How college coaches evaluate recruits

Aug 14, 2017 1:54:31 PM
How college coaches evaluate recruits
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The recruiting process can be complicated and intense—even for college coaches. They are responsible for evaluating hundreds or even thousands of talented student-athletes every year, choosing only a select few for their rosters. If it sounds like an impossible task, you’re not far off. However, coaches have the recruiting process down to a science. They know what they are looking for and how to find it.

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College Recruiting Series #6: How to get a scholarship offer—before you start high school

Aug 14, 2017 1:49:12 PM
College Recruiting Series #6: How to get a scholarship offer—before you start high school
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Stories about early recruiting have taken the college sports world by storm. Athletes as young as 10 years old are verbally committing to top Division I universities. If you’re scratching your head wondering how this can happen, you’re not alone—athletes and parents alike are asking the same question. However, the trend toward recruiting younger and younger athletes is quickly becoming the new norm.

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Pre and Post Practice or Game Snack Ideas for the Busy Sports Parent 

Jul 26, 2017 2:26:12 PM
Pre and Post Practice or Game Snack Ideas for the Busy Sports Parent 
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There are so many challenging things about being a sports parent. One of those things is coming up with quick and healthy snacks for before and after practices or games. We have all been there...running from work and hustling to get our kids packed and out the door and we forget about having enough snacks to get our athletes fully fueled. The solution often ends up being to get hot dogs or burgers at the concession stand, or to frantically make a fast-food stop because your son or daughter is hungry and complaining in the back seat. 

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How to Recognize the Potential in All of Your Athletes

Jul 21, 2017 10:10:07 AM
How to Recognize the Potential in All of Your Athletes
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Often as a coach, it’s easy to pick out your star athletes. Usually they’re the ones hitting the ball out of the park, raining 3s on the court, or dodging linebackers to make the game-winning touchdown. But what about the smaller, quieter, or less agile teammates - can you recognize potential in them too? Perhaps all they need is the right guidance to grow their skills and succeed in their sport. Here are a few tips on how to recognize potential in your most unexpected athletes. 

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You’re Doing It Right, Even When You Think You Aren’t

Jul 14, 2017 10:04:49 AM
You’re Doing It Right, Even When You Think You Aren’t
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Being a sports parent is tough, especially when it comes to parenting youth athletes. It’s a constant balancing act between pushing your children to greatness while letting them have fun at the same time. You want them to become leaders for their teammates while keeping the weight of the season off of their shoulders so they can enjoy their time as youth athletes. When my kids were going through sports as youth athletes, I constantly felt like I was doing it all wrong. One minute I felt like I was propping them up for success and another I felt like I was setting them up for failure. It took me a long time to realize that no sports parent is perfect and all sports parents just want their kids to be successful, grow and have fun. That is all I truly wanted for my young athletes.

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The Arizona Outliers

Jun 27, 2017 10:26:35 AM
The Arizona Outliers
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The Arizona Outliers are a team of 6th and 7th grade girls who have been together for two years. They’ve had plenty of success on the court, including a recent win in the Storm the City tournament in California. But the Outliers are, in the words of coach Justin Maass, about “the whole package, on a nd off the floor.” That was never more apparent than when the brother of a coach and two of the players’ mothers battled cancer and the team banded together. “I know it’s a cliché, but the team is like a family,” says Maass. “We do everything together. The girls feel like they’re not alone because someone always gets their back.”

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College Recruiting Series #5:  Choosing a College is a 40-Year Decision

Jun 22, 2017 2:04:28 PM
College Recruiting Series #5:  Choosing a College is a 40-Year Decision
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Choosing a college isn’t a four-year decision; it’s a 40-year decision. From campus to classes, academics to culture, there’s a lot to consider. And, often, students don’t even know what they want in a college experience. To help yourstudent-athlete better understand their best college match, you can start by asking them the right questions. In this article, we provide 20 questions to gauge academic and cultural fit.

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College Recruiting Series #4: Do You Have What it Takes to Be a Division 1 Athlete?

Jun 22, 2017 10:54:43 AM
College Recruiting Series #4: Do You Have What it Takes to Be a Division 1 Athlete?
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Anyone who loves sports has probably fantasized about becoming a Division I athlete. Practicing in some of the best facilities in the country, playing in front of hyped up crowds – this is what athletes live for! However, at some point reality sets in. The competition to play at a Division I school is fierce. Only about 1% of athletes make it to this level.

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A Father's Inspiration: "Do it Anyway"

Jun 15, 2017 11:51:47 AM
A Father's Inspiration: "Do it Anyway"
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Growing up, my dad was a sports enthusiast who was always actively involved in whatever sport or extracurricular activities my siblings and I were involved in.  I have fond memories of watching my dad coach my brother’s peewee football and baseball teams.  Even when he was not involved with coaching the team, he was always there to watch us play. Looking back, I remember what a great feeling it was to see him in the crowd proudly watching and cheering us on.

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The 20 Minute Challenge

May 19, 2017 4:16:39 PM
The 20 Minute Challenge
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November 2012

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