Student Athletes

For Students Athletes and their parents.

The My Readiness Coach Series of Sports portals is designed to help potential high school athletes prepare for the rigors of becoming eligible to play college sports at Division I, II, and III levels as well as being ready to play sports at an NAIA or Junior/Community College. 

Do you want to play college sports? My Readiness Coach sports portal is full of free resources for athletes and families to help you learn how to get recruited and find an athletic scholarship. Whether you are just getting started and need to begin contacting college coaches or want to make sure you meet all of the eligibility requirements before you head out on your official visit, this portal can answer every question.

​If you’re an aspiring high school student-athlete looking for a scholarship, it is not only essential to know how to get recruited and the best ways to stand out, but also which athletic association is best for you. By learning the difference between the NCAA, NAIA, and the Junior/Community College Clearing Houses you will gain insight into how many scholarships are available, where scholarships come from, and the restrictions regarding scholarships in each association. 

Our Student Athlete Programs

NCAA

For potential student-athletes who are planning to participate in NCAA collegiate sports after high school.

From:

$49.99/mo.

NAIA

For potential student-athletes who are planning to participate in NAIA collegiate sports after high school.

From:

$49.99/mo.

NJCAA

For potential student-athletes who are planning to participate in NJCAA collegiate sports after high school.

From:

$49.99/mo.

NCAA Divisions I, II, and III

For Students - Athletes and their parents interested in attending an NCAA division school.

If you are a high school athlete that plans on participating at a major Division I college or university, My Readiness Coach is here to guide you through the complete process of being college and career ready.

 

My Readiness Coach for student-athletes is not a tool used for the recruitment of student-athletes. We are a team of professional coaches that help make sure you are prepared for participating at a major NCAA Division I school.

 

Here is some of what we help guide you through: 

  • College admissions process.

  • College admissions testing (SAT, SAT Subject Test).

  • College admissions essay preparedness.

  • NCAA core course readiness.

  • NCAA eligibility requirements.

  • NCAA rules and regulations.

  • Information on agents and advisors.

  • How to land a full NCAA scholarship.

  • Live weekly webinars on college and career readiness.

  • How to maintain your eligibility throughout college.

 

We work with student-athletes in grades 6th – 12th on every aspect of college and career readiness. If you are serious about someday playing college sports, you will also need to understand what the requirements are for you to become eligible to receive a full athletic scholarship to the school of your dreams.
 

 

National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)

For students athletes, and their parents, interested in attending a NAIA school.

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics gives student-athletes the opportunity to continue on playing beyond their high school careers that were not offered a scholarship at the Division I, II, or III level.

My Readiness Coach is designed to help potential student-athletes understand the requirements for attending an NAIA school while earning a scholarship.

What are the differences between the NCAA and an NAIA schools? NAIA’s schools are made up of over 300 schools that offer 13 different sports programs. NAIA schools are a much smaller association than the NCAA with just over 60, 000 students. NAIA schools offer two different divisions you can participate in, Divisions I and Division II. The NAIA Division II is comparable to an NCAA Division II school.

With over 90% of NAIA schools offer scholarships and NAIA student-athletes receive an average of $7,000 of additional financial aid. However, it is impossible to say how many athletes receive scholarships because the NAIA does not have a central database like that of the NCAA.

When looking for an athletic scholarship, remember that you have a number of options available to you in both the NCAA and NAIA schools. Being educated and knowledgeable about these two associations will help you in your search to find the best college for you.

What services does My Readiness Coach provide student-athletes looking to participant at an NAIA school?

  • Overview of the admissions requirements for all NAIA schools.

  • NAIA eligibility requirements.

  • College admissions testing requirements (SAT, SAT Subject Test and the ACT Testing).

  • College admissions essay completion.

  • College application completion.

  • FAFSA completion.

  • State grant completion.

  • Student loan completion.

  • College transition.

  • Weekly live webinars for college and career readiness at no additional cost.

 
 

National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA)

For students athletes, and their parents, interested in attending a NJCAA school.

The Mission of the NJCAA:

It is the mission of the NJCAA to foster a national program of athletic participation in an environment that supports equitable opportunities consistent with the educational objectives of member colleges. 

The NJCAA's mission is to promote and foster two-year college athletics. Unlawful discrimination is incompatible with this mission and detracts from the organization's goal of promoting healthy and fair competition. The NJCAA prohibits unlawful discrimination based on sex, race, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, religion, creed, sexual orientation, age or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in the NJCAA's governance, programs, regulations, and employment practices.

Playing at a NJCAA School:

Student-athletes who decide to attend a community/junior college do so for several reasons, like not being eligible to participate at a Division I, II, or III school. Student-athletes might also feel a community/junior college can help them improve their grades and skills prior to transferring into another post-secondary institution.

 

 

Divisional Structure:

Competitive sport divisions were launched by the NJCAA in the early 1990s due to the growth and popularity of several sports. In order for a sport to be granted divisional status, member college participation in the sport must meet the divisional structure guidelines published in the NJCAA bylaws. 

Member colleges of the NJCAA are permitted to participate in any division of a sponsored sport of the association. A member college is permitted to participate across multiple divisions in various sports should it feel it is in the best interest of the institution. Every two years member colleges are required to declare the sports it will sponsor and what division they wish to participate in. During the two year commitment period, member colleges are locked into the divisions they declared.  

Competing within a specific division of an NJCAA sponsored sport comes with specific policies and guidelines published in the NJCAA bylaws. Below are the current scholarship parameters for the three competition divisions of the association.

 

Scholarship Guidelines: 

​The NJCAA has three divisions that allow student-athletes that maybe were not eligible or needed more time to continue growing their athletic ability as a player.

 

Division I 

At the junior college level schools can grant full athletic scholarships

(tuition, books, fees, room & board), up to $250 in course required supplies and transportation costs one time per academic year to and from the college by the direct route. Each sport has limits on the number of scholarships that can be granted. 
 

Division II

Schools can grant athletic scholarships, but scholarships will be limited to only tuition, books, fees, and up to $250 in course required supplies. A noticeable difference is the deduction of the room and board.

 

Division III

Colleges are not allowed to award any athletic scholarships. Students should complete the FAFSA application to be considered for grants, academic scholarships, and institutional aid.

My Readiness Coach will be able to assist you in the following areas:

 

  • Understanding the admissions requirements.

  • Understanding the recruitment process.

  • Agents and advisors’ roles.

  • Role of the parent in the recruitment process.

  • College placement testing.

  • FAFSA and state grant completion.

  • Entrance counseling.

  • Master promissory note.

  • Work-study jobs.

  • College fee waiver assistance.

  • College application completion.

  • Transitioning into college.

  • College housing completion.

  • Live weekly webinars on college and career readiness.

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