How do Division 1 Colleges Find Recruits?

college coaches recruiting junior high athletesBig time DI college sports are the dreams for a lot of athletes and families. It’s no secret this level of sports is big business with billions of dollars being generated through TV and commercial contracts. College coaches at this level are among the highest paid coaches in their profession and they know the life blood of their program is finding the elite athletes.

Anytime you are getting recruiting advice, remember there are subtle differences depending on the sport you play. You can learn more about those nuances by visiting your sports specific recruiting page.

It Starts with Athletic Talent and Potential

The first thing any coach is looking at is, do they think you have the athletic potential to play at the DI level. Coaches need to make this snap judgment on thousands of recruits each year and in order to speed up this process, they use a couple key indicators:

  • Do you have the general athleticism (size, skill, or speed) required? For sports like football this means they are looking at your height and weight. In sports like track or swimming, they are going to look at your times and see if you are even close to DI times. For sports with big club team communities, coaches look for athletes who are already playing at the top level and against elite competition.
  • Do you have the potential to develop into a DI athlete? Coaches will look at your family’s athletic history and the size of your parents/relatives to see if you might develop into a DI athlete. In sports like track and swimming, they will be interested in you training history to see if you have a lot of room to improve with proper training.
  • Are you the best on your team? Very rarely is a team deep enough that athletes with DI talent aren’t starting or playing significant minutes. Even at the top football and basketball high schools, almost every DI recruit is a starter. There can be a lot of politics that go into determining who plays/starts, but coaches don’t have time to try and understand that for each team. They use a rule of thumb you should be playing a lot for your current team to quickly identify potential DI recruits.

They Say No A Lot More Than Yes

D1 coaches are contacted by hundreds of recruits ever year and evaluate hundreds more. They say “no,” meaning they pass on the vast majority of recruits. This means you need to have something exceptional for them to say yes. Exceptional means different things to different coaches, but for recruits, that means you need to stand above your competition. Maybe you have exceptional academics and are a good athlete. You might be undersized but have blazing speed. Maybe you have a lot of room to improve once you focus on your sport year round. Whatever it is that make unique, make sure you highlight it when you are reaching out to coaches.

They Go to the Biggest Event and Only Look at the Best Players

When you are a DI program, you get the chance to recruit the best players in the country. This means they are going to the biggest showcases and tournaments in the country and looking at the best players. Don’t expect there to be a big contingent of DI programs at regional or local events unless there are going to be several confirmed DI recruits there.

They Are Going to be Very Aggressive in Recruiting

When you hear about athletes committing to schools in the 8th grade or sooner, those are DI programs. These coaches are racing one another to find the next best athletes and this has lead them to begin evaluating athletes before they are even in high school. This does not mean your chance of playing DI sports is over before high school, but you need to be prepared to be making the right recruiting moves by the time you are in your freshman year.

It is also these same coaches that are aggressively recruiting athletes who are verbally committed to another program. It used to be it was only Football and Basketball that openly recruited verbally committed athletes, but we are starting to see it happen in almost all sports. These types of aggressive recruiting tactics are not good for the athlete or the coach, but they are a reality at the DI level. DI coaches are recruiting every athlete they want right up to signing day and as a recruit, you need to keep the same perspective.

Make no mistake, DI recruiting is not a recruit/family friendly environment. If you want to play D1 sports, there is no avoiding the facts, you will need to show DI potential early, play against other elite athletes and be prepared to make high pressure decisions about your college future very early.

Criticisms for Early Recruiting Missing the Mark

early recruiting in collegeThere are over 270 comments and climbing on a recent New York Times article chronicling the increased number of early commits made by college recruits. People are upset at the idea that families and recruits are being asked (some say forced) into deciding on a sport and college in the 8th and 9th grade. The majority of the criticism is aimed at the NCAA, college and club team coaches. People are frustrated at “the recruiting system” that is taking advantage of young girls and families.

Rule changes handed down by the NCAA aren’t going to fix the issues highlighted in the article. There is no system that will protect people willing to make uninformed decisions. Any decision to commit yourself to a school 2, 3, and 4 years before you will be a student there is an uninformed decision. You don’t know if the coach, recruit or school are going to be the same in four years.

