Sunday, 01 May 2016 14:43

Recruiting Tips: Why Some Choose Division III

Written by Jill Hicks
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I was talking with one of my clients about her decision to go to a Division III gymnastics team and this is what made her decision easy.

  1. She wanted to be wanted: After all the years of doing the sport of gymnastics she wanted to be on a team where the coaches showed her that they really wanted her on their team.
  2. She wanted to compete: She could have walked on to a Division I school, but the odds of competing on more then one event were slim. She did not want to be an
    observer but a participator on a team.
  3. She wanted the best education: The Division III college had the best program for her desired major. She knew after four years she would need the degree for the rest of
    her life and she did not want to compromise the athletics for the academics.
  4. She was offered a substantial academic scholarship: As long as she kept up her grades to a certain GPA she was guaranteed academic funding.

Don’t get stuck on the name of the college or the “division level”. It is important to evaluate the academics, athletics and finances that best suit your situation. Remove
the division level and college name from the discussion. Focus on the overall opportunity at each college.

Also, do not underestimate the power of being wanted by a college coach. There is a big difference between being allowed to be on a team and being wanted to be on a
team. You will know as you meet the coaches and athletes. You spend many hours in the gym together throughout your four years.

Choose wisely!

About Jill Hicks:

Jill Hicks is a former elite gymnast, Division I college athlete, club coach and Division I college gymnastics coach (Cal State Fullerton, Oregon State) and the owner of Jill Hicks Consulting, where she provides recruiting services and choreography for prospective student-athletes and their families. For further information visit:

Editor's Note:  Publication of this article is not an endorsement of any recruiting service.  Always check with the NCAA or your school's compliance officer for any questions regarding recruiting rules, the latest timelines, or other issues.

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