Q: What can parents do to ensure that we’re doing the most that we can?

Q: What can parents do to ensure that we’re doing the most that we can?

As parents, you are probably under as much stress as your children are, recruiting-wise. Watching your child face rejections and putting pressure on themselves is tough.

Here are a few basics: 

-Remember the #1 rule to get recruited is that you must be seen! There are 8 Reasons Why Players Get Noticed, the more of these that you can get involved with, the better their chances will be to get “noticed.” Remember, at the end of the process, you just need one coaching staff to believe in your child — not 50! It’s not a contest to see who can collect the most offers, focus on quality of a situation for your child instead of quantity.

-Coaches are focused on evaluating skill, size and speed. Help keep your child focused on improving in those three areas. Develop strong position-specific skills and fundamentals; improve size if possible, and improve speed for their position skills.

-It’s not an easy process, especially if coaches aren’t coming to you first. It will require mental toughness, confidence, a great work ethic and improving intangibles if size or speed is lacking. Coaches are always taking leadership, attitude, playbook IQ, toughness, ability to make a play and other intangibles into consideration to evaluate in addition to their skill, size and speed. Remind your child that it just takes one phone call that can change their life, to keep working towards that day when they get the call!

-There are opportunities everywhere, not just Division I! There are 1,000+ schools offering scholarships at the DII, JuCo and NAIA levels, along with 400+ opportunities to offer playing time at DIII. Do not limit your child’s opportunities by only focusing on NCAA Division I, especially early in the process.

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LINK: What to Expect Year-by-Year: Freshman to Senior

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A.P. Bah Bioh brings over 16 seasons of experience to 1,001 Recruit Tips, having worked for some of the best recruiters in sports, including three "National Coach of the Year" winners -- Urban Meyer, Frank Haith and Jim Larranaga -- along with 70+ NCAA coaches while at Elon University, UNC-Chapel Hill, the University of Florida and the University of Miami. Working primarily with football and men's basketball, Bah Bioh also spent time working with Olympic Sport coaching staffs including softball, women's lacrosse, fencing, golf, tennis and rowing. Bah Bioh has been part of numerous championships including the 2007 Florida Gator BCS National Championship; 2006 Florida Gator SEC Football Championship; the 2013 ACC Men's Basketball Championship and Sweet 16 NCAA Tourney run with the Miami Hurricanes that included both tournament and regular-season ACC titles; a 2002 UNC ACC Women's Lacrosse Championship and Final Four finish; a 2001 UNC ACC Softball championship and as a senior, was part of the 1999 Elon Football team that finished with a 9-2 record, one of the best seasons in program history. Over the years, Bah Bioh has worked with over 30 first-round draft selections (NFL, NBA, MLB) and numerous players who went on to sign professional contracts including Tim Tebow, Cam Newton, Rex Grossman, Percy Harvin, Mike and Markuice Pouncey, Shane Larkin, Joe Haden and many more!