These agreements between the athletes and the universities are unofficial “verbal commitments”, which in the eyes of the NCAA officially mean nothing.  Coaches have no obligation to honor a verbally committed scholarship just as the athlete has no obligation to sign with the school. Asking the NCAA to regulate the verbal commitment between an athlete and a coach is going to create more rules, something I don’t think should happen.

What would happen if coaches could contact any recruit they wanted?

The idea that the NCAA or any regulatory body could set rules that would stop a willing recruit and coach from communicating is unrealistic. They have tried to prevent early recruiting in sports like basketball and the effects are an influx of third parties who make the recruiting process worse. I think coaches and recruits should be allowed to communicate as much as they want. It is the frequent communication between a recruit, family and a coach that is going to make a more informed decision. The better you get to know a coach and how they run their program, the better chance you have of making the right choice.

If a top recruit is getting bombarded by interested coaches, then it is the family’s job to set guidelines with coaches. Look at the recruiting process for top basketball prospect Jabari Parker (now a freshman at Duke). An elite talent like Jabari had every coach recruiting him and could have committed to any program he wanted. His parents were concerned the process would be over whelming for him:

We want him to enjoy being who he is. If he wants to talk, we’ll ask him first. Right now, we don’t want him to be over-bombarded because coaches can sometimes be aggressive, and that can be overwhelming.” – Sony Parker (Jabari’s Dad)

His parents had a simple system, no coach or program was allowed to contact Jabari directly. All phone calls and text messages went through them. If a program was being overly aggressive they were removed from consideration. Simple. Effective.

Non-Revenue recruits need to behave like revenue sport recruits

For the big money sports like, football and basketball this type of early recruiting has been happening for years. Why then aren’t more 5-star football and basketball recruits verbally committed? They used to, but verbal commitments have come to mean almost nothing in those sports. Athletes routinely “committed” to a program, and continued to talk to and visit other coaches. In addition, opposing coaches began actively recruiting committed athletes.

While coaches in revenue sports might be “honoring” a verbal commitment between a recruit and a program and agree not to recruit a committed athlete, I wouldn’t expect this trend to continue. There was a time when football coaches honored the agreement not to recruit committed players, but the pressure to sign a top recruit ultimately won out and now all bets are off. It is only a matter of time before non-revenue coaches treat commitments the same as their revenue counterparts.

I don’t condone not honoring your verbal commitment. Instead, the top recruits in non-revenue sports need to understand the power they have in the recruiting process. If they feel they are being forced to take on offer from a coach, is that program really going to be the right school for them?

What can a family or recruit do now to fix this situation?

There is nothing the NCAA or any other college sports regulatory body can do to change the fact some athlete (or their parents) are going to do everything they can to play for a big name school. The competition for these few roster spots are always going to be overly competitive. Whether it is happening in 8th and 9th grade or forced to happen in the last few years of high school, the rules of the game are defined. Competition is fierce, commitments are being made extremely early and you need to accept the risks that come with these decisions.

What many families are discovering is that maybe big time college sports aren’t all it is cracked up to be. Maybe a coach with constant pressure to win isn’t going to provide you with a stable enough scholarship offer. Maybe the balance of athletics and academics at these big schools isn’t right for you.

As a family you set your priorities on what is important in the college experience. If you want sports to be part of it, look for a school that has the type of athletic opportunities you are looking for. There are hundreds of universities that offer a great balance of competition and academics, you don’t have to commit to a major athletic program as an 8th grader if you don’t want to.

The Difference in Recruiting for a Five Star and No Star Recruit

difference between a 5 star recruit and youIf you are basing your expectations of the recruiting process on what you see happening to the biggest recruits in your sport, you are setting up for disappointment. The difference between a 5-star recruit and a no-star recruit is a lot more than five stars. This doesn’t mean you can’t get recruited or that you need to be on a recruiting website to end up at a big school. The biggest differences between unknown and 5-star recruits are in the recruiting budgets of the schools recruiting them, how many schools will be recruiting them, the leverage they have with coaches and the amount of help they will get in the recruiting process.

