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  • Undergraduate vs Graduate

    You’ve heard the terms “Undergraduate” degree and “Graduate” degree before, but what’s the difference? Bottom Line Undergraduate degrees are offered by colleges, and Graduate degrees are offered by Universities. Undergraduate Undergraduate, commonly called undergrad, degrees are those degrees up to and including a Bachelor’s. More than 2/3rds of all degrees handed out every year are undergrad. These degrees are often broader, as the school is focusing on teaching you how to learn and think while making you more well rounded knowledge-wise. Certificates and specialized training are a little bit different. They offer entry-level training specific to your career field. They… Read More

  • Junior College vs. Community College

    You’ve heard the terms “Junior College” and “Community College” before, but what’s the difference? Bottom Line The terms are now interchangeable, and there is no difference between the two anymore. Junior College Junior Colleges were originally created with the intention of being a lower division (Jr. vs. Sr.) of institutions. Their goal was to provide opportunities for those students who may not have continued their education for any number of reasons and prepare them to be able to continue to a 4-year institution. The curriculum offered mirrored that of a 4-year institution. The environment Junior Colleges provided allowed those students… Read More

  • College vs. University

    You’ve heard both the terms “college” and “university” before, but what’s the difference? Bottom Line There is a distinct difference between the two; there are times when the rule isn’t followed, and the terms are often used interchangeably. College Colleges are those institutions whose highest degree offered is an undergraduate degree. This includes both 2 and 4-year colleges. For example, Franklin & Marshall College doesn’t offer degrees beyond your bachelor’s. If you would like to continue to a Master’s, you will have to attend another school. University Universities are those institutions whose highest degree offered is a graduate degree. Many… Read More

  • Highlight Videos

    Highlight Videos – long a staple of the recruiting process, coaches used to have you to send in clips of you wrestling. After all, they can’t accurately recruit what they haven’t seen, and chances are, they haven’t seen you wrestle in person. Times are changing, though, and it’s for the better. With the prevalence of companies (Flowrestling, Trackwrestling) broadcasting and then archiving matches from tournaments all around the country, as well as video hosting services (YouTube), the chances a coach can’t look you up and watch you wrestle is probably pretty slim. If you already have matches available in one… Read More

  • How To Be A Good Recruit

    There are 2 types of recruits out there; Good recruits and bad recruits. Being a bad recruit is really easy. Being a good recruit is really easy. Coaches love good recruits. Everyone loves good recruits. This guide will help show you how to be a good recruit. Do What You Are Asked This is extremely simple, if a coach asks you to do something, DO IT! Many things in the recruiting process will mirror who you are as a person and wrestler. This is directly tied to coach-ability. If you can’t do an easy `task like fill out a recruit… Read More

  • How to Get Recruited

    The #1 question asked by wrestlers who want to continue their wrestling career is, “How do I get recruited?” It’s a question that sounds extremely difficult to answer, but it’s really not. This guide will tell you exactly how you do that. So you want to wrestle in college? You don’t have every school in the country banging down your doors? Trying to figure out how to get a coach to recruit you? Trying to be recruited by a college is the most error-prone part of the recruiting process. The biggest misconception is, “If a school wants to recruit me,… Read More

  • NCAA Eligibility Center

    NCAA Eligibility Center The NCAA Eligibility Center is the vehicle the NCAA uses to certify both eligibility and amateurism for competition within the 3 NCAA divisions; D1/D2/D3. While the rules for eligibility and certification are different for each of the divisions, if you are planning on competing in the NCAA, you are going to have to use the eligibility center. Link to the Eligibility Center The NCAA has 2 different types of accounts: Certification Account Used for D1 and D2 – You must have an account before taking an Official Visit or signing an NLI Create a Certification Account Profile… Read More

  • NJCAA Initial Academic Eligibility

    What is it? Initial eligibility is the ability to be able to compete for your institution as an entering freshman. The eligibility requirements are based upon your high school (or equivalent) academics. The NJCAA requirements are one of: High School graduate Earn a GED Complete an HS equivalency test HS graduate HS graduation must be documented with an official high school transcript that identifies: School Student Date of Graduation Administrative Signature. HS Equivalency test The equivalency exam has to be state-approved. If you haven’t been awarded the certificate or diploma, you can submit written proof of the completion to the… Read More

  • NCAA Initial Academic Eligibility

    What is it? Initial academic eligibility is the academic requirements that must be met to be eligible to compete for your institution as an entering freshman. Other steps in the overall initial eligibility process will need to be completed, which other guides explain. The NCAA eligibility process is a moving target, so to speak because there is no definitive one size fits all scenario. There are too many combinations to be academically eligible as a freshman to layout each one. Because of this, you need to know the requirements and where you are in relation to them. Across every division,… Read More

  • NAIA Initial Academic Eligibility

    This guide is for high school graduates, GED earners, and homeschooled wrestlers. What is it? Initial eligibility is the ability to be able to compete for your institution as an entering freshman. The eligibility requirements are based upon your high school (or equivalent) academics. Other steps in the overall eligibility process will also need to be completed, which is covered in another guide (coming soon). The NAIA gives wrestlers a lot of flexibility when determining initial freshman academic eligibility by using what it calls a three-pronged approach. With this, there are three different minimum standards, of which you need only… Read More