Why You Should Play Sports, No Matter Who You are

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Why You Should Play Sports, No Matter Who You are


There’s a reason why people of all ages and backgrounds love sports all around the world. Some are drawn to sports because of hometown pride, and others have been drawn to sports thanks to huge international sports stars and athletes such as Lebron James and Christiano Ronaldo.


There are various sports teams that are worth tremendous amounts of money, which has helped the sports industry grow to new heights. In fact, the global sports industry is worth hundreds of billions of dollars. There are also some clear advantages when it comes to incorporating sports into your daily life, whether you are seriously seeking college recruitment or simply want to make sure that you are exercising enough. Here are some ways that sports can improve your life in general.


Health


The most obvious benefit of playing sports is that it can provide some regular exercise for the individual. It’s no secret that exercise plays a significant role when it comes to overall physical and mental health.


A sedentary lifestyle can be extremely detrimental to one’s health. In fact, the World Health Organization has pointed out how this lifestyle can actually lead to real disease and disability. If you are regularly playing sports with friends or acquaintances, this helps an entire group of people make sure that they are taking care of their health (to some extent).


Teamwork


There are plenty of successful people that will tell you that they didn’t do it alone. They may be the CEO of a company, but their success was also aided by the fact that they had key advisors and competent employees that helped them reach a certain level. 


You have to work together to reach a common goal when you play sports. As a result, you might learn valuable ways to communicate and interact with others that can help you improve your personal and professional life.


Sportsmanship Builds Character


One of the best aspects of playing sports is that it can actually build character. Once a game is over, a true sportsman understands how to carry himself or herself, even if they might be passionate about a sport. If you win a sports game, whether it’s with your team or not, you can build self-esteem as a result. Similarly, if you lose a sports game, you might learn about how to carry yourself humbly, and respectfully, without getting angry or upset at the fact that you lost.


You can learn how to encourage and empower other people through supporting your teammates, as well. For those who think independently to the point where they can be abrasive, having a coach might help them understand that rules must be followed at some point. There are countless ways in which sports can actually help build your character.

INSIDE THE MIND OF A MULTI-SPORT COLLEGIATE ATHLETE

by Jenae Alderson

Founded in 1854, Hamline University is the first college to arrive in the state of Minnesota. It is a private liberal arts college with an undergraduate class of about 2,200 students. The college is best known for its social justice, service, and experiential learning. When it comes to sports, it is considered DIII by the NCAA and is home to some of the best and most disciplined student-athletes. One of those athletes is Harrison Jones who is both a wide-receiver on the football team and a 400-meter sprinter for the track a field team. He was the captain for the 2019 football season. Aside from his athletic career, he is apart of the class of 2019 and will be graduating with a major in Business Analytics. He definitely is one of the best on both teams and absolutely has to be disciplined when he finds himself off the track or field. 

Being a full-time athlete in a single sport during college is one thing but being a full-time athlete in two sports is just plain mad, or is it? However, Jones wanted to have his cake and eat it too. Harrison Jones – Hamline University student-athlete – chose to attend the college he meticulously thought about despite his various DI offers. But, why turn down DI offers to play two sports at a DIII level? Why even think about putting the human body and mind through such a strenuous task? Well, Jones lets the people know about his journey and mindset throughout his college career as a multi-sport collegiate athlete.

Turning down DI offers was easy for Jones when it came to football. He knew that he did not want to go to the NFL, nor did he think he could make it. However, he wanted to play and start in the sport he loved all four years of his college career and make a difference for the University. “There’s just something about football that takes immense focus both physically and mentally. The reward of winning a game is outstanding,” Jones said longingly; football was obviously a must when it came to the college he chose. Jones also wanted to be near the Twin Cities in Minnesota, somewhere he called home for twenty-one years now. With all these guidelines set, Hamline was looking like the right fit for Jones. 

When it came to track and field, however, Jones just wanted a college where he could run. Consider it his second love below football. Why settle for one sport when there are two that could be played? At least that was the thought process of Jones. He was not necessarily looking for a college solely to run track, but it was something he was good at and could still do if he chose to attend Hamline. It was good to have options for Jones, as he liked to feel like he had a handle on his own life. So, after realizing he would have options at Hamline, it was a done deal after that. However, how can one feel they have a handle on things with two collegiate sports hanging over their head along with a social life and schoolwork lurking around the corner?

Sports. As much as sports could derail the life of any student, for Jones, it helped him get his life back on track. “It’s honestly pretty hard, but sports actually help me keep my life together. I know that if I don’t perform in the classroom, then I won’t be able to play,” says Jones as he explains how being a multi-sport athlete does not hinder his success but helps him in more ways than expected. Jones even touches on how it helps him learn time management as well, “I have less time to mess around outside of school with practices, meetings, lifts, etc. so I know when it’s time to get my work done.” But, this seems like a lot of hard work for “little recognition,” why not just try to play Division I Football?

