December, 2014 School Notes from USA Maverick Academic Advisor Eric Schlapak

Maverick Families I realize December is filled with many commitments, but I wanted to share a few things that could be done during the upcoming school vacation. 

1)NCAA Clearinghouse – to Juniors and Sophomores (Classes of 2016 and 2017) – I’m not sure if you realize that to play Division 1 or Division 2 baseball (or any D1/D2 sport) you have to be deemed eligible by the NCAA. All of us at the Mavericks want Juniors and Sophomores to begin registration with the NCAA as soon as possible. During the next few years, you will need to work with your school Guidance office to get the necessary documents uploaded by the fall of your senior year. Please do not wait until your senior year to begin this requirement. It takes a lot of time.

Website: www.eligibilitycenter.org

NOTE: Division 3 athletes do not need to be cleared.

2. 2015-16 Class Schedules – Believe it or not, in January/February, schools will begin having students select courses for the 15-16 school year. One reason I suggest you go to the NCAA Eligibility center is that it provides the MINIMUM courses needed to be cleared. Here is an example:

Sixteen (16) core courses are required. Ten (10) core courses completed before the seventh semester; seven (7) of the 10 must be in English, math or natural/physical science.

I’m sure that most, if not all, Maverick players will meet this particular requirement. However, it’s always good to make sure. (One group of students who will sometimes fall prey to the core course requirements are students who transfer schools, due to different academic offerenings.)

3. Spring SAT/ACT Dates – The College Board will be administering the SAT on the following three Saturday’s: March 14, May 2, June 6. 

The ACT will be offered: February 7, April 18, June 13

Class of 2016 Mavericks – it is highly suggested that you take either the SAT or ACT this spring. We also encourage you to take it again in the fall of your Senior year. 

For planning purposes, please realize that four of these dates are during baseball season. 

New Hampshire:
    *High schools begin practice on Monday, March 23

    *June 6 – Quarter Final games for all Divisions (all games will start at 4 pm)

    *June 13 – State Finals at NE Delta Dental in Manchester (D 4 at 10 AM, D1 at 1 pm, D2 at 4     pm, D3 at 7 pm)

Maine:
     *Practices begin Monday March 30 (catchers and pitchers only); April 6 (full team)

    *Regional Preliminary playoffs - June 9

    *Regional quarter final games - June 11

    *Regional semi final games - June 13

    *Regional finals - June 16 & 17

    *State finals - June 20 

In January, I will be providing information about possible test-prep connections for Maverick families. In the meantime, SAT/ACT prep books make great stocking stuffers for high school juniors.

4) College Visits – During the upcoming holiday season, if you are traveling, please consider taking a drive through a college campus on your route. We are fortunate to have UNH nearby, so the players are familiar with our state university. But it also doesn’t have a varsity baseball team. There are many colleges within a 2-hour drive. You could realistically do 5-6 drive-through visits in a day, reaching Worcester and Boston-area campuses. College websites provide times for campus tours. They are free and very interesting. It’s not too early to start this, even with freshman. I also encourage players and families to do website visits. College websites are loaded with information about admission data, academic majors, and campus life, including baseball. 

Thank you for taking the time to go through this information. As always, you are welcome to contact me with any questions regarding any of this information. Have a great holiday season. 

Eric Schlapak, Academic Advisor

eric@usamavs.com