[NOTE:  The Athletic Scholarship Mini-Course is now open!  To learn the five steps to an athletic scholarship, I invite you to get started by registering for the free Mini-Course and watching the first video.  This course is a must for any family pursuing an athletic scholarship.  The course is designed for parents and is just three lessons.]

TrackSummer is going to end soon, and my question for you is this, “What are you going to do to be ahead of the competition this fall?”

I’m not talking about your son or daughter’s athletic competition, but I’m talking about competition for an athletic scholarship.  If you’ve seen the calendar turn to August and the urgency has hit you, that’s a good thing.

These are urgent times.  The recruiting world is highly competitive, and you need to be proactive as a team with your son or daughter.  If you’ve followed me at all, you know that I’m the guy who pushes you to get in the game.  Don’t wait for college coaches to contact your son or daughter.  It may never happen.

First, as I said up top, make sure you’re going through my free Athletic Scholarship Mini-Course I opened yesterday.  It’s a jump-start opportunity.  You go at your own speed and you can start today, right now, by registering and watching the first video lesson.  This is a 3-part Mini-Course and I teach each 20-30 minute lesson.  This is a slam dunk.  You and your student-athlete need to get registered for this online course.  Do it and you’ll be miles down the road in just one week.

Second, set your recruiting goals for this fall.  I’ve touched on this in a recent blog post, but you must have a target or you won’t hit anything.  How many coaches do you want to get your student-athlete in front of?  How many schools will you contact in the next 30 days?  What are your son or daughter’s GPA, SAT or ACT targets by year-end?  You need intermediate goals on your way to an athletic scholarship.  I encourage you to head over to Starbucks with your athlete and dream together, while setting goals together.

Third, send me your biggest recruiting challenge.  Narrow it down to one thing.  Then shoot me your question or challenge at jon@recruit-me.com and I’ll answer you.  It will give me a chance to be a catalyst for your fall kick-off in your recruiting effort.

Fourth, have your student-athlete call three coaches to tell them he or she is interested in their program.  I don’t care if he doesn’t get a hold of any of them, but this is a step that will take him out of his comfort zone and “get in the game.”  It’s a focused effort that will get the adrenaline pumping.  If they get a voicemail, have them leave a message showing interest.

Fifth, commit.  Not to a school, but to the process.  Your kid’s college education is too important to sit back and passively let happen.  If they can use their athletic talent to reduce the costs of education, that’s huge.  Keep that in mind.  Look at the big picture and, together, commit to see this through to the end.  It takes hard work.  And it takes time.  But so does anything of value.  Moms and Dads, be your kid’s best cheerleader off the field in this recruiting process.  If you commit, they will see that and they are more likely to stay committed, too.

So, what one step will you take this week?  Write it below in the comments section.  If you write it out, you’re more likely to follow through.

(A reminder that you should review The Parent’s Guide to Athletic Scholarships to give you the tracks to run on.  If you don’t have the Guide, request it by completing the form on the left).

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