Below are the definitions of various terms that are used throughout the sports connection:
An athlete's profile becomes an approved profile when the athlete's high school or club coach reviews it for accuracy and approves it. This can be revoked by the approving coach at any time. While being approved doesn't ensure it's 100% accurate, it does show that the athlete's coach reviewed it and felt that the athlete was making a fair representation of their academic and athletic abilities.
This athlete has changed their profile status to COMMITTED. It's important to understand that athlete commitments are self-reported by the athletes' themselves and as such, are unverified. All committed athletes will have a note giving further details such as the date when the user updated their profile status and where they will be attending college.
Game Plan Accounts
The majority of the sports connection's services are listed as Game Plan 1 accounts for athletes. There are additional features to increase an athlete's exposure as part of our Game Plan 2 Accounts. This additional exposure helps athletes who upgrade to Game Plan 2 receive, on average, 3 times the interest from college coaches when compared to other athletes on the sports connection. Some of the other benefits of having a Game Plan 2 Account include: additional video clips and Letters of Communication / Interest to prospective colleges.
Letter of Recommendation
High school and club coaches can choose to write a letter of recommendation for any athlete they are currently associated with to help college coaches in the recruiting process. Game Plan 2 Accounts: Staff reaches out to coaches to write a letter of recommendation. College coaches should use these letters as one additional data point when evaluating a potential recruit and shouldn't read too much into one recommendation. The sports connection urges college coaches to talk to any athlete's coaches directly in person or via phone to get a more comprehensive assessment of an athlete's ability.
NCAA Eligibility Center
According to the NCAA all prospective student-athletes intending to enroll in an NCAA Division I or II institution for the first time on or after August 1, 2007 must complete the NCAA Amateurism Certification questionnaire from the NCAA Eligibility Center. If you intend to play at the NCAA Division I or II level the sports connection highly recommends completing the NCAA Eligibility questionnaire sometime during fall of your senior year. LEARN MORE
Private or Public Profiles
We only have public profiles – we do not post SAT, GPA, etc. on the site. To receive this information about the athlete you will need to reach out to the coach, school or athlete. Public profiles limit the depth of information you can see about a particular athlete. Our athletes choose to have a public profile that allows any athletic statistics, photos, video clips or blog posts they might have added to their account to be shown to the public.
Total number of views attained in a 30 day period or continuous tracker which shows total number of times a profile was viewed by anyone.