Athletic Recruiting Question & Answer from the eyes of a mother – Part One

When reading the topics and titles of the articles on the site, many will assume that this is only about football recruiting and how to earn a football scholarship.  But as proven by one of my favorite mothers out there reading, that is not true.  Her son has played a sport that is definitely not football and used the advice on this site to help him hand at a very prestigious academic school.  We will have a Q&A later on more about his specific school choice but that will be down the road (and an article that I promise you will enjoy as well).

Before I got into what she said, what shocked me was just how much she used Recruiting-101.  Yes, I write here and always pat myself on the back for doing a great job.  But she used a number of articles to her advantage and again, her son was not a football or basketball recruit.  He played a sport I likely have never ever mentioned on this site but that didn’t stop her from using the information to her advantage.  She took care of the athletic recruiting process and once her son graduates, I would bet he will be set for life with the education he will receive.  Onto what she has to say:

The most important thing is that this is a whole family experience, and the Student Athlete needs his parents to do a lot of the paperwork for him so he/she can play his/her sport and study.  Basically this was a one-year full time job for us – he sent his first letter to his #1 choice in October of 2010, and received the “offer” end of October 2011.  So, buckle in for a roller coaster ride!

1) Grades and scores matter a lot!
Start working on this early – like 6th grade!! You have to know that in the end, the better your grades and scores are, the more college choices you will have.  We used to talk about Stanford as the “moon we’re shooting”.  You may not hit it, but do as well as you possibly can and the schools will be after you.

Recently, a coach called my son, and although he found out what my son’s first choice was, he said he would continue to call because, “with that SAT score, I will keep bugging you until you beg me not to!”

2) Play your sport year round to get better
For every sport I know, you need to play at school during the season, and then play for a club team the rest of the year.  Many of my son’s accomplishments came through club play, including going to the Junior Olympics each year, and playing on an Olympic Development team.  Although he goes to a small D6 school, through a good club team he was coached by college coaches and played with superb players.

A Recruiting 101 article that emphasizes my first 2 points was The five most important attributes college coaches look for in potential athletes

3) Keep track of any honors or awards you get at all
My son’s first recognition was First Team All League, All CIF and All (Local Newspaper) his sophomore year.  From the first time you see these awards, start a resume and keep track of everything.  One mom I know (whose sons played football) nailed a long piece of paper to the wall, and wrote down everything notable – most yardage gained in a game, everything, from the beginning.  Then she constructed the resume from it.  The Recruiting 101 article that helped us here was “Staying Organized during the recruiting Process”.

4)  When you start receiving them, it is worth it to fill out the profile forms, and write a nice letter when you send it back.
You never know where you will end up going, OR you never know if the coach at “Yukky U” will move to “Ideal U” and you’ll want to get on that team.  He will remember that you responded.  The article that helped us was ….Do questionnaires from major Division I schools matter in the athletic recruiting process?

5) Go to a camp in the summer between your Sophomore and Junior year, and again – to a different one – the summer before your Senior year.
I sent my son to a camp where he met the coach from that college, AND a coach from another college, both of whom recruited him.  There is nothing like having coaches see you play, and coach you for 4 days.

6) Go online and fill out the profile forms at the colleges you really want to go to (even if you have sent them in previously) and send out letters of introduction, with a resume, by summer between your Sophomore and Junior years.
It also pays to continue to update the online profile forms when things happen, like a great swim time in the 100Free, or better SAT scores.  My son updated the profile forms with recent swim times right before a tournament that was scouted by top coaches, and one of them said, “Hey, great 100 free time!” to my son.

Look for part two on Thursday!

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