Parents of aspiring collegiate athletes spend large sums of money on strength coaches, speed coaches, academic coaches, and food coaches [nutritionists], all in an effort to gain an edge on the competition. For those who aspire to attain an athletic scholarships, they need an Eligibility Coach as well.
The Athletic $cholarship Eligibility Coach guides parents through the necessary steps to help their children successfully navigate the eligibility and recruiting processes, and become certified to receive an athletic scholarship.
Knowing one simple mistake can turn a scholarship celebration into a frantic search for $15,000-$60,000 to finance the first year of college, Marlynn Jones serves as a personal coach through the maze of legislation involved in acquiring a college athletic scholarship.
Eligibility Coach addresses the Top 21 Mistakes made during the Certification Process, and shows parents how to avoid them. The book is divided into sections that are named for the parts of an athletic competition, because the family needs to prepare for this process just as it has prepared for athletic competitions for so many years.
Pre-Game addresses the admissions and recruiting processes. The First Half walks through the certification process and the steps to take in the ninth and tenth grades. Half-time covers preparations to be made during the eleventh and twelfth grades.
The Second Half covers the National Letter of Intent [NLI] Process, followed by steps that are necessary after high school graduation, and once the student reports to campus. Extra Periods discusses additional steps in the certification process for transfer, international, and home-schooled student-athletes, and gives advice for student with learning-impacted disabilities. The Post-Game section contains reference materials to assist readers along the way, and includes an Index.
To help readers understand complex NCAA legislation, short stories are presented to help illustrate these concepts. The names of student-athletes and universities are fictitious, in an effort to protect the privacy rights of the students involved, but the situation are based on current issues involving real student-athletes. Also included are actual NCAA Case Studies that are reprinted exactly as publicly reported by the NCAA.
Targeted Age Group: 16-54
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
When you are writing about legislation and rules, you have to make sure that you do continual research. I actually spent on year just on research before I was able to start writing. One must also have access to professionals in the sports administration field in order to make sure all references are current, as legislation changes frequently.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Understand the the process will take twice as long as you have planned. Be flexible, stay relaxed and calm throughout the process. And, develop outlets like exercise or hobbies to sustain your energy level. Also, take breaks when you put the book to the side and get back to life. You will come back to the book with renewed interest and realize that your draft isn’t as good or as bad as you originally thought. This time away will allow you to improve the final product.
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Marlynn R. Jones, Esq. is fiercely committed to guiding parents, high school coaches and guidance counselors to achieve admissions and eligibility certification for prospective collegiate student-athletes. Knowing that one simple mistake can turn a scholarship celebration into a frantic search for $15,000-$60,000 to finance the first year of college, Jones serves as a personal coach through the maze of legislation involved in acquiring an intercollegiate athletic scholarship.
Bit by the journalism bug in high school when named a teen columnist for the Durham Morning Herald, Jones continued to develop her writing skills at the University of North Carolina’s Journalism School receiving her bachelor’s degree, and at Virginia Commonwealth University’s [VCU] Graduate School of Mass Communications earning her master’s degree.
She was able to marry her love of journalism with her passion for sports as a graduate assistant in the Office of Sports Information at VCU. This position led to her first full-time job in athletics at the National Collegiate Athletic Association where she served as the first advertising manager for The NCAA News.
After being named 1999 National Outstanding Law School Student of the Year, graduating from the University of Miami, and working for five universities, the Orange Bowl Committee, and the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, Jones has settled back home in Durham, NC, where she resides with her daughter Faith.
Her company’s blog is located at www.eligibilitycoach.com. For regular updates on eligibility and certification news, follow Eligibility Coach on Twitter @eligibilitycoac, and “like” Eligibility Coach on Facebook.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Working as a university compliance officer, I am the one who has to break the bad news to parents that their child did to complete the certification process and the university therefore cannot award the promised athletic scholarship. I started writing a blog of tips to help answer the most common mistakes I saw parents make. Then, I started answering questions on the blog, and the material I had continued to grow until the book was developed. It was written to provide parents with a one-stop resource for information on how to qualify for college athletic scholarships in all sports.
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