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What’s Your Why

What’s Your Why

What’s Your Why

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Is it the money? Because that’s going to get spent and gone fast. Is it your passion? That will last a lifetime because you can’t put money on that.

What’s your ‘Why’ for wanting to be a college scout or setting up your own recruiting service?

The one common denominator from the passionate few is about the student-athletes and their desire to go to college but are overlooked and under-recruited by college coaches.

The passionate few want to be involved so deeply in having connections with college coaches.

The tools of the trade, text message, an email, or a phone call are the ammunition the passionate few use daily to help the unfortunate student-athletes get recruited.

We certainly have problems in the industry for those who really don’t have a clue of what they’re why truly is.

Sinister is the approach: talk a good game, act like a pro, pretend you’re a professional but not having a clue while ripping off the sad uneducated parents on the process of recruiting.

What’s your Why? Is it to make money? Steal money? Trick people out of their money because you know you can because the parents are desperate for recruiting help and need an alternative?

What’s your Why? There are those who have a deep and vested interest in the success of student-athletes without compensation. They are motivated by passion and love for the game. They are motivated by educating the parents to avoid disastrous mistakes that are commonly made.

They are inspired by the success of student-athletes with their dedication to the game and their hardcore passion towards advancement in recruitment and education.

There are the eager men and women who believe they have a new formula, a new idea, a new recruiting service that’s far better than those already in existence.

The wheel has already been invented, but there is somebody right now trying to improve on that idea.

It’s amazing, for as long as I can remember taxi services were the powerful form of transportation and now that’s dying out because somebody came up with a better idea.

So much passion, enthusiasm, drive, and determination.

The tangibles are all positive, the dream is real, and the reality is close.

They all feel this way when they first start out on their journey.

A year later, sometimes less, the intangibles have faded like an old broken-down pair of jeans, the enthusiasm is gone, thoughts of what went wrong are a common occurrence among the passionate few who no longer have the desire to stick with it past a year or longer to see results of their dreams and their goals, what they should have written down on paper long ago.

Maybe their Why wasn’t strong enough, the desire wasn’t powerful enough, and the passion not deep enough so they jumped out of the business without a parachute.

With my very own eyes throughout the history of this business, many individuals talked a game of passion, explaining their deep desires and understanding the valuable importance of the recruiting process and why their involvement is needed.

Yet somehow these passionate men and women turn their backs quickly on the process of being a scout like they were being asked for change on the street corner by a homeless person, ready to run.

Months ago this was an opportunity of a lifetime now, months later, this lifetime means nothing.

 

What’s your Why?

The great ones know they’re great because they have goals committed to paper, committed to practice.

The great ones understand the important of being a college scout based on previous athletic experience, coaching experience, goal-oriented, the power of winning, and understanding the power of losing.

The great ones don’t quit when they’re met with failure.

They figure out a way to get better.

Their desire is strong and they don’t turn their backs on the process over a small bump in the road or a little bit of adversity.

The great ones, without a shadow of a doubt ,understand the importance of educating themselves and learning the process they’ve committed to properly representing and assisting student-athletes without ego, driven by money or something stupid.

They’re driven by success and passion which is why they are great and why they succeed.

The weak will never catch up.

 

What’s your Why? My personal experience is hands-on.

My college teammates had no direct path to college, it was junior college for some and no college for others. How could this be?

I was puzzled with confusion because their skill levels were superior to mine but their paths were exactly the same.

Musical chairs of recruiting is a horrible process of jumping from junior college to a lower-level division program in the middle of nowhere back to a junior college, sitting out a year, finally resting on a home.

The path is ridiculous, the past somewhat familiar.

In the recruiting process there will be disaster, there will be struggles, confusion, bad coaches, small towns, no food, no money, no focus on studies or education.

That’s the musical chairs of the recruiting.

 

What’s your Why?

