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

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. […]

2017-08-14T17:43:59+00:00 August 14th, 2017|college, NCSA, recruiting, scholarship, Tips and Tricks, youth sports|

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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. […]

2017-06-15T17:35:48+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Coaching, Father's DAy, Parenting, youth sports|

A Father’s Inspiration: “Do it Anyway”

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. […]

2017-06-15T14:50:24+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Coaching, Parenting, youth sports|

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

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. […]

2017-03-21T17:33:12+00:00 March 21st, 2017|recruiting, youth sports|

Is My Child Too Young For Recruiting?

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. […]

2017-02-16T18:36:29+00:00 February 16th, 2017|youth sports|