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All Parents Selection Factors

Q: What is the best way to verify that a school or coach is right for your child?

A: Whether helping your child choose a school as a blue-chip prospect with 50 scholarship offers or as a Division III non-scholarship athlete, it is very important to develop personal selection criteria that will help them through the process – and prioritize it based on their non-negotiables and preferences. Before the process becomes overwhelming, what are the core factors that …

Academics All NCAA Rules Parents

Q: Is it mandatory that I register for the NCAA Eligibility Center, and when do I need to do so?

A: Yes, in order to play either NCAA DI or DII sports you must be cleared through the NCAA Eligibility Center, a process that requires you to register online at www.EligibilityCenter.org. It’s best to register at the end of your sophomore season or early in your junior year to make sure that you are meeting the mandatory requirements, scheduling the …

AAU / Club Sports All Communicating with Coaches Improvements Parents

15 Thoughts for Addressing Issues with Your Child’s Coach

I often hear the phrase, “My coach is against me,” or “My child’s coach shows favoritism towards other players.” Yes, favoritism does sometimes happen and yes, almost every player feels their coach is against them at some point. (These are intended for college-aged players but some points also apply to youth sports…) Before your child makes the final decision to …

All Campus Visits (Official & Unofficial) Communicating with Coaches Parents Scholarship Offers

Home Visits: Trying to Close the Deal with Official Visits & In-Home Visits

There are two important events that take place in the recruiting process, both revolving around that ‘at home’ feeling— Official/Unofficial Visits and in-home visits. To recruiters, there is no place like home! Remember that it’s very important to get to the campus of the school that you are thinking about committing to before you make your decision. It’s best that …

All NCAA Rules Parents

VOCAB: NCAA Recruiting Definitions

Important Terms to Know From the NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete… Contact: A contact happens any time a college coach says more than hello during a face-to-face meeting with you or your parents off the college’s campus. Contact period: During a contact period, a college coach may have face-to-face contact with you or your parents, watch you compete …

All Parents Selection Factors

20 Signs of a Successful College Coach

#1: They demand perfection in everything that you do, even off-the- field #2: They understand that winning is the only thing that they will be judged on and can balance game preparations, strategy and player development with other job requirements that don’t necessarily effect wins and losses #3: They learn from every coach they have worked for and keep everything …

All Campus Visits (Official & Unofficial) Communicating with Coaches Evaluations Getting Noticed Parents Scholarship Offers

20 Signs a Coach is Considering You for a Scholarship

Below are 20 signs that a college coach is interested in recruiting you. Depending on their interest level, their actions will vary. Remember, depending on your age, there are limits on to how coaches can recruit you and what type of contact they can have with you. 1-5 signs: Low-Mid level of interest 5-10 signs: Mid-High level of interest 10 …