A few weeks back I talked about how much feedback parents should get when helping their children make a college decision. And while some agreed and others disagreed, the child has to be the one making the final call because a college education is vital these days for helping your long term career prospects.
But when going through the athletic recruiting process, I have seen plenty of parents run the show. They are the ones that always seem to be asking the questions and fielding the calls. If anything, it seems like they are the ones who want to be recruited and get an opportunity to play college athletics. This is a huge problem because the entire process needs to be a joint effort between all involved.
In this series of articles relating to a variety of sports and a number of different age groups, I have to admit that the most important one is those in the senior class in this situation. If you are a senior football player with interest but no offers, you need to figure out quickly what the interest level of the schools that are recruiting you.
While scholarships have obviously not been offered yet, it is pretty easy to see what schools are showing you the most serious attention. The way that you can tell is which are the coaches that are calling you. If you aspire for the Division I level and are only hearing on the phone from Division III schools, then it is going to be a difficult process to get to that level this late.
I am a sure fire recruit but the in-state schools are recruiting nationally. Why are they doing that?
It doesn’t matter what college program it is, basically every coach has to recruit out of their local area. There may be some exceptions at the smaller levels but how many Division I programs in any sports have every recruit from in-state (if there really is a school that does, please let me know)? Schools like USC in football and Kansas in basketball recruit nationally to help themselves win games.
But sometimes athletic recruits want to know what these schools are doing in the recruiting process. Say you are a Division I recruit with offer from smaller schools and attention from others. Why are the Division I programs offering out of state kids when they have a talented athlete as myself right in their backyard? While that is a tough question to answer, I will definitely try to come to a conclusion.
Football recruiting questionnaires and basketball recruiting questionnaires: Why should I fill them out?
Chances are that if you played at the varsity level in just about any sport and contributed, you may find yourself on a recruiting database. The first step in that recruiting database is to send out a questionnaire. The reason that these college coaches send out these questionnaires is to get more information about you.
The first layer of defense that the questionnaire can provide for college coaches is to take athletes off their recruiting database. If you are a 5-foot-8 linebacker or you finished your junior season with six tackles total, you are likely going to get deleted.
It doesn’t matter at this point if you are a football recruit with Division II offers, a basketball recruit with Division III interest, or a baseball recruit with NAIA scholarships, making an informed college decision is difficult and time consuming. What makes this so tough is the fact that you need to do so much leg work in researching the schools and finding more information about them.
If you put in a lot of time into the second step of The Five Steps to a Scholarship Offer (Which by the way is finding schools that match you), there is little doubt that you will be spending a great deal of time on the Internet each and every night doing research. While this leg work does get boring, it hopefully will pay off in the end with schools that you are interested. But the time commitment put in also includes visits, calls, and so much more.
The football recruits out there reading this know that this season is about as important as it comes. It doesn’t matter if you are a senior in your final year on the prep football field or a sophomore ready to take your first snaps at the varsity level. This is the reason why you have been working so hard during the summer months.
And while the season is important, every player out there would love to get some attention from college coaches. Because of this, I have put together five keys that will help you in landing a scholarship offer. You don’t need all five of these keys to get a scholarship but they are ranked in order of importance. Find out what areas will help you the most as you hope to track down an offer.
For most parents reading this, the reason that you were able to find this site is that you want to be able to be proactive throughout the athletic recruiting process for your son or daughter. Maybe this is your first time and for others you may have done it before but there is no doubt in my mind that this is one of the most confusing times in trying to help your child.
Parents may even feel helpless because they are not exactly sure what they should be doing and if they should be doing stuff to help. When I went through the Division III recruiting process a while back, my mom had no idea what was going on. She took me to one visit and just didn’t have a clue regarding letters, calls, or things along that line. I thought now is as good of a time as any to help parents figure things out in the athletic recruiting process.
I have talked a great deal about the football recruiting process and college coaches always seem to talk about how athletes are next in line for a scholarship. What I have unfortunately found in a good number of cases is that these coaches are usually just making sure they have enough recruits on the hook that if their main guy falls through, there are backups available.
As I said in a previous article, the only two reasons why colleges that have been recruiting you offer a football scholarship is because you either another big school has offered and prompts them to extend a scholarship or they have another recruit pick another school. But what happens if you really are next in line for a scholarship offer? College coaches may tell you this all the time but the way that you can really tell is through their actions. And we take a look at what we feel are their main actions that really could show you may be close to a scholarship offer. …CONTINUE READING =>
As an athlete many many years ago, there is nothing that was more frustrating than an injury that would limit your ability to play the sport that you love. It is one of the most difficult times to go through because you feel isolated and on an island because you are not on the court or the field with your teammates. The hours and hours you put in over the off-season may feel like they have gone to waste when you start your season and get injured right off the bat.
The unfortunate thing is that in all sports, whether it be football, baseball, basketball, or anything else for that matter, injuries happen. While you can try hard to prevent them, things happen and you can’t prevent everything. But if you are unlucky enough to have been injured, there are some things you can do to stay focused on the athletic recruiting process even if you are sidelined.
One of the things that initially scare a lot of families (especially the parents) away from Division III private schools is the initial price tag. Some of these schools cost in the range of $30,000 plus and the price tag is raising every year. With 3% inflation on top of that fee, these schools are going to only continue to get more and more expensive.
But the good news for athletes is that your ability in athletics can help you even if it is a non-scholarship school that you are looking at. This program could be at the Division III level but if they think you are good enough, they are going to find a number of different ways to help you out financially. And when buying any other big ticket item, comparing prices and getting the numbers re-worked are a great way to help lower your costs on a yearly basis.