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.
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."
You probably won’t get every coach to respond to you, so don’t take it as a rejection. Instead, continue to send noteworthy updates as you progress.
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Do they play the blame game or do they bounce back? Letting it go and moving on proves they have good mental discipline and will be better able to handle the pressure that comes with college sports.
Then, you’ll want to loop in your high school or club coach, especially if you’re an underclassman. College coaches will often reach out to a high school or club coach first to learn more about a recruit.
Families should also steer clear from asking questions that they could just as easily research themselves. Coaches want to recruit athletes who are interested in and knowledgeable about their program.
Your student should be motivated to go the extra yard (or base; choose your own sports metaphor here) in the classroom. That’s one way to stand out when applying to the elite colleges and universities.
If you’re actively getting recruited by NAIA coaches, you can get on the “short list.” Being on this list tells the NAIA Eligibility Center to prioritize your account in its decision-making process.
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