Recruiting Budget’s of $500,000 vs. $5,000

The top college programs in the country have recruiting budgets that are 100x the recruiting budgets of most other universities. This means they can afford to send out letters to gauge recruits interest, fly scouts to camps and combines and have full time staff members dedicated to organizing recruiting. For most universities on smaller recruiting budgets the task of recruiting is just one of the many things a coach needs to do each week. In addition, small recruiting budgets means the coaches don’t have the resources to “find or look for” recruits. They need to make their evaluations over film (the majority of them online) and make sure that if they are going to be spending the money to come watch that athlete in person, they already have a very good idea that you are good enough for their team.

You Don’t Need 10 Offers to Get 1 Scholarship

Going on to sites like Rivals or 247sports you can easily see the long list of offers top recruits have. As an unknown recruit, you shouldn’t expect to have the same size offer lists. Many of the offers you see listed on these sites are coming from media reports of an offer based on conversations with someone directly or indirectly involved with the athlete. Having an offer listed on a website doesn’t mean that athlete is strongly considering that school at all. You shouldn’t have attitude of having an offer just to have an offer. You want to have a list of schools you are seriously considering.

You will only have the time to get to know about 5 schools well enough to make an informed decision about that school and coach. Trying to talk with and evaluate more schools than that and you are spreading your time out too much and sacrificing getting to know any school or coach.

5-Star Recruits Have Leverage with Coaches

When an elite recruit talks to another university, they have a big advantage because that coach knows that recruit has or will soon have other scholarship offers. This means, if that coach wants that recruit, they are going to need to use a scholarship to get them. When you are a less well known recruit and don’t have other schools you are talking to, a coach is always going to try and get you on their team for the lowest price possible (usually a walk-on). In order to put the odds of a scholarship in your favor, you need to find more schools and coaches you like. The more schools you are truly willing to attend, the more those coaches are going to have to compete for you.

Universities Have More Resources to Help 5-Star Recruits

In addition to increased recruiting budgets, larger schools have much bigger athletic department staffs. One of the things these departments do is help that schools recruits through the recruiting process. As a 5-star recruit, coaches are going to use their athletic department staff to ensure you get all the help you need to get into an be eligible for their school. When you are being recruited by smaller schools, coaches have to be more selective about how many athletes they ask their athletic departments to review. As a recruit, you can really help the process by having all of your academic information together (transcripts, test scores, NCAA ID) and meeting with your high school councilor to make sure you are on track.

Are you having a hard time getting started in the recruiting process? Do you think you have what it takes to play college sports but no coaches know who you are? Let us help, contact me on Twitter or email through Google+.

How to Understand NCAA Basketball Recruiting and Maximize Your Scholarship Opportunities

Learning the basketball recruiting calendar can help you find scholarship opportunities.

The NCAA recruiting process for basketball is different than any other sport, so basketball players that want to find a scholarship opportunity must learn when coaches can scout and evaluate them.

Men’s Basketball Recruiting: the Recruiting Period and the Evaluation Period

A recruiting period is a time during the school year defined by the NCAA when coaches can scout athletes at school sanctioned events. This means coaches can attend high school, prep school, and junior college games and practices to scout and evaluate athletes. Over the years playing for your school has become less important in the recruiting process due to the rise of AAU and club teams, but playing on those teams during the school season won’t help athletes get recruited because coaches are only allowed to scout athletes during school events. The NCAA is in effect bringing back some of the importance of playing for your high school team by banning evaluations of athletes on non-scholastic teams during the school year.

During the summer, the recruiting calendar has three evaluation periods. During an evaluation period coaches can scout athletes when they play in tournaments and for AAU teams. The NCAA has worked to diminish the influence of third party participants (usually AAU and club team coaches) on athlete’s recruiting. The NCAA’s reasoning for diminishing third party influence is designed to help athletes take control of their own future instead of being funneled to schools where coaches may have a special interest in sending athletes (ie their alma maters or schools they are looking to get a job at).

Women’s Basketball Recruiting is Different than Men’s Basketball Recruiting

The women’s basketball recruiting calendar does not have recruiting periods, and their evaluation periods are structured different than in men’s basketball. Women’s basketball evaluation periods during the school year run for several months, and there are certain exceptions where athletes can get scouted at non-scholastic events.

