There is a lot to know about the recruiting process. Student -athletes already have a lot on their plate; once recruiting is factored in, look out! As the athletes’ number one supporter, it’s important for you to be there for them. To streamline your efforts here is a quick four step guide to taking part in your child’s athletic recruitment:
1. Meet with Your Child to Begin Creating Their Sports Resume
Their sports resume is going to be their gateway to contacting and communicating with college coaches. It’s how they showcase their accomplishments and goals during their high school career. You can help with keeping track of their game and tournament results along with special awards and records made. Don’t limit the resume to strictly athletic endeavors; be sure to include academic accomplishments as well.
2. Help them Decide Which Division Level is the Best Fit for Them
This is where student- athletes get caught up, they are usually only aware of NCAA Division I and Division II athletic programs because of their media fame. Encourage your child to be assessed by their high school or club coaches. Encourage your athlete to reach out to college coaches at different division levels so they are not limiting their recruiting opportunities. The NAIA and NJCAA are other division levels, which have competitive athletic programs where student- athletes are able to earn scholarships.
3. Make Time for Recruiting
Student- athletes are busy; this is why recruiting gets pushed to the background in terms of priorities. Set aside time at least once a week to collaborate with your athlete to meet and discuss recruiting topics and “to-do’s.”
The recruiting process moves quickly, which is why getting a head start on the process as a freshman and sophomore is vital in finding a college opportunity.
4. If There Are a Number of Colleges Your Athlete is Interested in Attending Then it Would be a Great Idea to Make Some Unofficial College Visits
This will give you and your child time to learn more about the college, the surrounding area, and the sports program. Just because this is an “unofficial” visit it does not mean the student shouldn’t notify the coach of your plans to learn more about the college and what it has to offer. Planning a trip like this can be instrumental in building relationships with college coaches. Be sure to have the athlete send an e-mail or call the coach to see when a good time to meet with them will be.
Remember recruiting is a process and takes time. Being there for your athlete and providing the right support and advice will help them reach their goals. If you have any other questions about helping your child with their recruiting process, then leave a comment below or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Google+!