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Today is my birthday, and I thought I’d go out on a limb and do my very first video blog post.  Be kind to me.

In this post, I’m going to let my video do the talking.  I’ve got something pretty significant to share with you as you go down the recruiting road.

Your son or daughter may already have an invitation to a showcase and to a few camps this coming summer.  If not, they will probably get some.  In this video, I’ll tell you what one D1 coach says about showcases and camps when it comes to recruiting.

I believe in staying ahead of the curve … way ahead of the curve.  The snow might be falling in much of the country, but it’s not too soon to develop your summer recruiting strategy.  Think ahead, write it down, and take action.  And remember that you have to spend your money wisely.  There are more opportunities than you need.

Since this is my first video blog post, please post your comments below.  I’d like to know if it was helpful or not.  And, what else would you like me to address in future blog posts?

FootballAthletic scholarships don’t just happen, although it sure looked that way a few days ago on signing day.  I want to dispel that myth, because believing it will assure that your kid is left out in the cold and you’re left holding an entire college bill.

So let’s talk about what it takes to being selected for an athletic scholarship. There is a road and Softballyour family needs to know the checkpoints along that road.  If you do, and you act correctly, your kid will get signed to an athletic scholarship.

Consider it a long race.  It’s one that you have to be willing to run, because getting an athletic scholarship is a process.  It takes effort on your part as a family.  Most families wait around and lose out.  Don’t be one of those.

And don’t be scattered.  That’s another mistake families make.  The end result is frustration and no real progress.  Confusion reigns.

The families I work with that are successful are ones that follow a step-by-step system.  And it always includes the chronological checkpoints I will lay out for you in this post.

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Jon Fugler, scholarship coachIn all the years I’ve been involved in recruiting, first as a parent and then as a recruiting coach, it is crystal clear that getting a scholarship involves three investments and three great returns.

The first investment is time.  You need to be willing to invest the time it takes to pursue an athletic scholarship. For our family, the investment yielded enormous returns.  I’m talking about both the parent and the athlete investing time.

Here are three things you must do with your time in order to capture an athletic scholarship:

  1. Pursue college coaches.  Sounds strange?  Aren’t they the ones doing the recruiting?  Yes, but if you don’t show interest, they’ll move on to the next recruit.  Build the relationships with key college coaches.  These are coaches are showing an interest in you.  Relationships take time.
  2. Keep the resume up to date.  Parents, your kid’s athletic and academic history is growing and changing every season or semester.  Be sure to take the time to go through the resume and make sure it is completely up to date.  I recommend doing this every month.  Coaches will want to see your latest information.  You’d be surprised how often that needs updating.
  3. Improve. Yes, athlete, you’ve got to be improving continuously.  Practice more, compete more, find a mentor to challenge and teach you.  Keep in mind, that other recruits are working hard to improve, and you don’t want to be left behind.

The second investment is money.  There is no free ride to get a free ride. Whether you pursue the scholarship on your own or go Cadillac with a consultant or service, you will have to invest money. Recruiting resources, camps, clinics, trips, showcases, video production, etc.

However, make wise investments.  You can go broke at this.  Don’t get caught up in activity, such as attending camp after camp.  Do it strategically, attending recruiting camps at colleges you’re interested in.  You want to be seen by the right coaches.  Parents, I would budget for 3-4 camps over the entire recruiting effort– period.

The third investment is heart.  This is not a process for the weak of heart. It’s a long haul and it can wear you out. But the rewards are well worth it. Don’t lose heart. Commit your heart to the process.

That’s why it is important not to go at it alone.  This is a team effort– parent and athlete.  you’re going to need each other.  Remember, this is a marathon and not a sprint.  Just like a season, you’ll have ups and downs and good and bad stretches.  Keep the end in mind– winning an athletic scholarship.  You’ve got to have a vision.

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Baseball basketball volleyball footballI receive a lot of questions from student-athletes and parents when it comes to recruiting and scholarships.  I remember when I was going through the process with my twin sons, and I had a lot of questions, too.  Here are a couple I’ve received that have risen to the top.  I thought it would be helpful to post them and respond to them, because you may be asking  similar questions.

