The breakdown in recruiting often happens when players and parents expectations are too high. At times, it turns into a case where parents push their child toward a university too competitive for them, in hopes of earning an athletic scholarship; which then leads to frustration when those top colleges don’t reciprocate the same interest.
The Results Are Not Going to Be in Your Favor so Have a Back-up Plan
Only 1% of high school athletes are awarded sports scholarships. The percentages get skewed depending on the sport and division level, but in all they numbers are low for earning a sports scholarship. Because of all the factors that go into college recruiting it’s necessary to start off on the right foot, have the right frame of mind, and have all your facts straight. This, Preparing for the Recruitment Process guide will give you a broader understanding of sports recruiting and show you how you and your child can work together to find the best college opportunity.
Capitalize on More than Sports
High school athletes who are completely focused on their sport and don’t take the time to understand NCAA or NAIA college requirements will be left in the dust. Colleges take academics just as seriously as athletics. They want to recruit student-athletes who are equipped and ready for college. Have your athlete meet with their school counselor beginning their freshman year to iron out all the details and to plan out a course of action to meet all college eligibility requirements. Earning a scholarship means meeting and exceeding the bar.
Coaches Have Showed Interest in Your Child so You’re Not Worried About Recruiting
Besides coaching athletes, coaches are marketers for their school and their team. These coaches would prefer to have a large pool of recruits to pick from which is why they send out mass letters of interest to high school players. Families need to be aware when it comes to the recruiting game; nothing is a guaranteed until the athlete has signed an NLI. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so don’t assume your child’s recruitment is over until the form is officially signed.
Being Prepared For the Pressures of College Sports
As a parent you should do what you can to teach your child responsibility. If they want to compete and play sports at the college level they will need to be organized and extremely diligent. Student-athletes are faced with a lot of pressure and making the adjustment from high school to college can be strenuous if they do not come prepared.
Having a greater understanding of the recruiting process will set in motion more college opportunities later.