Finding out where and at which conference and divisional level you could get an athletic scholarship will save you a ton of time, in the long run. Plus, it will help make your recruiting efforts much more focused and ultimately successful.

For starters, when investigating college soccer or baseball recruiting, it is vital to take a look at your overall skills, levels of play and accomplishments with an open and honest mind. With so many people wanting to play college sports at the best levels possible, you really need to assess how good you actually are. Naturally, you will also need to think about the best approach to take to find a good college athletic scholarship.

Ideally, you should start with college athletic team recruiting websites. Every athletic program tends to list a roster of players, along with each player's biography. This biography will usually list the player's high school accomplishments, their hometown, height and weight. While you're at it, take a look at different college divisions and conferences. Colleges usually post the recruited classes of incoming freshmen. Where do you think you’ll fit in?

In other words, do you think that your accomplishments so far can rival those of the incoming class of freshmen on the roster? Are you close to their average weight and height? Do you know anybody on the team that came from your general area? Do all of the players seem to come from a single geographic location? Believe it or not, there are some coaches who will only take players from certain states, though there are also those who don't mind recruiting nationally.

By doing the necessary research while making your first recruiting assessment, you could end up much happier and much more successful in the end. By focusing your efforts on schools where you have the most realistic chances of getting in, you will save yourself a lot of time and trouble.

A lot of athletes aren't as skilled as other players, yet still beat them out of a place at a coveted school, because they have the determination and passion to make it to the top during the recruiting process. So, if you really want to play at a high level college, give it your all. However, make sure that you also recruit yourself to a variety of colleges that are closer to your personal athletic profile, just in case. These will be your safety schools.