When we were parents on the scholarship trail for our twin sons, we didn’t have the resources that are available today.
For instance, college websites weren’t as complete as they are now. I don’t think Facebook existed. We really had to dig. We needed personal conversations with coaches and administrative staff to really get a picture of that school. Today, you’ve got just about everything at your fingertips. Continue reading
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
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I remember the phone call with a parent who really understands the recruiting process, but the athletes on her son’s team don’t. She told me that these athletes think that college coaches will just show up and start recruiting them. That’s the furthest from the truth.
She told me she is the team mom, so she printed out some materials I sent her and handed them to the athletes. At first, the kids thought she was totally wrong. However, after reading the materials and going online to do more research, they realized she was absolutely right.
How about you? If you’re a parent, do you think your talented son or daughter will get discovered? It just doesn’t happen that way. I like to see it the other way. You need to discover the coaches and programs! Taking the first step in a recruiting relationship is what leads to most scholarships. Continue reading
The words of this college coach still ring in my ears.
“Visiting schools speaks loudly to college coaches.”
I probed further with this experienced D1 coach and he went on to tell me why. And I thought that as fall approaches, this would be good for you to know.
We’re not talking about official visits. You get five of those, paid for by the program. Obviously, if your family has a genuine interest in the program, your athlete should make the official visit. But remember the five-visit limit. Five official visits.
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But you can make as many unofficial visits as you want. And you should do that generously, especially with schools in your state or region– where there is a sincere interest.
Let’s look at the difference between an official and unofficial visit. The NCAA states: Continue reading
When it comes to evaluating their son or daughter, parents usually make one of two mistakes:
- They overrate them, or
- They underrate them
Let’s be honest about it. There’s usually no way we can be objective in evaluating our kid’s athletic ability.
If that’s the case, how can we know whether they can get a scholarship? Or, if they can, at what level? What’s realistic?
I know I faced each of those questions with my twin sons. I so much wanted them to make it in college as athletes. I believed they could get scholarships. I’m not sure how strongly they believed it. I led the charge and they followed … and got that fully paid education while competing in the sport they loved.
Now it’s your turn to make that call. How far can your athlete go? Is he or she athletic scholarship material? Continue reading
1. Unless you’re a Blue Chip athlete, you will likely not be “found” by college coaches. You need to take your scholarship efforts into your own hands as a family and get out there to be seen by college coaches. Not only that, but you must do the right things. A shotgun approach to this will not work. You’ll be disappointed. You need to have a game plan, just like you do when you’re competing as an athlete. Continue reading
If your son or daughter is going to get an athletic scholarship, you both need to know what college coaches are looking for, what they expect and how they do their recruiting. In other words, you need to know what they’re thinking. And especially what they’re thinking about your athlete.
First of all, know that coaches are trying to fill specific spots on their roster. They’re looking ahead to your athlete’s year of entry, and they’re considering whether they have a spot for within the first couple years your son or daughter would be there. If your athlete is in a sport that has position players, they’ll be recruited if the coach knows that slot will be open in their freshman or sophomore year.
You need to understand this point. It doesn’t matter how talented your son or daughter is if there isn’t an opening for them.
*** For more insights, I encourage you to listen to my podcast interview with D1 coach Tom Kunis Episode #4. We go into depth about what college coaches are looking for. ***
Second, is your athlete going to be a good fit in the program and college? College coaches look at these things. They want to know if the chemistry is there and if your son or daughter truly want to compete in their program. If an athlete doesn’t want to go across the country, but his parents are pushing him, coaches will pick that up. They want to eliminate as much chance as possible that your son or daughter will transfer. They do their best on the front end to see if there’s a good fit. You should want that, too. Continue reading
It’s been a good Recruiting Breakthrough Week. I’ve alerted you to a critical recruiting season that will happen over the next 60-90 days. Summer is huge, especially since all college sports will be out of season and the coaches are recruiting heavily.
I urge you–make this truly a Recruiting Breakthrough Week for your family. It leads to a Breakthrough Summer. Please don’t miss the golden opportunity.
Here’s your “Recruiting Breakthrough Edge of the Day #5.” It’s your last one and will indeed give you a recruiting edge this summer.
Recruiting Breakthrough Edge of the Day #5: Track your communications with coaches with excellence. It pays off. Continue reading
It’s Recruiting Breakthrough Week, an exciting and powerful week to launch your family into a game-changing summer. This is a prime recruiting season. Don’t let it pass you by.
Here’s your Recruiting Breakthrough Edge of the Day #4:
Take ownership of your recruiting process yourselves.
Because parents know so little about the ins and outs of recruiting, they are tempted to turn over control to an outside party. This can be detrimental to your son or daughter’s future. 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