If you are a female high school basketball player looking to make it to the college level, there are some key things you should know about recruiting for women’s basketball. First off, everyone wants to play at UConn, Notre Dame, Baylor or one of the other elite universities, but very few will make it to that level. However, college basketball offers six different levels of competition, each of which provides you with the opportunity to play at the next level.
1- NCAA Division I
Division I colleges and universities are where the best of the best (and the biggest) high school players usually end up. At the Division I level, finding players is usually not the problem for college coaches involved in recruiting for women’s basketball programs. The problem is convincing the most talented players to come and play for them vs. the competition.
2- NCAA Division II
Players at the Division II level are still extremely talented. These players usually have the talent and skills to play at the Division I level, but are usually a little smaller than their Division I counterparts.
3- NAIA Division I and II
Players at both the Division I and Division II level of NAIA are usually comparable to players at the NCAA Division II level. Some of the smaller Division II NAIA schools may be comparable to NCAA Division III players.
4- NCCAA Division I and II
The NCCAA stands for the National Christian College Athletic Association. Players in this division can vary from higher NCAA Division II talent to lower NCAA Division III level talent.
5- NCAA Division III
Some of the smaller colleges and universities compete at the Division III level. Even though scholarships are not available at the Division III level, these players are still extremely talented. Just get out and watch a Division III game and you will see what I mean. Financial aid is available at the Division III level.
6- NJCAA (Junior Colleges)
Many talented female players who may not have had any offers from coaches out of high school, or may not have had the grades to go and play in the NCAA or NAIA right out of high school, end up at the junior college level. While there they can develop their game and get their grades higher so that they can transition into Division I, II, III or NAIA.
All told there are more than 1,700 colleges fielding women’s basketball teams. That means there are plenty of opportunities for female high school basketball players to get recruited for to play women’s college basketball. Don’t get stuck on playing at a particular Division level and the door of opportunity is open for you if you are a talented player.
You can walk right through that door of opportunity if you are willing to take responsibility for your own recruitment and market and promote yourself correctly to college coaches. Many coaches involved in the recruiting for men’s basketball process would love to hear from you, especially at the Division II and other levels where recruiting budgets are tight but the need is great.
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This article was contributed by Gary V. Hawkins, author of “Five Secrets You Must Know To Get Recruited For Athletic Scholarships.”
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