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
As 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
Any 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.
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.
Let’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?
- 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!
Do 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
Watch on your computer or any mobile device. If you’re using your mobile device, you may want to watch on YouTube.
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:
Getting 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
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.
1. 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.
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.