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5 Best Colleges for Women's Lacrosse

Jul 23, 2017 10:41:47 AM / by Hope Kissick

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1. Duke

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3 Things You Need to Know About the New College Athlete Recruiting Rules

Jul 22, 2017 12:51:59 PM / by Hope Kissick

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5 Best Colleges for Mens Lacrosse

Jul 22, 2017 11:24:10 AM / by Hope Kissick

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4 Ways Parents Can Take Role in their athletes Recruiting

Jul 18, 2017 5:45:26 PM / by Hope Kissick

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1.  Help to establish a clear goal

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.

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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.

 

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4 Reasons Why Former Athletes Find Success After College

Jul 14, 2017 8:58:30 AM / by Hope Kissick

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1. Failure recovery skills. College athletes have great “failure recovery”. This means that after making a mistake they are able to bounce back quickly. College athletes are constantly under pressure to preform at their best in front of their coaches. The pressure requires them to be mentally tough everyday. When they get yelled at in practice for cutting the wrong way they need to be mentally tough enough to move on from that mistake. A college athletes mental toughness is certainly a helpful tool to have in college. They understand that in order to be successful they shouldn’t dwell on their mistakes. Good failure recovery skills is one of the reasons former athletes find success after college.
2. Leadership skills. College sports teaches you leadership skills that can be applied to the real world. College athletes are expected to display good behavior at all times. They do not have the freedom of non-student athletes because they are constantly being watched by their coaches and athletic administration. This teaches them to lead by example. Leading by example in the workplace makes other employees around them better. College athletes are also good leaders because they have excellent motivation skills. They not only have to push themselves everyday but they also have to push their other teammates everyday.

 

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.

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