Establishing goals is an important starting point in the recruiting process. It is important that the goal has tasks leading up to achieving this goal. Parents role in recruiting is to help their athlete envision these tasks and encourage your athlete to reach their goal every step of the way. The more that parents in the recruiting process encourage their children the greater chance they have at reaching their goals.
2. Create a strong relationship with the athlete’s mentors
Coaches, high school advisors and other mentors are important people to know in the recruiting process. These people can have heavy influence on your athlete’s decisions and can help motivate them in the recruiting process. Parents role in recruiting should be to work together with these mentors. Each mentor offers different strengths that can help them in different parts of the recruiting process. It is important to create relationships with these mentors so that your athlete can hear different suggestions and keep the momentum moving forward
3. Encourage your athlete to have more independence
There’s nothing worse than hearing the parents talk more than the prospect in a meeting with a college coach. Encourage your kid to be an active and independent player in the college recruiting process. This will not only help them to be more proactive in their preparation for visits but it can help them create better communication tools. Coaches like to see the athletes personal character not their parent’s personal character.
4. Keep communication with college coaches professional
Parents in the recruiting process have to be very careful when communicating with college coaches. There is NCAA rules that forbid coaches to communicating with athletes who are not Juniors in high school. This why having “middle man” in the recruiting process is the best way to talk to coaches. Parents can take on this middle man role but you don’t want to come off too pushy with coaches. If you are communicating with coaches its important to remember that the recruiting process requires a lot of patience. Your child is not the only athlete on their radar.
3. Good Work-ethic skills. As a college athlete you are constantly working hard. Most college athletic programs pride themselves on hard work as a key to achieving goals. Without a work ethic it is hard to be a successful college athlete. A good work-ethic is important after college. Without a good work ethic its hard to accomplish things on time.
4. Understanding of Teamwork. College athletes create a strong bond with their teammates in college. This is because of all the valuable time they spend together. They are constantly pushing each other to get better and supporting you when things aren’t going well. The teammates are there for you when your feeling homesick, stressed with exams and any other tough stressful time you are going through. Being a good teammate is a crucial skill to have after college. No one likes to work with someone who is all about themselves and doesn’t make the people around them better.