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.