  • Is it going to the games?
  • Is it the environment of the athletic experience?
  • Is it building a network with high school coaches?
  • Is it building a network with club coaches?
  • Is it building a commanding presence in your sports community?
  • Is it building relationships with college coaches?
  • Is it running your own combine?
  • Is it developing your own showcase?
  • Is it the videos of student-athletes?
  • Is it the money?
  • Is it building a foundation of success?
  • Is it college placement of student-athletes?
  • Is it a strong price point?
  • Is it an affordable price point?
  • Is it the limelight?
  • Is it ego?
  • Is it star power?
  • Is it recognition?                                          

 

What’s your Why?

The answer may seem simple, it’s not.

There are many variables and components associated in developing a recruiting service that many struggle in.

In your neighborhood or backyard the players are there, some of them know where they’re going and some of them don’t.

Many of their parents or spinning around in circles in desperate need of that go-to person they can trust who has the answers to the questions they will always have about the process.

They can’t figure it out without you. What’s your Why?

 

Final Thoughts

The idea behind writing this blog post comes down to what’s your Why?

The process is different from one individual to another. The involvement in recruiting is just not the same for everyone.

I’ve seen it numerous times, the eager-minded wants in but quickly when they see the inside secrets, wants out.

There’s an abundance of student-athletes everywhere you look, oftentimes they’re being under-recruited and this is why many want inclusion.

My personal reflection is I wanted in. My goal was to bring about change and to impact the lives of student-athletes.

Once I got inside and had a seat at the table, I realized it really was a jigsaw puzzle of challenging pieces where the process was often frustrating and exhausting.

My competitive nature kicked in and I realized again the challenges this type of business would bring.

I met it head on, never thinking of quitting or giving up.

Large numbers enter the business shocked to realize actual work is required.

They learn that effort is needed and a strategy is a must. They quickly eliminate themselves without giving it a second thought.

How irresponsible and reckless of them.

You’re turning your back on reality and on student-athletes.

Recruiting is not a fake illusion to be taken lightly. The consequences of the process are real.

Student-athletes are overlooked and under-recruited, but you decide this is too much of a challenge leaving student-athletes to be hurt.

Continue to ask yourself this question: What Is Your Why?

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I’ll Get Back To You

I’ll Get Back To You

I’ll Get Back To You

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The parents listen tentatively to your presentation, maybe with some skepticism, maybe not.

You have prepared what you’re going to say in detail.

Throughout the presentation, which has been engaging, informative, flowing, and entertaining it looks as though the parents clearly understand what you’re saying.

They should because you have spent a great amount of time in preparation for this meeting and you’re trying to accomplish something.

The moment of truth arrives. It’s time for that financial commitment. You’ve explained the price, you’ve explained how the process is going to work, and what you’re going to do for them for the money they’ll spend.

Out of nowhere the parent strikes back with these words, “ I’ll get back to you.”

Wow, is your first thought about what the parents have just said to you.

Your inexperience in this process has thrown you unexpectedly off course and pushed you in a different direction and a different mindset than what you started out with.

You’re nervous with anxiety and frustrated with anger. Your total belief that your presentation was on point, flawless, creative, informative, thought-provoking, all the positive intangibles enough so that you knew a parent would move forward without any hesitation.

Not trying to sound pushy or aggressive, but your inexperience is taking over and you will say things like this.  

(Scout) So, I will call you back in about 7 to 10 days. Will that work for you? Of course the parents are going to agree.

You will also say something like this, “Mr. Parent, I will also send you additional information.”

Your inexperience in this situation is killing you. The parents are pushing you around like a rubber beach ball and throwing sand in your face and you’re sitting back letting them do it.

From my vast experience of working in this process and dealing with parents like I have for so many years, the parents will not call you back.

I fell into this trap as well believing that in 5 to 7 days, maybe 10, I would get a return call from the parents saying that they’re ready to make their decision to move forward. That call never came.

I became angry at the parents, pissed off, and frustrated. The brush-off was insulting.  Why were they treating me so bad? Lying to me so easily like it meant nothing to them to do it?

Here’s the solution to what you should say.

“Mr. Parent, usually when I hear someone say they’ll get back to me I never hear from them again, so let’s just get right to the point.

