High School Sports Center

What Are Your Chances?

by HSSC | Posted on Friday, May 9th, 2014

What Are Your Chances?

Earning an athletic scholarship to play collegiate sports is the goal of many high school athletes. Many also have the dream of playing professional sports.

But what are you chances?

As you can see by the chart above (2010 survey), earning a spot on a collegiate team is very challenging. In football, for example, there were 316,937 high school senior football players across the nation. Of those, only 66,313 had a chance to earn a roster spot at a college or university. That’s only 21%. Kind of makes you feel like a small fish in a big pond.

For those with the dream of playing at the professional level, the odds are even greater. Using football as the example again, there were 14,736 college senior football players available to play at the professional level. Of those, only 250 were actually drafted. That’s LESS THAN 2%. To make those numbers seem even more daunting, compare the number of total high school student athletes who were playing football to the number who actually get drafted into the pros. Now we’re talking about a miniscule .08%. That is only 8 1/100ths of 1 percent. So, why am I giving you these statistics? Is it to crush your dreams of playing at the college or professional level? Absolutely not!! Never give up on your dreams. Then why am I sharing these numbers? I’m sharing this information with you so that you know two things:

  1. To have a chance to make it to the next level you must work extremely hard. You must be willing to do what others will not do. It will take sacrifice, determination and a non wavering desire to be the best athlete you can be.
  2. To have a chance in life you must work just as hard on academics as you do on athletics. Success in a career as an athlete is not very likely for most, as the numbers prove. You must prepare yourself academically to ensure a successful future.


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