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A lot of the times most athletes are drafted directly after high school so that means no college degree. Are they required to go to finish school or are they the exception? & whats the degree they have to pursue and how long since they're experienced?

I am a student at Amistad High School in New Haven, CT I'm current researching a potential career I'm interested in and had some follow up questions. #sports #athletic-training #sports-agent #sports-law #athletic #athletes

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Elizabeth’s Answer

It really depends on your spot. If you are a basketball player, you need to play at least two years of college ball before you can be drafted. Football requires you to be at least a junior to go into the draft. Regardless of your sport, it is important to major in something you have interest in since not everyone makes it to the professional level of sports. There is no set major for student-athletes, but once you get to college - you will be assigned an academic advisor who may be able to guide you as to what will be a best fit.

Thank you comment icon Along with Elizabeth's response. I played division 1 college football and there is ZERO guarantees that you will make it professional in a sport. Even some of the best athletes in high school and college don't make it as pro athletes. As for school, take something that you love to study and pursue it. And make sure you take advantage of internships!!! That is key! Arthur Gilbreath III
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Saman’s Answer

There is no requirement for you to go back to school if you become a professional athlete but many of the contracts have stipulations in them that either the players union or the team provide financial support for the person to go back to school if they are unable to be successful in the arena of professional sports.

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Michelle’s Answer

Most professional athletes are actually drafted out of COLLEGE, not right out of high school. Many of those athletes who are drafted are at Division I schools, which often tend to be more difficult to get into than Division II or III schools. So be sure to study hard and get into the best college possible if you want the greatest chance of catching the eye of a pro recruiter! You have a better chance of winning the lottery in some cases than becoming a pro athlete, but you'll be in a great position for a career in either case if you go to fantastic college!!

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