As an athlete, no matter what age or level of intensity, we deal with nerves, anxiety and pressure when it comes to the big game. Believe it or not, feeling nervous before a big game is normal! We put so much hard work and dedication into our sports, all we want is for the hard work to pay off on game day.
Recruiting has joined the digital age! This is great news for athletes and coaches. However, it does mean beefing up your online presence. One of your most important digital tools? Your highlight video. The majority of coaches don’t have the time or money to travel around the country watching recruits play their sport. So, they turn to highlight videos to make their initial evaluations of athletes.
You have to make it easy for college coaches to recruit you.
In 2017, technology impacts the entire recruiting journey, and having an online profile to showcase the athletic, academic and character strengths of your student-athlete is crucial.
When I worked with families to help connect their athletes to college coaches and scholarships, we would send out paper resumes and follow up with VHS tapes. That seems like the Jurassic era compared to the technology savvy systems now in place.
How early is too early to start the recruiting process?
This is a question asked by student-athletes and parents across the country as things begin to take shape within their certain sport or passion and questions surrounding a future in athletics and academics begin swirling.
The specific answer, as is the case for so many questions, is that unfortunately there is no one specific answer.
What will be right for your family’s recruiting can vary based on the student-athlete, their sport, and their skill level. For example, in early 2015 we covered the news that two sixth-grader football profiles were included in Rivals.com’s football recruiting database — news that caused many pundits and commentators to remark that college recruiting is getting out of control.
As your young athletes grow older, they—and, ultimately, you—may be faced with a choice of keeping them in rec league or moving them up to a travel team.
For the uninitiated, a travel team, also known as a club, comp, elite, or select team (or by the organization sanctioning the competition such as AAU or USA Swimming), offers a higher level of play than a standard rec league youth sports. Travel teams play more games per week and practice more hours, and some, as the name suggests, travel outside their immediate area for competition, whether across town or to other states.
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Navigating through the recruiting process can be difficult. It's hard to know when it begins, what's expected of you, or even what your step-by-step game plan should be. Here are some beginner tips and tricks!
Youth sports league websites once—not that many years ago—were a sight to behold. Organizations that previously relied upon phone trees, word of mouth, the occasional email, and printed materials were suddenly able to deliver information, register players, and update statistics and standings online. Youth sports league websites were a bold innovation that helped league administrators, coaches, and parents alike.
Youth sports league directors are busy people. Your job requires plenty of time, but time is always in short supply. Many of the processes and management functions required to run a league can be overwhelming. Consider:
Every youth sports league wants to thrive. The opportunity to grow—to provide more kids with the chance to play, learn, and develop—is a goal for many organizations as well. Some successful leagues find themselves bursting at the seams, and no league wants to turn away kids who, at best, might find another league, or at worst, end up not playing the sport (or any sport) at all. These organizations are ready to scale, but saying you are ready to expand and then actually expanding are two different things.