Q:  I play varsity doubles and have received all-state for 2 years, but it seems very hard to get noticed at the regional/national level in doubles. Any suggestions?

A:  Your struggle is not an uncommon problem for most high school athletes. Even talented ones like yourself get overlooked. Most colleges’ recruiting budgets are limited, and the coaches cannot get out to see that many players. They rely on tournaments, showcases and camps to see large numbers of players at once. Only for exceptional prospects will a coach normally travel to see an individual game or match.

For these reasons, it is extremely important that you take the initiative to let college coaches know about you. Be aggressive in pursuing the schools where you have an interest. Once you make contact with the coaches, you open the door for continued contact. They will write back if they see that you have the tools to play on their team. Your letter, player profile, completed questionnaire, video (if they ask for one), and regular updates are those tools. Continue reading

ChristmasFirst of all, Merry Christmas!  I hope your family will experience the joy of Jesus’ birth, God’s gift to a needy world.

I want to discuss three common roadblocks to an athletic scholarship and how to overcome them.  Then maybe your son or daughter will be a future success story.

Roadblock #1:  Lack of focus.   It’s amazing how much money parents will spend to try to get their kids an athletic scholarship.  It may start with less than a hundred dollars for a camp, but somewhere along the way it has escalated to thousands of dollars for multiple camps, tournament exposure, showcases, travel, consultants and services.

You can’t have a shotgun approach, thinking that the more you do the greater the chance for a scholarship.  It comes down to be strategically focused.  You’ll save your family time and money by mapping out your strategy and sticking with it.  Stay focused.  Beware of the voices of other parents and so-called experts who distract you and pull you in different directions. Continue reading

2015 track“My biggest challenge is getting coaches’ attention.”  That’s a statement I heard over and over again from you when I put out the survey asking you about your biggest challenge.  Other ways you stated it…

“Getting coaches to look at me.”

“Getting coaches to notice me and be interested.”

If you’re a parent, this is the biggest challenge your son or daughter is likely facing.  In fact, I’d call it the biggest fear.

My heart goes out to you, because I know it’s a helpless feeling and I want you to be empowered.  There’s a saying that “knowledge is power,” and that’s why I’m committed to providing parents and their athletes the best knowledge to overcome the biggest challenges and succeed at getting a scholarship.

You will experience power that wipes out fear and uncertainty when you have the right knowledge.  In this post, let’s take a look at three solutions to this one big challenge. 

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How would you like to get into the mind of a college coach to understand what he or she is looking for in a recruit?  W0uldn’t that help you with your son’s or daughter’s pursuit of an athletic scholarship?

In this week’s blog post, I get face-to-face with you to share five of the most important things a coach is looking for.  I hope this helps to center yourselves as you go through the recruiting process.

NOTE:  Summer is just about here, and you need to be thinking about summer plans as they relate to recruiting.  You might want to take a few informal school visits.  Also, be looking for tournaments, showcases and camps you might want your son or daughter to compete at.

RunnersTens of thousands of talented high school athletes get passed over by college coaches every year.  In fact, I’d even say over a hundred thousand.

I see it all the time.  Talented athletes with high hopes have those hopes dashed when they expect attention from college coaches but don’t get any.  What makes it worse is that they see other athletes in town get offers.  And they know that they have just as much talent as that other athlete.

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I was just reading the other day about a local high school girl who made her verbal commitment to a major school for basketball.  I’m sure thousands of high school athletes read the same story and wondered how they could be the next success story.  Parents were asking the same question about their son or daughter.

Jon Fugler

Jon Fugler

In today’s post, I want to discuss three common roadblocks to an athletic scholarship and how to overcome them.  Then maybe your son or daughter will be a future success story documented in the paper.

Roadblock #1:  Lack of focus.   It’s amazing how much money parents will spend to try to get their kids an athletic scholarship.  It may start with less than a hundred dollars for a camp, but somewhere along the way it has escalated to thousands of dollars for multiple camps, tournament exposure, showcases, travel, consultants and services.

