Parents, a recruiting tip. Free isn’t always quality.

For this week’s tip, I’d like to share some thoughts from one parent to another.

Everyday I hear and see so much false information and fictitious myths about recruiting that I feel its important to warn you about it. Honestly, I get upset by the ridiculous misinformation people tell me and the perpetual lies I see online. These hucksters are so blinded by dollar signs $$ that don’t actually take into the consideration the fact that that the futures’ of young women and men.

So here’s my tip this week. Parents, you are the first line of defense to protect your student-athlete so be please aware of false information!

  1. Be cautious of the “free” information you find online
  2. Be cautious of “free” services

We all know that everything we see on the Internet isn’t true and that there is no such thing as free. In fact, it takes years of successful results to build the reputation and expertise necessary to be considered by college coaches as a credible recruiting resource.  

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Like you, I love my kids. I have three. However, my daughter is a Sophomore softball player. Without a doubt her collegiate recruiting is very important to me. So, like you, I understand the severity that the choices I make today can cost her tomorrow.

 

As a PrepStar 360 athlete, I’m glad she can benefit from the recruiting exposure provided by  PrepStar’s 36 years of working relationships with college coaches. This kind of backing is invaluable in the recruiting process. The assistance families get throughout the recruiting process is second to none! Plus its hard to ignore the highest success rate in the scouting and recruiting industry.

So, parents, be cautious when relying solely on information from Internet searches and people who have no vested interest in your athlete. How is someone working for free supposed to guide you through the recruiting process?  Most recruiting services only have computer programers on staff! (text “CoachMike” to find out which ones).

 

In my office I have a sign that says, “My job is to connect with people and solve interesting problems!” It’s a reminder to me that every athlete, and their recruiting process, is unique. So my job is to be there to help them solve the problems and clear the way for their success.

Perhaps it would better to have someone like me? A trusted resource and real expert- who is also the parent of a college bound athlete- to walk along with your family?

Call me today to take the first step in the right recruiting direction. Together, we’ll set the course of success for your athlete.

Coach Mike Woosley

“To get committed, you got to be committed.”

 

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3 Things Smart Recruits Do

There is a distinct difference between smart recruits and not-so-smart recruits. (Since you’re reading this blog I’m assuming you must be pretty smart). When it comes to recruiting college coaches spend a considerable amount of time resources and other expenses that go in recruiting prospective student athletes. Smart recruits know this and do three things to get an advantage over other prospects.
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Prospective student athletes need to have smarts.What you do in the classroom really does matter. Because collegiate eligibility is determined by the grades not the number of goals you score. So, it helps to be aware of current Core GPA.   Smart recruits keep the most up to date GPA on your profile at the end of every quarter or semester. Also, upload an unofficial transcript to your profile to make it easy for coaches to verify your GPA.

Secondly, the importance of accurate stats is often overlooked. Sadly, I notice many high school coaches neglect to keep accurate stats and by doing so negatively impact recruiting potential of their athletes. I often say, “stats are facts” because stats are excellent proof of both athletic ability and consistent performance.  Smart recruits keep track of their stats and frequently update them on their recruiting profile.

Last, prospective student athletes should be aware of their online presence. Smart recruits are mindful to present themselves in a positive way on social media. It is foolish to understate how detrimental one thoughtless post can be to your recruiting.  Before every post ask yourself, “am I proud of this?” If you’re proud of it , then most likely its smart.

And smart is good!

 

 

 

 

Recruiting Email Format: essential info to send to college coaches

Communication between athletes and coaches is essential! Absolutely no athletes get recruited without communicating with college coaches. For this reason alone, every athletes should know not only how to communicate but what information needs to be shared with a coach.

coachToday, my goal is provide you some tips on what information needs to be included in an email to a college coach.

To begin, start by emailing a response to the coaches at the colleges you are interested in. Also, when writing the email, keep the email personal, short and sweet.

