BasketballStudent-athletes across America have athletic scholarships on their mind, with many of them focusing on the schools they’re seeing this month competing for the NCAA basketball crown.  March Madness is a powerful recruiting tool for schools, especially the Cinderella teams that keep plugging along, upsetting the favorites.

If you’re a student-athlete, and you’re pumped about the chances of getting an athletic scholarship, transform the enthusiasm into action.  You certainly won’t get any closer unless you turn watching basketball into focused steps.  

Your first step is to make a list of schools you’d like to compete at.  Consider your athletic ability and which programs would be a good fit.  Consider your academic interests.  What’s a good match for you when it comes to your major in college?  What size school do you prefer?  What part of the country?

Second, put together your introductory packet, which puts your name in front of college coaches in a quality way.  There’s a right way and wrong way to build an introductory packet.  The thing to keep in mind is that it should be brief and to the point.  A one-page letter with a player profile is ideal.  Don’t send a video at this stage.

Third, put your plan together for when coaches respond to your packet.  If they contact you, you want to build the relationship.  You want to continue to put your best foot forward and keep the interested coaches updated.  Respond to every email, letter and phone call.  You’re in it for the long haul, so buckle up and get ready for the ride.

These are three key steps as you get off the couch and seek that scholarship you’re looking for.

If we can help you walk through the process, all the way to school choice, we’d love to.  Check out our Next Step page.

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