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The Importance of Hydration for Athletes

By | December 15th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Nutrition & Fitness, team management, Uncategorized|

Maintaining proper hydration is not only important for your health, but it has a major impact on performance. Simply stated - a well-hydrated athlete will perform better in the final minutes of a game or over the course of an entire practice. Knowledge about hydration and electrolyte balance has come a long way since the days of halftime orange slices. Through science and measurement we know exactly how much fluid needs to be replenished during strenuous exercise, but keeping kids hydrated can still be a challenge. Here are five tips to make sure your team is hydrated and stays hydrated during the season. Hydrate before you recreate We all know the importance of taking water breaks during practices and games, but there’s no way of knowing how hydrated a kid is when he/she arrives. By starting each practice or a game with a water break you’re making sure that each child has a base level of fluids in their system. Rule of ten Physicians recommend six ounces of water during [...]

College Recruiting Series #9: A recruit’s guide to the coaching staff: Who to email first?

By | December 4th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Coaching, college, NCSA, recruiting|

Imagine this: You've done your research about college programs, created your target list, and now you're ready to start reaching out to college coaches. You go to one school's website to look up the coaching staff, only to see a whole list of names and titles. There's an assistant coach, position coach, recruiting coordinator and a head coach. Who do you message first? Do you just email the whole group? Just like everything else in the recruiting process, who you contact on the coaching staff requires some strategy. We've created this go-toguide to help you figure the best person to contact. NCSA is used by 35,000+ college coaches. Start connecting with them today!  When using this guide, always start by going down the list, not up. For example, if the team doesn't have a recruiting coordinator, start with the position coach. If you've emailed the position coach but haven't heard back, move on to the assistant coach. Never start with the [...]

College Recruiting Series #8: 5 Steps to Writing an Eye-Catching Email to College Coaches

By | October 18th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Sending an introductory email to college coaches can be a great way to get your foot in the door with programs you’re interested in. However, writing an email to a college coach takes some preparation and planning. Coaches get a lot of emails every day. Think, in the hundreds or even thousands. In other words, your email needs to really stand out. It should be clear, concise and to the point, illustrating why you’re interested in that coach’s program and why you would be a good fit. Coaches aren’t going to read—or even open—generic, mass emails sent to all the programs you’re interested in. Follow our email guidelines below to create your best message. Want to stand out even more to college coaches? Start your free profile with NCSA. Step 1: Your subject line should include key pieces of information about you as a recruit If you don’t have a compelling subject line, college coaches won’t even open your email. To [...]

College Recruiting Series #7: How to find the best NCAA division level for you

By | October 18th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

If you’re struggling to start your college search process, you’re not alone! With some 5,300 colleges and universities across the United States, creating your list of top schools requires filtering through thousands of different institutions. To help you better understand your options, we’ve put together some guidelines about what makes each NCAA division level unique. As you’re considering which division level is right for you, keep an open mind. Many athletes will only look at DI schools, turning down opportunities at a DII or DIII institution. Oftentimes, these athletes will miss their chance to compete in college athletics because they focused on schools that weren’t the right fit. Instead, determine what you want out of your college experience, assess your athletic talent and go from there. Many athletes who have the talent to compete at a Division I school, opt to play DIII because they prefer a smaller campus and a balance between athletics, academics and other extracurricular activities. There are [...]

Back to School: Managing School and Sport This Fall Season

By | September 5th, 2017|Categories: Back to School, Student-Athlete, Time Management|

School bells all across the country are ringing, signaling another school year and the beginning of another fall sports season. As student-athletes start the new year, it is easy for them to worry about how they will manage good grades while also performing to their ability in their sport. Whether they are a senior going through the college application process, a freshman getting ready to play on their very first varsity level team or a middle school athlete excited to try a new sport, the worry is the same for all of them. As an athlete who has been there, done that, I know the stress and competing variables that occur when trying to be at your best both athletically and academically. […]

How college coaches evaluate recruits

By | August 14th, 2017|Categories: recruiting|

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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