Completing your senior year at an American high school is something that you will treasure for the rest of your life. You will experience things that you will never forget, go places that you never knew existed and, best of all, make friendships that will last a lifetime. Playing your chosen sport in the United States will give you exposure to competition and coaching styles that you may not experience in Australia and will not only make you a better player, but you will also be able to bring those new skills back home with you.
One of the biggest differences though between high school and college is that we cannot organise for you to be "recruited" as this is prohibited by all state bodies that regulate athletic participation in the United States high school system. Unlike college sports that are overseen by one overarching regulatory body, high school sports are governed by individual state bodies, thus there are fifty slightly different sets of rules governing high school sports. Among these state rules, there are some slight differences - some states will only allow students holding a J-1 exchange visa to participate while others will also allow F-1 visa students for example.
One area where the states are consistent though is the requirement that students are NOT in any manner enticed to a particular high school solely for the purposes of playing sport. To illustrate - the following rules excerpt from the body overseeing high school sports in Texas* is an example of similar wording throughout all state regulatory bodies. They note that a student will only be granted the right to participate in high school sport if:
"...the exchange student has not been placed with a host or a school based on athletic interests or abilities, whether initiated or caused by a student, a natural or host parent, a school, a program or any other interested party"
*University Interscholastic League http://www.uiltexas.org/policy/constitution/general/eligibility
As such, in the interests of both the student and the host school, we do not actively participate in placements into high schools as the state bodies are highly vigilant of any potential breaches of their rules, no matter how unintentional. What we can offer though is simple advice on the process, our thoughts on particular jurisdictions with regards to specific sports and how an exchange will impact on a student-athlete's overall academic pathway.
Feel free to contact us if you have any queries about playing high school sport in the United States.