What would it take for you and I to get this process going today?”

(At this critical juncture the parent will, more than likely, tell you their concerns. They may go point-by-point describing in detail their exact concerns, issues, frustrations, and anxieties about moving forward in the recruiting process.)

(Another point of view regarding the parents wanting to delay this process.)

“Mr. Parent, I’ve been doing this for a long time and when someone says they’ll ‘get back to me’, I never hear from them again. You’re trying to tell me that you just don’t want to sign up and you’re being very polite about it.

What exactly is going on here?

Is it the price?

Is it the college list?

Is it the athletic profile?

Is it our website?

Is it me?”

(Key critical point:  The parent has hesitations about moving forward. Your job is to ask them“Is it” questions. Your most important goal is to hit on every aspect of your offerings to the parents until you hit on the key point that triggers the parent’s emotions. You’re looking for a reason why they can’t move forward so you can address that issue, then drop your closing  question on them.)

Have at the ready additional questions.

Remember, the parents have hesitations about the process due in large part to their lack of understanding about recruiting.

Unlike day-to-day activities that are easy to comprehend, recruiting has a level of confusion and uneasiness.

It’s easy for the parent, on their way to work, to go through the McDonald’s drive-thru and order an Egg McMuffin and coffee. That takes very little effort and brain power.

The recruiting process is something different altogether. You cannot comprehend the information and absorb it in a matter of moments because it’s not that easy to figure out.

Simplicity of ordering through a drive-thru window requires no effort whatsoever.

Additional Questions

What is it that you don’t like about our process?

What part of the process are you struggling with?

Are there areas of concern?

Is there something you’re not sure about?

(Listen tentatively where your focus is on the parent’s response to your questions of their concerns. Big or small, their concerns are legitimate. Your opinion about their concerns privately doesn’t matter, leave it alone.  Patiently listened to gather your thoughts and be prepared to respond individually to their concerns.)

Don’t just make it up, be prepared to offer well-thought-out solutions to the parents based on your expert analysis of the issues or concerns they’re having about your offering.

You are in a position of great knowledge and expertise. You have educated yourself thoroughly on the recruiting process. You and only you can solve their issues and concerns.

Your introduction to the parent is always at an uneasy crossroads because recruiting is full of confusion, half-truths, misleading information, trickery, and lies associated in the process along with a high level of anxiety, anger, and nervousness already going into the process by the time of your first encounter with the parent.

Lack of understanding and preparedness generally runs college scouts out of the business. Believing their only job is identifying talent and relationship-building in the high school sports community is just not enough.

The deep, thought-provoking conversations about recruiting is a major component of being a scout. Those weak individuals who cannot handle or adjust their mindset to focus on the conversation that must happen in order to gain financial success lose every time.

The mindset of the parent unfortunately is littered with confusion about the recruiting process. Rarely will you find a parent who’s up-to-date on all aspects of the process.

For the most part, your role is educator and facilitator of information is easy to decipher and understand as though they were connected dots on a piece of paper.

Sadly in this process of mayhem, confusion, anger, and frustration on behalf of the parents, they will lie, they will stretch the truth over the phone and in your face so get used to it and embrace it because it’s coming like an avalanche. You can’t stop it no matter what the situation. Hit it head-on, face the notion and anticipate the obstruction. It’s all in the game.

Master One Closing Strategy

The Great Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees had one pitch.

All college scouts need to perfect one closing strategy to fit all possible objections.

Understand that you do not want to be memorizing multiple and different closing strategies, it would be too confusing and challenging to focus on all of those various closing strategies. It’s not necessary. In this scenario, one strategy fits all.

Noncommittal to the process of being a college scout. Fully understanding the role and the responsibility of your craft is one of the top reasons scouts quit the business without giving it a second thought.

The refusal to study, practice, and develop is because of laziness and having one foot in, one foot out.

Not totally being committed is a problem. It’s failure. You may be thinking ,so what who cares, but in the overall scheme of things it is actually hurting the student-athletes because you’re not there to represent them.

