Bottom line, the high school recruiting process can be very challenging and frustrating at times and you may not even know where to begin. Chances are this is your first time ever experiencing the recruiting process and how to find athletic scholarship opportunities. Having a positive mindset throughout your recruiting process will make things much easier. Here are some of the recruiting basics:
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Phase 1: Start-Up
- Sit down with your high school coach and parents and think about if you truly want to play in college.
- Be realistic with yourself and the goals you set regarding colleges/universities to attend.
- Register with the NCAA Eligibly Center and/or NAIA Eligibility Center
- Speak with your High School guidance counselor to receive your academic information.
- Get serious about your training and set your sport at the top of your priorities, if you really want to make this thing happen.
- Reach out to a third party service like, The Athletic Scholar, for all your recruiting process needs.
Phase 2: Discover and Develop
- Work with a third party service, like The Athletic Scholar, to create a plan of action for your individual recruiting process.
- Set academic and athletic goals using the S.M.A.R.T method. ( Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time-Bound)
- Understand what it is you are looking for in a potential college/university.
- Create a long list of about 100 schools you have interest in.
- Become educated on NCAA guidelines, such as contact periods with coaches, athletic scholarships and official visits.
- Have a professional quality video resume built displaying your strengths for coaches to view.
Phase 3: Game Time
- Get promoted by a third party service like, The Athletic Scholar, to college coaches across the country.
- Communicate via email, phone, mail etc. with college coaches about competing for their program.
- Be sure to have really strong Junior and Senior seasons, as coaches are really looking for results and may even stop by a meet or game.
- Set up as many official and unofficial visits as possible, as long as they are within the NCAA guidelines.