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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

KhadadiOnce you have a coach’s interest, how do you keep it?

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

QuestionWhen it comes to evaluating their son or daughter, parents usually make one of two mistakes:

  1.  They overrate them, or
  2.  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

NashvilleWhen you think of baseball, what states come to mind?  Certainly not the home state of the defending NCAA Champion Vanderbilt baseball team.  Understand that Tennessee is not a baseball breeding ground like Florida, California, Arizona, Mississippi and several other states.  However, this team won the College World Series last year.

As I thought about what it takes to be a champion, my mind goes to thinking about what it takes to be a scholarship athlete.  And believe me, it’s a lot more than talent.

Given that talent must be present, here are three more qualities of scholarship athlete.  I’ve talked with a number of college coaches over the years, and they are looking beyond the talent to the person. Continue reading

BaseballI was thinking about some of the big questions parents and athletes ask me about what it takes to get an athletic scholarship. Most people know so little about it.

I was there once, when I was working on getting my sons recruited.  But over the years, I’ve become an expert who has helped thousands of other families.

I can’t give all the answers in one post, but I can give you one:  hard work.

For example, I was reading about Lindsay Brown, who accepted a scholarship offer for volleyball. She had interestVolleyball from several schools, including New Hampshire, Oregon State, Louisiana Tech, Lewis & Clark College, Dominican University, Menlo College, UC Santa Barbara and UC Riverside. She chose Sonoma State, which is near her home town. Continue reading

Final Four 2016I’m in Houston this week.  Unfortunately, I’m leaving Saturday morning at 5:30, when all the Final Four fans arrive.

What comes to mind is the number of high school athletes that make their school choice based on who they see on TV in the big games. Parents, you know what I’m talking about.

When you consider a college education is one of the biggest choices your family will ever make, it’s important to have more to go on than watching teams on TV.  You may have to convince your student-athlete about that.

Talk to your kid about the better way of making his or her hot list of schools. Remind them that the #1 priority is to find the best fit, or match, in the end.   Let’s look at four key matches to consider and discuss.

Academic match

This is first because your kid is a student-athlete.

Your list should include schools that have your kid’s area of academic interest.  This isn’t a hard and fast rule, because their interests are likely to change after they are in school for a year or two.  But a good starting point are schools that have majors that fit their interests.

As for me, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to study going into college.  I started in communications and ended up in radio and TV.  I knew I didn’t want to pursue engineering or science, so that narrowed it down to liberal arts.  That may be all you have to go on at this point, and that’s fine.

On the other hand, if your son or daughter has strong interests in a certain major or area, be sure to take that into account when you build your list of prospective schools.

Athletic match

Can your kid compete at the schools on his or her radar?  This is important, because you don’t want to put a lot of effort into programs that are way above their talent level, and you don’t want to shoot for ones that are way below.  You want to find the sweet spot. Go after those schools that are a good match.

This is where it’s important to open your son or daughter’s eyes to good institutions they’ve never considered.  As a parent, your role kicks in here.  Do some research and get a wider variety of schools on your kid’s radar.

The athletic match also includes the dynamics of coaching staff.  You won’t know this until you meet the coaches, but have this factor on your radar.

Aspirational match

I’m talking about your kid’s desires and dreams. What’s important to him or her in a college?  You should consider athletics, academics, college life, location, etc.  Listen to what your student-athlete has to say. Take note.  You may understand more than they do what their aspirations are.  As they verbalize those aspirations, they’ll get clarity, too.

Anecdotal match

What stories are coming out of the programs on your list?  You may not hear anything in the early going, but the more you get to know a coach and program, you should hear some stories that give you a better picture about the program and institution.

Ask other athletes in the program.  Talk to students there.  If you know other people who have gone to that school, talk with them.  Get as much information as you can from what others have to say about their experience.

When your kid hears these stories, how does he feel?  Is he attracted to the school or not?  While not a scientific evaluation, this can really help the “gut feeling” about a school.

And so…

I’m one who urges my families to cast your net wide.  Don’t come up with a short list out of the gate.  So, while I’m encouraging you to develop your list from the four keys above, don’t limit your choices early on.  Use these guidelines throughout the recruiting process, especially as you narrow down your choices.

College basketballYou could call this a showcase blog post.  It’s the kind of post that hits the prime things any family needs to know about recruiting.  If you’re just getting started in the journey, this is the post you need to read. 

