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How to Get Your Recruiting Game Plan In Order

runner sprinting on path

I’m running the Chicago Marathon today. (The picture is not me — he’s a current NCSA athlete!)

That really has no direct relevance to your recruiting, right?

I wouldn’t have thought so. I wouldn’t have even brought it up, except I saw this interesting blog post about getting ready for the marathon by a local Chicago gym.

You need to have your recruiting game plan in order.

So much of running a marathon has to do with the mental toughness, as opposed to physical training, that goes into it. And I realized something else that requires a lot of mental toughness: standing up to adversity, dealing with conflicting deadlines, understanding complicated rules — your recruiting.

Don’t cram in more than you can handle.

Laura just wrote a great post about 4 easy ways you can quickly keep up with your recruiting this weekend.

But more importantly what you need to keep a pulse on is: you. How are you holding up? Are you doing all of your homework assignments? Are you doing well at practice? Are you getting enough sleep? You can’t cram in more than 24 hours in a day, guys.

So don’t try.

It’s only going to get tougher to stay on top of your time management as a college athlete. So start practicing time management skills now, and find the techniques that work for you.

Visualize out your race

Whether you’re just starting out in high school or you’re a senior looking for the right fit even as you’re taking your SAT and ACT scores and applying to schools, visualizing what success looks like will help you succeed.

Literally, lie down, take a few deep breaths (without falling asleep :D) and picture what your recruiting game plan looks like to you. What kind of school will be the right academic, athletic and social fit for you? And what kind of steps should you be taking now, in the next quarter, in the next year to get there?

Don’t use this time to worry about making lists; use this time to visualize yourself succeeding in hitting all of your goals and making that commitment.

Recover smart

The worst time to think about how you performed in a game — good or bad — is right after. Whether you had a PR or messed something up, you’re going to be exhausted from your workout and you’re not going to be in the right headspace to reflect on it.

So recover smart. Eat some froyo. Hang out with your family and friends.

And when you’re ready to come back to it, think about what you did well, and where you can improve. Think about how this fits into the roadmap you visualized. And think about how your reflections might fit into a personal statement on your profile.

Being able to think critically on your performance is a majorly mature skill, and something college coaches will respect.


Our scouts can help you with more aspects of your college recruiting game plan. The best way to get started is with a recruiting profile.

About the author
Andy McKernan

Andy McKernan is the content strategist at NCSA Athletic Recruiting. A content marketer with a background in creative writing, Andy brings several years of experience to NCSA.