KhadadiOnce you have a coach’s interest, how do you keep it?

One of the mistakes that families make in the recruiting process is thinking that if their student-athlete is on a coach’s radar, he or she will always be.  It’s just the opposite. Unless your kid is a superstar, coaches will lose interest unless you keep them interested.  You see, they think you’ve lost interest if you don’t maintain contact. Continue reading

FootballAs promised, here’s your Recruiting “Edge of the Day #2.”  It’s Recruiting Breakthrough Week and I want to make sure this entire summer is a breakthrough.

Recruiting Breakthrough Edge of the Day:  Make school visits.  It speaks volumes to college coaches.

Now, about school visits… Continue reading

Athletic scholarship successAny great athlete or coach enters a season with a plan.  Without it, the season would be a disaster.  In fact, a coach would be deemed foolish if he or she didn’t map out the season, set goals, define strategy and then begin executing.

The great coach Mike Krzyzewski said, “There are a lot of people who want to win, but winners prepare to win.”

So my question to you as summer kicks off, “Is your family prepared to win an athletic scholarship?”

“I’d like to…”  “I hope…”  and “I want to…” are not phrases that tell me you’re confident you’ll get an athletic scholarship.  As a parent, you’re part of this process and your confidence level is key.  As an athlete, it’s obvious that your confidence is critically important.

I will make sure recruiting happens for your family this summer.  Are you ready for a wild ride?  You’ll be in a great position by fall when several coaches are in contact with your son or daughter and your athlete is on their radar.

This is your Summer ’16 Recruiting Breakthrough I’m looking for 100 families who will get serious enough about the recruiting process that they’ll dedicate this summer to making it happen.  And make it happen with a plan that has goals, strategy and execution.

If you’re one of these 100 families, be prepared to dedicate your time and energy to this, and to act wisely.  I’m willing to set you on course and make sure the athlete in your family gets recruited this summer– the beginning of a successful journey to an athletic scholarship.If you’re one of those families, read this post and begin taking action.  Devour it.  Devour my latest podcast, too, because it will set you up for summer.

This is your campaign

You’ve got to have the perspective that recruiting is a series of events over a long period of time.  It’s not once and for all.  A coach doesn’t just discover your son or daughter and then it’s all done.

If you don’t like the word “campaign” (and many don’t this year), then use the word “season.”  Recruiting is a season in your family’s life.  Sunny days, rainy days, easy days, hard days.  Long days, short days.  Oh, there are so many factors in recruiting that will knock you around.  So be prepared.

Since it is a season, let’s talk about the plan, getting back to what I started with in this post.


…set your goals and state them.  Here are some examples:

  • Long-term:  Jenny will receive three solid offers by spring of her senior year.
  • One-year:  Terry will have 10 coaches looking at him seriously by this time next year.
  • Short-term:  Fifteen coaches will contact Andy by July 15, 2016.

I believe you should have goals in each of those categories.  In fact, state more goals at other intervals, such as “By the end of fall season…” or “By the beginning of senior year…”

Goals are critical.  And as a sports family, you should be able to nail down these goals.  You can add performance goals to these, as well.  And academic goals.  Goals give you targets and rails to run on.

Your assignment:  Take time as a parent(s) and athlete and get away for a working session… this week!  Time is flying by, so get these goals spelled out early.

Remember, these are not cast in stone.  The purpose of the goals are to give you something tangible to shoot at and drive your actions.  These goals can change, and they will.  I saw a journal in the store yesterday, with the title, “Make Mistakes.”  It’s alright to set and re-set goals as time goes on.


… define your strategy.  You’ve got goals, but a well-defined strategy has to be in place next.  Here’s the hard work and much of it is unknown at this point.  But there are things you have to nail down in this process.  Such as…

  • In what ways will we take the initiative to get on coaches’ radars this summer?  Map out the how.  Put the actions into your calendar so you are accountable to yourselves.
  • Which schools are at the top of our list (please have at least 10)?  We will get the contact information for each coach by June 10.
  • Plan one week this summer when you can visit 2-3 schools nearby to get the feel for college campuses.  Make an appointment with the coaches and staff in admissions.  Choose these schools even if you don’t have a keen interest there.  The purpose is to see a college campus, experience meeting with a coach without pressure, and spend time in the academic area.
  • Research the following:  (1) How to put together a dynamite intro packet, (2) How to produce a quality video, (3) How to interview a college coach, (4) NCAA recruiting rules and recruiting calendars.


