Why Planning for College Recruitment Should Start Now!

Posted on: June 15th, 2015 by Chris No Comments

OKVRRMMAQIHIQXH.20130812134744Are you raising a college bound athlete? All Sports Moms dream about our athletes getting scholarships to their favorite colleges but it’s only a reality for a small percentage of kids. So why not let it be yours. While you may not be playing sports this summer, you can help your kids get ready for the recruitment process if you are headed in that direction. According to Varsityedge.com, your high school sports season should be a year-round event. So if your child is currently playing high school sports, you should probably be getting them ready for recruitment season now.

Here’s their advice for how you should spend your summer:

-Educating yourself – Read everything you can about the recruiting process. Don’t let it sneak up on you. What can you do now to get it started.

-Come up with a plan – Is there anything I can do this summer to accomplish my future athletic goals. Should I attend camps and clinics? Workout in the gym more? Earn money to take recruiting trips? Whatever you think you should be doing, start doing it this summer.

-Attend a camp – One thing you can do this summer is attend as many camps as possible. These can work in your favor when it comes to the recruiting process when coaches ask how you spend your summers. If you are a baseball pitcher, attend as many camps as possible. You not only learn and better your craft but you can network with people in your future business.

-Play on a travel team – This is especially great for kids who have never been away from home. If you are looking at a college away from home, you need to experience time on your own. This can help get your used to the idea of being away.

-Evaluate your strength and conditioning – Maybe you can get into a conditioning program at a local college or the college you hope to play for. Sometimes strength and conditioning coaches will take young athletes in to help them get started.

-Visit schools – For summer vacation this year, take a recruiting trip to check out several campuses you may want to attend. There is no pressure to meet with coaches on this trip, just check out the campus and the city.

-Call coaches – Summer is a great time to reach out to coaches. Reach for the stars and call a potential coach and ask what you can be doing now to better your chance to play for him/her. Sometimes it’s refreshing as a coach to see athletes ask for help in the process. He/she may also remember you when your name comes up in the future. You may walk away with a great source in your recruiting process.

-Make a video – It’s almost a must to have a video or blog if you are a college bound athlete. Find someone who has a video camera and wants to practice their own skills. These videos don’t need to be more than 5-8 minutes long — just enough to catch the eye of a recruiter. I say use this as your resume — have someone interview you about your goals, history and why you would be an asset to their program. Read more about making a video here!

Read more about what you can do this summer to improve your recruiting status on Varsityedge.com.

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