MPSSAA offers college recruiting webinar

September 18, 2012|By Katherine Dunn | The Baltimore Sun

For athletes and parents, the college recruiting process can be confusing and overwhelming without a little help, so the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association is providing some guidance.

Designed to inform everyone from athletes to parents to coaches to guidance counselors about college athletic eligibility and the recruiting process, a new webinar is available on the MPSSAA website.

The webinar, free of charge, covers the following topics and more:

  • Three rules of being a parent
  • Scholarship myths and facts
  • NAIA and JUCO education
  • Scholarships, do they differ?
  • The Name Game
  • Negotiate/Cooperative Education
  • Dangers of social networking/cell phones
  • National Letter of Intent
  • NCAA/NAIA Eligibility Centers
  • Recruiting Services
  • NCAA core course requirements

“We highly encourage anyone who has aspirations of playing sports in college to watch this webinar,” Ned Sparks, executive director of the MPSSAA, said in a news release. “It is an outstanding first step in properly educating parents and students about the recruiting process.

"There is a misunderstanding that the recruiting process doesn't start until a student's junior or senior year. “Families and students who have aspirations of playing sports in college must begin to prepare themselves for the recruiting process starting in their freshman year of high school. MPSSAA highly recommends every parent of a student-athlete dedicate 60 minutes of time to watch our webinar. We feel it will go a long way to get our kids and families on the right track with recruiting, and more importantly, academics."

To view the webinar, go

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