You can’t have a shotgun approach, thinking that the more you do the greater the chance for a scholarship.  It comes down to be strategically focused.  You’ll save your family time and money by mapping out your strategy and sticking with it.  Stay focused.  Beware of the voices of other parents and so-called experts who distract you and pull you in different directions.

Roadblock #2:  Laziness.  There, I said it.  In this day and age, people expect things to come easy.  Even as athletes and parents of athletes, we can get caught up in this trap.  As a result, we get lazy about giving our best.  That translates into our efforts to get our kids an athletic scholarship.

But, it’s not just the parent’s deal.  The student-athlete needs to put out.  If the parent is working like crazy at this, but the athlete is not, the team falls apart.  Yes, team.  The parent and the athlete are a team in this and both must avoid laziness at all costs.  This venture is too important for laziness, so have the “hard work” discussion early and often.

Parents, be the coach in the recruiting process.  Do what you can to motivate your son our daughter.  Be positive.  Teach life lessons.  Reward them when they’re giving it their best (I don’t mean on the field).  Make this a positive experience, even to the point where you are the buffer for disappointment.  If you’re discouraged or hit a rough road in this, don’t pass that along to your child.  Have a coach mindset.

Roadblock #3:  Quitting before the breakthrough.  The recruiting process is a marathon, and there will be a point when you hit the wall.  It may be earlier for your son or daughter than it is for you.  It happened to me and it happens to most.

A series of “We’re not interested” letters or calls from coaches can cause you to hit the wall.  A period of silence can do that, too.  Exhaustion from this whole doggone process can convince you to quit.  There are a number of reason you can feel like giving up along the way.

The tragedy will be to quit before the breakthrough.  For our family, our breakthrough was when a coach discovered our sons and pursued them — after a handful of coaches had stopped communicating and had lost interest.  Was it discouraging when there was silence?  Yes, but the breakthrough came shortly afterwards.

Don’t quit too soon.  Your breakthrough could be around the corner.  Even at the last minute.  Continue pursuing possibilities and opportunities.  The coach on the other end of the equation is looking for a breakthrough, too.

Give me your thoughts on roadblocks. Are you facing one now?  Have you come through one and you’ve experienced a breakthrough?  Comment below and let me and others know.

 

 

When the parent and student-athlete work together on the recruiting process, the success rate soars.  It’s a team effort.

I Recruit-Me Manualwant you to take you to an excerpt from my manual, the Recruit-Me Athletic Scholarship System, centering on principles for Parent/Athlete teamwork:

The recruiting journey is one that you should take as a family, if at all possible. Parents have an important role, as does the student-athlete.

This is not a sprint, but a marathon, and you will need each other for encouragement, support and sharing the workload.

If you are a student-athlete, here are the things you should focus on:

1. Your academics. We can’t tell you how important this is. You can literally eliminate yourself from a scholarship opportunity by getting into grade trouble. However, you can lift yourself above other scholarship prospects by excelling in academics. Do the best job you can. That’s all anyone can ask.

2. Become a better athlete. The more skilled you become, the greater your chTrackances of being noticed and getting a scholarship. There’s no doubt about it, this is a competitive field. Other athletes in your sport are working on getting better, and you need to stay ahead of as many of them as possible.

The amount of work you put into improving will indicate how serious you are about competing past high school. Although you can’t do all of the things we will list, you can pick one or two: attend instructional camps, take lessons, watch instructional videos, video your performance and study it, find someone who will mentor you in your sport. When it stops being fun, then it is probably time to give up the sport and pursue other interests.

3. Communicate with coaches. Be sure to write letters and send emails. Provide coaches with updates after every season. Write or call back if they write or call you. If you stop communicating with them, they will assume you are no longer interested. You want to keep your options open until you are certain you are not interested in that school. Usually that will come in the final months before you make your decision.

4. Ask a parent or an adult mentor to help you go through this process. You need someone on your team. Preferably, a parent. However, if that is not possible, then find someone who can help you succeed. It is too tough and too long to go through this yourself. And you will need someone you can ask advice and actually help you do some of the letter writing and tracking communications.

