars.

A question for the admissions staff

Who is financially responsible if I am injured while competing?

 

You need to understand your financial obligations if you suffer an injury while participating in athletics.

A question for the admissions staff

Under what circumstances could my scholarship be reduced or cancelled?

 

Coaches should be able to give you some idea of how players are evaluated from year to year and how these decisions are made.

The college or university may have a policy governing the renewal of athletic aid. Ask if such a policy exists, and read it.

A question for the admissions staff

Are there academic criteria tied to maintaining the scholarship?

 

 

Some colleges or universities add academic requirements to scholarships (e.g., minimum grade-point average)

A question for the coaching staff

What scholarship money is available after eligibility is exhausted to help me complete my degree?

 

It may take longer than four years to complete a college degree programme.

Some colleges assist student-athletes financially as they complete their degrees.

Ask how such aid is awarded.

You may have to work with the team or in the athletics department to qualify for this aid

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Stage 4 – 8 important NCAA rules

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