Recruiting for Parents volleyball

What Is the Magic Answer for Recruiting?

chris krause discussing how to talk to college coaches

A mother came up to me recently and told me about how her volleyball-playing daughter had walked on at a junior college and was now getting substantial playing time. She had not been recruited out of high school because she was a late bloomer, but now she was a key player for this 2-year school. Because they had given out their athletic scholarship money, she was not receiving any her freshman year.

The mother knew nothing about college athletics or recruiting. She worked for Mary Kay Cosmetics. All she knew was that her daughter was loving playing college volleyball and wanted to keep playing. The mother knew I had delivered talks for NCSA Athletic Recruiting since 2008 and approached me about help.

I wish I had a magic answer for recruiting.

While I am glad to give insights, I often get frustrated by families that want someone like me to step in and do something magical, yet they don’t seem interested in getting educated on the process or utilizing proven methods of getting their athletes maximum exposure to college coaches. I was nice but direct in telling her that in 25 years as a sports anchor I had studied the recruiting process and I had never seen anything as effective as the network NCSA has established with college coaches.

Fewer high school coaches than ever before are helping kids with recruiting because the veteran high school coaches have retired in recent years and many have been replaced by young coaches who frankly don’t know or have the time to work on recruiting for kids. Here’s what I have told hundreds of parents over the years, which still is true: Start with an evaluation with a scout from NCSA. Let them hear your story. Then, go from there.

My son was captain of a 5A cross country team and was maybe the 20th best runner in the area. He was getting zero recruiting interest. Upon the advice of others, we did an evaluation call with NCSA and then got him in the network. He ended up being recruited by dozens of schools, far more than many of the other top runners.

Was it fair to those other runners? No. But there is nothing fair about recruiting. It is not just working hard at your sport and academics. Unless you are a blue chip recruit, you HAVE to understand how to get your information out there to coaches.

There is nothing fair about recruiting. It is not just working hard at your sport and academics… you HAVE to understand how to get your information out there to coaches.

The key is to start with an evaluation and go from there! To set up your evaluation with a college scout click here


Former sports anchor Charlie Adams writes weekly on recruiting and motivation for NCSA Motivational speaker Charlie Adams was a sports anchor for 23 years in markets such as New Orleans and South Bend, where he saw many families struggle with the recruiting process because of a lack of education on the subject. His son was a college athlete, his oldest daughter is a freshman college swimmer, and his youngest daughter is very involved in AAU travel team basketball as a 6th grader. Charlie’s new motivational program in 2014 is ‘More Than a Miracle,’ which explains how the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team was able to stun the Soviets and then take the Gold. For more information you can reach him at charlie@stokethefirewithin.com or go to StokeTheFireWithin.com

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