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Bayfield Middle School student-athletes gain insight into sports after high school – The Durango Herald

Recent graduating eighth graders visit Fort Lewis College to learn about the college’s athletic requirements

Fort Lewis College Director of Athletics Travis Whipple and other Skyhawks athletics staff met with the recent graduates of Bayfield Middle School on May 15. (Courtesy of FLC athletics, file)

Bayfield student-athletes making the transition from middle school to high school stopped by Fort Lewis College to gain some insight into what the path to sports beyond high school will look like.

FLC athletic director Travis Whipple and other Skyhawks athletics staff met with recent Bayfield Middle School graduates on May 15 to discuss related courses they should enroll in at Bayfield High School, as well as the various athletic programs available to them are. This is evident from a press release on the district’s website.

Whipple also discussed the NCAA Eligibility Center, which requires high school students to register regardless of whether they attend a school that competes in NCAA Division I or the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, so that student-athletes will understand the different requirements they face to fulfil. visit those colleges and universities, the release said.

Whipple also suggested that the student-athletes participate in a variety of sports and play for Amateur Athletic Union and club teams and even create video highlights through hudl.com to maximize their potential exposure to college teams on the recruiting trail, the release said.

“These are all great opportunities to gain exposure,” Whipple said in the release. “And they’re increasingly looking at Hudl as a way to evaluate athletes because it’s so accessible.”

BMS Dean of Students Kelly Erickson said in the release that student-athletes should build relationships with their coaches at the high school level “because they will be the first point of contact.”

Aside from athletic eligibility, Whipple said colleges, including FLC, will look at students’ grade point averages, and when combined with a person’s SAT and ACT scores, this could open doors for scholarships to help cover college costs, according to the release.

Whipple also encouraged the student-athletes to visit a number of colleges and universities when it’s time to get a feel for that campus, later inviting them to return to FLC for another visit as their high school years progress , the release said.

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