Qualities Coaches Look for in Recruits
When recruiting, coaches look for athletes that will fit into their teams, usually filling their weaknesses. As a result, not all coaches are looking for the same type of athlete and will look for different particular characteristics that may be decisive in the recruiting process.
Here are some of those things:
Your academic profile
Even if you have a very good athletic profile, and in that area, you are what the coaches are looking for, you have to meet the entry requirements of colleges and universities, as well as maintain your grades to remain eligible throughout your degree. Your high school grades will be a reflection of what coaches can expect from you and they should see that you are a dedicated player and will be able to carry that responsibility.
Talent and potential
It is important to show a coach if you are capable to learn and improve, as well as, to demonstrate that you are already at a competitive level for college. They will look at how much you have changed in the last past years to assess if you are capable of improving and if you are committed.
A leader is an important part of a team, as they carry the responsibility of motivating other players and leading them to victory. Coaches look for potential leadership skills as it is not easy to find an athlete that’s both talented and a leader.
Studying while playing sports requires a lot of dedication and good organization as they are essential to maintain good grades and a good athletic level. That is why your academic profile is important and you shouldn’t neglect it during high school.
Coaches may be looking for an athlete with a specific skill that can cover the team’s weakness, but a player who can adapt to many situations is more attractive, specially to small teams. Larger teams can be more selective and recruit athletes with certain particular skills.