“My biggest challenge is getting coaches’ attention.” That’s a statement I heard over and over again from you when I put out the survey asking you about your biggest challenge. Other ways you stated it…
“Getting coaches to look at me.”
“Getting coaches to notice me and be interested.”
If you’re a parent, this is the biggest challenge your son or daughter is likely facing. In fact, I’d call it the biggest fear.
My heart goes out to you, because I know it’s a helpless feeling and I want you to be empowered. There’s a saying that “knowledge is power,” and that’s why I’m committed to providing parents and their athletes the best knowledge to overcome the biggest challenges and succeed at getting a scholarship.
You will experience power that wipes out fear and uncertainty when you have the right knowledge. In this post, let’s take a look at three solutions to this one big challenge.
Before I go there, here’s a reminder about something very exciting. In a matter of days, I’ll give you the knowledge and power you need, all in one place, when I open up the only course available on getting an athletic scholarship. It will be three video lessons and it will be free. You’ll be notified here when it’s available in mid-July. If you’re on my email list, I’ll send you a notification there, too.
So be looking for the free Recruiting and Athletic Scholarship Mini-Course. I have one more session to record and it’s planned for Wednesday. Then the editing and finally the back-end stuff.
But let’s tackle the number one challenge that parents and athletes have stated: How to get noticed by college coaches.
Here are three things you must do to get immediate recognition and truly be noticed and recruited by multiple coaches:
1. Get moving. Too many families sit around and wait, and the coaches never call. If you think coaches are roaming the country looking intently for recruits, you’re only half right. Coaches are out recruiting, but only looking at the kids that are either top-level athletes or the ones who have contacted them. They aren’t wasting their time going to games, matches or meets hoping to find someone.
Your job as a parent? Work with your son or daughter and reach out to coaches. You have to do it.
2. Get your son or daughter in places where coaches are recruiting. Hey, I just said that coaches aren’t just looking for anyone. Yes, that’s true. But what I’m urging you to do is to have your son or daughter competing in tournaments, showcases and selected camps. These are places where coaches are indeed looking more broadly, because the more talented athletes are there. A showcase is where our two sons got recruited. However, it is to your benefit to contact coaches in advance and let them know your kid will be at these events. The contact should come from the athlete, by the way. You can help make ti happen.
3. Make calls or visits. This cuts through the clutter and says to a coach that your son or daughter is interested. Of course, you can only do a few visits and stay within a decent budget. But phone calls are gold, if you can get your son or daughter to pick up the phone. You’ll find that most of the calls will take you to voicemail, but the ones you do talk to personally will remember your kid. Then follow up in writing.
There you go. Dedicate July to these efforts. At least one of them!
I assure you that the upcoming course will deal in more detail with this biggest challenge of getting noticed. I can’t wait to debut it and see what you think.