Prom season may be upon us, but just because it’s the season of love doesn’t mean the season of recruiting is done.
The recruiting process is never over.
Keep that in mind as your school year starts to wind down and you’re making plans for your summer vacation. Recently, we asked Coach Chmiel, a veteran DI football coach and NCSA Athletic Recruiting speaker, to tell us what student-athletes can be doing this summer.
On the flip side, today we have advice from Matt Sonnichsen, a Division I volleyball coach for almost 20 years, about what college coaches will be doing, and what coaches expectations of athletes this summer will be.
College coaches will be at camps.
The summer is a time for in-person interactions to supplement your digital profile and highlight videos. If you know a coach from one of your top schools will be at a camp, coordinate with them so they know they’ll be able to find you there. But don’t just shell out your money, Coach Sonnichsen says.
“Some coaches can be a little disingenuous in their desire or willingness to recruit you,” he says. “Be careful about the camps you attend because they have a long time commitment, and are often expensive.”
Be smart about what events you decide to attend. Maybe there’s a combine or showcase you can attend. Or, especially if you’ve already been talking to a coach, maybe you can take the time this summer for an unofficial visit.
“The official visit is becoming less and less popular,” Coach Sonnichsen says. “What if you took the money you budgeted for a camp, and used it for an unofficial visit?”
College coaches will be on campus.
Although there are regulations about college coaches contacting their teams over the summer, many Division I athletes are in summer school and are working out in a combination of weight lifting and open gym time.
“Both coaches and athletes can find themselves working on their sport all 12 months out of the year,” Coach Sonnichsen says. “But that doesn’t have to be the case. In NCAA Division II and III, or schools in the NAIA, athletes can usually find a more traditional balance.” Sometimes it’s just a matter of finding the right fit for what you want out of a school.
College coaches will be watching your videos.
Don’t forget that coaches have a limited recruiting budget, and most will be searching for potential athletes online. “Use technology so they can watch your videos,” Coach Sonnichsen says. “Stay in contact with a coach, and stay consistent.”
Your summer shouldn’t be spent at practice to the exclusion of everything else. “You want a balance,” Coach Sonnichsen says. “Stay active, and recharge. Coaches want to see you play well, and they want to see you fresh in your next season.”
If you’re still not sure what coaches expectations of athletes are this summer, a scout can help you figure out what you can be doing to succeed. Get started with a recruiting profile.