If you’ve been at it for a while, this is the kind of post you need to re-read.  It’s getting back to basics when your efforts get scattered.  In fact, I was re-focused when I wrote this.  It reminded me about staying true north.

As always, feel free to write me with thoughts or questions.

 

Need to Know #1: When to Start

The number one question I get from parents is, “When should we start the recruiting process?”Athletic scholarship questions

I remember getting an email from one parent whose son was a senior, asking if it was too late. A moment later, I received an email from a freshman parent asking if it was too early!

Just this week, a parent wrote me, “We have twin daughters.  They are only freshmen in high school.  Is it too early to start the process?”

So, as you can see, there is some confusion out there.

You should start early. In fact, as early as the freshman year, if that’s possible.

But, even if you start in the senior year, it’s still probably not too late. You just have to work faster.  Of course, this late in the year you really need to hustle.  You need to apply the five steps I teach and do it fast.  Now back to the subject at hand… Continue reading

TrackThe athletic scholarship world can be confusing.  Once you start down the recruiting road, you get bombarded with options and opportunities.  As you may have experienced, it’s hard to know what advice to follow and what options to pursue.  And which advice is just plain bad.

The window of opportunity is limited.  No matter what year your athlete is in, he or she only has so much time to get on coaches’ radar, get recruited, and then get scholarship offers.  You have to make the most of the time.

Here are three red flags to watch out for on your scholarship journey.

1.  Consultants or services that make scholarship promises.  No one can ever guarantee that your son or daughter will get a scholarship.  Outright promises or strong suggestions to this end should set off alarms in your head.  Avoid these people.

Instead, get honest evaluations of your kid’s talent.  College coaches will tell you if you ask.  The problem is that most parents don’t want to know the truth deep down inside.  I know.  I’ve been there.  We believe our kids are better than they are, or we underestimate their talent.  Either extreme is bad.  An honest evaluation will tell you what level your athlete performs at.   You’ll have a better idea of where he or she can compete and use their talents.

You want the program and school that are the best fit athletically, academically and in college life.  There are more factors than just money when it comes to choosing a school.

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Thanks for the rBasketball arenaecruiting and athletic scholarship questions you’ve presenting lately.  These are questions many parents and student-athletes are wrestling with, so I thought I’d dig into a couple more in this post.

Q: “My daughter and I would like to attend local D2 tournaments games in our area. I know we can’t approach the D2 coaches, so how do we make contact with them? Send a email stating her interest in the school and that she will be in attendance watching the game? Will my daughter be allowed to hand a coach her player profile while at the game? Your thoughts would be appreciated. Thank you.”

A: The nice thing about recruiting is that the contact rules apply to coaches.  The parent and student-athlete can make contact with the coaches anywhere and anytime.  You can visit a school, meet with the coach, tour the campus, deliver information, etc.

The same is true for attending these tournament games.  Yes, your daughter can go and approach the coach.  However, it may not be very effective at the game itself.  The coach is “in the zone” before and during the game.  The best time to approach the coach is after the game.  She can hand the player profile to the coach then, but I would also highly recommend sending the complete Introductory Packet by mail or email.  A coach has a lot on his or her mind during competition.

I think it is a good idea what you have planned.  She’ll make an impression on the coach that will make a difference when he or she gets the Intro Packet from your daughter. Continue reading

Jon and Noonie FuglerMy 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.

Listen, learn and apply!

NCAA ConferencesFor a high school student-athlete, there aren’t many things more frightening than talking with a college coach on the phone. It can be daunting. And it should be. You’ve been dreaming of getting an athletic scholarship and now the coaches are calling. You’re on the spot.

You need to prepare for these occasions. Once you take a few calls, you’ll get more comfortable. That is, until you get a call from a coach you really want to play for. This school is on your A list. You’ve been hoping he or she will call. And now it happens. It can really make you nervous.

When taking a coach’s call, try to relax. He or she will understand you’re nervous. That’s ok.

Secondly, have a list of questions ready. If the coach is calling your cell phone, you’ll have to think quickly. The list will have to be in your head. Continue reading

Athletic Scholarship PodcastJUST 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.

 

Jon at Ghana market

Open air market I visited on my trip to Ghana.

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 praying that this will be a landmark year for parents and high school athletes around the world.  Are you hopeful for your son or daughter’s scholarship chances?

