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.