Final Thoughts

This blog post covered how to handle objections, the push-back from parents of student-athletes.

I want to be clear: you will be bombarded head-on with a multitude of constant objections, frustration, anger, bewilderment, puzzlement, and a certain level of confusion all while you’re shaking your head not understanding what has just happened. This is the world of college scouts, the true professionals.

You must develop one go-to strategy to deal with the multitude of objections you, no doubt, will be hit with in every encounter with parents.

The inexperienced and weak in confidence will not be able to handle the constant barrage of objections. They’re going to have to be prepared. I am telling you the truth.

Understand student-athletes exist everywhere. They are overlooked, unrecognized, and passed over in the recruiting process and those numbers are growing.

Student-athletes are in desperate need of recruiting assistance.  

The disservice in your non-committal effort towards developing fully as a college scout will undoubtedly hurt a vast number student-athletes missing out on the opportunity for college athletics and education.

The student-athletes will be hurt, devastated and some lives ruined and directly related to college recruiting failure.

Buying a ticket to a high school game is no big deal, anyone can do that. Not everyone has the courage or the skill to sit down face-to-face or over the phone with parents to have that critical conversation about recruiting.

With the critical nature of recruiting scouts, just like professional athletes, devote a serious amount of time and effort towards development.

The professional athlete is working tremendously hard behind the scenes to develop.

The scout must take the same approach. You need to dedicate at least two hours per night in the development of your skills, talents, goals, confidence, strategies, presentation skills, questioning skills, and objections all in effort to properly assist and represent student-athletes from your local high school community.

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The Problem With Baseball Recruiting

The Problem With Baseball Recruiting

The Problem With Baseball Recruiting

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What is unseen counts for nothing.

As you already know, exposure is a critical component in baseball recruiting. If they don’t know about you they can’t recruit you. The problem with baseball recruiting is there’s a lot of baseball players and someone is going to get overlooked by college coaches.

The number of college programs has virtually remained the same for decades. The number of student-athletes playing baseball has increased dramatically over the last several decades.

What are you going to do to get the attention of college baseball programs?

The Obvious Solutions Are Simple.

  • Go to camp.
  • Play on a travel team.
  • Play in tournaments.
  • Have a lot of video.
  • Work with your high school coach.
  • Work with your club coach.
  • Excel at tournaments.
  • Be amazing during your high school season.
  • Good grades.

Now let’s address these bullet points individually.

Go To Camp: Everyone goes to camp. Every summer, college baseball programs has their oncampus camps. It costs money to go to these camps, but I believe it’s an amazing way to get exposure. Sometimes these college camps are invite-only. If you are privileged to be invited then you need to be amazingly prepared to excel aggressively and give it everything you’ve got to showcase your talent and skills in front of college coaches who could have a major impact on your life.

Play On A Travel Team: This is a no-brainer. Playing on a travel team is a must. It would be almost like trying to play a baseball game without your glove, you would look ridiculous. Playing on the travel team is going to get you exposure in front of college coaches who could possibly be in attendance. This is also an opportunity for you to get better. This is also an opportunity for you to videotape your batting practices, workouts, and your entire game. This is where you can showcase your talents and, by all means, give it everything you’ve got.

Play In Tournaments: If you’re on a travel team and not playing in tournaments you need to quit that team and find another. It’s all about showcasing the talents that you have developed over your lifetime. It would be foolish to play a baseball game in a tournament that your parents have invested a lot of money in and there’s no college coaches there. That would be like performing on American Idol and there’s no judges to evaluate your performance. It would be a waste of time and embarrassing.

Have A Lot Of Video: Video is the voice for the voiceless. It’s critical that you have a lot of video. College coaches go by what they see. You need to have video of batting practice. You need to have video of all your games. You need to have videos of all your workouts. I cannot stress enough how important video is.  College coaches may not be able to see all of your games or attend all of your tournaments, so it’s critical to have your video. Be sure to invest in good equipment. It will be worth the investment I guarantee it.

