Coaches only show you the good things about the program and the university. Truth is, they leave out a lot of information that could really influence your decision to sign. This article is to inform you about all the truths of being an NCAA Division I athlete so that you can make the best decision before you sign your life away.
All Of Your Social Media Accounts Are Monitored
Your Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook will all be monitored by the coaching staff. Some teams, like the University of Iowa Football Team, can't have certain social media accounts like Twitter. Once you sign your letter of intent to play for a university, they tell you all of their "rules" after, and you must abide by ALL rules or you could risk getting your scholarship taken away.
You Train Year Around
No matter what sport you play, you train year around, and your off-season entails intense training. During season training is not as demanding because you have games, but it's still a lot. As an NCAA Division I volleyball player, season was during the fall and went into winter. Off-season was spring and summer, in which we had three a day practices, and hell week. Hell week was training led by a U.S. Naval Sergeant. Need I say more?
You Are On A Strict Diet 24/7
This varies on what sport you play, but even men's sports, including football players, are on a specific diet that most people are not used to. The second you step foot on campus, you are given a very detailed meal plan of what you can and cannot consume, food wise and drink wise (drinks have a lot of calories).
You Can't Always Major In Your Desired Field
Being an athlete while going to school full-time is a challenge. With the time commitment to sports and the physical demands of practice and training, your body is exhausted and all you want to do is sleep. So, most people result to changing their major to something "simple" so they can pass all their classes and maintain eligibility to play.
Your Stipend Check Is Small
When you are a junior and are able to live out of the dorms, you get a stipend check every month to cover your rent and food expenses. However, this stipend check is not enough. Typically, 50%-75% of your stipend check goes to rent. The remainder of the check is not enough money to eat properly and do other essentials like take care of your car. Especially for males who eat a lot, the stipend check is not enough. And for people who come from poor backgrounds, it's difficult because they have no other means of financial support.