THE TRUTH ABOUT SPORTS SCHOLARSHIPS
By Bob Gardner, Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations and Thomas E. Neubauer, Executive Director of the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association.
Many parents dream of their children landing college athletic scholarships by specializing in a sport year-round outside of their schools. While not every child will earn an athletic scholarship, there are many benefits to high school athletics that students can realize.
In education-based high school sports, student-athletes are taught, as the term implies, that grades come first. The real-life lessons that students experientially learn offer insights into leadership, overcoming adversity and mutual respect.
Playing multiple high school sports also may help students get noticed by college coaches: many Division I football and basketball coaches have recently stated that they are committed to recruiting students who have played multiple sports within the high school setting. For example, of the 106 players who were on the active roster for Super Bowl LII, 102 [96%] played more than one sport during their high school careers. With 37 [35%] of them playing 3 or more sports in high school.
The act of balancing quality schoolwork and a sports schedule is difficult, but manageable, and can help students become well-rounded, versatile members of our community as they grow older. While many of our students enjoy sports and, actually, excel in them, in reality, the odds of a sports scholarship paying for even a portion of a student’s college education are miniscule.
The College Board, a not-for-profit organization comprised of 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions, reports that the moderate cost for college students who attend a public university in their state of residence is $25,290 per year. The annual cost at a private college averages $50,900.
Meanwhile, the most recent data from the NCAA reveals that the average Division I athletic scholarship is worth only $10,400. More significantly, the same study shows that fewer than two percent of all high school athletes (1 in 54) ever wear the uniform of an NCAA Division I school.
Even if the dream is realized, parents likely will spend more money for club sports than they ever regain through college athletic scholarships.
By focusing on academics while playing sports within the school setting, students can earn scholarships for academics and other talents—skillsets oftentimes nurtured while participating in high school activities. These scholarships are more accessible and worth more money than athletic scholarships. While $3 billion per year is available for athletic scholarships, more than $11 billion is awarded for academic scholarships and other financial assistance.
Without a doubt, your sons and daughters will have fun, make friends and be prepared for life beyond sports by participating in multiple sports and activities offered by the high school in your community.
Purpose of DIAA
Purpose of the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association (DIAA)
The purpose of the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association is to
Contact InformationThomas Neubauer, Executive DirectorPhone: (302) 857-3365 Fax: (302) 739-1769
- preserve and promote the educational significance of interscholastic athletics;
- ensure that interscholastic sports remain compatible with the educational mission of the member schools;
- provide for fair competition between member schools;
- promote sportsmanship and ethical behavior;
- establish and enforce standards of conduct for athletes, coaches, administrators, officials and spectators;
- protect the physical well-being of athletes;
- and promote healthy adolescent lifestyles.
Notifications and Alerts
Winter 2018 State Tournaments
Girls Basketball Champions: Conrad
Boys' Basketball Champions: St. Elizabeth's
Girls' Swimming & Diving Champions: Newark Charter
Boys' Swimming & Diving Champions: Salesianum
D1 Dual Team Wrestling Champions: Caesar Rodney (30-29)
D2 Dual Team Wrestling Champions: Milford (38-29)
Girls' Indoor Track State Champions: Padua Academy
Boys' Indoor Track State Champions: Salesianum
Ticketing and Streaming
Tickets to championship games can be purchased online at www.statechamps.com/DIAA.
Watch DIAA tournament events live on the NFHS Network.
The NFHS Network is the exclusive broadcast rights holder of DIAA postseason events. Any individual streaming a game is strictly prohibited and is in direct violation of DIAA's contract with the NFHS Network. Any violation of the NFHS Network's exclusive rights may result in legal action by the NFHS Network.