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Athletic Scholarships: Simple facts and some myths regarding post-secondary student athletes. As many of you may recently have heard, we have been helping some of our players get scholarships to play at the college level. We truly believe that the logical next step for our program is to help the kids get to the next level. We have partnered with Chris Enrico, formerly of Texas Preps and now with Selects CA recruiting to help Selects players who are committed to playing university football achieve their goals.
For many of you who are looking at either Canada or the U.S., there are many aspects to consider. We can help guide you through all the steps. Here are several things to consider when you are discussing possible university choices.
We currently have 46 former Selects players playing at either the Canadian University level or junior football in Canada.
Athletic scholarships for football in Canada, U Sports is the governing athletic body for football in Canadian universities. There are currently 27 universities with football programs and they compete in 4 athletic conferences. Once a player graduates from high school in Canada, they have 7 years to participate in University Sports. They can play 5 years of football and have 2 red shirt years. A U Sports’ football player can be on a team’s roster for 7 years. Alternatively, a player can play junior football for 3 years and play University football for 4 years. Maximum age for Junior football is 21 years old. Some players can play Junior football for 4 years if they meet the age requirement and play their last 3 years in university if they qualify.
Contrary to popular belief, Canadian Universities do not offer “full-ride” scholarships. The maximum a student athlete can receive in Canada is tuition and fees. This, of course, varies widely across Canada, so U Sports has capped athletic scholarships to $5,500 in all provinces except in Ontario where it is capped at $4,500.
Schools are allowed a certain number of scholarship that they will then divide amongst all players. For example, 43 scholarships are divided between 95 players. Latest U Sports numbers suggest that the average Canada West athletic scholarship was $1,400.00. Some players may get the full amount and some players may get $500.00. Considering that some teams charge players fees of $400.00 to $750.00 per player, it actually ends up costing some players to play collegiate sports.
Canadian universities are also not allowed to pay for meals, unless it’s on game day or travelling to games or during spring and fall camps. A player will receive a “per diem” for away games to pay for certain expenses while travelling.
Canadian universities are not allowed to pay for residence or for housing. Some players will choose to live with teammates in a house off campus, but the cost of the house and all associated expenses are the responsibility of the players.
Transportation to and from the school and parking are not covered by the school, as well as books and any additional fees are not covered by the school or the team.
Some schools may offer players an opportunity to get additional funds based on their performance. For example, if the player dresses and contributes they will get an additional $1,000, If a player makes the travelling roster he may get an additional $1,000, if a player starts then that player may get an additional $2,000. These amounts can still not exceed the maximum allowable of tuition and fees for the year. Most first year players will “redshirt.” They will only be allowed to dress and see limited playing time in one game. This is certainly not a bad thing.
U.S. athletic scholarships are a much different story. NCAA is the governing body for college/university athletics in the US. There are several divisions of NCAA, but for football there are Div 1, 2 and 3 colleges. The Division 1 schools are divided into FBS and FCS, and the biggest difference between these two levels is the amount of athletic scholarships they are allowed to give out. FBS schools are allowed to give out 85 full scholarships and FCS are allowed to give out 63 full scholarships.
A “full ride” scholarship in the US covers pretty much all associated costs for school, boarding, residence and some travelling costs. All costs for football are covered. The value of the scholarship is based on the attending school. Many universities in the U.S. are private schools with very little federal and/or state funding and those scholarships can be worth as much as $125,000 US per year. On average, a Div 1 scholarship is approx. $30,000-$40,000 per year.
In order to be eligible for an NCAA scholarship or a U Sport scholarship, there are many hoops to go through. NCAA regulations are very strict and are very restrictive on the schools.
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