… execute your strategy.  In his book Chess Not Checkers, Mark Miller lays out four elements to success in business.  The fourth one certainly applies to athletics:  Excel at Execution. 

This applies to winning an athletic scholarship.  A written strategy isn’t worth the iPad it’s written on unless it is followed by committed execution.  Execution that excels.

Your athlete may excel at running, shooting, hitting or kicking.  Well, it’s time to excel at executing your recruiting strategy.

That requires three things– at least:

  • Discipline.  You’ve got to stay at it.  This is not a short-haul effort.  You’ve got a carefully thought-out strategy and blueprint written out.  Stick with it for the long haul.
  • Evaluation.  How’s your strategy and execution doing?  Make mid-course corrections along the way based on your honest evaluation of how the process is going.  It’s a lot like competing.  If you’re not hitting, find out why and make adjustments.  If your kicks or shots hook to the left all the time, change.
    • In recruiting, if you’re not getting the interest of college coaches on your target list, make changes to solve that issue.  If coaches start contacting your son or daughter but for some reason a number of the relationships die, make adjustments to revive the relationships or strengthen the ones you do have.
  • Vision.  This is important.  Vision brings inspiration, energy and action.  If you get lost in the weeds of recruiting, it’s time to climb a mountain and take a look at the bigger picture.  You should start the recruiting process with goals and an overall vision.  What’s the big win at the end of the process?  That’s the vision.

I guarantee you’ll have ups and downs in this crazy recruiting process, but clear vision will help you make it through.  As an individual and as a family.

The Big Question

Are you ready to move out and make this a Summer ’16 Recruiting Breakthrough?  I’ll be leading you through the  process this summer through my blog, podcast and webcasts.  If you’re ready to take the summer recruiting challenge, tell me and I’ll pray for and lead your family this summer.

Let’s make the 90 days of summer count big-time as you set your goals, define your strategy and excel at execution.

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High school footballLet’s think about something together.

If you could get your son or daughter on multiple college coaches’ radars this summer, how would you feel?

Relieved … joyful … empowered … hopeful … confident?

If you could do one thing, what would you do to guarantee your son or daughter gets recruited this summer?


  • Produce a video and post it on BeRecruited or on another recruiting site?Women's basketball
  • Get your athlete to the top three camps?
  • Complete the online recruiting forms at 15 schools you have identified as your top choice programs?
  • Have your son or daughter call five coaches a week to personally express interest in their programs?

Remember, I’m asking you to narrow it down to one thing that would guarantee your student-athlete gets recruited this summer.

That’s a tough choice, isn’t it?  But it really does make you think.

Everything I’ve listed is valid, but not one of these is the right thing to do if you want to guarantee your son or daughter gets recruited… this summer!

Recruiting Checklist

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workoutDo you get “Aha!” moments when you’re working out?  I mean, when your head is clear and good ideas sometimes flow in?  Say “yes.”  It will make me feel better.

Here’s the “Aha!” moment I had recently while I was working out, and it involves you.

I’m going to reveal to you the secret to getting recruited by college coaches.

I’ve been presenting “the five steps to an athletic scholarship” for years, but often it falls on deaf ears.  It has had me perplexed, because what I share are the step-by-step actions a family needs to take to get an athletic scholarship.  Seems pretty straightforward, doesn’t it?

What’s even more frustrating is that it works for families who apply the five sequential steps!  Frustrating because I know most families are missing out because they don’t apply the steps.

“Why don’t more families do it?”

