Student-Athlete Resources

This page includes a collection of resources – curated by BBA and Overachieve Academy (OAA) – for emerging Student-Athletes and their parents or guardians. BBA & OAA are not affiliated, nor do we endorse specific paid products or services that may be mentioned on any of these third-party websites. This page is intended to be an informational page. Please contact a member of our team with any additional questions. We are excited to share our perspective on this exciting topic!

Preparing High School Student-Athletes for College: Important Role of Parents

Parents of college-bound student-athletes often ask, “How can I best help my child prepare for the academic demands of college?” Whether or not your youngster is planning to compete athletically at the next level, or has been an A or C student, the question is significant. To help answer that question, Dr. Robert Nathanson and Arthur Kimmel have compiled the following “To-Do” list for parents. These suggestions come from their more than 30 years of teaching and mentoring student-athletes and are drawn from the ideas and strategies of academically successful student-athletes from around the country whose insights were at the core of the research for our recently-published book, The College Athlete’s Guide to Academic Success: Tips from Peers and Profs.

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Guide for the College-Bound Athlete

This NCAA-provided guide answers important questions for four groups of people involved in the NCAA initial-eligibility process:

  • High school students who hope to compete in college sports at an NCAA Division I or II school.
  • Parents, guardians and family members of high school students.
  • High school counselors and athletics administrators.
  • High school and nonscholastic coaches.

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How to Contact College Coaches by Email, Text, DMs, and Phone Calls

This page includes 4 key steps to contact college coaches.  This page also includes answers to questions like:

  • When should I start contacting college coaches?
  • How to let coaches know you’re interested in their program
  • What to ask college coaches
  • When can college coaches contact you?
  • Questions college coaches will ask
  • Should parents talk to high school coaches?
  • How do I send film to college coaches?
  • How do I talk to college coaches on the phone?
  • How long do college coaches take to respond?
  • How do I contact college coaches during COVID-19?

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How to Network in College: A practical guide to student success in the networking age

Securing the perfect post-graduate job opportunity. Finding irreplaceable mentors. Building lifelong friendships with students of various backgrounds. These are just a few of the advantages you can experience by applying the principles of networking. A practical guide for the 21st-century college student, How to Network in College will show you step-by-step how to attract the right kinds of people into your life from the time you set foot on campus all the way up until commencement day. Taught on the campus of Princeton University, these practical networking strategies have helped college students secure top-notch job offers and cultivate relationships with fellow peers, university faculty, and alumni.

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Balancing School & College Sports: How Student-Athletes Can Kill It in Class & on the Court

Student-athletes juggle more demands than a typical college students. By the time their dormmates sleepwalk into their 9 a.m. class, student-athletes have already run three miles, eaten breakfast, and started the week’s assignments. They may be amateurs, but when it comes to juggling sports and their studies, many are forced to become pros quickly. This guide offers tips and expert advice on how to stay on top of your game in the classroom and on the court (or wherever you play).

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