April 24, 2014

College Athletic Scholarships – Frequently Asked Questions

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 Questions &  Answers About College Athletic Scholarships:

college athletic scholarships questionsWhat year in high school should you start to compile your child’s athletic abilities?

What are the best avenues to begin the process? (ie: put together a
highlight tape, send to schools, etc)

How do you best follow up on the process?
How do you know what companies (if you are going to have a company
represent you) are reputable?

Answer:

The sooner you start the better.  Include things like:

1. Working towards being a starter on the varsity team,
2. Performing well academically,
3. Creating balance between sports, academics and a social life

Wait to compile stats until your child is a starter on the varsity team and then keep them updated regularly.

Create a good quality highlight video after your child’s first varsity season, and post the video on YouTube, your child’s personal website and the free services like Rivals.  Doing so will enable you to give the link to the various coaches when the time comes.  Also have a full game tape available should a coach want to see one.

One of the best things you can do is to look at schools where your child wants to attend.  Compare the position that your child plays with the stats of the college player currently playing that position.  Are the stats comparable?  If not, can your child improve his or her stats?  If not, you will need to find a school/program where your child can actually be in the running.  Don’t waste your time on a wish list of schools that is not realistic.

Once you find a school or better a list of schools to “recruit”…make contact with the college coach.  This is where you want to send an email introducing your child and the athletic profile.  If you don’t hear anything back within a couple of weeks, be sure to send another email or even better have your child call the coach.  You want to get your child in the coach’s database early on.  This will give you a legitimate excuse to forward regular updates as to your child’s accomplishments. Make sure the email comes from your son/daughter.  You can of course help with the email, but it needs to come from the athlete.

The best thing to do when determining if a company is reputable is see what other people are saying and determine if what they are telling you makes sense.  For instance, regardless of how much money a recruiting service charges, they can’t offer guarantees.  It is against NCAA rules to do so. Yes, some college coaches deal with the recruiting services, however parents can do most, if not all, of what the recruiting services will do.  The parents just have to know what to do and when.

Hope this information helps, good luck to you and your student athlete,

Lynn West
The Guru Recruiter

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soccer, basketball, softballQuestion:

I  play AAA hockey for a nationally known organization,.
My question is how can I start on trying to get a college scholarship for hockey?

Answer:

One of the best things you can do is to look at schools where you want to attend.  Compare the position that you play with the stats of the college player currently playing your position.  Are the stats comparable?  If not, can you improve your stats?  If not, you will need to find a school/program where you can actually be in the running.  Don’t waste your time on a wish list of schools that is not realistic.

Once you find a school or better a list of schools to “recruit”…make contact with the college coach.  This is where you want to send an email introducing yourself, the athletic profile and link to your quality highlight video.  If you don’t hear anything back within a couple of weeks, be sure to send another email or even better call the coach.  You want to get in the coach’s database early on.  This will give you a legitimate excuse to forward regular updates as to your accomplishments.

I hope this helps, good luck to you.

Lynn West
The Guru Recruiter

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Question:

It worries me that I won’t get a college scholarship for basketball because I live in a small   state.  Any suggestions?

 

american footballAnswer:

You will need to be the one to recruit the schools you want to play for, don’t wait for them to come and find you.  One of the best things you can do is to look at schools where you want to attend.  Compare the position that you play with the stats of the college player currently playing your position.  Are the stats comparable?  If not, can you improve your stats?  If not, you will need to find a school/program where you can actually be in the running.  Don’t waste your time on a wish list of schools that is not realistic.

Once you find a school or better a list of schools to “recruit”…make contact with the college coach.  This is where you want to send an email introducing yourself and your athletic profile.  If you don’t hear anything back within a couple of weeks, be sure to send another email or even better, call the coach.  You want to get in the coach’s database early on.  This will give you a legitimate excuse to forward regular updates as to your accomplishments.

One of the best things to do in the off-season is to attend camps and to stand out with effort, attitude and talent.

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Question:

Do college football summer camps really help that much in getting a college athletic scholarship?

Answer:

Yes, attending summer football camps is one of the best things you can do to both gain real experience playing against your regional competitors and also it is a terrific way to grab the attention of football coaches.

Hope this helps..

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