Work With Your High School Coach: Your high school coach is going to help develop you as a baseball player. You’re going to learn different techniques and skills that will help you be the best baseball player that you can possibly be. The recruiting process is challenging. Your high school coach may have relationships with many college programs. Talk with your coach to determine what level of college you can play at and figure out a strategy to target those college programs.

Work With Your Club Coach: Your club coach is also a valuable asset. He’s going to help you with continued development as a baseball player. Your club coach may also have relationships and connections with college baseball programs. You’re going to need your club coach because the summer is critical in baseball recruiting. You need to be showcasing your talent during the summer tournament showcase club season. It’s just that critical.

Excel At Tournaments: We talked about how exposure is critical. You’re going to be playing in tournaments showcasing your talents in front of college coaches. You should approach the tournament as though it is the World Series. Every time spent at bat, it’s the World Series; every time in the field, it’s the World Series.  Your goal as a baseball player is to take your talents to the next level which is college. If you do not give your best every moment you’re out there you’re cheating yourself. Showcase your talent as though you are playing in the World Series where millions of people are watching you play. Be spectacular! Be amazing! All the time.

Be Amazing During Your High School Season: Every opportunity you have to be on the baseball field is an opportunity to showcase your talent. Every day is an opportunity to be amazing. You don’t know if this is going to be your last baseball game, your last practice, your last workout or the last time you’ll ever be on video. You have no way of knowing that. What you want to do is to give it everything you’ve got when you have that opportunity to do so. Be amazing during your high school season.

Good Grades: Let me be clear: If you have bad grades you will be invisible to college coaches. For every hour you spend developing your baseball athletic ability, equal time should be devoted to academics. They don’t give away baseball scholarships. Academic money is based on a strong grade point average and even stronger standardized test scores. Sometimes the message of good grades falls on deaf ears with many baseball student-athletes. You may be the next amazing baseball talent, but if you have grades that are suspect it won’t even matter what kind of talent you have.

Final Thoughts:  Baseball student-athletes are amazing. Baseball is a special sport because you play every day. Every day is a day to erase the past and begin anew. Every day you have an opportunity to do something different, to be the best, and to showcase your talent.

The last time I checked no one was buying a ticket to watch someone take a math exam. You have to buy a ticket to watch a high school baseball game. Student-athlete is a special title that brings a huge amount of responsibility.

You only get one chance to go from high school baseball student-athlete to college athlete. It’s critical that you do everything in your power to achieve that goal. There are a lot of baseball student-athletes all fighting for that particular scholarship that awaits you.

You need to stand out athletically as well as academically to gain the attention of college programs. You have worked for this opportunity your entire life.

These will be moments that will be extremely special, that you will remember forever on how the recruiting process worked for you.

All your games, your coaches, and your teammates will be memories that will last a lifetime and now you want to take it to the college level.

That’s the end game, the ultimate goal. An education is amazing and will last you a lifetime. You don’t want to live a life of a minimum wage employee because you had a minimum wage work ethic and now you’re going to have a minimum wage lifestyle.

Avoid that way of life and give it everything you’ve got on the baseball field. When you’re given an opportunity to showcase your talent, I guarantee that you will be the best if you just work at it.

AAU Basketball Recruiting Problems

AAU Basketball Recruiting Problems

AAU Basketball Recruiting Problems

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You are a needle in a haystack when it comes to basketball recruiting. Have you ever noticed when you’re playing AAU basketball at tournaments, how many thousands of players are there?

 All of those talented AAU basketball players are in search of recognition from college coaches. They’re looking for an opportunity to be seen and they are looking for exposure.

The problem with basketball recruiting is that there are so many players that not everyone will be seen. You may be very talented. You may have the size.

You may have the grades and all the positive intangibles, but if that college coach is not standing near the court where you’re playing you might as well be invisible.

AAU Basketball Recruiting Problems

I have heard it from hundreds of parents over all my years of being involved with recruiting, how the college coaches are not paying attention to them. They’re more interested in what’s on their phone.

