Five specific areas that parents can help their children with throughout the athletic recruiting process

Five areas parents can help their children with during the athletic recruiting processWhen writing articles for this site, it really seems to vary on which are made in the perspective of an athlete and from the perspective of a parent.  Because both parents and athletes do visit the site, I try to help from both sides.  But with this article, I will be strictly talking about what a parent can do to help their son or daughter during the athletic recruiting process.

I have come up with five different areas that will be vital throughout the recruiting process.  If you are a parent who has the time to do these, there is no doubt that you don’t need to hire an organization to run the recruiting process.  Plus it will mean much more to you with your child’s college education being the eventual result.  The five that I will be discussing include support, organization, money, advice, and experience.  Onto why I believe these five are important:

1.) Support
As a parent, you need to be supportive of your child in the recruiting process.  Say that your son is a football recruit who has scholarship offers from all over the country.  If you as a parent want him to go to a certain school, he may always hold a grudge because you pushed him that way in the football recruiting process.  This support needs to be there and be realistic about what your child wants to do in college.  If they have always dreamed of heading to school on the East coast, and there are options available, there is no reason not to help them with this.  Being a supportive parent allows them to make a decision based on facts and not a bias that you try to push on them.  If the school is affordable and your child wants to go there, support what they want to do in the recruiting process.

2.) Organization
There are very few 14 to 18 year olds who have the organizational skills needed to really do a good job tracking the recruiting process.  That is why the organizational skills of parents can come in handy during the recruiting process.  As parents, you should try and track calls, information about the schools, potential visits, and anything else that you may want to follow up on later.  This can be done in file folders or electronically as well.  Find a system that fits you best and then talk to your child about it.  The athlete has to buy in to make this work so find a solution that makes both parties happy.  This organization is key when it comes down to crunch time and a decision is needed.

3.) Money
While I hate to say this, the recruiting process is not going to be cheap and that is if you do it yourself.  With producing a highlight video, sending them out, traveling to colleges, college camps, paying the phone bill while your child talks to college coaches, and a number of other areas add up quickly (Click here for a previous article on the costs of going through the recruiting process).  The more that you do yourself and the more informed you are as a family, the cheaper the process will be.  In the end, the money is worth spending because it allows you to give your child the best opportunity to play college athletics at a high level.  Without the finances, support, and organization, most athletes will be stuck in a rut and end up at a smaller school than they could have played at.

4.) Advice
As a parent, you are going to have to help your child during the recruiting process with advice.  If you help them and are supportive, they will ask you questions frequently to be able to get a better feel for what you feel about things.  This will then help them when trying to clear their head about the difficult process.  With the stress that it causes, giving advice without bias will be a huge help to the athlete during this time.  There are so many question marks hanging over their head that the advice you give them will be very important to them.  Make sure they request first as well.

5.) Experience
There is little doubt that parents have more life experience than their children.  Just from living so many years more, that experience could come in handy in the recruiting process.  You will have a better sense of what coaches are feeding your child lines to get him or her to come to a camp.  As a 17 year old high school athlete, it may be harder for them to sort through the lines that the college coaches are saying.  Use your experience when talking to college coaches and try to get a better picture of your where child sits on their recruiting board.  If anything, why not be blunt and ask them if it is late in the recruiting process?  In my opinion, as long as it is late and you are unsure, there is no harm in asking.

Are there any others that I am missing?

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