Although the fall of the eleventh grade is relatively relaxed, there is still a lot that an incoming junior can be doing right now. I think it's beneficial, however, for that junior to take a step back and look at what is happening with seniors right now. Compare seniors who have planned and seniors who did not. Compare who has a good handle on where they will be going to college and who is starting to stress. In just one short year, seniors will be leaving for college, in just 7 months, seniors will be beginning their last high school season while in just 4 short months (120 days), some seniors will be officially committing to their college. Juniors, if you are not taking control RIGHT NOW ... trust me, you WILL miss the boat.
For juniors, aside from the October PSAT, the key things to get on your schedule are the Junior Fall Classic and the Perfect Game Under Class tournament in September. However, if you do not have a plan of how to get coaches to your field, nobody will discover you. Be sure to check out an upcoming post ... "What really happens at the fall classics and high profile tournaments" and how you can guarantee coaches will be at your field. It's time to decide if you want to be ahead of the curve and proactive or spend your entire senior year stressing, struggling and trying to catch up.
Here is your junior check list - good luck!
Registering for the Tests
Head to www.collegeboard.org to register for the SAT and www.actstudent.org for the ACT.
Know your test center code. Each test center has a unique code, which you can look up as you register. Early registrants are the most likely to get their first choice.
If you’d like to send your score to a college, have a list of them ready.
Try to complete the registration in one sitting. However, you can save your information and come back later if you choose.
Keep in mind that at the end of the process you will need a credit card to seal the deal.
The University of Arizona head coach, Coach Jay Johnson is a great example of the coaches who move and move up. An assistant coach at Point Loma University (while they were NAIA) just a few years ago, to the head coach at Point Loma to assistant at the University of San Diego to head coach at University of Nevada-Reno to head coach at the University of Arizona and a College World Series championship series appearance. It happens that fast to good people!
At this point, you should have researched schools and sent numerous communications to the coaches at the schools in which you have an interest. Some may have responded and some may not. You should consider the response (or lack thereof) an