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Scholarships

May 18, 2009
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I was speaking with someone on the 4th who's DD is on a scholarship for volleyball. Coach told them that if they sign an All American then any player currently in the All American's position is most likely going to lose the scholarship. They had a friend who's dd was forced out at Nebraska for this very reason. Nothing is guaranteed.
 
Nov 18, 2013
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I was speaking with someone on the 4th who's DD is on a scholarship for volleyball. Coach told them that if they sign an All American then any player currently in the All American's position is most likely going to lose the scholarship. They had a friend who's dd was forced out at Nebraska for this very reason. Nothing is guaranteed.
P5 scholarships have been guaranteed for four years since 2015. They can't cut players or reduce their scholarships without cause. They can tell a player they won't play and suggest they transfer. Although, I can't imagine anybody wanting to stay under those circumstances.
 
May 18, 2009
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In this case they told her her SAT/ACT was lower than admission standard for what they gave. Told her to retake the test, no study time given. She already had issues with coaching. Wasn’t good at the test so decided not to take it and knew it was time to leave. Is much happier playing D3 by the way.
 

JAD

Feb 20, 2012
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As others have mentioned, full ride athletic scholarships in softball are few and far between. A lot of players (and their parents) claim full rides, but it is a combination of athletics, academic and grants. A better way to calculate thing is what will your "out of pocket" costs be at each school and weigh those against the quality of the education when making a decision. If you figure there are 12 scholarships/team and 20-24 players/team a good average would be @ 50%.
 
Nov 3, 2012
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Keep in mind softball is an equivalency sport. That means the scholarships get divided up and partial scholarships are given to the players to total the total amount allowed. Total allowed in D1 is 12 per team, but some teams don't necessarily give the full 12 out. Like mentioned earlier, full rides normally are made up of athletic and academic and maybe need based grants. So say a team had a hefty number of 20 athletes, then say hypothetically they divided up there scholarships evenly, then they each player would get 60%.

One stipulation for a student athlete to get an academic scholarship according to NCAA bylaw 15.02.04.03 the D1 student athlete must be in the top 10% of class, must have above a 3.5 out of a 4.0 and must have a SAT of 1200 or a ACT above a sum of above 105. So there's some major hurdles to get that academic money, as you see the athletes must be good students. D2 is top 20% of class and just a 1140 on the SAT.
 
Jun 17, 2014
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I wasn't aware of the academic scholarship rules but just looked it up...the requirements for D1 schools that are noted in the post above are that you must meet ONE of those requirements, not all. Glad to see that as my daughter meets the ACT requirement and is getting an academic scholarship this year. She's a recruited walk-on but we're hoping athletic scholarship money might come in the future!
 

Cannonball

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Feb 25, 2009
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As I have mentioned before, my dd had both athletic and academic scholarships. Therefore, she was able to have the equivalent of a full ride or just short of a full ride. However, and this is really important, that academic scholarship is so hard to keep. Over the course of her 4 years in college, several players who had academic monies lost those monies. When players are on the road so much, often the classroom suffers. As most of you know, the athletic monies, with the exception of the top conferences in the country in D-I, are never guaranteed. The amounts change as well. Some go up and some go down. My dd's stayed the same per the athletic but we were fortunate that her academic monies increased as she got into her major where other monies were available per that major.

While discuss this, parents and players need to do their due diligence. It isn't as simple as the classroom. Housing can be tricky at some schools. My dd was assigned a two bedroom apartment with a teammate all four years. Are books included? You all know that some classes have additional fees and they can be expensive. Believe it or not, parking at some schools is a separate fee. My dd's first year, parking was not included and it was $200. My dd's school is now offering the food service which they did not when my dd went there. So, that was an expense but would have been anyway. In the end, all that really matters is that your dd get a quality education and so, measure that against all concerns.
 

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