I just finished recording the next episode of the Athletic Scholarship Podcast, and I spoke passionately about three of the most damaging myths. Then I lay out the truth. The podcast will release in a couple days, but here’s a sneak preview:
Myth #1: If my kid is good enough, college coaches will find him or her.
Truth: A very small percentage of high school student-athletes receive scholarships because the coach “happened to find him or her.” Only the top-line elite athletes—the top 100 or so nationally—receive enough national media recognition that they are automatically recruited without having to make an effort.
The other 99%+ have to take the initiative to contact the schools where they have an interest. Most schools’ recruiting budgets are limited, and coaches rely on you to contact them first. They don’t have the time or budget to travel around the country to see your student-athlete compete. Videos, stats, references and the like become key tools for the coach in the recruiting and evaluating process.
Parents, you might think that it’s too self-promoting to make the initial contact with a coach and to “market” your child. However, this is the norm. If you don’t do it, other student-athletes will get the scholarship because they and their parents will have made the effort and received the attention. Coaches these days expect you to do this. It is an accepted practice.
I have a lot more to say about this on the podcast, so be sure to listen later this week. If you haven’t subscribed on iTunes, I encourage you to do so.