TrackI’m going to scare a lot of parents with this blog post. I’m going against the grain of a well-funded industry. And I’m going to reveal some things to you that you won’t want to hear.

I’ve heard from many parents over the years about how they were disillusioned by recruiting services and online registries. The latter are sites where you can upload a profile and video of your son or daughter.

And many college coaches are disappointed, too. An article in the Times Herald-Record in Middletown, CT revealed some pretty candid statements by area college coaches. Check this out:

“I would say it’s about 1 percent of our recruiting. We barely use them. Their job is to expose kids and they are going to send them to everyone. But they don’t know me, they don’t know my program and what it needs. They just don’t work for me.” –Mt. St Mary’s men’s basketball coach Ryan Kadlubowski.

SUNY New Paltz women’s basketball coach Jamie Seward had this to say about services:

“Those sites are trying to make money and I think sometimes they overreach the prospect. I think sometimes the kids are often misled. The sites tell you they can play Division II, you look at their video, they can’t play Division III. You get blanket emails. It’s impersonal and I usually don’t look at them. I know some coaches who automatically delete them.”

Reality Check

I’m not here to trash services. Our twin sons used one. But I am here to tell you that services and online registries alone will not get your kid a scholarship.

We had to work at it hard, and you will, too. Services and registries can be part of your whole recruiting campaign. But you have to do the work, and you can certainly get results without a recruiting service IF you know what steps to take.

I want to put your mind at ease, because most families cannot afford a service. It’s big bucks and you may not have those bucks. Even if you spend the money, you and your son or daughter are the ones who will build the recruiting relationships with college coaches.

The Recruiting Solution

So what’s the better solution? Do it yourselves and you can get the same results without spending a lot of money. If you don’t know where to start, or you’re in the middle of it but still confused, read through the free Parent’s Guide I give away on my home page. That will get you started in the absolute right direction.

Then follow the counsel I give on this blog and in the scholarship tips I’ll send you each week when you get the Parent’s Guide.

In addition, talk to other parents who have been successful in the recruiting process. Learn from them.

And, if you want to go even further, step by step to final school choice, you can check out the resources on my Premium Membership page. My goal is not to sell you here. My goal is to broaden your thinking and steer you away from relying on recruiting services to do the job that you really have to do.

Please feel free to contact me if I can answer questions, clarify confusion or get you started in the right direction.

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