I’m glad you asked.  Here’s why… Continue reading

Tomorrow night is my premier webinar and you’re invited:

5 Step to an Athletic Scholarship:  How to Get Recruited in 30 Days.

I’ll be walking you through the five steps that will give you the focus and direction your family needs in this exciting and challenging journey.  I don’t know where you’re at in the process, but I do know that you’ll come away from this webinar with solid steps of action.  When we did the recruiting thing with our sons, it was a huge blessing to have someone guide us and give us specific steps of action.  You’ll get that tomorrow night.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

9 PM Eastern/ 8 PM Central/ 7 PM Mountain/ 6 PM Pacific

My Video Invite to You

If you follow just the first two steps, your student-athlete will start hearing from coaches in 30 days or less.

How to Watch

This high-energy live video event will be presented on the LIVE WEBINAR PAGE , as well as on YouTube and Google Hangouts. Choose your way.

Watch on your computer or any mobile device. If you’re using your mobile device, you may want to watch on YouTube.


Please RSVP by emailing me or on the Event Page and I’ll see you Thursday night, November 5. Invite other parents and athletes to attend.

Everyone attending will receive a Recruiting Checklist as a follow-up to what I teach you on the webinar.

To watch on Google Hangouts, follow this link:


Basketball in hoopGetting an athletic scholarship isn’t all about the money.  Parents and student-athletes can let their pride get in the way of the best choice.  They put the scholarship offer at the top of the list and the kid ends up at a college and program that aren’t the best fit.

In my case, I transferred after just one year.  I really enjoyed my first choice, the University of Minnesota.  But it wasn’t the best fit athletically or academically.

I have to admit that I transferred to Indiana University for athletic reasons, but other factors fell into place to make IU the best fit overall.  I’m glad for my Minnesota experience, but I’m thrilled for my Indiana experience.

I could have saved myself and my parents a lot of stress and expense had I known then what I know today. Continue reading

QuestionsHow can you be sure you’re getting the right advice when you’re in the recruiting process?

That’s an important question, because you may be hearing as many voices as we heard when we got involved with our sons.  You hang around other parents and athletes, you read books, blogs, websites and talk to reps from services.  There’s a lot of information out there, and it’s not all right.

In fact, I’d expect you to check me out before believing everything I say.  That’s the right thing to do.

Here’s some things you can do to make sure you’re getting the right information.

  • Look for consistency.  If you’re checking websites, talking with other people and reading books and blogs, then see what advice is consistent.  That’s probably the truth.  In fact, you can spot wrong information by comparing it against consistent information from a number of other sources.  In other words, if something stands out, it is probably wrong.
  • Talk with college coaches.  That’s right.  Try to connect with a few and see what they have to say.  I’ve done quite a few college coach interviews over the years and have learned tons from them.  You see, these are the people you want to impress, so hear what they have to say in your recruiting approach.  It may take several phone calls and some visits (the latter is better), but if you work at it you’ll get some good information.
  • Talk with other families.  Find out what’s working for them.  If it’s working for them, it is likely to work for you.  Especially talk with families whose kids have gotten scholarships.  You know that they did some things right.  Model their approach.

I know these are not the how-to’s spelled out for you.  But you should take the initiative to check things out.

I don’t want to promote myself, but I do want to give you access to three resources that do spell things out clearly.  First the Athletic Scholarship Free Mini-Course.  It’s packed with a lot of info and practical steps.  It will be a good benefit.

Second, read the Parent’s Guide to Athletic Scholarships.  If you haven’t downloaded it, you can do it now.  (See the sign-up on the left).

Third, view this video blog post that will help you in your journey to do the right things.

I hope these help clarify some things in your recruiting efforts towards your athletic scholarship dream.


There are some important websites that will help you in your scholarship pursuit. I’d like to recommend five of them for you to bookmark and check on a regular basis.

NCAA1. NCAA. Of course, this is the daddy of them all, and it’s well worth checking regularly. They have news that often pertains to recruiting, and a number of resource pages within the site.  One of these pages is the recruiting calendar.

