It’s easy to get caught up in the recruiting process. You’ll spend some time chasing a shiny that turns out not to be. Or maybe you’ll become fixated on improving hand strength and start neglecting other parts of your workout routine. And as you go through the process, you’ll have things pop-up that you know something about but could really use more information. But there are all these other things you’re trying to take care of. It’s completely normal.
So I’ve put together a list of some of my posts that are more useful for those already engaged in the recruiting process and need a little more information. Some of them may not be relevant for your current situation. But some provide a quick refresher on a part of the recruiting process you may have overlooked.
Don’t go on a recruiting visit expecting the coach to ask all of the questions. Players should be interviewing the coaches as well to make sure it’s a mutual fit. There are a lot of websites listing questions to ask coaches. I’ve gone through them and put them in one place so you can pick and choose what’s relevant for you.
I know college admission professionals everywhere tell students to avoid writing about their athletic achievements for college applications–and they’re probably right. But there is so much more to sports than just winning or losing. And if you happen to play baseball, you have a virtual gold mine of essay possibilities.
If you think just showing up at a showcase will result in coaches contacting you, think again. Unless you do your homework and follow through, showcases will be an expensive waste of time.
If you haven’t started working on your recruiting video, why not? All it takes is a smartphone and a tripod and please get a tripod! This guide provides resources for the process and it’s a lot easier than you think.
At the most basic level, college recruiting is about numbers. There are only so many colleges with athletic programs and each program consists of only so many athletes. Understanding these numbers and how they match with your personal numbers is a critical part of the recruiting process.
This is really an extension of understanding the numbers. If you don’t know that half of all college athletes have no athletic scholarships, this is a must read.
More on athletic scholarships. Some terminology that is useful to know as well as basic rules about scholarships that affects your chances of receiving one.