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All Walk-Ons

30 Tips for Walk-Ons: How to Make the Team and Earn Playing Time

BEFORE YOU MAKE THE TEAM #1 – ASK HOW THE PROCESS WORKS: Walk-ons generally join the team in two ways, either as a preferred walk-on or through a tryout. A preferred walk-on doesn’t have to tryout—they are borderline offers, favors for influential people or players from successful prep programs. Players that must tryout (MUST already be enrolled in classes at …

All Junior Colleges Scholarship Offers

Q: Can Junior Colleges offer me athletic scholarships like NCAA programs?

A: Yes, you can receive athletic scholarships to many Junior Colleges programs that include tuition, fees, room, board, books, course-related materials and transportation costs (one time per academic year). Each school varies with what type of athletic scholarship aid they are able to offer— ranging from full scholarships to partial aid to none. Each institution belonging to the NJCAA can …

All Communicating with Coaches Getting Noticed

Q: Do athletic recruiting agencies work? Are they worth the money?

A: No, not really. My advice: never pay a recruiting service to send your information to universities, especially larger Division I schools. At competitive Division I programs, stacks of athlete resumes aren’t taken serious or even looked at, in most cases. If you have to pay someone to send out your profile, you must not be that talented. True or …

All Evaluations Injuries

Q: At what point do injures become a factor in recruiting?

A: One of the toughest adversities all athletes face are injuries, particularly season-ending or career-ending injuries. From my experiences, they are much tougher mentally on most players than physically and a setback you can likely overcome. From a recruiting standpoint, not all season-ending injuries will effect your potential to earn a scholarship. From my experiences, college coaches will often stick …

All Camps Communicating with Coaches

Q: If a coach invites me to their camp are they going to offer me or are they just interested in making money filling up the camp?

A: Hard to say, could be a little bit of both. Coaches invite potential recruits they want to do more evaluations on, and players they are actively recruiting to camps. But yes, coaches and especially Camp Directors are numbers-oriented, with the goal to fill the camps up. A sign to decode their invite: are you hearing from them otherwise—Junior Day …

All Getting Noticed What to Expect: Year-by-Year

Q: I didn’t have a good junior year, is there any way I can get looks my senior year? Is junior year the most important year?

A: Yes, recruiting can pick up or even begin your senior year. If you have little or no interest after your junior year you have a few options. The most important things to remember if you are in this situation are that you must be willing to do the footwork on your own (do the research, make up to hundreds …