Choice is what it’s all about when it comes to the recruiting and scholarship world. Coaches are choosing their recruits and athletes are recruiting their schools. It’s a process that isn’t instant. It’s a long haul. If you’re interested in earning an athletic scholarship, you need to be willing to put your best into the process, and you’ve got to stick with it. First, you have to get on coaches’ radars, and then you have to keep their interest. It’s a relationship. It’s a process.
Here are three things to do:
1. Become better. Coaches are looking at an athlete’s ability and potential. Athletes that are average in their sophomore year can become hot recruits in their junior year. You have to work at becoming a better athlete, because other recruits are doing that. In fact, make it your goal to become the best. Take advantage of clinics, books, videos, mentors, coaches and other resources that can help you improve. If you’re not improving, you’re likely going in the opposite direction.
2. Keep contacting coaches. Just as you have to continue to improve, you must make contact with coaches. That goes for coaches you are contacting for the first time and those you already have a relationship with. The relationship needs to stay fresh. Coaches want to know you’re still interested in their program, or they will move on to other athletes who are. One rule of thumb is that whenever a coach contacts you by email, letter or phone, respond.
3. Get help. You can’t go through the recruiting process on your own. Work as a team with your parent or parents. It’s a long process, and you need encouragement. Parents, do what you can to come alongside your son or daughter and help carry some of the load. As a Recruit-Me member, we coach parents and athletes on specific things to do along the way. Athletes, if your parent is not available to help, get some help from a coach, teacher, or another adult.
When I was working alongside my twin sons, we went at it for many, many months. As a result, over a period of time, they received the offers they wanted. And both received fully paid educations at the school of their choice.