There’s no right or wrong way of being an athlete, everyone’s situation is different. These are just some things to think about when deciding what athletic path to take. Learn the in and outs and pros and cons of getting involved in the recruiting process.
During your children’s recruiting experience, they’ll learn how to promote themselves while remaining humble. That’s no easy task!
Earning your spot on a college team will be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. Walking on is very challenging, but when it works out there is nothing better.
Though virtual visits can’t and shouldn’t replace in-person visits, they can potentially help recruits cross a school off their list, which could save a nice chunk of change in the long run.
Without parents asking questions or steering a child’s thoughts one way or another, an official visit helps swimmers see for themselves what a coach, university and teammates are like.
If you’re nervous about whether you can accept an academic scholarship or not, contact the college or universities’ compliance office to work through the situation.
By following a program on social media, students might learn who’s leaving, who’s staying on the roster and what the coach values most in players. You’ll also get a better feel for the program to determine if it’s a good fit.
Many athletes and their families will tell you campus visits really made the decision process much easier. Some schools shined while others that looked great on paper just didn’t live up to expectations.
Student-athletes should be contacting coaches as they are the ones who are going to play for that coach, not the parent.
In short, don’t shy away from sending a message to a college coach, even if the NCAA recruiting rules and calendar prevent the coach from contacting you back at that time.
"Even if you are on a really great club team with multiple DI players, it can't compare with the level in college when athletes are older, stronger, and more experienced."
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