2. NAIA.  The NAIA is an association of schools throughout the country which have similar recruiting rules, but some key differences.  One difference is that a recruit can actually work out with the team Continue reading

After Tuesday night’s teleseminar, honestly, I was exhausted.  But it was such a good event, and I’ve gotten excellent feedback on it.  The free audio download is available through tomorrow night, March 31, so I encourage you to download and listen at your convenience.

Get “Five Steps to an Athletic Scholarship” Download

How can you do the recruiting process right if you don’t know the foundational truth?  In the video at the top of this post, I reveal that truth and give you a real-life example in one family’s successful recruiting experience.

In the video, I mention that I offered a free Recruiting Checklist to everyone on the call the other night.  This Checklist will help you go deeper into the recruiting experience and is a follow-up to the five steps you’ll hear on the teleseminar.  Listen to the download and you’ll find out how to receive the Checklist.

The free checklist and offers explained on the teleseminar expire tomorrow night (Tuesday) at midnight.  I hope you’ll capture the urgency to get your recruiting program into high gear this spring.

BaseballHigh school athletes across America are preparing for a summer full of competition.  Many of these athletes are scholarship caliber and are hoping that college coaches will come see them compete.  Indeed, this is a great recruiting season, because all college coaches are out of season.

However, you must have a plan in order to be seen.  A month ago, we started preparing you for the summer recruiting season.  Now here are a few non-negotiables in order to be seen:

1.  Put together a one-sheet profile and your summer competition schedule, then send it to coaches at schools you are interested in.  This is by far the most important thing you need to do.  This recruiting season is short, so get started right away.  This is a good way to grab a coach’s interest.  I recommend sending to 40-50 schools, either by mail or email.  You cannot expect a coach to find you unless you raise your hand.  This is one way to do that.  If you’re already in relationship with certain coaches, then all you need to do is send them your schedule and a short note. Continue reading

What’s the best way to get on a college coach’s radar when seeking an athletic scholarship?

First of all, you need to come to terms that in order to get recruited, the burden is on you to contact coaches and do it the right way.  There are wrong ways, and taking one of these wrong appCollege coachesroaches can hurt you.  Make sure you get things started on the right foot.  There are some common misguided approaches we’ve seen people try before learning the right way. 

Let me go over the wrong ways, because none of these are effective.  They may appear to be effective at first glance, but they are usually harmful to your chances at getting a college coach’s interest.  For instance, sending out hundreds of identical “Dear coach…” emails.  Coaches can smell spam a mile away.  If they get a non personalized email, they are just going to hit “delete”.  There is a role for email contact, but not this way. Continue reading

A student-athlete’s digital footprint can have a crucial say if he or she is looking for an athletic scholarship.   If you’ve had a fight on the internet and it escalated into something bigger, there is a chance that you may have to wave your scholarship goodbye.  Facebook

Internet use, especially social media, can negatively impact your hopes of making it into a good school or college. Things that you have posted, or things posted about you, may be long forgotten by the people involved, but their online shelf life is quite long.  Should recruiters or people with power to hire, find such things online, you are bound to enter their bad books.

BaseballMost students are unaware that athletic programs offered by some colleges require their students to friend, or add to their circles, members of the staff or the college coaches, on social networking sites. It is one of their requirements for students who wish to represent the college at any sport.  Not only are students expected to maintain an active life on Facebook, but social media such as Twitter, Instagram, and others are also factors in receiving athletic scholarships.  New recruits are viewed under the microscope, and any bad information found by recruiters against you can effectively crash your hopes of making it into your preferred college.

Why do colleges check students’ social media accounts?  Colleges are always concerned about the students they choose.  Scholarship basketball-girlsstudent-athletes are expected to maintain a high level of discipline in all aspects of life.  When they offer you a scholarship, it is the equivalent of investing in you.  They can easily offer the same scholarship to someone else.  If you are ahead of the rest, they want to ensure that you will be an asset to them, and not a social liability.  They also want to make sure that you are worth the scholarship, and that you will not be subject to illegal or wrongful behavior.

