It is the dream of most serious athletes and their parents to get an athletic scholarship to the college of their choice. There are many things athletes can do to help their chances.
We invited a guest expert to give you some tips on how to get a sports scholarship. Even if you are not being actively recruited by colleges there are still things you can do to get a sports scholarship.
I’d like to introduce Pat Curran, cofounder of Webletes.com, a free recruiting website that gives high school and junior college athletes a place to showcase their talents and get exposure to college coaches all over the country, gives us…
The 5 Keys of Success to Athletic Recruiting and Getting A Scholarship:
1. The first step is to have a recruiting plan. May seem simple, but most athletes don’t have one. They just hope some coaches will find them. Depending on who you are, and where you go to school, that very well may happen. But for the rest of us in this world, that’s not the way it works. Make sure you have an idea of what you want to accomplish during your athletic college recruiting process. Is it a any scholarship anywhere? Is it the academics? Or is it just the best fit personality wise? Find what schools fit that profile and align yourself with them.
2. Don’t be discouraged if you’re not getting recruited by every school you want to be. Keep your head up and working hard. You never know what could happen after a standout season.
3. Don’t just go to a camp to be there. Make sure you shine while your there. Show the coaches you have what it takes to make it to the next level. Run from drill to drill and if possible go first in line. Always pay attention and be positive. Coaches love a kid with a good attitude.
4. Start early and be as proactive as possible. The more schools you have interested, the better chance you have of earning a scholarship or an increased scholarship.
5. Impress coaches not only with what you do on the field/court, but what you do off of it. Coaches watch what you do on the sideline. It is important how you carry yourself and what aspects of a leader you show. Hustle and be a good sport. Your team will not always be doing well. Put the team on your back and lead them when times are tough. Be positive and encourage them. Your body language can say more than your words.
What has been some of your frustrations with the recruitment process? Please go to Weblete’s site for additional tips and support.
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