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Organized Planning: The Crystallization Of Desire Into Action!

Organized Planning: The Crystallization Of Desire Into Action!

Organized Planning: The Crystallization Of Desire Into Action!

 Al Woods The Voice Of Recruiting 

You need a strategy, a structure, a road map, and a blueprint which are all necessary components for College Scouts and recruiting services.

Most importantly, for your overall success, you just can’t make it up as you see fit. Where’s the strategy? Where’s your blueprint? The lack of organized planning will result in failure.

Strategies must be written down, not random thoughts bouncing around in your head like a bunch of ping pong balls.


I read a great deal and one of my all-time favorite books is: Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.

What you’ve listened to in this podcast comes from chapter seven: Organized Planning: The Crystallization of Desire Into Action. In my opinion, this is one of the best business books of all time! A must read!

I hate to see failure among Scouts and recruiting services because the student-athletes will suffer.

The parents of these amazing athletes will make mistakes with recruiting.

They’re going to accept bad advice, follow the wrong solutions and, in the process, waste months of valuable time.

College Scouts can be an amazing asset and, unfortunately, some do not take their craft seriously.

You’re successful or maybe you’re a failure possibly. You’re struggling, maybe you’re not. I don’t know where you come out on the end of this.

I’m extremely curious and inquisitive to understand where you are with your recruiting service or your role as a College Scout.

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Sometimes the struggle is related to adjusting to the techniques or a better strategy.

How can you improve on your numbers? Are you happy with the results?

The more student-athletes you sign up and place in college, the more it will help you grow to  long-term greater heights.

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The Dream It’s Not An Impossible Dream

The Dream It’s Not An Impossible Dream

The Dream It’s Not An Impossible Dream

Business Coach For College Scouts & Recruiting Services 

I started my recruiting service in August of 1989 with nothing more than just heart and determination.

The only thing I knew about recruiting was to go to the gym, go to games and watch players then, hopefully, get to talk to them.

The process was simple, not so confusing, and very exhilarating. It was a great time and the recruiting business brought me much joy.


Setting up your own recruiting service is complicated. If it’s not then you are one of the passionate ones who care about the many student-athletes that really need your help.

If you do not have the burning desire or the incredible passion to get out to do it day after day, then you won’t do it because you don’t have the joy or the love of it.

Slipping through the cracks is a common theme among so many student-athletes who are not ranked and who are ignored in the process all because they don’t have a number next to their name. It’s unfortunate but true. So…what are you going to do about it?

Shouldn’t the talented student-athlete, who has done everything by the book and the laws of their community, be given a fair chance to live out their passions and their dreams of college placement?

These opportunities are more powerful than gold, stronger than the materialistic things it can buy. Education is a lifetime which outlasts the fortunes of gold.

Without the opportunity college is a fairy tale.

Without recruiting it becomes a nightmare.

You need a checklist on paper that has a list of objectives needed to set up your recruiting service, pointing you in the right direction pushing you to fulfill your greatest desires of representing student-athletes who, without your help, will be in constant danger of a minimum wage lifestyle.

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Do You Have That Championship Mindset?

Do You Have That Championship Mindset?

Do You Have That Championship Mindset?

Business Coach For College Scouts & Recruiting Services 

A College Scout walks with an aura of confidence.

They exude a superior mindset knowing that all eyes are on them when they enter the arena of athletic competition.

Everything about you says College Scout from the clothes you wear, to the business cards you carry, your logo, your briefcase, to the shoes you wear.

Everything about you is a walking billboard for your recruiting service.

That shows confidence and superiority.

You’re at the game sitting in the stands, you pull out of your briefcase and open your laptop and begin typing names into your database. I guarantee you those who are watching the game will begin to slowly push their attention towards you, even if it’s for a brief moment.


The inexperienced Scout walks to the athletic field of play unprepared with no sense of style or professionalism.

They’re also lacking the necessary tools and intangibles to be viewed as credible by the skeptical public who hates recruiting services anyway.

The inexperienced Scout consistently loses business because of the lack of credibility mostly due to them being unprofessional and having weak presentation skills.

They are unable to master the intangibles needed for success because they are unwilling to open their minds to new ideas.

The experienced, more professional Scout exudes an aura of supreme confidence at every moment in their day-to-day activities as a College Recruiting Scout.

College Scouts are winners in every aspect and, with that type of mindset, success, with patience, is guaranteed for the long haul. The inexperienced will not be a threat to your territory.

The inexperienced will be unopposed to your existence and the weak-minded Scout will soon fade into oblivion.

