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1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. You should give yourself time ± start the process preferably 18-24 months before you intend to begin your studies. Note important deadlines and other dates. Contact your EducationUSA center for advice and help. Start the process with friends, family, and student advisers. Do you know anyone who has or has had a sports scholarship in t he US? These are your best contacts, and can give you useful information as well as introduce you to US coaches. Become an expert (fan) on your sport as it is played at the university level in the US. What schools are doing well? Which teams need new players? Can you find interviews with coaches? The better you know the sport, the easier it will be for you to find the right team. Try to range yourself as an athlete compared to US university athletes. This is easier in sports such as track and field, and difficult in team sports. However, you HAVE to be able to say how good you are compared to other athletes. Start thinking about how you can present/market yourself as an athlete. Statistics, newspaper articles, photos, videos. What is your grade point average? Find out which sports associations (NCAA, NAIA, or NJCAA) and divisions that you qualify for.

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8. NCAA, NAIA or NJCAA? Remember that each organization has its own requirements for grade point average, standardized tests, amateurism rules, etc. Find out what the requirements are for your country, and how you qualify. For NCAA, see http://www.ncaapublications.com/p-4178-international-standards-2010-guide-to-international-academic-standards-for-athleticseligibility.aspx. NCAA Division I and II as well as NAIA require that your eligibility as an athlete is determined through a centralized system, called an eligibility center. You should start this process early, as soon as have your SAT or ACT scores. Eligibility is determined both in terms of academic achievement (your grades) and in terms of amateurism. If necessary, take the SAT or ACT, and the TOEFL. It¶s always good to do these tests early. Study athlete profiles on pages such as www.berecruited.com. Study at least ten different athletes in your sport. Note how they present themselves. You can also put up your own athlete profile, but don¶t expect coaches to contact you based on this alone. Think about who you can ask for letters of recommendation, and contact them. Create a CV that also includes information about you as an athlete. Scan articles, photos, lists of results, etc, and store them as PDF documents. Even if an article is in your own language, it will demonstrate that you are good enough to be noticed by local media. Create a video. 5-8 minutes. Be sure to start with an introduction (wear your team shirt and introduce yourself in English) and include sequences of yourself in a competition setting. Make sure that you are visible (wear a headband or do some digital highlighting). If appropriate for your sport, also show a few minutes of yourself demonstrating different techniques. Start working on a draft for a contact e -mail to coaches.

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17. Contact friends and acquaintances who have had sports scholarships in the US. Ask them to introduce you to their coach(es). 18. On the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA website you will find lists of schools in your sport. 19. You now have to try to identify schools for which you are good enough to be attractive to the team (but not 10 times better if you want to improve during your time there). Look at the team rosters. If there are several seniors on the rosters, chances are that t here will be several open spots next year, and a better chance of securing a scholarship. This will be much, much easier if you are already actively following your sport. 20. You can find the e-mail addresses of the coaches on the schools¶ athletic pages. 21. Coaches often feel familiar with athletes from the same country. One way of finding other athletes from your country is to Google [your sport] hometown/high school [name of your country]. Example: soccer hometown/high school norway. Check the names ± maybe you know them, or know somebody who does?

Keep your options open. but most likely you¶ll have to do the job yourself. 26. Scholarships are awarded one year at a time. 23. You are guaranteed a sports scholarship when you have signed a contract. Did they just win a major game. Tell the coach how you fit in. you can follow up with a new e-mail. . A good coach can help you with this process. follow up with a phone call (use Skype). 24. Do your research on the team. you need to be absolutely certain that this school is right for you. 27. Adapt your e-mail draft to the team and the coach that you are contacting. Familiarize yourself with visa rules for your country. 25. 30. 29. If you have good news about results from competitions. Introduce yourself. Don¶t lose your cool if you receive a positive reply! Coaches always look for the best ³offer. Remember. have you seen an interview with the coach or any of the athletes.´ They will often evaluate several athletes before they decide ± and maybe they need just one. Don¶t forget that you also have to apply for admission to the university like all other students. and only a few will reply. you will most likely have to write to many coaches.Contact the Coaches 22. ´Broken leg test´ ± would you attend this school even without a sports scholarship? Could you afford this school without a scholarship? 28. and if there is anything else you can send. called ´National Letter of Intent´. If you are offered a scholarship. If you are brave. or are you about as good as the best athlete on the team? Mention this in your e-mail. Attach CV and other relevant documents. politely ask if the coach has received your e-mail.

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