What Does that Mean for Me?

Whether you play women’s or men’s basketball, you must understand the different periods in the recruiting calendar. During the year there are also dead periods, quiet periods, and contact periods in which contact between athletes and coaches is more regulated. Knowing what can occur during each of these times helps you know what you should be doing to get recruited and where you should be doing it; but it’s important to remember, an athlete can always contact a coach via phone and email.

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Lacrosse Contact Period: How Prospects can Become College Lacrosse Recruits

During the contact period, lacrosse coaches and recruits can have face-to-face contact on college campuses, at the recruit’s high school, or at the recruit’s home.

What is a Contact Period?

First, let’s start by defining a contact period: A contact period is a set time determined by the NCAA when coaches can contact athletes. It isn’t the only time an athlete and a coach can speak with each other, but there are less restrictions on communication. Coaches are allowed face-to-face contact with athletes on their college campus, as well as at an athlete’s school or in their home.

When Does the Contact Period Occur in Men’s DI Lacrosse?

There is a two week contact period that runs from January 7 to January 21, 2013. There is a secondary, longer contact period starting March 1 that continues until May 23, 2013, with a brief break for a dead period from April 15-18.

Going from a Prospect to a College Lacrosse Recruit

In the NCAA’s eyes, playing a sport for your school and graduating 8th grade qualify you as a prospect. A recruit is an athlete that has had phone conversations with coaches, received personalized mail and e-mail (not simply generic letters and questionnaires), and have seen coaches interest start to increase.

The process of going from a prospect to a college lacrosse recruit isn’t what most people expect. Most people expect that if they play well for the right teams and in the right tournaments that coaches will find them. The situations where coaches discover unknown athletes are very rare, and considering the NCAA allows student-athletes to contact coaches at any time, why would you want to sit around and leave your collegiate future in the hands of fate?

Contact Coaches Prior to the Contact Period

To become a college lacrosse recruit you will want to start contacting coaches prior to the contact period. This may seem a little counter-intuitive, but remember that you can contact a coach at any time; it’s because of that reason you don’t want to wait until the contact period to reach out to coaches. Think about it: if you can contact a coach at any time, that means there are college lacrosse recruits that are talking to coaches RIGHT NOW! What do you think that means coaches are doing during the contact period? That’s right; they are meeting athletes in person- whether it’s on their college campus, at the athlete’s school, or in their home.

You need to get in touch with coaches now, before the contact period, if you hope to meet them during the contact period. You can get started right away by locating coaches’ contact information on our free recruiting database, and you can get other ideas about what you can do by checking out our Winter Break Recruiting Checklist.

Create a Lacrosse Recruiting Video to Show Coaches

Creating a highlight video will help coaches get an immediate impression of you, which will help them determine if they want to recruit you. To expedite your recruiting process, start working on video now, as long as you have good-quality film. Nothing will turn a coach away faster than poor-quality film. You can upload your short highlight film (it should only be about 3 minutes and consist of 20-25 plays of your best plays- leading off with the best and working your way down) to YouTube and send the link to coaches. Here are some tips on creating a highlight video and how to get recruited using your highlight video.

If you have any questions about the lacrosse contact period, or how to become a college lacrosse recruit, please leave your question in the comments section below, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+!

Winter Break Recruiting Checklist:Improve Your College Recruiting with this Helpful Guide

There are a ton of things you can do over winter break to improve your college recruiting.

For student-athletes, winter vacation brings a much-needed break in school and gives athletes time to evaluate where they stand in regard to finding an athletic scholarship, and what they can do to correct their course, or to increase their chances.

Things You Can Do During Winter Break to Get Recruited:


  • Research Schools: You are beginning your high school journey, so you aren’t too far into the recruiting process. Use this time to figure out what you want in a college: location, school size, academics, campus amenities; the earlier you know what you are looking for, the easier it will be later when you are looking for a scholarship.
  • Recruiting Questionnaires: If you already know what schools you are interested in, fill out the questionnaires on each team’s sports webpage. Coaches use these questionnaires to identify potential recruits and to learn more about them. Get your name on coaches’ recruiting lists by filling out questionnaires.
  • Check Your Classes/Eligibility: The NCAA has strict academic requirements. Make sure you will be eligible to compete in college by determining your academic plan early in your high school experience.
  • Online profiles: Recruiting is shifting to an online environment. Getting a recruiting profile set up earlier helps you get more exposure throughout the years. Ask us how we can help you get an online profile set up.


