On the evening of Feb. 1 The Athletic Association of Port Washington (AAPW) sponsored a workshop for the college bound athlete. There was an excellent turnout of students and parents. A panel was comprised of college coaches, athletic directors, high school coaches and parents of college athletes. Each presenter gave their perspective.
Some of the key points from the evening program include;
1. Schools that are Division I and II offer athletic scholarships.
2. If you are a high school student and want to play a sport in a Division I or II school, you must register with the NCAA Clearinghouse in your junior year.
3. A key point stressed by Susan Cassidy Lyke, the athletic director at Molloy College, is to make sure "It's the right fit." She explained, "If the student has decided on their major they need to make sure that that course of study is offered at the school that is interested in them. Make sure it is a school that the student likes and feels comfortable at. One has to think of the possibility that if an injury occurred or any circumstance that interfered with the student's athletic participation that they are at a school that they want to be at regardless. Remember we use the term, "Student-Athlete" that means the student first.
4. Students need to take a strong academic course load to meet the NCAA regulation.
5. Student athletes should develop a sports record of athletic achievements.
6. In junior year, the students should begin to contact coaches at colleges that interest them.
7. Students should have a video tape made of their athletic performance.
8. Students should visit the colleges they are interested in and observe the sports they want to play to see how they would fit in and measure up.
Jeremy Gurewitz, a sophomore at Schreiber who plays football and basketball attended the workshop with his father said, "I found the evening's presentation very helpful. It was good to hear from all sides; what the college coaches are looking for, how to approach and communicate with them, and how the high school coach can help in the process."
A packet of materials was distributed. Included the NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Athlete and copies of current articles on various aspects of recruiting. Copies are available at the Guidance Office at Schreiber High School.