Women's Collegiate Sports
Since the inauguration of Title IX requirements in college
sports programs, the athletic opportunities for women have opened up
There have been attempts to weaken Title IX requirements
because it is thought to draw too many resources from men's programs. However,
support remains strong and the results cannot be argued with.
Women's collegiate athletics can be divided into the
National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA)
Div. III, etc
NCAA teams, especially Division One, can be highly
competitive and difficult to enter. As often as not, coaches will be extremely
active in scouting high schools and junior colleges for promising players.
The more desirable schools will require high SAT/ACT scores and/or exceptional
academic achievement in prep school. The more competitive colleges in each
sport do offer scholarships.
National Team and Olympic coaches typically look to
NCAA teams first, on the assumption that their rigorous searching has turned
up the cream of the crop. Coaches will almost always be found at larger
tournaments and meets where multiple schools are present.
NCAA Sanctioned Women's Sports
NAIA serves smaller colleges and private schools. In
football, teams are competitive against NCAA Div. 3.
* Conferences differ by state and/or region.
Junior colleges are typically the easiest teams to walk
on to. Only in heavily populated areas do coaches actively recruit. Scholarships
are typically not offered, however, exceptional performances are noted and
the athlete often recruited to a university with a two-year scholarship