  • Letter of interest to coaches: You can start sending letters of interest to coaches to help them identify you. Coaches still can’t talk to sophomores about recruiting, but you can contact a coach at any time to get your name out there and to help them identify you as an athlete they want to recruit.
  • More Questionnaires: As mentioned above, filling out questionnaires can help coaches know you are out there, and help them identify you as a recruit.
  • Ask Coaches about Camps: Coaches want to see athletes play live, and attending the camps that coaches attend is a great way to get coaches to see you play live. Over winter break start asking coaches what camps they will attend over the summer so you can start planning your camp schedule.
  • Unofficial visits: While you are off from school, take the time to plan some unofficial visits to local schools. It will help you become familiar with what you are looking for in a college, and get you used to the importance of vising schools.
  • PSAT: It’s important to prepare for standardized test during your sophomore year so you are prepared when it comes time to take them. Try taking the Practice SAT (PSAT) your sophomore yea to help you prepare for the real thing later in high school.


  • Highlight tapes: Coaches want to know what you are capable of. Create a good highlight film to showcase your skills.
  • Unofficial Visits: Take more visits to schools. The schools you visit during your junior year should be to schools (coaches) you are talking to and should be more targeted than the ones you visit during your sophomore year.
  • More serious recruiting letters to schools: The regulations vary by sport, but as you get into your junior year coaches will be able to talk about recruiting more specifically. Take time during your break to identify and contact the schools that seriously interest you.
  • Schedule SAT/ACT: You should start taking standardized tests during your junior year. You should take the tests multiple times because you can combine scores from different sections each time you take the exam to increase your overall combined score. If you don’t start taking exams during your junior year then you won’t have a chance to take it multiple times, which is a serious disadvantage in regard to college acceptance.


  • Official Visit: Senior year is the time to take official visits. Winter break may not be the best time because college students will be home as well, meaning you won’t get a full appreciation for what a college campus is like if you visit it at this time, but if you are busy with sports and academics you can squeeze in an official visit at this time.
  • College Applications: You need to figure out the final details and requirements for each school you are applying to. Most applications are due in January and February, so check your application requirements now to avoid any last minute problems.
  • One final SAT/ACT: Depending on when your application is due, you may have time to register for one more standardized test to bring your tests scores up and enhance your admissions profile.
  • Calls to Coaches: If you are still struggling to find an opportunity then you need to get on the phone and start reaching out to coaches immediately.

Winter break is a great time to focus on your recruiting. It can become a challenging task for some athletes, but that is why we are here to help! If you have any questions about what steps you need to take to get recruited, just ask us in the comments section below, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+!

College Soccer Showcases: Where to Find Them and Why They Are Beneficial to Your Recruitment

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College soccer showcases can open up opportunities for you during your recruitment.

Soccer Showcases are intended to help boost a player’s recruitment. Showcases give recruits time to play and be evaluated by college coaches. Keep in mind that earning a spot on a college team takes a lot of work; attending one showcase will not be your golden ticket to landing on a college team, but it will definitely help your chances.

Looking for College Soccer Showcases

Not all college soccer showcases are created equal. If you are part of a club or academy team ask your coaches for advice. Typically competitive development academies participate in national tournaments where they will be seen by college coaches. Having these connections will assist you during your recruitment where you will be able to learn about future camps and showcases.

Doing a simple Google search for college soccer showcases will also land you some useful resources especially if you are looking to attend showcases near you. and have great sites with information about upcoming clinics and showcases where college coaches will be in attendance. These sites are easy to use and allow athletes to search by state or region for all upcoming events.

When is the Best Time to Search for College Soccer Showcases?

Start searching for appropriate showcases during your freshman and sophomore year. If you have been researching colleges make sure you check to see if the head coach or assistant coach will be making appearances at any upcoming showcases.

