As a student-athlete it’s you that benefits the most from an athletic scholarship. And you are the one who should be expected to do the most of the work in the scholarship process.
Don’t expect your parents or your coach to do a large portion. Your parents can help with things like making a highlight/skills video or planning campus visits. But your coach is likely too busy to devote the massive amount of time that recruiting takes.
Every student-athlete has several main responsibilities.
Developing athletically and academically.
Your development on the field or court is important, but so is your work in the classroom. Your effort and ability to improve in both areas is crucial to earning an athletic scholarship.
Contacting college coaches.
Coaches aren’t likely going to know who you are unless you reach out to them. One of the most important jobs a student-athlete has is reaching out to prospective coaches and showing interest in their programs. Get in touch with coaches through emails, phone calls, and even written letters.
College coaches will notice when you show initiative during the recruiting process, and it’s better that they be contacted by you, instead of by your parents. Remember, the college coach is recruiting you, not your parents.
Creating an online resume and highlight video.
Parents can help with your highlight/skills video, but putting together a complete online resume is your responsibility.
Creating and following a recruiting timeline.
With the help of your parents, it’s essential to create a recruiting timeline that includes academic tracking, setting athletic goals, and setting up college visits. It’s mainly your job to follow that timeline.
Become familiar with the NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete.
The NCAA explains the recruiting process in detail in the downloadable Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete, which is published every year. It lists important rules and academic requirements that every student-athlete should know.
Managing the Process Builds Character
Accepting a high level of responsibility as a high school athlete builds character and shows effort. And both character and effort are important intangibles to college coaches. Those two qualities are key ingredients in the creation of team leaders, and potential leaders make for valuable recruits.
The recruiting process may be difficult to manage. But at the end of the process, when you’re rewarded with an athletic scholarship, all of the hard work will have paid off and you’ll be a better person because of it.
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