Recruiting Dream Team – Do You Have One?
What does the term ‘Recruiting Dream Team’ refer to and do you need one?
Your recruiting dream team is you and your parents or other interested and involved people that are willing to help you during all phases of your recruiting process. It could be one or both of your parents or even one or more of your other family members. Sometimes grandparents can even serve in this roll.
Absolutely, you do NEED a team of people who are willing to consistently help you manage your recruiting game plan as you move through your high school athletic career.
Getting an athletic scholarship is not an instantaneous one-shot event. There are many steps along the way, and help with school searches, the many letters and emails of introduction, meeting deadlines, creating athletic profiles and highlight videos, making school visits, and even negotiating with coaches will prove invaluable.
While you can keep up with the recruiting process yourself, it is much easier when you enlist the help and support of at least one other person who will be committed to your recruiting game plan efforts. You will be very busy with many activities including practicing and playing football and maybe another sport, your studies, a social life, and your family activities.
Here are just a few of the ways your recruiting dream team can help:
They can gather college and athletic program information. They can also write letters or emails of introduction, help with your athletic profile, help create or pay for your highlight videos and they can handle countless other details.
Your dream team can respond to coaches questionnaires, and other requests for information.
Using a filing and tracking system, they can keep coach communication and your whole recruiting process organized. This is a huge job, and will become even more important as the different coaches express recruiting interest in you.
Your parents or other members of the team can help you keep your head on straight when the calls and attention from coaches does begin. While it is exciting beyond belief, when all the attention starts, if can be overwhelming.
Team members can keep track of your high school academic, extracurricular accomplishments, and athletic achievements, and they can give timely stats updates to the various coaches.
Gather together your Recruiting Dream Team now; you will be glad you did. Your parents and other interested family members or even willing friends can be so much more than a handy secretary. You need these people; they can both encourage you and help you keep your feet on the ground when the recruiting process heats up.
What is Procrastination?
How Can It Affect Me Academically?
Procrastination is putting off or avoiding doing something that needs to be done. This is a natural reaction. Excessive procrastination can lead to problems and can interfere with academic success.
In the spring of your senior year there are still many tasks that have to be done. Giving in to procrastination can affect your grades which will affect your GPA and which could affect your college acceptance. Colleges require a final transcript after graduation to look for these last minute grade drops.
How Can I Tell If I Procrastinate Excessively?
Forms, Forms and More Forms
Understanding all of the forms you may encounter in finding financial aid for college may seem like an impossible task. Just when you think you have a handle on it another dozen or so new forms with new terms will be needed.
Below is a list of common forms and what they mean. It is not meant to be an exhaustive list – after all it wouldn’t be any fun if new forms didn’t pop up from time to time.
Developing The Will To Win
Everyone acknowledges the importance of being a team player, but we all also know there are times when you must decide to step up and be singularly demonstrate the unstoppable urge to win?
While there is no “I” in “Team”, there is a definite “I” in “Win”, and in the game of football, it takes a team of individual players; all of them having the will to “Win” to out score opponents game after game.
We have all seen games where an athlete hangs back hoping that a teammate will step up and make the play. This usually does nothing to win the game and typically contributes to a loss.
Do you have the will to win? What are some of the things you can to summon the courage to display the will to win?
Give yourself permission to win, to excel, to demonstrate your talents even if it does make those around you envious. Did you know that when you show your will to win you encourage those around you to behave like winners also. You actually give them courage to win. The will to win is contagious!
Use rejection, judgment and jealousy to help you aspire to greatness. Regardless of how uncomfortable you make your teammates, you will never be happy or enjoy real success downplaying your skills, talents, and accomplishments in an effort to make others feel more comfortable.
When people put you down and say you can’t do something, channel your frustration and anger and let it spearhead your drive into the elite levels of competition.
Develop a winning attitude. It is simple to cultivate a winning mindset, simply determine to complete every task, regardless of what it is, to the very best of your ability. Deciding to aspire to do your very best, regardless of the nature of the job, will almost automatically give you the inclination to succeed in everything.
Arkansas Football Coach Fired
The recent firing of Bobby Patrino, head football coach for Arkansas, should give all potential football recruits reason to take pause and consider what should be the reasons why they want to be recruited by a certain football program.
It is a well-known fact that many recruits are enamored by the idea of playing football for a famous coach, but as is evidenced by the doubt and confusion among the 25 newly signed 2012 Arkansas recruits, the loss of a head football coach for any reason could prove disastrous to the program depending upon several factors including how long it takes to hire a new head coach and who is actually hired.
Many of the 25 recruits were attracted to Arkansas because the football program, coached by Patrino, was said to be in position to win the National Championship next year. Without a head coach, the Razorbacks may not fair so well. In addition, if Jeff Long, the AD, doesn’t fill the position soon, 2013 recruiting will also be hurt.
What Can You Learn From This?
Avoid signing with a school based on a certain coach being there. Remember, you are accepting an athletic scholarship from the school, not the head coach. Do not let all your hopes and dreams be smashed with the fate of a coach.
Sign with a school that will give you an education that you can plan a career around besides football. Overwhelmingly, college football players do not go on to the pros.
Sign with a school where you will feel comfortable attending even if you get injured, the head coach leaves or the football program goes south.
Your top priority should be to use your football scholarship to pay for your college degree. Regardless of how alluring the limelight is for any college level football player, that should be secondary to your education. You will be in college for 4 to 5 years, but the preparation you make in those years can prepare you for a life’s career.