2016

As we start this year, I want to share a few words with parents.  I’ll give you three things you must do and three things not to do in 2016.  Follow these words of advice and you’ll make this year count.

The end result is that you’ll be miles ahead of other families on the road to an athletic scholarship.  These things are based on the results of thousands of families I’ve worked with over the years.

Three things you must do:

ONE: Encourage your athlete.   Teen-agers are emotional (obviously).   They can also be up and down athletically depending on the quality of their latest performance.  And they can get discouraged when this recruiting thing isn’t going the way they had hoped.  As a parent, you need to be their best fan and encourager.

Most of all, you need to bring perspective to the table.  Help your son or daughter see these emotional checkpoints as moments in time.  Walk with them through their pain and help them come out on the other side.   Recognize the pain and discouragement and bring them the words that will keep them going towards their athletic scholarship dream. Continue reading

#1It’s great book.  It’s a #1 best seller.  It’s called The One Thing and it has transformed the way I approach my projects in life and work.

And it can help you in big ways in your scholarship pursuit.

Gary Keller, founder of the biggest real estate company in America, is the author.  So, considering his success, I thought it was worth reading.  What I learned from him is something I want to pass along to you.

I’ll be digging more deeply into this in Thursday’s podcast and in the upcoming Webinar next week, but I want to lay the groundwork for you here so you can get your head around what he advises.  And you can start applying it right away.

It will change the results you’re getting in recruiting.  It will put you head and shoulders above other families.  It will get you to your goal.  Continue reading

High school footballHow 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.

BaseballI 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.

Listen to the podcast.

FlyingI’m in the air right now flying to a conference in Florida. I took an aisle seat, so I have to strain to see the view below. To make it even more difficult, I’m over the wing. In other words, this isn’t a seat with view.

I got to thinking about the importance of taking a view of recruiting from 30,000 feet. Are you feeling pressured, tired, distracted, even confused in your athletic scholarship hunt? It can happen when you’re in the battle. I remember those days.

You can’t see the end. It’s a struggle, things aren’t going perfectly and you never seem to be as far along as you’d like. If that’s you, then take a flight. Not a hike. A flight.

In this post, I’ll show you what I mean and how you can do three things that will absolutely get you back on the right path to that scholarship pursuit.  Here’s how…

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IcebergGetting recruited isn’t magic.  Coaches don’t just show up at your doorstep, or at your games, meets or matches.

However, most parents don’t realize this.  They don’t see what goes on behind the scenes to get the attention of college coaches.  That has to be frustrating.

Picture an iceberg.  What you see above the surface is minute compared to what’s below the surface.  That’s why a mighty cruise ship can be destroyed by running into an iceberg.  But you knew that.

In recruiting, there’s a lot that goes on below the surface to attract the attention of college coaches.  Let me run a few by you.

1.  Moving towards coaches.  Don’t wait for them to find your son or daughter.  Take an aggressive stand and get your athlete’s name out there.  Letters, emails, phone calls, camp appearances are all ways that y0u can get the coaches to take notice.  Continue reading

[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. Continue reading

TrackI won’t kid you.  The recruiting journey is not easy.   Let’s face it, your son or daughter is probably not in the top 100 in the nation in their sport.  Coaches are not going to flock to them.  The will have to work.

Such was the case with our twin boys.  They were not the best in the league, county or on their team.  They had to put out effort to be seen by college coaches.  Effort off the field in order to be seen on the field.

I remember spending a lot of time with them, helping them write letters, send information to coaches, put together a video, go to camps, travel for tournaments…  all those things.  And you know what?  It was worth it.  Even if they had not gotten a scholarship.  Yeah, we grew close through this experience. Continue reading

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As I sit here on my back patio and watch the beauty of multiple colors, ominous clouds and majestic mountains, I’m thinking out loud.  Scenes like this make it easy to think.

I’m wondering what things will look like for your family one year from today.  Will you be closer to achieving your family’s scholarship dream?  Will your son or daughter be getting ready to head off to college in a matter of weeks, a scholarship earned?  Or will you be going through a dry period where discouragement sets in?

You know, this is a journey of ups and downs.  I am here to tell you not to get discouraged if there is a dry period, because there will be.  That’s ok.  Such is life, and this scholarship journey is filled with wins and losses, victories and pain.  It’s a lot like competing in sports.