Next, make sure to always include; First and Last Name, Position, Graduating year, Height (weight optional) and GPA all in the email subject line. Most coaches use email headlines to filter the specific types of athletes they’re looking for.

Use these tips and you will surely get their attention!

Would you like me to send you an email format to use? Leave a note in the comment section or text me at 480-442-6226.

 

 

 

 

Readers are welcome to leave comments to this week’s post or ask questions to be answered in next week’s post.  As always, I can be reached around the clock on twitter @michaelwoosley.

Do You Know Your Recruiting Timeline?

RECRUITING TIP OF THE MONTH:
Know Your Recruiting Timeline and Make a Plan!


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The old saying goes. “Those who fail to plan, are planning to fail.”

Signing Day for most sports are always in February or April.  Early signing days are in November but only for certain sports. Having consistent dates in February and April means everyone has the same amount of time to get recruited.  What you do with that time is very important.

I highly recommend to take some time to map out the plan of your recruiting. A good recruting plan includes academic acuity, competitive events and strategic communications.

So, how do you get started?

Start by reverse engineering your plan. Begin with the end goal in mind then work backward. A good plan will also have a number of benchmarks along the way to help gauge where you are and if your are on track.

Not sure where to begin? I can help you get started with a FREE coaching call.
Text (480) 442-6224 to get started today.

The mental game of college recruiting

The mental game of college recruiting can be brutal.  The ups and downs of the process can really mess with your head. The key is to stay focused. To keep the right headspace you also need to be sure that you are doing all you can to help yourself get recruited.

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But don’t fret. Here are three recruiting tips to help you stay in the right frame of mind.

 

  1. Start early-   The sooner you begin the recruiting process the better. Most D1 caliper athletes are identified by the end of their sophomore year! Get noticed by starting early.
  2. Be proactive-Do your homework. Learn the recruiting timelines. Find out about contact dates. Don’t be afraid to take control of your recruiting process.
  3. Get help– College recruiting can be confusing so you’ll want help to help you navigate safety through the process. There are a number of different avenues to explore to get assistance, advice and increase exposure. Use coaches, website and organizations to help you get noticed.

Follow these three recruiting tips will help you stay in the right frame of mind and avoid the mind games that a huge disappointment is around the corner.

Have questions? Need help? Get a FREE recruiting consultation just click here  or  use the comment section below to ask a question.

Tips on how to communicate with college coaches 

Excellent blog article on communicating with college coaches.

Elite Athletes Recruiting

“Who dis?”

That’s an actual text response I recently received from a high school athlete.  Immediately, I knew that this young man was going to have issues communicating with college coaches. And in recruiting how you communicate is just as important as how you perform on the field.

interview-question-ruins-300x200 When you talk with a coach your resume is your athletic and academic accomplishments, but what’s going to put you at the top of the list is how sell yourself during the interview.

Most athletes don’t understand that meeting a college coach is much like a job interview. To state it simply, the coach has a open position in his organization and he’s looking for the best candidate to fill that position. So treat your visit like you would a job interview. Your resume is your athletic and academic accomplishments, but what’s going to put you at the top of the…

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How to make a positive impression during a recruiting interview

Great tip for graduating 2017 student athletes.

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4 Things to Know for a Recruiting Interview

Set yourself apart by treating your recruiting visit like you would a job interview Set yourself apart by treating your recruiting visit like you would a job interview

In the coming months many 2017 student athletes will take official college visits to solidify the next steps of their recruiting. It is much like a job interview in many respects. Bosses have reviewed the resume, checked references and decided to scheduled the final interview. So treat your recruiting visit like you would a job interview.

College coaches can now contact 2017 recruits  So if you’re not hearing from college coaches contact me immediately (mwoosley@csaprepstar.com) so I can help you get the recruiting exposure you need to get noticed!

Keep in mind that while your resume is your athletic and academic accomplishments, what’s really going to put you at the top of the list is how set yourself apart during the recruiting interview. So, here are four tips that you…

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