The weekly Recruit-Me Blog is now the weekly Recruit-Me Podcast…
I’ve been blogging for a few years. Now I’ve decided to zero in on the stream of communication that is my most effective and where I can teach you the best stuff.
If you’ve got 15 minutes on the road, on the run (literally) or sitting in traffic, I’ve got fresh content for you every Tuesday.
Head on over there now for the latest episode.
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
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.
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
My wife is an expert when it comes to recruiting. You see, she had as much of a role as I did in getting our twin sons their fully paid educations.
So it’s time you heard from her. She’s my featured, exclusive, expert guest on the latest episode of the Athletic Scholarship Podcast.
We tackle a topic I’m passionate about: The Role of Parents in Recruiting. Instead of listening to me go on and on, I decided to bring Noonie onto the microphone and get her perspective as a mom.
At the end of the interview, I’ll leave you with some takeaways from what she said and what I’ve learned as well. You’ll hear some principles that you can put into practice right away. As a result…
ONE: You’ll strengthen your relationship with your son or daughter.
TWO: You’ll have a smoother path to an athletic scholarship for your kid.
THREE: You’ll diminish or eliminate some of the stresses in this pursuit.
JUST RELEASED: The new episode of The Athletic Scholarship Podcast: 10 Questions Parents Ask — And the Answers. Over the years, I’ve received some great recruiting questions from parents, so I thought I’d start the new year answering 10 of the most common ones. The answers should help you wherever you are in your scholarship journey. Listen now.
I was in Ghana, West Africa last week and a high school athlete approached me. He was a soccer player, of course, or “football” as it is known there.
I was at one of the tourist attractions in the country and he was walking up to all of us to raise money to buy new uniforms for his high school team. He told me that someday he’d be a star and I would see him on TV. This boy had a dream. In a country where the average wage is $3 a day and people are struggling to make a living, he still had a dream.
I think about the high school athletes in this country. How much are our kids willing to work to achieve their athletic dreams? How much will they sacrifice to do what it takes to be recruited and get a scholarship? It takes a lot of work.
Compared to the boy I met in Ghana, kids in the U.S. have it real good. The basics of life are provided for and the standard of living is way beyond $3 a day. Our kids compete on travel teams, go to to tournaments regularly, have excellent facilities, go to week-long sports camps and often enjoy nice hotels when they do travel. I’m not saying every high school athlete has these benefits, but it’s prevalent across the country.
My point is that we need to count our blessings. Student-athlete, you have a platform to be one who gets recruited and get a scholarship. Combine that with your athletic ability and you’ve got a shot at it. You’re miles ahead of a kid in a country that has little opportunity. But so many of them make the most of their opportunities and pursue their dreams. Even if it means approaching strangers at a tourist attraction and ask for sponsors for his uniform.
Based on the blessings you have, what will you do today in your pursuit of an athletic scholarship?
I’m just a couple days away from releasing the next episode of the Athletic Scholarship Podcast. This time, you’ll get the benefit of hearing from a college coach who has been recruiting at some of the nation’s leading programs for two decades.
Here are three things he pushed during the interview. I’ll only give you a cursory view here, because I want you to hear the details in his own words. Be sure to check back on my podcast page in a couple days for the release of this new episode.
- Do your research. This coach made a big point about visiting the schools highest on your list and spending time on campus, with the coach, and watching the team work out. This would be an unofficial visit, and you can make as many of those as you want.
- Academics is so important. If you don’t have the grades, the coach can’t get you in. So work hard now so you can have a choice of schools when it’s time to make your decision.
- The scholarship offer is not the most important factor in your decision. So what is most important? This coach will talk in more detail about this in the interview.
How can you be sure you’re doing the right things in your athletic scholarship pursuit? You may be getting input from friends, coaches, blogs, books, paid services and consultants, not to mention everything you read all over the Internet.
What’s true and what’s not? It’s a big issue, and I address this and four other points in the premier episode of the Athletic Scholarship Podcast.
You’ll come away with action steps in the areas of who, what, how, where and when.
The featured question in this episode comes from Bill, “One of the toughest things that we face as coaches and parents, is that we are in a small rural farm community with not a lot around us. Our record is not the greatest, and when you add all of this together, college coaches do not come visit or recruit at our school. How do we get these coaches to reach out to us and our kids?” Jon answers this question.
I also shares my personal story and the story of my twin sons who succeeded in getting a fully paid education and competing at the school of their choice. I’ll explain how they got there and the lessons our family learned. Lessons you can take to heart, too.
I’ve been looking around and no one has done it, so I decided I would. I’m launching the Athletic Scholarship Podcast in a couple days. In the first episode, I’m starting with a couple stories. My story and your story. I want you to hear my experiences over the years and how they might translate into yours.
I want to help you with your story from this day forward. That’s what the Athletic Scholarship Podcast is all about.
In the first episode, I dig into five things that will help you avoid pain, disappointment and financial disaster. I thought I’d preview the first one here with you in writing.
Be careful who you listen to. There’s so much bad advice out there and it can cost you. Not only financially, but your son or daughter’s future. Their college future is too important to mess with, and you need to be careful.
You can get a lot of information online, but how good is it? Just because the website looks good doesn’t mean you should believe the content. I say that even for the things you read on my site. Verify, verify, verify. Check the information against what you see, read, and hear elsewhere. If there’s consistency, then it’s likely that the advice is valid. Continue reading
So many families have asked some great questions about recruiting and athletic scholarships, and I’ve been listening. As a result, I’m thrilled to announce a brand new resource that will answer those questions and go beyond what you’ve expressed or imagined.
This is something that I’ve had on my plate for over a year, and it will make its debut in the next two weeks. I’ll be addressing the biggest issues in recruiting and scholarships when I debut the “Athletic Scholarship Podcast.” It’s the only podcast of its kind.
Podcasting is becoming one of the fastest growing digital tools for learning and gathering information on your terms. It’s on demand so it’s on your schedule. This regular audio vault will get right to the heart of what you need to know and do as your family pursues an athletic scholarship. Continue reading