As for parents:

1. Be an encourager. Your son or daughter will need this. There will be a lot of ups and downs. He or she will be pursued by some coaches and rejected by others. You’ll have to help your child keep a positive attitude and move forward.

2. Handle the paperwork. Take the leadership in drafting the letters, profiles and questionnaires. Send them out. Don’t do all the work yourself, but work as a team with your son or daughter. With all the communications to so many coaches, your child cannot do it all and still compete athletically and academically. And, over time, you will have to keep a good record of the communications with the coaches.

3. Discuss the process with your son or daughter. Find out what is going through his or her mind along the way. Get an idea of his or her interest in certain schools. Work through it together as you narrow down your choices.

If you work together as a team, each carrying out his or her role, the whole process will be less stressful.

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What’s your next step?

Head knowledge and experience are two different things. You can know what tNCAA Conferenceso do in the recruiting process, but there’s nothing like experiencing it. I’ve given you the information and tools you need to get started in the process, but there is so much more.

Once coaches start to respond, you’ll need to manage those relationships and keep the coaches interested in your son or daughter. You’ll need to help your son or daughter stay on top of the recruiting process.

Since our sons headed off to college in 2001, I’ve been helping parents and athletes achieve the scholarship dream. I’ve taken them from step one to making the school choice. For some, it’s a one year process. For others, it’s two or three years. But in every case, if a talented athlete follows the steps I give them, they succeed in getting recruited by multiple schools.

I assume you’re serious about helping your son or daughter pursue an athletic scholarship.

I want to answer the “What’s your next step?” question for you.

I’ve developed and perfected a suite of resources that will take you every step of the way in your scholarship pursuit. Every family that uses these resources gets results. Yes, it’s hard work, but you’re not flying blind anymore.

These resources will save you tons of time a boatload of money. You wouldn’t believe how much money families waste because they keep trying things to see what will work. Consultants, services, camps, showcases, tournaments, travel, hotel, team fees… do I need to go on? You know how fast the dollars add up, and yet you’re not sure what will bring results and get your son or daughter recruited.

But with the resources I provide, it takes the guesswork out of the recruiting process.

Not only do you get a suite of resources, I also make myself available to my Recruit-Me families for dialogue, questions and feedback. In other words, I’ll be your scholarship coach. Without the high cost of a consultant or service.

If you’ve found this page and my website helpful, it’s just the beginning of the benefits you’ll receive with the other resources and tools described below if you want to take things further with a Recruit-Me Gold or Platinum Premium Membership.

#1: Recruit-Me ManualRecruit-Me Manual

The core of your Premium Membership is the best-selling Recruit-Me Athletic Scholarship System Manual. It’s your textbook. It’s the only resource of its kind. The Recruit-Me Manual takes you step-by-step through the recruiting process, and all the other resources in your membership work in tandem with the Manual.

For instance, in the Manual and supporting resources, I’ll teach you:

  • How to select the right colleges – and the right coaches – to contact, so you don’t waste valuable time.
  • How to jump-start your recruiting campaign and get calls and letters from coaches within 3-4 weeks. I’ve given you some of that information already in this short e-book, but the Manual goes into more detail, including more sample documents.
  • How to reveal to coaches exactly what you want them to know, to put your son or daughter in the best light.
  • The right ways for your son or daughter to respond when coaches contact them, so they don’t make a mistake that will damage their scholarship hopes.
  • The best questions to ask coaches so you can get an honest evaluation of them and their school, protecting your son or daughter from a bad choice that could end their athletic career. There are lots of horror stories like that. In the Manual, you’ll find an appendix with specific questions on athletics, academics and college life at that school.
  • How to keep coaches interested through the whole recruiting process, so you don’t get knocked out of the running. You’ll learn exactly how to stay on a coach’s radar, even for two or three years.
  • How to choose and utilize recruiting camps and showcases so you get the best bang for your buck and get in front of the most and right coaches. This is so important, because you can go broke going to camps or showcases that don’t help your son or daughter at all.
  • The secrets behind a good video—when and how to use it so it increases your athlete’s scholarship chances.
  • How to save endless hours responding to coaches inquiries, but get them the best information that will help your son or daughter’s scholarship chances. Communication is key, and you need to have a plan. I help you develop your complete plan.
  • How to keep all the details straight while you communicate with dozens of coaches, so your athlete doesn’t embarrass himself or herself on the phone calls.
  • How to make the final school choice based on the offers given, as well as other critical factors.

