Recruiting is essential for every college coach, and the aim is simple. Fill position gaps on the team with stronger talent than the year before. Therefore, most college coaches have identified 3 evaluation operatives to reach that end. Identify, recruit, and retain strong students, impact athletes, and those prospects that bring leadership qualities to the team.
The college search for athletes is an enduring process with a definite starting and ending point. Just like a well-run race, the successful student-athlete will remain focused until she breaks the tape. Below are some simple tips to consider when heading down the homestretch in the college recruiting process.
The college search for athletes has evolved into a difficult journey. The competition for roster spots and admission support is stiff and college prospects, in many cases, experience moments of frustration and misdirection. What follows is a brick by brick approach student-athletes can consider when navigating college recruiting.
College coaches create individual filtering systems to consolidate the high volume of inquiries they receive from prospective student-athletes into either “active or inactive” recruiting files. Developing an effective and streamlined recruiting highlight video that makes the job of skill evaluation by a college coach an easy one, is a great step in showcasing a prospect successfully.
The 2018 college recruiting class will likely be the most talented student-athletes ever. The clock is ticking and over the next two months the recruiting process will gain considerable steam as these girls and boys head down the homestretch with college recruiting.
Ivy League and other select, non-athletic scholarship awarding institutions can, in many cases, offer significant assistance in Admissions and Financial Aid that can potentially lend strong support for prospective student-athletes.
The college search for athletes has grown complicated and increasingly competitive. The high stakes competition for athletic scholarships has opened up the opportunities for the walk-on prospective student-athlete.
Parents can play a significant and active role in the recruiting process that in my opinion, should be supportive, enthusiastic but “indirect,” especially when it comes to communicating with college coaches.
The synergy between social media and college recruiting continues to grow in popularity and is evolving into the primary tool of communication between prospects and college coaches. Student-athletes can offer coaches with instantaneous updates about college recruitment, and if used prudently, this high tech platform can help streamline evaluations significantly to help college coaches recruit best.
The college search for athletes is an “individual” quest. A winning strategy for one prospect could be a losing strategy for another. I think we can all agree that when it comes to recruiting, the “blue chip” kids are going to be found…It’s just a matter of when. That aside, the majority of the prospects navigating the college search are NOT blue chip kids and should execute a personal plan of attack that includes “grey areas” of recruiting.
College coaches are brilliant recruiters and look for 3 key components when evaluating prospects. Firstly, they look for strong students who meet and exceed eligibility and admissions standards. Secondly they are looking for....
The college experience is, in many cases, the most important four years in our children’s lives and realizing the potential leverage families of prospective student-athletes have in the college recruiting process, will develop increased confidence and clarity as the college quest unfolds. Then, knowing how to close on this opportunity is, without question, essential. My goal with this article is to identify 5 essential initial steps that prospects, families and coaches can use to effectively launch the college search.
Baseball showcases and tournaments will give college coaches a first-hand look at a prospect that can offer a more genuine evaluation. Choosing the most “strategic” venues is critical, but knowing how to streamline your effort will help you focus on the quality of showcase events rather than the quantity
I think we can all agree that there will be a laundry list of tasks on the college recruiting checklist that require attention. Face to face meetings with college coaches are important firstly, as a means of creating a stronger interpersonal connection between prospect and coach.
Competition for scholarships, roster spots and admissions support is at fever pitch and the family who organizes best and executes their plan flawlessly will give themselves the best opportunity to succeed.