Can you play at the next level? Sounds simple, right? But astonishingly, many high school students for many reasons can’t play after high school.
You don’t have the grades. How many times have we heard about very talented student athletes that were more of an athlete than a student?
Getting a letter from a college coach–What does it really mean?
No plans to get recruited. Everyone who plays a sport in high school is not a blue chip talent so what are you going to do, what is your plan of action?
Sometimes the high school coach does nothing.
Having realist expectations when it comes to college recruiting. Case in point: “my kid is good, he’s 6’1 and plays guard and he’s always wanted to play at Duke. What are his chances?”
Going to a camp, there are 500 other players there, “how are the coaches going to notice me?”
There are many AAU events, junior Olympics events, showcases, combines, team camps, etc. What does this all mean and does any of this help players get recruited for college? I think you do have to be seen and a thorough evaluation of your athletic abilities must be made by as many college programs as possible in order for those programs to make a sound.
How many times have you heard about or have seen a good high school student athlete and they end up without a college program? Now some may have other issues and others may not, but for whatever the reason they end up working at the local McDonald’s or at the local retail store or mall.
A good high school coach is doing it all– from getting game films out or DVD’s (whichever you prefer), making sure the players are on track academically, mailing letters, and making phone calls to college programs. Coaches go above and beyond the call of duty only to have a parent mess it all up or second guess the coach’s decision or always questioning the high school coach’s methods.
“Oh, I’ll just walk-on.” How many times have you heard that one? The reality is that to be a walk-on at a major college program you have to be recruited by that program. If all you had to do was just show up at a college for practice then some of the big-time programs would be overwhelmed with new student athletes who will think they all can play at a major college.