Another reason that you may get by-passed by college coaches is the lack of community service. All things being equal, grades & game, then the one who has the right attitude and character, gets the roster spot and scholarship. Community service is how a college coach judges your character, because after all he really does not know who you are. There is a reason why professional players like NBA and WNBA are doing it, it looks good and its good for the soul.
Did you know that we offer lots of community service opportunities? Even better for the athlete is that we have a lot of sports and recreation volunteer projects that can be fulfilled by the potential recruits and used on college resumes. Let us know if you would be interested in helping the community.
Real athletes take loss with stride, they don’t give up, they simply try harder next time. This is the exact mentality student-athletes need when fighting the recruiting war.
Remember, most college coaches are constantly hearing from hundreds of recruits from everywhere. Coaches have heard and seen it all. In order to stand above and set yourself apart from other recruits who are striving for the same goal, you need a strong mind and game plan. Make sure to get the proper help from coaches, parents, and any other people you trust who can guide you to your best possible fit. How you feel is the most important part of any change in life. Moving on to college is stressful enough so going in with a comfort level with how your athletic abilities, location of new school, and academic programs offered fit, will do wonders for your athletic career and life long goals. Don’t settle for what’s given, it may never come! Begin reaching for what you want, you can’t wait, there will always be someone else doing it as well or better. Stay mentally tough and start your recruiting process early making notes on what you like and how you want to earn your way through life, because your sport may just be a starting line for your race after practice.
If you are a high school senior and still need to make a decision on your future, there are several things you need to do in order to prolong your sports playing career.
1. Try and find off-season tournaments / exhibitions where you can go and showcase your talents to coaches who are still looking for senior recruits. This is a perfect opportunity to go into a venue where you know all of the spectators are still looking to fill their teams. Many recruits get recruited out of these types of events and are able to show their talents to schools they normally wouldn’t have thought of contacting.
2. If you are a multi sport athlete, don’t limit yourself to one sport! So many underclassmen make the mistake of picking one sport to “specialize” at, when in reality different sports help develop new skills that crossover to most if not any athletic event you decide to try. The more tools in your belt, the more jobs you can perform, not to mention how many more people will see you play. Sometimes all it takes is one “WOW” play for people to start following you into other sports venues. You also never know what college scouts and coaches are looking for or needing to fill their rosters.
3. Find a local mentor or former athlete/alumni in your area or selected sport and LEARN, LEARN, LEARN from them. There are plenty of people who TRULY want to help. Ask your coaches, teachers, and administrators if they have any suggestions of people whom they feel can and will help. You could benefit greatly from someone who has been through the ropes and willing to recount their path through whatever it may be that you want to know. Whether its finding a former college player to work out with, or using an assistant coach to help develop weak spots, or just talking to the guidance counselor on what colleges offer what programs, it’s all worth it.
Moral of the story is if you are a senior and want to play your sport at the collegiate level this is not the time to wait around; you need to be proactive. You do have options, but you need to make sure that you explore all of them and be aggressive.
If you have questions on how to get your recruiting started please ask us.