The Recruitment Process

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The recruitment process includes 5 things to you need to find out about any college sports programs

You need to be flexible with your process

Do not be fooled by college recruiting! The recruitment process is serious business. The majority of young athletes will not play college sports. There are not enough college programs for all the high school athletes in the US.

However you can find the right fit for you and your education but this takes a lot of work. Do not waste college coaches time by not being prepared and learn about their school. You will need to spend years finding the right school for you and the right coach before you commit.

Your recruitment process must include finding the right coach for you

Get to know your head coach and assistant coaches

Can you be coached and what kind of coach do you want to play for? Ask the coaches about their programs, and does he or she have a history of changing schools? How do they handle their players in the good times and bad times? Get to know the coach and coaches first

You must find the right coaching style for you?

How does your coaching style fit with the college coach?

Find out about your college coaches style. Is he or she a yeller or a screamer? Watch games on TV or online—or better yet, attend one on campus. Does the team’s style of play match your experience? You will need to see if you fit in this environment and to observe their coaching style under pressure.

Do you want to sit the bench your freshman year?

What type of coach do you want to be coaches by?

Are you the type of kid that wants to play as a college freshman or can wait for your chance? How many players are at your position, and how old are they? A squad loaded with seniors could mean earlier playing time, while a logjam of freshmen may mean a redshirt is on your horizon. In other words will you seeing playing time sooner than later

Find the kind of campus you will enjoy?

Are you a fit for on campus and off campus life?

Know the campus life on and off the field. At on-campus visits, ask players about the team’s practice plans, off-season schedules, and the time commitment required. This is your time to inquire about the campus and how they treat their students. Do you fit in this campus community?

Why are training facilities important?

Does your college have facilities to help you develop your game and academics?

What are the college sports training facilities like? Are you comfortable at the practice venue, weight room and trainer’s room? They’re going to be your home away from home. Are these facilities better than the high school you left? Can they take care of you if you are injured or need medical assistance?

The NCAA has some recruiting information that can help you understand the process. However it is up to you to find your way through this recruiting maze. Our recruiting products will help you get started on the right track.