The Parent’s role in Recruiting
Teach Sportsmanship at a Young age
Athletes who demonstrate good sportsmanship are what coaches are looking for. They want team players with the ability to lead and set an example to under clansman when the time comes.
Push Academic’s First
Often student athletes neglect their studies and focus more on their athletics over all other things as they see this as their chance to go to college however, in many cases the decision of whether or not an athlete will receive a full ride comes down to their grades as grades will determine their eligibility later on. Academic scholarships can also be tacked on to athletic aid to cover more of a student athletes college tuition
Don’t do the Work for them
When it comes to college recruiting it should be the student sending emails and contacting coaches not the parent. Coaches don’t want an athlete that can’t even send their own emails, its shows a lack of maturity, interest, and responsibility on the athletes part.
Figure our your Expected Family Contribution
How much are you willing to help your athlete with school? Can you afford to help pay for books or for a dorm? Once you establish how much you and your family can afford to spend on your athletes college experience set standards for how much a scholarship will need to be. Once you do this you can begin to eliminate college offers that don’t cover enough or school’s that are too far removed from the price point set.
Don’t Rely on High School Coaches
Many students and parents over estimate the role a high school coach has in an athlete being recruited while college coaches may contact the high school coach more often the college coaches skip the middle man altogether and seek direct contact with the athlete. High school coaches seldom have more than 5 college contacts most of which are local so parents and athletes should be proactive and seek scholarships on their own rather than relying on a coach to find them for them.