As we hit mid-October, what spring athletes should do this fall, in their off-season stride, might be different than other athletes.
Now, let’s be clear: I use the term “off-season” loosely, as there’s no doubt you’ve been traveling with club teams, participating in workouts and practices, and have remained in the thick of your sport and school.
Spring athletes, however, have to be more diligent than most with their recruiting in the off-season than multi-sport athletes who might even be considering applying for colleges for their fall as well spring sport.
How come, you may ask?
Because by the time your senior high school season rolls around, it’s very late in the academic year for college coaches to still be recruiting. Much of it is wrapped up for a given recruiting class in the fall and winter, even though you won’t compete with your school until spring.
For student-athletes wanting to play their spring sport at the next level, this simply means you have to really be doing your due diligence in the off-season.
And we’re here to help. Let’s take a look at some primary focuses for a successful off-season as a spring athlete.
If you need some motivation, just think of the relief it will be to head into your spring season having committed to a school.
Spring student-athletes should reach out to college coaches regularly.
You cannot wait until your season starts to reach out to college coaches. If you have not already taken the time to call or email coaches at programs you are interested in, don’t let another day go by this off-season without doing so.
Yes, a coach may want to come see you play this spring, or request footage from your upcoming season, but it is imperative you get the ball rolling now.
And this is really when you can use not being a spring athlete to your advantage, as the hope is you have at least a little more time on your hands then when you’re in the thick of things in a few months. Check out this list of things you can do this weekend to get ahead with your recruitment and communication with coaches.
Spring student-athletes should be focused on your grades and GPA, and completing testing requirements.
The off-season is a great time to give your schoolwork and grades the attention they deserve.
And bonus! As a spring athlete, you have the entire first half of the school year to build a base GPA you are proud of before the added distraction and time consumption your sport will bring second semester.
Find out when and where SAT and ACT tests are offered now or as we head into winter and knock them out before the time comes to jump into your school season.
Even if you don’t get the exact score you were hoping for, at least you have a round under your belt and something to work with. It will be much more manageable to rid yourself of SAT and ACT testing anxiety when you’re not wrapped up in all that is your sport season.
Spring student-athlete should be in the gym or pounding the pavement daily.
As mentioned earlier, more likely than not, your off-season consists of travel or club games, tournaments, and training.
However, for those who don’t find themselves in this category, or for those whose club schedules aren’t as rigorous as their school team schedules, there are few things more important than staying in shape — even if it means finding the motivation to work out by yourself.
Why not use the off-season to get into even better shape?
It’s not always easy to stay motivated in the off-season, and it’s not always easy to be doing the work on the treadmill or weight room when no one’s watching, but if you want to make it to the next level, you just have to keep at it. And the start of your season this spring will be so much easier because of it. Embrace a little hard work this off season so you can embrace the title of “leader” once spring hits.
We’re here to help you with even more tips about what you can be doing today to help your recruiting tomorrow. The best way to get started is with a recruiting profile.