Your past posts on Facebook or Twitter may not be the best definition of your personality, but recruiters will judge you for your actions.  The frequency at which you use social media will also be considered by recruiters as they want to see how much time you spend networking.  This gives them a brief idea as to whether you are also working hard on your academics and training, or if you are just an online buff.  When using social networking sites, make sure you think twice before posting anything. Harmless as it might seem, it has the potential to disrupt your future.

When it comes to Tim Tebow and his supporters, it appears no circumstance goes wasted as an opportunity to encourage others – even in times of unemployment from the NFL for the Christian athlete.

That’s what the Christian Post reported earlier today.  The online publication commented on Tony Dungy’s advice for Tebow, and went on to say:

“I know Tim Tebow must be frustrated that he hasn’t found the right team yet and is still searching.  Here’s the advice I would give to Tim as he waits for his new team,” wrote Tony Dungy, retired NFL coach and national spokesman for All Pro Dad, in his blog.

Dungy’s words come as an introduction to his short video clip on the All Pro Dad website in which he says, “Tim Tebow, I know, is really disappointed that he hasn’t got it going and on a team, in a direction, knowing what locker room he is going to be in right now, but the advice I’d have for Tim is just to be patient, be faithful, the Lord has a good spot for you, He’s going to give you the right situation.”


The NCAA guidelines state that full-ride scholarships will cover fees and tuition, board, room, as well as all books related to a particular course. But these scholarships are only offered to students who participate in “head-count sports” such as basketball, Division 1-A football, women’s tennis, women’s gymnastics, or women’s volleyball. All other sports fall under the category of “equivalency sports”, which allows a coach to determine the allotted scholarship amount for many players. Some of these scholarships may be partial while others are full-ride.

Equivalency Sports for Men and Women

Equivalency sport scholarships can be used as a starting point to obtain a full-ride scholarship in future years, or at least an increase in funding as you progress through the program. Sports that fall under this category for men include baseball, Division 1-AA football, gymnastics, wrestling, tennis, rifle, and volleyball. The women’s list of sports includes equestrian, rowing, field hockey, softball, squash, and rugby. Equivalency sports for both men and women include cross-country/field and track events, fencing, ice hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, skiing, diving and swimming, as well as water polo. Athletic scholarships through these sports will offer monetary and support benefits that can be crucial for the development of student-athletes.    

Financial Realities

Full-ride athletic scholarships are expected to cover all costs involved in the education of a student. But there remains a sizeable difference between the costs of attending college and the scholarship. Students are not fully covered for things such as incidentals and travel home on vacations, but the scholarship will be a huge factor in saving a lot of money over the duration of your college career.


If you missed last night’s Recruiting Summit, “Your Social Media and Your Scholarship Chances,” you can listen to the replay.

Play on your computer.

Or call in and listen: (605) 475-4799
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You can even download the mp3.

You’ll benefit from a candid conversation with Sam Carnahan of Varsity Monitor, and hear extremely helpful information about how you can use social media to get on coaches‘ radar, and how to keep your social media from destroying your scholarship chances.

national-letter-of-intentNational Signing Day is coming to a close, and thousands of high school athletes have achieved their dream.  They’ve been signed to an athletic scholarship.  If this includes you, then congratulations.  There will be many more signings between now and when the period ends, but this is the day that kicked it all off.

Here’s how one of our Recruit-Me families shared their joy with us just days ago, anticipating today:

“Hi Jon, wanted to update you that our daughter  received three very good  scholarship offers and has accepted to St Francis University, 4 time defending NEC Champs and is very excited for next year.  We can’t sign letter of intent until April 17th.”

Well, today she signed.  I can imagine the excitement in that home. 

The Dad went on to write,  “Your guidance with this program was extremely valuable, from sending out her profile to the proper schools and all the steps in between.  The do’s and dont’s, a great help.   We’ll need it again for our son, a current grade nine and into lacrosse big time.  Thanks again.”

Other signing news:

Baseball basketball volleyball footballFrom LSU:  Brian Bridgewater, the MVP in the Top 28 state playoffs for Scotlandville High School, signed National Letter of Intent papers with the LSU men’s basketball team on Wednesday.