Another reason you should be starting your search early for showcases is because of the competition. High quality showcases that attract top college coaches are going to be sought after by TONS of soccer recruits; recruits who are looking for a chance to get noticed and play in front of college coaches. Take some time to check when showcase registration dates will be open. Some showcases open up their registration up to six months in advance and have a first-come-first-serve policy.

Taking the time to locate the right college soccer showcase can be intense, especially if you are not sure what you are looking for. There are thousands of websites and services trying to sell you on their camp, training session, and showcase so make a point to learn all you can about these companies and find out which will be the best opportunity for you.

The Importance of Attending a College Soccer Showcase

The more chances you have to meet and talk with college coaches the better.  A coach is going to recruit players who they know and have had time to evaluate. Attending a showcase where a college coach who you have been in communication with will be extremely beneficial to you as you move forward in your recruitment. Coaches are going to want to continue to talk with players they see potential in, ones they have had a chance to evaluate and players who are genuinely interested in attending their college.

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Most Top Football Recruits are Already Verbally Committed

You can take steps to start your recruiting much earlier than you think.

Last week we discussed the CIF football playoffs and the recruiting mistakes athletes commit when waiting until late in their career to start thinking about recruiting. Now we shift the focus to several athletes on the teams playing for state championships to learn where they are in the recruiting process, and what that means for your recruiting.

The Top Schools are in the Final Steps with the Athletes they Want, and Most are Verbally Committed

Michael Hutchings 6’1″ 210lb OLB

Hutchings plays for De La Salle High School, who will play Westlake Village High School this weekend in the California Open Division Championship. Rivals has him listed as a four star recruit. Hutchings verbally committed to the University of Southern California on July 1, 2012. That means that he fully completed his recruiting process before the beginning of his senior year by focusing on it earlier than other athletes. He already knew where he was going prior to pursuing a state championship in his senior year.

Dashon Hunt 5’10” 175 CB

Hunt plays for De La Salle opponent Westlake Village High School. Hunt has offers from at least 13 schools including UCLA, Washington, California, Oregon State, Boise State, and Nebraska. He isn’t committed yet, but he has taken official visits to Oregon State, Boise State, and Nebraska. He plans on announcing his decision December 30, but like Hutchings, he has already completed much of the recruiting process relatively early in his senior year.

Cameron Judge 6’2″ 200lb OLB

Judge is Hunt’s teammate at Westlake Village High School. Like Hutchings, he is already committed, and will attend UCLA next year. He has been committed to UCLA since June. He recently took his official visit to UCLA in November. You may wonder why an athlete would commit to a college before taking an official visit. The answer is he likely took at least one, if not more, unofficial visit. Unofficial visits allow athletes to see campuses, meet coaches, and get their name out there much earlier than their senior year.

These Guys Aren’t the Exception to the Rule: Most Top Teams Have at Least 15-20 Athletes Verbally Committed

You may be thinking: these guys are four star recruits, of course they generated attention and offers from coaches, and you would be right. The thing that is important to understand is that all schools at the top level have made offers to the athletes they want at this point of the year. If you are a senior, you must start looking at lower division levels. There are still opportunities out there because coaches at division 1AA, II, and NAIA schools wait to see what happens with the top recruits. This leaves a small window for seniors to find opportunities, but those opportunities usually don’t come at the top-level schools at this point.

If you are an underclassman, you can’t wait until your senior year to start thinking about your recruiting, because if you do most of the opportunities you will want may already be gone. Think about the schools you are interested in now, and start trying to get in touch with those coaches. This includes filling out recruiting questionnaires, sending emails, making phone calls, going to camps run by these coaches, and connect with schools on various social media channels. The goal is to be finalizing your college decision by your senior season, not starting it.

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Are You Ready to Play Basketball in College?

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Basketball season does not mean you should put your recruitment on hold.

Balancing the Basketball Season and Your Basketball Recruitment

Just because it’s time to get serious on the court you don’t have to halt all your recruitment progress during the season. Basketball recruitment is fierce and you are going to be up against major competition, which is why you need to have a solid game plan. Start setting your basketball goals, researching basketball colleges and creating your game footage early so you will be ready when it counts most.