#2 Recruit-Me Personal WorkbookCover_Work Book_revised_undated-resized-600

The Recruit-Me Personal Workbook is an important companion to the Manual. This is a tool to help you more quickly prepare each document and work through the Recruit-Me steps. The 40-page Personal Workbook helps you write your first drafts of each of the documents by using a fill-in-the-blanks approach. It also provides editable template forms.

#3 Recruit-Me Audio Book (Platinum Members)

Some people learn best by listening, so the Recruit-Me Audio Brecruit-me-audiobookook is perfect. The Audio Book presents the same information as the Recruit-Me Manual in a form you can listen to. I personally talk you through every step of the proven Recruit-Me process, covering the entire athletic recruiting sequence from beginning to end. You can listen together with your son or daughter, then discuss how you’re going to apply the material. The Recruit-Me Audio Book is an mp3 digital download.

#4 Complete College Coaches Database

College Coaches Online is an online searchable data base, so you can use the web to search your sport, CCO-Logo-Map-Smalldivision, location, size of student body, tuition costs, even academic admissions requirements. In a few seconds, College Coaches Online displays all the matching schools and coach information, including the head coaches’ names, addresses, emails and phone numbers. This is the most accurate and up-to-date directory of head coaches for every college and every sport. Because of our relationship with College Coaches Online, your Recruit-Me Premium Membership gives you a free full one-year College Coaches subscription, making it easy to create your complete personal coach contact list.

#5 Ongoing CoachingJon Fugler, scholarship coach

You won’t be going through your recruiting process alone. Every two weeks for several months, you’ll receive a coaching email from me. I want to make sure you stay on track in your scholarship journey. I will encourage you and your athlete, help you focus, provide advice and keep you accountable. I will do everything in my power to make sure you maximize all the Recruit-Me tools and resources. In addition, I will be available to you at any time during the process for questions, evaluating your documents or whatever coaching you need. Through your entire campaign.

#6 Podcasts with D1 College Coaches (Platinum members)College Coaches

Find out what three D-1college coaches are looking for in a scholarship athlete and how they recommend you pursue the dream. How do they do their recruiting? How can you get your son or daughter on a coach’s radar, from a coach’s perspective? What are the best practices in the recruiting process? From their viewpoint, what should you not do? These three in-depth interviews will open your eyes and help you refine your approach to the recruiting process. Provided in MP3 format so you can listen wherever you want.

#7 College Recruiting Kits

You can easily get lost in the recruiting rules maze. We have pulled together the most important recruiting and eligibility guidebooks for you: NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA. You’ll get these as downloads.

Your Next Step

As you can see, I’ll equip you completely for your recruiting and scholarship journey. There’s nothing like this available to parents and athletes today. And, every resource has been tried and tested for over a decade. They work.

You would expect to pay well over $1,000 for all the resources you get with Gold or Platinum Membership. If you were to hire a service or consultant, that figure could be $2,000 or $3,000 or more. I know from the experience with our kids!

However, one of my core values with Recruit-Me is to make Premium Membership affordable for almost any family. That’s why I’ve priced it as low as $177 for a Gold Level Membership.

You can see all your options for Premium Membership and start right away with the one that best meets your needs:

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I look forward to helping your family achieve its scholarship dream.

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Jon Fugler, CEO, Recruit-Me
jon@recruit-me.com

P.S. The best way to achieve your student-athlete’s scholarship dream is to let me lead your family through this critical process. I want to provide you with the best resources and coaching available to take you step-by-step all the way to making your best school choice.

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