We have gathered all of the advice a coach has to provide for athletes and parents regarding the recruiting process.
All of the questions asked from parents and athletes have been addressed from an experienced coach in the following article.
1. Start early and plan your schedule
Unfortunately, it is a bit to late to start accumulating information during your senior year at high school. Getting in touch with college coaches and learning as much as you can, must be done way earlier than that.
The process of recruitment, as well as the financial details, should be clear as soon as you are in your freshman year in high school.
If you are interested in being recruited for Division I, athletes’ recruitment process starts in the freshman year and is completed in the junior year. If you are already a Division I athlete, the deadline for you to make a decision will be till your senior year.
2. You need to have a clear understanding of your level of talent and skills.
This means that you need to ask for feedback from people that should be unrelated to you and of course not your friends or parents. An unbiased opinion is crucial so you will not be disappointed in the long run. You might want to play for Division I but not having the skillset to achieve that. Do not give up training to become better as practicing will get you one step closer and faster to your goal.
3. You need to be seen and get exposed.
Exposure is crucial for you to be seen by coaches. Of course, you need to be aware of your budget as you will need to take part in as many tournaments, camps and showcases as possible, and this might be quite costly. In addition, you need to be aware of where a specific coach you want to perform for will be at, so you can communicate with them in advance and let them know about your participation. Do not leave anything to chance. Very often, a coach that might see you and you are not aware of, will contact you and that is why the more exposure you get the better results you will have.
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5. Do not stalk a coach.
You should keep in touch with a coach and email them occasionally in order to let them know that you are interested. But keep it balanced and avoid harassing them at tournaments or events. There is a fine line between keeping in touch and hunting down someone. The latter, will definitely have the opposite results.
You need to understand the limitations that a college coach has, regarding when and how much you can contact them. Do not forget that as coaching is a full-time job, there is a limited time to respond to emails and showing interest.
We could say that contacting a coach once every two weeks is the best tactic and when you want to get in touch always do so via an email.
Unless the coach will make the effort to contact you back then it probably means that they are not interested in you.
Do not take it personally and keep your efforts active. College coaches will make decisions based upon what are the needs of each program and not based on your skills at that time.
It would be a good idea to drop by the coach’s office if you are planning to visit a certain campus at some point. This way you can introduce yourself, communicate your goals and share your personal profile information online so that the coach can look you up.
Keep it short as coaches have a full schedule and might not be interested in recruiting during this particular period of time.
6. Parents Involvement
By all means, your parents can and should take part in your recruiting process, but they should not contact the coaches on your behalf. Please be aware that the most common reason why coaches decline athletes is when parents get too much involved in the procedure. It is you who is going to be recruited, not your parents.
You parents should have a supportive role and motivate you. Give you courage and push you in the right direction. The work of who should be contacted and when is entirely up to you.
7. Playing as many sports as possible shows you are a well-rounded athlete.
The more activities you are involved in, the better. You will need to get involved in strength, speed and conditioning programs and find yourself a person that is knowledgeable in working with athletes.
It is not a surprise that most athletes have a different idea of how much strength training is involved when they get to college.
Basic exercises like squatting, deadlifting, pressing properly must be already things natural to you.
It is very important to inform college coaches what types of workouts you prefer, and you are doing as this is one of the main recruiting points for college coaches.
Bodyweight training, conditioning exercises, moderate weightlifting, and proper nutrition are way more important than you think. Proper diet and sleep, as well as time management skills, should be things that must be adopted by a young age.
During college, is very easy to be tempted with night-outs and alcohol consumption. This, however, is one of the biggest problems for athletes that stop them from moving forward and eventually fail.
8. Your behavior away from the field is equally important.
You might think that your performance in the field is all that matters in order to be recruited. If yes, you are wrong. Coaches see literally everything and most of the times they base their final decision on the details.
This can be the way you warm up and how you interact with other coaches and teammates, or it can be how you behave when your parents are present.
Do not be surprised to know that coaches can also monitor your social media activity as well. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram… all are checked and if you have private accounts on all of them, a coach might even wonder if you are hiding something.
Keep them set in public mode and with appropriate content.
9. Your decision making
Your decision making should never be based on a coach. The components of a solid decision should be your academics, your financial aid, and your athletic program.
Coaches change throughout your academic years and so do the circumstances. You should be thinking long-term and beyond just sports. The most important aspect should be what each school has to offer you regarding education and affordability.
You need to be very careful when it comes to your financial aid package.
If there are any loans included, then be aware that you will have to pay it back at some point. Do not accept any ‘’help’’ from a coach that will try to mislead you and tell you that you will not have to pay anything to attend their school. The total cost of attending must be calculated and then you have to subtract the federal grants, the athletic scholarship and other money that you will eventually return to the school in order to attend.
If you finally accept a scholarship you will need to be ready to work as hard as possible once you get to college.
When the scholarship money will be paid to you, you have to keep in mind that they pay you for your services as an athlete. So, re-think if you really want to be a college athlete.
10. What matters is what YOU really want
You need to be clear with yourself. Is becoming a college athlete something, you are dreaming about or is it really someone else (your parents) that are pressuring you to do?
You need to set your priorities and get involved only if your heart really tells you that this is the right direction for you.
Answer this question honestly and think about all the sacrifices you need to make in order to pursue this role.
At the end of the day, your grades are the most important aspect of the recruitment procedure. Never forget that you will probably end up getting a scholarship because of your grades and not so much for your athletic talent. If your grades are great, then you automatically become more valuable and more visible to coaches.
This means that they will have to invest less in you. It is extremely rare that an athlete will receive a full athletic sponsorship money pay as a coach has to divide this money in order to bring as many good players as possible.
Furthermore, the better your grades, the fewer problems are likely to appear in the future in college and the bigger the chance of receiving a really good financial aid package.
The choice is yours, consider all of these aspects very carefully and plan your moves based on what you want and be honest with yourself.