So let me give you three things to think about today, which will help you in the year ahead. Continue reading

It’s one thing to get the interest of college coaches, but how do you keep the interest up and how do you deepen the relationship?  As a parent, you can’t do this for your kids,  but you can certainly help them.

When we were going through this process with our sons, we took an active role in the relationships between coaches and our kids.  In fact, the coaches enjoyed talking with us, too, because they wanted to see what kind of family our boys came from.  While we were careful not to dominate the conversations, we did get involved.

The bottom line is that the coach wants to develop the relationship with the student-athlete, so it’s vital that your son our daughter is prepared for the conversations.

In this post, I want to take you to a clip from a video I recorded recently for student-athletes, and it addresses what to do when coaches contact the student-athlete.  I call it “closing the loop” in the recruiting process.

Parents, it’s important that you know this information, because you’ll be coaching your son or daughter in this process.  You can help him or her interact with coaches and move them further up on the coaches’ list.  So, let’s go for it…

 

Please let me know what you think of the video.  I’m recording a new video series right now, which will be part of  free mini-course on recruiting that I’ll make available in a few weeks.  Your comments and questions will help me as I finalize the content.

Back patio viewAs I sit here blogging on the back patio, with a view in the distance of where my boys played college ball, it is a bit surreal. You see, our family lived 1,100 miles away when our sons came here. My wife and I made the treks every spring to watch them play, but never in a blue moon expected to live here someday.

All three of our kids are still at least 1,100 miles away from us, spread around the world. In fact, one son and his family are 5,000 miles away by my estimate. But, here I am, watching the sun set over the campus, nestled in the foothills in the picture.

I guess you could say I’m “dreaming backwards.” Instead of thinking ahead about college careers and possible scholarships, I’m reflecting on those days they did compete here. And, thankfully, we didn’t have to pay anything.

But, for you, the dream is ahead of you for your son or daughter. I’ve had such a good time lately talking with and having email exchanges with several parents. I’m energized about the opportunity to help their student-athlete get an athletic scholarship.

I’m committed to that.  “But how long does this crazy experience take?” you might be asking “And when should we start?”   But more importantly, I want to share with you how to get extraordinary results.

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Can your son or daughter really get an athletic scholarship in five easy steps?

No, but I assure you that they can get one in five simple steps.  I’ve been teaching families these five steps since 2002, and they work.

 Join me for a free teleseminar for parents:

“FIVE STEPS TO AN ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP”
A Recruiting Seminar for Parents

Tuesday, March 24,  8:00-8:45 PM Eastern Time

I checked and there are no March Madness games that night!

Come with questions, because after I go through the five steps, I’ll open the phone lines for some dialogue.

How to Join the Call

Dial (712) 775-7031
Enter the Conference Code 415-095-289

BONUS:  Because I want you to apply the five steps right away, everyone on the call will receive my Recruiting Checklist.  I’ll let you know how to access it.

To RSVP, email me at jon@recruit-me.com and I’ll reserve your spot.  I encourage you to print out this page as a reminder of the date, time and call-in number.  I’d hate for you to miss the event.

Why Show Up?

You’re going to learn what to do right now in order to get your son or daughter recruited.  I’ll be cutting through the clutter that has left parents shaking their heads, wondering what to do and what not to do.  There’s so much information out there, but no one puts it together into a step-by-step process and plan.  I will do that for you on the 24th.

 

If you’re like most parents, you have more information that you can handle when it comes to recruiting.  Well, I’m here to tell you it doesn’t have to be that way.  You can indeed filter out the stuff you don’t need.

In this post, I want to get down to the core of what one thing you have to do to get your son or daughter an athletic scholarship.

“One thing?” you ask.  You can’t be serious.  Yes, one thing.  I’m passionate about it, as you’ll see in this video post.

What will you do today based on what you heard in the video?  Don’t leave this page until you’ve made that decision.  In fact, write it in the comment section below.

SurveyI just received this comment and question from a student-athlete.  His question is not uncommon, and his thoughts about his situation are not uncommon either.  I thought that his question was so important that I’d answer it here for you, too.

Q:  I’m going to be a Sophomore next year and I might go for Varsity football. I play quarterback and I’m almost 6’0.  I have good grades.  What do I have to do to get a scholarship to a D1 school? Where I live is a small town and our Division is D4, so it harder to get scouts to look at you and to get scholarships. I would do anything to get to a d1 school.  I always work hard and try to be the best that I could. What should i do?? Continue reading

RunnerYou’d like to gain ground in your scholarship efforts this Fall, and that’s a good thing.  I want you to get closer to your scholarship, too.