They’re just not interested or are preoccupied with something else. It’s frustrating to the parent who observes the behavior of college coaches. The student-athlete is more focused on the game while the parent is paying close attention to every move a college coach is making.

Have you ever tried to email or text a college coach to let them know that you were at this particular tournament? Sometimes the response is no response.

They may respond saying they didn’t see you at the game. Worst still, they may say something like I didn’t know you were going to be there. It’s frustrating for the parent and the student-athlete because you’ve spent your money, your time, and your effort to be at that tournament and you’ve got nothing to show for it. That’s one of the major problems with AAU basketball recruiting.

Solution

  • Inform the college coach which tournament you will be attending.
  • Email the college coach.
  • Send them a fax.
  • Send a text message.
  • Reach out to them on Twitter and Facebook.
  • Call their office phone and leave a voicemail.

By any means necessary reach out to that college coach to inform them which tournament you’ll be playing in. Give them the dates, times, the name of your club team and the name of your club coach.

If there’s a program or a roster or any other important literature available make sure the college coach gets it.

Also, this is very important. A lot of people will follow this strategy that I’m talking about right now. The problem is they will only do it once. You need to send this information out every two weeks or months prior to the AAU basketball tournament or any tournament you’re going to be playing at.

It’s critical to be aggressive with college coaches. You’re not being pushy. If you were being pushy then so what, who cares. Your future as a basketball player is riding on the recognition, the exposure, and the attention you need to get from college coaches.

If you have to be overly aggressive or pushy go for it. You only get one chance to go from a basketball athlete at the high school level to the college level and you need to do everything in your power to get as much exposure as possible.

Final Thoughts

Make no mistake about it, recruiting is hard and, for the most part, the process sucks. It’s confusing for most student-athletes and parents to figure out and a lot of people just don’t try.

When you’re involved with AAU basketball, that is the vehicle you need to get exposure to college coaches. The summer months are critical in the recruiting process.

It’s very important that you are being seen and it’s important that you let the college coaches know what’s going on always. Remember, college coaches are recruiting student-athletes year-round.

Why not tell them your story? Why not let them know what you’re all about and what you’re doing in terms of tournaments, your grades, and any type of activity you’re involved in to keep them informed.

You want that scholarship, but so does everyone else.

What are you going to do to separate yourself from all the other student-athletes who are at those tournaments?Look around the next time you’re at a tournament and look at the thousands of players that are there.

They’re all in search of the same thing just like you. Exposure, recognition, and a college scholarship. What are you going to do to separate yourself?

You Screwed Up The Recruiting Process

You Screwed Up The Recruiting Process

You Screwed Up The Recruiting Process

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Have you ever been to the airport waiting to catch a flight and at the last moment it pops up on one of those little TV monitors saying your flight has been delayed?

You feel pissed off and a little frustrated because you’re going to have to wait hours before the next flight.

Recruiting can piss you off, also.

The process is too long, too confusing with too many details and too many twists and turns.

By senior year high school, student-athletes should basically be a done deal when it comes to recruiting and being offered a scholarship opportunity.

You should have at least a dozen of college programs recruiting you and ultimately making your final choices on where you wish to attend school in the fall.

Far too often student-athletes are entering senior year without a clue whatsoever where they will be taking their talents.

For some odd reason, student-athletes and parents believe the recruiting process begins at the end of senior year.

The senior year is when recruiting process should be coming to a conclusion with the final outcome almost determined.

Many student-athletes will go through their entire senior year with no clue whatsoever where they will be attending college. Their strategies of getting exposure to college coaches were weak, ineffective, and clearly did not work.

For those student-athletes who decided to take action in their senior year, all is not lost. There are still opportunities available.

Those opportunities are limited and you may have to accept an opportunity that really wasn’t high on your list of college programs. After parents wake up from their long college recruiting nap they realize they need to seek out college recruiting help from the college recruiting experts at Woods Recruiting.

The parents of student-athletes are fully aware with their eyes wide open when they realize that they should have taken action sooner.

Woods Recruiting has always been there, you just wanted to put us on hold to see what you could get on your own for free.

