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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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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College Recruiting Series #2: Understanding the Importance of Technology in Recruiting

Mar 21, 2017 1:40:05 PM
College Recruiting Series #2: Understanding the Importance of Technology in Recruiting
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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.

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Is My Child Too Young For Recruiting?

Feb 16, 2017 1:36:29 PM
Is My Child Too Young For Recruiting?
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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.

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How to Decide If Joining a Travel Team Is a Good Fit for Your Young Athlete

Jan 25, 2017 8:00:00 AM
How to Decide If Joining a Travel Team Is a Good Fit for Your Young Athlete
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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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5 Outstanding Examples of Youth Sports League Websites

Jan 19, 2017 1:20:51 PM
5 Outstanding Examples of Youth Sports League Websites
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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.

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Timesaving Tips for Your Youth Sports League Management

Jan 11, 2017 8:00:00 AM
Timesaving Tips for Your Youth Sports League Management
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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:

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How to Scale a Youth Sports League

Jan 4, 2017 8:00:00 AM
How to Scale a Youth Sports League
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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.

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Youth Sports League Trends for 2017

Dec 28, 2016 8:00:00 AM
Youth Sports League Trends for 2017
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Something happened in the sports world that many fans of a certain team hope becomes a trend: After 108 years, the Chicago Cubs won another World Series. Of course, for the incredibly patient 110-year-old Cubs fan, this was a continuing trend. For every other fan, it was something new, and something they hope will see again in 2017 and beyond.

Youth sports leagues are experiencing their own trends and changes, maybe not as momentous as the Cubs finally winning a world championship, but nonetheless significant to the directors, coaches, parents, and kids that are affected. Here are some of those trends that will be making an impact in 2017:

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Creative Sports Fundraising Ideas for Your League

Dec 14, 2016 8:00:00 AM
Creative Sports Fundraising Ideas for Your League
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Youth sports leagues generally can’t exist on entry fees alone. Although community organizations such as a park district, school, or church group may sponsor leagues, there never seems to be enough money to buy and update all the uniforms and equipment, rent courts and fields, and hire the best officials. Often, fundraising is necessary to fill in the gaps.

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