The best way to inquire about your child’s rankings on recruiting websites

The best way to inquire about your child's rankings or lack there of on recruiting websitesFrom Rivals to Scout to everywhere in between, recruiting websites get a lot of page views by posting opinion based player rankings.  These rankings are a lot about pride for the athletes and really are just for fun when everything is said and done.  But there is no doubt seeing yourself or your child ranked low or not ranked at all is something that never sits well with a family.

So what should you do if Rivals, Scout, the local newspaper, or some random blog doesn’t have your son or daughter ranked on their list?  Should you come out with guns blazing and tell them about the terrible job that they are doing with the site and how their son is great?  Should you beg them to put your son on the list?

The first thing you must figure out is the validity of the rankings.  Yes, if it the top 100 lists from Rivals or Scout, those are for real.  But with being able to start a blog in a short period of time, make sure to scour the site and learn what you can about it.  If the site is new and likely did no research, then don’t waste the time to email the author or complain.

If it is a real site and you feel strongly about your son, then you should send an email to the author asking about the ranking process and what determines who is rated where.  Some will tell you that they use video evaluations while others may say it is all based on the high school season and what the player does then.

The thing that I strongly advice you to avoid is coming in sounding like an idiot.  I have heard from so many parents over the years complaining about how their son should be ranked in the top ten and how great he is.  Again, unless you are 100% sure on what the evaluation process is based on, you are going to look like a fool sending an email like that.  So start with a question about the process.

Once an answer is received, now is the time to ask them specifically about your son.  See what they say and how they based his evaluation or lack of evaluation.  One thing that definitely could help you is to have a recruiting profile and online video highlights ready.

Once they are called upon, it can be easy to send that information to the author of the rankings.  Having that video is a must because I know a number of parents who think their son is the greatest but have no clue about a highlight video and what to do with it (see for more info).

Some responses will be better than others and it simply depends on your original email as well as the person you are dealing with.  Most who actually take the time to do the rankings and care enough about it will be courtesy and respond quickly to all of your questions.

Give them respect for trying such a difficult task at ranking players and try to provide them with more information about your child.  If you do that, you are going to help your son or daughter much faster than if you send a negative email.  Keep that in mind next time you get fired up about some website rankings.

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