10 Things to know about getting recruited for college athletics By: Ben Seeto

1) Do well in School

1) Do well in school

  • The required GPA by the NCAA is 2.4 in division 1. Division 2 and 3 coaches require more.
  • Athletes must submit all academic information to their school before applying.
  • Schools have the right to revoke an athletic commitment if the athlete is not up to the academic standard admissions is looking for.

2) Register with the NCaa

2) Register with the NCAA

  • Forty-nine Morehead State University student-athletes in nine sports competed while ineligible due to improper eligibility certifications, according to a Division I Committee on Infractions panel on February 10th.
  • It doesn't take long and it will avoid complications down the road in an athlete's career.

3) Make a recruitment video

3) Make a recruitment video

  • College coaches are very busy with their own schedule/team so they may not always have a chance to go watch prospective athletes.
  • Making a 5-10 min quality video will allow coaches easy access to watching you play.
  • In a recent survey, 100 percent of all college coaches responded that video is VERY important when evaluating talent. Especially when first assessing the athlete. Now check this out, in another recent poll only 2-3 percent of student-athletes have video readily accessible online for college coaches to view.

4) Go to showcases/combines

  • This allows coaches to look you up and get reliable statistics on athletes.
  • Close to 90% of college coaches of all levels use a recruiting service.
  • Do some research into which services are best for your sport.

5) Make connections

5) Make Connections

  • Crucial for all levels of college athletics
  • Division 3 coaches do not have the resources, time or funds to constantly be recruiting athletes across the nation.
  • They rely heavily on world of mouth from reliable sources.
  • Often, these sources are high school/travel coaches, or umpires/referees.
  • No matter who your coaches is, always be on their good side. It may help you down the road.

6) Reach out to coaches

6) Reach out to coachs

  • Coaches can't reach out to players until their after their junior year.
  • By reaching out you are getting on their radar if you are not already on it.
  • This will give you a better opportunity to learn more about the program and how they work.
  • Click the button below to check your sport's recruiting schedule.

7) Commit to the sport before committing to the school

7) Commit to the sport before committing to the school

  • 33% of college athletes quit their sport before completing their four years
  • Athletes must love the sport. They will be playing it almost every day for long periods of time and they may miss out on social or academic opportunities. This happens most at the division 1 and division 2 level.
  • By loving your sport, working at it becomes easier and skills are developed at a faster rate. College coaches can easily determine your passion for the sport and your skill level.

8) Start the Process early

8) Start the recruiting process early

  • Too many high school athletes that want to play at the collegiate level will miss out because they do not start expressing interest until its too late.
  • I have witnessed this myself.
  • Last year, the team that won the baseball state championship had two pitchers that dominated. One was 6 ft 6 in and threw 85-88 mph and outstanding control. The other was 5 ft 11 in and threw 87-90 mph and average control. The first didn't do anything to get his name out to college coaches until he won the state championship. At this point it was too late and he ended up playing D3 baseball at a community college. The second, started talking to coaches, doing showcases and played travel ball to get his name out. At the end of his junior year he had committed to the University of Connecticut on a full division 1 baseball scholarship. Moral of the story is start early and be proactive.

9) Be realistic

9) Be realistic

  • Its important to know your own ability and skill level.
  • This gives you a starting play on which division of college athletics is right for you.
  • Would you rather sit on the bench at the division 1 level, or play all four years at a division 3 school?
  • There is a lot more competing between teammates for starting positions than there is in high school.
  • Its estimated that 25%- 45% of athletes redshirt their freshman year.
  • Athletes redshirt if they are not going to be playing their freshman year. Often, athletes will do 5 years at a college.

10) Have Fun

10) Have fun

  • Sports are a privilege and are meant to be enjoyed. There is no point in playing if you are not happy and having fun.
  • Many athletes make the mistake that athletic success will bring them happiness. Its actually the opposite of that. Happiness and positivity will increase performance and bring athletic success. Its been psychologically proven.

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