“People assume that because you play DIII that the competition is so much worse when in reality it isn’t,” Jones expresses his findings after his hunt for colleges during the recruitment process. He found out about the myths behind college athletics when it came to the many divisions put in place by the NCAA. After debunking these myths, Jones decided he would not let the preconceived notions of others to make his decisions for him. “The MIAC is arguably the top DIII conference of all DIII sports… it gives me a great opportunity to compete at a high level while focusing a lot on school. There are Multiple DI athletes that play DIII…” Jones tells the secret behind his casual yet organized approach to choosing a single. Divisions do not matter, the player does.

Is this really the secret? Well, when asked if Jones would change his recruitment process he confidently answers, “I wouldn’t change anything… It allowed me to decide which school would be the best fit for me and I’m content with the way it turned out and the people I have met along the way.” The ultimate goal of choosing a school is to pick one that is the “best fit.” Jones has stayed at Hamline and never questioned leaving for all four years he has attended. He is about to graduate on time with many friends and even more accomplishments. Two sports at a DIII level was Harrison Jones best college fit. What will be the best fit for you?

Posted on May 27, 2019 in Half Time TalkLife of a College Athlete

2 REASONS WHY MOST ATHLETES DON'T GET RECRUITED

Every year millions of high school athletes from around the world will seek a college scholarship. The hard truth is, that most will be left out in the cold because there are only so many scholarship offers to go around. There can be many reasons why your athlete did not receive a scholarship offer but we will break it down to 2 main reasons.

First reason is that most high school athletes are not in the top 3%. I will not spend too much time on this as I believe the statement speaks for itself.

The second reason that your athlete might not receive an offer is due to a poor game plan. Seeking a scholarship offer is highly competitive and you cannot just sit around and hope a college coach comes find you. You have to put your athlete in position to win. How can you do that? Below are a few tips.

  • Create a Professional Resume that includes video, metrics, academics, accomplishments, training/team information and an about me section.

  • Get a realistic evaluation of your athletes current talent level

  • Meet with your schools guidance counselor to check grades

  • Take the SAT/ACT

  • Choose a list of target schools that fits your athletes talent level and grades

  • Create a plan to reach out to the recruiting coordinators/coaches from your target schools

You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on your athletes recruitment. However, you do have to roll up your sleeves and get to work. As my mentor use to always tell me….what ever you track and measure you can improve so track your progress, measure the results and make the necessary adjustments so you can get your athlete on the road to recruitment.

How to tell if a coach is interested in recruiting you

One thing we can count on, regardless of what state or school we speak in, is hearing from parents this one question.......................I think my kid is being recruited but am not sure. Truth is, from the letters of interest, camp emails, questionnaires and so on, we realize how it can appear that a school or coach is interested in your athlete. Lets break down each one below so you can be sure. 

Letters of Interest-We hear all the time from parents that there athlete is being recruited because they received a letter of interest. Not so fast....Schools send out thousands of letters of interest so just remember that its just a letter to gauge interest and does not mean your athlete is being recruited.

Questionnaires-These can either be filled out on the schools website or sent to you from a coach. Either way we DO recommend that you fill it out. This does a couple things. First it shows the school and coach that you are willing to follow direction. Second, you will be added to the schools email list, which will keep you updated on upcoming events. Receiving a questionnaire in the mail could mean that you are on the coaches radar but doesn't mean that you are being recruited.

Camp Invites-First ask yourself who sent you the invite. Was it a coach or a member of the camp? If a coach want's you to attend a camp that they will be at this is a good sign that they want to see you in action. This doesn't mean your being recruited but its a great step towards that process.

Phone calls or text messages from a coach- YES, if a coach is calling or texting you then odds are they are interested in you. Be prepared for your conversations because you are not the only athlete they are calling. Just as you compete in your sport you will also be competing for that scholarship so practice the process and be prepared!

Invited to an official visit- YES, If a college coach invites you to visit they are interested. Again, practice and be prepared as this could be a great opportunity to stand out

The recruiting process can be overwhelming especially if your doing it without any help. We suggest you don't overthink it, be prepared and have fun. Enjoy this once in a lifetime experience.

 

 

 

NATIONAL SIGNING DAY

College Recruitment Made Easy

I'm not going to lie, watching high school student-athletes sign their letters of intent on National Signing Day is one of our highlights each year. Think about it for a moment, all the hard work, all the planning and preparation finally pays off and on that very day when the ink meets the paper those young athletes have officially accomplished this huge goal of playing the sport they love in college. AWESOME!!! Now as a recruitment technology company we hear these questions regarding college recruitment all the time.

  • college recruitment is expensive,
  • college recruitment is too hard,
  • college recruitment is only for athletes in large cities.

Our answer to these questions is always the same......I DON'T THINK SO. College recruitment is more about proper planning and execution of that plan than anything else. So, if your plan isn't working maybe you either don't have one or maybe you have just need a new one.