This is an important season in the recruiting calendar.  Here are three things you can do right away to maximize the Fall recruiting season:

1.  Cast a wide net.  How big is your prospective list of schools?  If it is less than 40, it’s too small.  Whether you’re getting started now or you’ve been at it for a while, you need to expand your list to 40 prospective schools so you can pursue a relationship with the coaches from those programs.

You might be saying,  “I’m being recruited by some schools.  Why do I need more?”  You just never know where things will land, and you need to have as many recruiting relationships as possible.  There are other schools you don’t yet have on your list that will be your top choices a few months from now. Continue reading

Cell phoneIn my last post, I went through a number of questions athletes should ask college coaches when the coaches call.  Or when you call a coach.  Recruiting is a two-way street.  While the coach is recruiting athletes, you are recruiting schools.  You should take the initiative to find out as much as you can about the program, coach and school.  That way you can make an informed decision.  Let’s continue from last week’s discussion.

College Life

What is a typical day for a student-athlete?
You will learn a typical schedule that will include courses, practices, meal times, study times, etc. This will give you insight as to how to manage your time and assist you with needed adjustments.

What does the institution’s services entail?
You will be informed of any study hall hours that may be required of you during your tenure. Also, this is a good time to ask about the availability of tutors. Continue reading

D1 SchoolsAlthough you don’t have to be an expert on everything to do with recruiting, it’s helpful to know some of the key terms.  This knowledge will help you as you move through the process.  Here’s my short list of terms:

Here are some basic terms to be familiar with as you move through your scholarship and recruiting journey.

Contact.  If a college coach has any in-person contact with a high school student-athlete or parent away from the college campus, and says anything more than “hello,” it is a contact. In addition, if a college coach has any contact with the student-athlete or parent at the athlete’s high school or any location where he is competing or practicing, that is also a contact.

Contact Period.  This is the period of time a coach is allowed to have an in-person contact with a student athlete or his/her parents on or off the college campus. The coach may also watch an athlete play or visit his/her high school during this period, may write or telephone, and have the athlete and parents visit the college campus. Continue reading

College campuses aD1 Conferencesre about to open across the country for the Fall semester.  The TV will be swarming with football games, and every one on the field will be a scholarship athlete.  D1 schools, at least.

So how did these guys get a scholarship?  How did coaches find them?  What does it take to be a scholarship athlete?  How can my son or daughter get a prized athletic scholarship next year, or the year after that… or the year after that?

These are good questions, and they deserve answers. 

Yes, coaches of all sports are looking for scholarship athletes, and they’re looking year-round.  Recruiting is a big business, and coaches must be as good at recruiting as they are at coaching.  That’s the difference between an average program and a great program. 

How does a high school athlete, get in the cross-hairs?  In a good way, of course.  How does he or she get on a coaches’ radar?  I was interviewed by a reporter a couple days ago and told him what I tell you… take the initiative.  Don’t sit back and wait, or you’ll miss that scholarship.

Do you really think all those scholarship athletes you’ll see on TV this fall were somehow just “discovered” by their coaches?  Some yes, but most no.  They had to do some work to get noticed.  And that’s what we have been pounding into the minds of our Recruit-Me families for over a decade.   Here are some fast-start actions:

1.  Pull together a database of colleges you’re interested in.  Get the coaches’ contact information.  It is all available online on their websites.

2.  Begin crafting your introductory letter and email.  Keep it short. 

3.  Begin shooting your performance video.  You can put in on YouTube when you’re done.  That way, you can send coaches there when you contact them.

I also want to urge you to get some help.  You’ll find some resources on our website, and there are also other places you can go online to enhance your athletic scholarship experience. 

Now get started.

There will be a lot of hoopla tomorrow when we hear about all the athletes who sign a national letter of intent, especially in the football world.  It makes you feel kind left out if you don’t sign.  But don’t be discouraged, because not all athletes will sign this week.   In fact, in most sports, there will be plenty of spots open for this year’s seniors.  Don’t panic.  Continue to do the things we teach you at Recruit-Me, and you’ll get noticed.

You have to stay focused, and what better coach to tell you that than the great Tony Dungy.  Here’s what he said at the NCAA National Convention: