Recruiting is a process and every student athlete needs expert guidance to help find the right fit. Often times the coach tries to fulfill the role and serve as the recruiter, however they must be educated on all the NCAA rules and regulations. In addition, understanding the role of an effective recruiter as it is very time consuming and takes special attention for each individual student-athlete. Every athlete is unique and requires an individualized recruiting plan. This is a must for each student-athlete and is critical to help athletes get successfully recruited, and if not done properly, could greatly reduce scholarship opportunities. The most important thing to keep in mind is that communication about the recruiting process between the student athlete, parents and the coach (team recruiter etc.) is essential.
Here are some good questions to measure your coach’s knowledge about the recruiting process and level of commitment to getting your child a scholarship:
- How familiar are you with NCAA rules and regulations?
- How familiar are you with the recruiting timeline for that particular sport?
- Will you provide personal guidance on how to build an effective relationship with the college coach?
- How many coaches have you contacted on behalf of my child?
- Can we schedule weekly times for updates and status on my child’s recruiting process?
- Have you created an online academic, athletic resume and video footage for my child?
- Can you provide a list of colleges looking for student-athletes?
- Do college coaches contact you directly about your student athletes? If yes, which colleges?
- What is your protocol of communication when a college coach contacts you about one of your student athletes?
- How many college coaches do you have relationships with?
- What are your marketing strategies to help get my child noticed?
Every coach has a different level of experience with the recruiting process. Some coaches have played college sports, have a relationship with a few college coaches, helped a number of their athletes get to the next level and others have zero knowledge about college recruiting. Understanding the process can avoid the headaches and frustrations that families experience from placing unrealistic expectations on their coaches. All coaches cannot get you a scholarship.
Maximum exposure of the athlete’s ability to various colleges is to the athlete’s advantage. Student-athletes should identify schools that offer their major and one they might like to attend. The next important step would be to spend time and effort contacting schools, building a relationship with coaches and getting on their lists than trying to get noticed at random.
To develop a recruiting game plan and more information about what it takes to play at the next level, contact Tracy Drake 713-417-9658 or firstname.lastname@example.org