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Why The Urgent Need For College Scouts

Why The Urgent Need For College Scouts

Why The Urgent Need For College Scouts

We Need More College Scouts

For as long as I can remember, and that’s going back decades, student-athletes have slipped through the cracks of the recruiting process.  

Talented student-athletes, loaded with intangibles required to get recruited are going unrecognized by college programs.


There is a major disconnect between high school coaches and the recruiting process that teeters on stupidity.

Refusal to immerse yourself with involvement in recruiting or assisting the players who you’ve trained, coached, and help develop then turning a blind eye on recruiting is not going to help those student-athletes.

There’s no question about it, the void is real, there is simply not enough College Scouts.

Loaded with frustration, the parents are confused, their thoughts on the lack of understanding about recruiting is mind-blowing but it’s not their fault. Just like I don’t know anything under the hood of a car.

I just take my car to a mechanic who does. College Scouts are trained professionals, or at least most of them try to be.

Every parent cannot afford the cost of a recruiting service. It’s not your fault, it’s theirs. You have to show them how critical the process is.

The negativity towards recruiting services are well-known for years. My feelings are, so what! Ignore the noise.

The haters will continue to be noisy and continue to hate no matter what.

Club coaches, or any type of coach, are perfect candidates to being a College Scout.

We need more College Scouts to represent the large numbers of high school athletes who slip through the cracks.

In your community, there’s a student-athlete struggling with recruiting and if you’re not there to do anything about it, I’m holding you responsible.

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Being A College Scout Is Understanding The Basics

Being A College Scout Is Understanding The Basics

Being A College Scout Is Understanding The Basics

We Need More College Scouts

The fascinating conclusion to being a College Scout are the similarities to a professional athlete.

Behind the scenes when no one is watching that’s when the professional athlete is putting in real work.

Their dedication is amazing.

The countless hours to prepare athletically is mind-blowing to the average person.

We only see what they do athletically on TV or if you’re fortunate enough to buy a ticket to a game.

The real work is during the cover of darkness, unseen by the public eye.


College Scouts need to have similar dedication to the basic understanding and fundamentals of what’s required to effectively and consistently achieve success.

If you’re a former or current coach or athlete, maybe you played at all levels and you have inside you the basics of being a College Scout.

The fundamentals are critical as well as asking questions, having strong presentation skills, your price, closing questions, the follow-up phone call, and closing questions, on top of the follow-up. Much more is inside, just open the book, read the fine print and learn more. Don’t ignore it.

  • Practice your presentation daily.
  • Develop new questions to ask parents.
  • Roleplay your presentation.

Scouts who struggle pinpoint their failures. If you’re not understanding the presentation process, while never lifting a finger to practice role-play, and developing or honing your skills, then failure is there.

The need for College Scouts is epic. More are needed to represent the valuable student-athletes. If you ignore them and decide to turn your back, keeping all your knowledge inside then student-athletes will suffer.

The crumbled crumbs of the suffering student-athlete will be on your hands and you’ll be unable to wash the process away.

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College Scouts: Understand The Importance Of Lead Generation

College Scouts: Understand The Importance Of Lead Generation

College Scouts: Understand The Importance Of Lead Generation

We Need More College Scouts

‘One is the loneliest number in the universe.’ I do believe that is in a song I once heard from way back in the day. We’re talking about the importance of lead generation. Without someone to talk to on a daily basis you will struggle consistently as a College Scout.

More is always better.

In this situation, the more people you have to talk to the more you will increase the odds of signing up student-athletes on a consistent basis. If you are consistently signing up student-athletes that means you will be in the running to receive referrals.

For every student-athlete you sign up go back to those happy parents and ask them for the names, phone numbers, or email addresses if possible of three other families.

Why not focus on one new name of a high school student-athlete every day.

It is not impossible in a single week, which extends to seven days, to acquire seven leads which are the names and phone numbers of student-athletes and their parents.

It’s important to build relationships with high school and club coaches. Those could be the number one source to acquiring the leads critically needed.

Be visible at high school sporting events and do your best to identify who the parents are.  

If it all possible, talk with the student-athlete after the game, get their name and phone number and then, and only then, give them your business card.

You should be a heat-seeking missile when it comes to acquiring the leads of student-athletes and parents.

Be consistent in acquiring new information on student-athletes. This should be your top priority.

In a given year you should have no less than 365 leads of student-athletes in a database that’s easily accessible.

Don’t write them down alphabetically in a notebook because it would be impossible to keep track of all of that and that is old school.

Believe it or not we have technology that supersedes the notebook.

Focus on one because it is the loneliest number in the universe.

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