From Maui:  Six student-athletes sat at the front table in the high school counseling room at Kamehameha Schools Maui about an hour ago for spring National Letter of Intent signing day.

Volleyball players led the way — two-time MIL Player of the Year Bobbi-Lin Kalama signed with NCAA Division I Sienna College, Sienna Rae Davis signed with Hawaii-Hilo and Anuhea Kaiaokamalie signed with Chico State, where she will also be part of the honors program.

Football players at the table included Dylan Nakoa. who signed with Notre Dame College in February, Acer Pahukoa signed documents with D-III Carleton College of Minnesota, and Bryson Arakaki sat at the table and is deciding between Illinois College and Dixie State.

From Sarasota, Florida:   At Venice, five Lady Indians, including three from the school’s state championship volleyball team, put pen to paper on the National Signing Day.

Venice’s Caitlin Elsadek received an athletic scholarship despite the fact that Florida high schools don’t offer the sport in which she participates. Elsadek will attend SUNY College at Brockport in Rochester, N.Y., on a gymnastics scholarship.

“It’s always been my dream to compete on the college level,” said Elsadek, who competed for Club Horizon Gymnastics in Port Charlotte. “I’m super-excited.”

Wherever you are in the scholarship hunt, let me encourage you to continue to pursue your dream. 


Are you ready?

In just a couple months, every college coach in America will be in recruiting mode.  Yep, summer is the season when they all get out.  But, are they going to find you, if you’re a student-athlete looking to be recruited?  Unfortunately, most athletes merely hope they’ll get recruited.  And, even though this big recruiting will result in athletes getting their big break, it will pass you by if you’re not prepared.

So how do you get prepared?  That’s the topic of my latest video clip on Recruit-Me Athletic TV.


There’s something about the calendar that triggers certain activities.  One of those calendar moments is the new year.  We’re on the doorstep of 2013, and if you’re like I am, you see that as fresh energy to re-focus and get going on priority activities.  It’s even a time to set priorities and act on them.

It was almost 15 years ago that we got started with our twin boys in the recruiting process.  I remember to this day the week between Christmas and New Year’s when we met with a man that set us in the right direction.  Jeff helped a number of athletes get athletic scholarships, and we met 0ver lunch at a restaurant in Southern California.  I would say that it signified the first major push in our athletic scholarship journey.  Jeff laid out the facts and a possible road map.  We listened intently, and then when the New Year started a few days later, we began pushing hard.  It resulted in fully paid educations for our sons.

So here you are, in the same position our family was in on that December day.  Are you willing to start the year and focus on your athletic scholarship journey?  Are you willing to do what it takes to get college coaches’ attention, build relationships with coaches, research the colleges that would be the best fit, and spend time moving the ball down the field?  Are you willing to do what most athletes never do when it comes to athletic scholarships?  And that is… get started!

Most athletes have a scholarship dream that never converts to reality.  A dream isn’t going to get you a scholarship.  Hard work will.  In 99% of the cases, college coaches do not “just find” their scholarship athletes.  It’s not that easy.  The truth is that student-athletes find the coaches!  That may sound unusual, but it is reality. 

In 2013, we want to help you realize your athletic scholarship dream, taking that dream and making it a reality.  If you’re willing to dedicate the time and effort, and you’re a talented athlete in your sport, you’ll be miles ahead of the pack when it comes to getting an athletic scholarship.

We had a lively time tonight on the final Athletic Scholarship Coaching Session of the year.  We flew through some of the most important things you need to know to get your recruiting journey going strong. One of the highlights of the session was learning three guaranteed ways to get college coaches to recruit you.

The session is now available on demand at your convenience.  But don’t wait too long.  You’ll want to act on what we discussed before your desire and interest wanes.  By attending the session, you will receive the brand new Getting Started Guide for Athletic Scholarships— Free.  All the details are given in the session.

Enjoy the rich content in the free Coaching Session by dialing in or downloading.

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We’re excited to announce to our next Free athletic scholarship Coaching Session.  This live, 60-minute session is your last opportunity for 2012:

Wednesday, December 5
8:00 Eastern/5:00 Pacific

Attend Jon Fugler, scholarship coachthis free Coaching Session by phone (see dial-in info below).

Scholarship expert Jon Fugler will address three of the most important things our members tell us they need to understand:

1.  Three guaranteed ways to get college coaches to recruit you.
2.  Exploding the myths and exploring the truths about athletic scholarships.
3.  Three proven ways to rise above other athletes that are being recruited.

At the end of this coaching session:

1.  You will come away with a plan of action to get recruited.
2.  You will better understand crazy the recruiting world.
3.  You will receive, free, “The Getting Started Guide to Athletic Scholarships.”

Also, when you complete this session, you will receive a Bonus Item that will help you successfully walk the complete road to an athletic scholarship.

To attend, simply dial in:


Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn the most important things that will get you an athletic scholarship.


Most people think of National Signing Day for athletic scholarships coming in February.  However, if you are not being recruited as a football player nor compete in field hockey, soccer, track and field, cross country, men’s water polo, National Signing Day is this Wednesday. It is considered the Early Signing Period, as there will be another opportunity in the spring.  This video from the NCAA might help clarify things for you:


There’s a lot of nervousness on the part of parents and athletes when the November period comes. However, if you don’t get signed in this period, don’t fret. A lot will happen between now and next Fall. There will be scholarship opportunities.

On National Signing Day (or Period), the athlete signs a National Letter of Intent. The NCAA explains the NLI this way:

“The NLI is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an NLI member institution

“A prospective student-athlete agrees to attend the institution full-time for one academic year (two semesters or three quarters).

“The institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for one academic year (two semesters or three quarters).

“Basic penalty for not fulfilling the NLI agreement: A student-athlete has to serve one year in residence (full-time, two semesters or three quarters) at the next NLI member institution and lose one season of competition in all sports.

She was once an aspiring high school athlete like you, and after many achievements in her sport (two sports actually), she has earned an honor far beyond performance.

Meet Elizabeth Phillips, seven-time All-American and biomedical engineering graduate of Washington University in St. Louis − the 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year.

Phillips was chosen from among nine finalists during the 22nd annual NCAA Woman of the Year awards program Sunday night in Indianapolis. The award honors female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academic achievement, athletics excellence, community service and leadership.

“Winning Woman of the Year was really exciting! I was so surprised when my name was read,” said Phillips. “It is exciting to put my school on the map in that way and to…   more

Parents and athletes come to us regularly looking for scholarship advice. I was in their shoes over a decade ago, so I understand how they feel and how you may feel.

Here are three things you can do to make sure you’ve got the best shot at an athletic scholarship.

1. Seek schools that fit your athletic ability. The objective is to find a good match once the process is done. So, start by compiling a list of programs where you feel you can compete.

2. Approach the coaches first. Don’t wait for them to find you. They may never discover you if you wait. Believe me, coaches are grateful when you market yourself to them.

3. Do something now. Don’t spend the next week researching and reading. Get started in the recruiting process. Move forward. You can learn along the way, but so many athletes and parents keep doing research without taking action. You must do both.

Drop me an email if you have further questions.

(From the NCAA) Adam Bienstock started playing football as a freshman at Dwight Englewood High School in New Jersey. He then played as a freshman and sophomore at Ithaca College before deciding to hang up his cleats.

 Adam Bienstock

His career was similar to those of the hundreds of thousands who play college football and the millions who play at the high school level: He never played on a championship team and he never got carried off the field in celebration. As an offensive and defensive tackle, he never scored a touchdown (although he did get to carry the ball once during his high school career).

But he did save a life. And it was because of football.

In January, Bienstock completed the process of bone marrow donation. That process started last April when he was one of 350 participants in a “Be the Match” bone marrow registry sponsored by the Ithaca football team. Seven months later, after weeks of being tested, taking shots and preparing for the harvesting process, Bienstock underwent a seven-hour procedure that collected his white blood cells. The end result: a 50-year-old man suffering from cancer was given a chance at life after receiving Adam’s cells.