Many parents call us and ask a lot of questions. The main question we get asked: What am I doing wrong? Seems like a basic question. The problem is one mistake can lead to a road of disaster. The first thing I usually tell parents is usually not what they want to hear. Get a college recruiter. Get a professional that deals with college coaches and can work for you. Usually parents have tried to do the college recruiting themselves and they struggle. After some time, they want to know where they went wrong. Here are a few NO’S when it comes to college recruiting!
NO- A parent should not handle the college recruiting themselves. College coaches want to deal with the player and not the parent. They want to know if the player is a kid they want to recruit. They need to build a relationship with the player. When the player/coach relationship is strong, usually they will talk to the parent to promote the program and the school. Parents can also be in the way of recruiting. Every parent thinks their child is good. When promoting the player they can be very emotionally attached. A college recruiter deals with many players and schools so they may have a better knowledge of what school is best for the player. Parents also get upset, taking things personal through the process. The recruiting process is business, never personal.
NO- Mailing and faxing info for a player is becoming a thing of the past. Technology has changed the recruiting game. Mailing DVD’s and info is expensive and a thing of the past. With YOUTUBE, web sites, emails, coaches have unlimited access to get a lot of information on a player. With Facebook and Twitter, the communication and research of a player is endless. Getting a player profile with the players contact info, video, academic info, and more is endless. Coaches can check the profiles via email and text. The coaches can view when ever, any place, via cell phone or computer.
NO-Do not reclass a high school student after the 9th grade. Per the NCAA by-laws: A prospective student-athlete must complete his or her core-curriculum requirements by the high school graduation date of the prospective student-athlete’s class [as determined by the first year of enrollment in high school (ninth grade) or the international equivalent…]. Graduation from high school or secondary school shall be based on the prospective student-athlete’s prescribed educational path in his or her country. There are a few technical ways you can reclass, but if you plan on playing D1, I would not reclass. Many students sit out a year of sports, but continue to stay in the grade they are in. Opting to take one or two classes after graduation. Still this is very risky if you plan to go D1. We tell parents all the time to call us during the 8th grade. If you think of reclass, do it before the 9th would be my suggesting
There are many NO’S in college recruiting. I suggest you talk to a college recruiter. Many parent’s refuse to take advice and end up setting that athlete back. For more information, contact us? We are here to help?