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

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 [...]

2017-10-18T13:37:59+00:00 October 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|

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

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 [...]

2017-10-18T13:04:36+00:00 October 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|

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

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.  […]

2017-07-26T15:08:22+00:00 July 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|

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

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. […]

2017-07-14T13:28:56+00:00 July 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|

The Arizona Outliers

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 and 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.”

2017-06-26T18:14:36+00:00 June 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|