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October 2015

3 Things to Know About the College Coaching Community

During the recruiting process, you will likely have many conversations and discussions with a number of college coaches. These may range from Division I to Division III to Club and anywhere in between. Regardless of your interest in a program, it’s imperative you handle yourself in an appropriate and respectful manner, regardless of your interest in the school. Here is why. ...

Too Embarrassed to Ask: What Events Should I Attend?

Welcome to the fifth installment of our weekly column, “Too Embarrassed to Ask,” where we’ll examine a hot topic from the world of recruiting that parents and student-athletes may want to know more about, but may shy away from asking because it is considered assumed knowledge. Think of this column like a cheat sheet for those instances it is no longer acceptable to ask a question, say, having met someone three times but still not knowing their name. This week’s issue: Event attendance. ...

How Is Your Recruiting Night?

The following is a guest post from SportsRecruits founder Matt Wheeler Every club organization does them: the “College Recruiting Night." Parents drag their kids to a dreary gym, library or hotel conference room to learn about the college recruiting process. College will be the biggest investment a family makes outside of buying a house so it makes sense for everybody to get together for an hour and learn about the process. Almost 100% of the time, they are a complete waste of everybody’s time. ...

5 Tips for Your Official or Unofficial Visit

One of the most important steps in a student-athlete’s college decision is visiting a school, meeting the people there and getting a feel for the campus. There is no better way to know which school is the best fit than to visit the campus. You’ll instantly see a snapshot of the school, the culture and more. In a related instance, a big part of the recruiting process is taking an "Official" or "Unofficial" visit, where you meet the coaches and potential future teammates while also feeling out the school. Here are some tips on "Official" and "Unofficial" visits, as well as some background information on each. ...

White Paper: 3 Trends in the Youth Sports Industry

The youth sports industry may be entering a new phase of development. Spending patterns are changing; sentiment around sports specialization is a hotly debated topic; the explosive growth of the previous development era may be coming to an end. What has caused these changes? And what impact will they have on the future of club sports? This paper examines these pressing trends.

Too Embarrassed to Ask: What’s My Role as a Parent in the Recruiting Process?

Welcome to the fourth installment of our weekly column, “Too Embarrassed to Ask,” where we’ll examine a hot topic from the world of recruiting that parents and student-athletes may want to know more about, but may shy away from asking because it is considered assumed knowledge. Think of this column like a cheat sheet for those instances it is no longer acceptable to ask a question, say, having met someone three times but still not knowing their name. This week’s issue: Parents and the recruiting process. ...

Too Embarrassed to Ask: What is a Post-Graduate Year?

Welcome to the third installment of our weekly column, “Too Embarrassed to Ask,” where we’ll examine a hot topic from the world of recruiting that parents and student-athletes may want to know more about, but may shy away from asking because it is considered assumed knowledge. Think of this column like a cheat sheet for those instances it is no longer acceptable to ask a question, say, having met someone three times but still not knowing their name. This week’s issue: The Post-Graduate Year ...

4 Problems in the Recruiting Process & How to Solve Them

The recruiting process can be chaotic. It can be stressful. It can feel overwhelming – like trying to navigate the New York City subway system for the first time, or looking at a menu at the Cheesecake Factory. However, there are challenges in the process that can be met with proper planning and the right tools. Here are some problems we have identified that are constantly recurring in the recruiting process, as well as some solutions to these problems. ...

5 Ways to Increase Your Chances of Playing in College

Playing a sport in college is no small accomplishment. Statistically speaking, it is a very difficult thing to do, and further, in an increasingly competitive space, it is only getting more challenging in the near term. Let's look at some numbers from the NCAA, and then identify five ways in which a student-athlete can take charge of their process and put themselves in the best position possible to success. ...