Our students here at Bishops Gate Golf Academy are starting school next week, so I cannot think of a better time to talk about the importance that school and grades play in the recruiting process. Developing good habits prior to getting to college will not only help the recruiting process, but it will make for a smoother transition to college once you find that best-fit school.
I am going to debunk some common phrases I hear regarding grades:
“I’m a freshman in high school, I’ll have three more years to get my grades up.”
Your high school GPA starts on your first day of high school. By “taking it easy” your first semester or your first year, you could be severely setting yourself back. Your freshman year of high school is a great opportunity to create good study habits and establish your work ethic. Coaches are many times looking at recruits far earlier than their senior year of high school, so if you wait until then to start getting your act together it may be too late. The bottom line in college athletics is that if you are not keeping your grades up, you will become academically ineligible to compete – so you could very well be the most talented golfer on the team, but if you are ineligible to participate then how much of an impact can you really make?
“As long as my SAT or ACT scores are high enough, my GPA doesn’t really matter.”
The SAT and ACT tests represent only a portion of your academic background, your GPA is just as important. What your GPA is able to show is a track record. Do you have to get all A’s? No, although that would be great! There will probably be classes you may struggle with, especially if you are challenging yourself with Advanced Placement classes. Another thought to consider regarding your GPA in relation to your SAT or ACT scores – both are utilized when determining whether or not you qualify for academic scholarships. Help yourself out by maintaining good standing with both your GPA and SAT and ACT test scores
“I’m a talented golfer and that will make up for my poor grades.”
I full-heartedly believe that the word student-athlete is written in the manner it is for a reason. While it is important to be a talented athlete, you are a student first. I am not trying to imply that you have to be your high school’s number one golfer and the senior class valedictorian in order to be successfully recruited to college, but it is important to apply yourself to both areas. Your performance academically in high school will be able to show college coaches if you will be able to handle the rigors of being a student-athlete. If you are not applying yourself in high school and developing good time management habits, the transition to college will be extremely difficult once you have to balance all that comes with being a collegiate student-athlete.