There is No Way Around It; Basketball in College is Extremely Competitive

To be a serious college competitor you need to understand what you’re up against.  The basketball numbers speak for themselves- 552,935 high school players competing for a spot to play on one of the 1,800 college basketball programs out there.  Don’t let the numbers distract you from meeting your goal and playing college basketball.

Be ready to work just as hard during your season as you should be during the pre- and post- season.  Committed basketball recruits need to stay ahead of the competition in any way possible.

What the Start of a New Basketball Season Means for Upcoming Recruits

Thinking that your junior or senior year on varsity basketball will get you recruited is not how recruiting works.  The basketball season is basketball season for college coaches too. Coaching staffs are working hard at developing their current team, so the chances of them taking the time to attend your high school game or practice are slim to none, especially if you have never been in contact with them.

What you Should do to Get Recruited During This Basketball Season

Set goals and let the coaches know what they are. As you begin your recruitment, college coaches want to see what you are made of. They want to know if you improve with each game and how you develop overall as a successful basketball player.

Start filling out recruiting questionnaires before and during your season. This will get your name  coaches’ databases so they are able to refer back to your information as you continue to reach out to them.  Even if you feel you have no time to worry about forms, make time. Remember, basketball recruiting is competitive so do all you can to get ahead.

Make a plan to get your game footage developed. The easiest and fastest way for college coaches to quickly evaluate you is through video. They are going to ask for it so make sure you are prepared. Take time to see what good recruiting videos look like. Having a friend or parent do the video is fine, just make sure to tell them what you need and how they should be filming.

Being active in your recruitment during the basketball season will help you stay ahead of the game throughout your recruitment process. Don’t let little setbacks distract you from the entire process. Get out there and start doing.

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3 Expert Tips to Help You Find the Best Wrestling College

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Do you know what to do to find a wrestling scholarship?

High school wrestlers dream of one day competing at the college level, but just like anything else it takes hard work and dedication to find a college to wrestle for. Wrestlers are among the hardest training athletes, so don’t let all that time spent sweating through grueling practices to make weight go to waste by not focusing on college recruiting.

Wrestlers who want to compete in college need to focus not only to their athletic training, but to their college recruiting as well. Coaches will not just find you, so if you are serious about the possibility of receiving a college wrestling scholarship then these three expert tips will help you get on the right track:

Tip #1: The Best Wrestling College isn’t Always “the Best Wrestling College”

Athletes are naturally attracted to schools whose name they recognize. We call this “window shopping.” Window shopping causes athletes to miss out on opportunities that are good for them because they choose to chase the opportunities that only look like good decisions from the outside looking in.

Instead, if you become a smart shopper instead of a window shopper you can really find the best wrestling college to continue your athletic and academic career. Researching colleges is the only way to know if you will potentially like a school. Yeah, there may be a university out there that you think you want to wrestle for, but do you really know enough about it other than its name? What is their coach like? What areas do they usually recruit from? Is their practice schedule too early in the morning or too late at night? What kind of academic support does the school offer for athletes? Do they have the major you want to study? These are just several of the questions you can only answer by doing the research. You can find out some information by visiting schools’ websites and calling them, but you will need to get in touch with college wrestling coaches to learn some of the other things.

Tip #2: Waiting for Something to Magically Happen Leads to Failure

You already know that coaches won’t just find you; armed with that knowledge, and the research you did on the best wrestling colleges for you, the next thing you need to do is figure out how to start exploring opportunities. Start contacting coaches at the schools you researched to introduce yourself and let those coaches know you are interested in their program. Our Guide to Communicating with College Coaches will help you learn how to talk to college coaches.

Building relationships with college coaches by communicating with them and reaching out to them to show your interest is the most important thing you can do if you truly want a college scholarship.

Tip #3: DI College Wrestling is Hard

There are less than 100 NCAA DI college wrestling programs, which makes the competition for scholarship and walk-on chances extremely difficult. Try looking outside the DI college wrestling level for more chances. DII colleges offer athletic scholarships and a high level of competition, just like DI schools. DIII schools don’t offer athletic scholarship, but there are other ways to get money for DIII schools, and the competition is still quite competitive.

Expand your search to find more opportunities! You may even be pleasantly surprised with the options you find at lower levels that you didn’t even know existed!

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