College programs are still available. College programs are still out there even if you begin the recruiting process senior year of high school for midway through. The problem is that the availability of college programs is shrinking.

What I have heard a million and one times from these student-athletes and parents, especially those who lost out on college recruiting opportunities, “ I wish I knew about you a year ago.”  I’ve heard that ridiculous quote from parents in my long illustrious career running Woods Recruiting.

I laugh because it’s the exact same quote said exactly the same way from thousands of different parents who don’t even know each other.

I often wondered why these parents did not take action a year ago instead of waiting to see what would happen. Now their sons and daughters college athletic futures have been destroyed, totally ruined, and may be impossible to recover from.

I’ve seen student-athletes who screwed up the recruiting process begin to chase college programs in this game of musical chairs.

It’s important to understand that you should begin the recruiting process as soon as possible, 10th grade year or 11th grade year is ideal.

What is even more troubling in the recruiting process is the lack of urgency on the part of parents.

They believe they have all the time in the world to seek out proper representation, information, and resources in recruiting.

The college recruiting time-clock is ticking when a student-athlete enters high school as a freshman.

Every day lost is a day that cannot be made up.

Recruiting is not like shopping for clothes or groceries, you can do those things on your own time and when you feel like it.

The reason is because the groceries will be there, the clothes will always be there but, quality college programs will not always be there. College coaches are moving on to other student athletes who are showing interest in their programs.

The college coach has not heard of you. The college coach has no reason whatsoever to wait for you. College coaches are moving on to other student-athletes every day.

Too many student-athletes and parents are still stuck trying to figure out what they’re going to do first when it comes to recruiting. Too bad for them.

Procrastination Will Kill You

Procrastination Will Kill You

Procrastination Will Kill You

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I have had a million and one conversations with parents of high school student-athletes.

In all my years of running a college recruiting service, a huge percentage of parents want to wait on the recruiting process.

When they say that to me I’m already thinking they are doomed for failure.

College coaches are identifying student-athletes in their 10th and 11th grade year of high school.

They’re not identifying who these kids are in senior year because they don’t care about high school seniors and because the recruiting process requires a lengthy evaluation process.

The critical evaluation process of student-athletes could be a year or two prior to senior year.

Parents not understanding this process fully are making critical mistakes and wasting valuable time believing a college coach will find their son or daughter just because.

It takes more than one day to buy a house. Those who are interested in buying a home will certainly look at many different houses before they select the right one.

You’re going to do your due diligence when it comes to purchasing a home. You’re just not going to buy the home on first glance.

You must find the right price for the house that you’re interested in buying. It has to be in the right neighborhood with the right schools and shopping, and the community has to be the right community for you and your family to live in.

You have to do all of those things in the process of purchasing a home because it is a valuable and very serious investment.

That is the same approach that college coaches have towards recruiting student-athletes.

The process could take a year or two or even longer.

College coaches are not going to sign a student-athlete without proper evaluation and careful due diligence.

Please understand that the recruiting process is all about getting the student-athlete’s name into the hands of as many college programs as possible. Not just one or two!

Far too many parents delay this process and, for the life of me, I have never been able to understand why.

Procrastination in the recruiting process is certain death.

I’ve seen it happen far too many times where student-athletes who are talented, but have delayed this process end up being under-recruited or not recruited at all.

This is not a game you want to play around with if you want your student-athlete to play their sport in college!

My advice to parents of student-athletes is to seek out college recruiting help as soon as possible.

In the recruiting process procrastination is a disease.

Those student-athletes who are not in the 1% category have taken full advantage of the college recruiting process in the earliest possible way without delay or procrastination.

College recruiting procrastination is a sickness and there is no treatment for it.

It is slow motion, it is no motion, it is no action, that parents are taking. That is how I can best describe the destruction parents are about to face in the recruiting process.

Bottom line, you are not going to get recruited for college by sitting back on the sidelines and doing nothing.

My strongest advice would be to seek out Woods Recruiting and to utilize our valuable knowledge and resources.

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