Q: When should I start my college recruiting program or plan?
POA: The moment you have decided you want to pursue your college education AND play sports at the next level. DO NOT WAIT!
Q: I have heard I don’t need to hire someone to help me with the recruiting process. Can’t my coach do this?
POA: It is true, you don’t. We do, however, highly recommend you do something: research; coach outreach (100’s); craft proper letters; video production/editing; acquire and maintain updated, comprehensive coaches’ contact information and school data for all colleges and universities. If POA has learned anything over the years, it is, IT’S NOT YOUR COACH’S JOB TO HANDLE RECRUITING; IT’S YOURS!
Q: If I am good enough, coaches will find me. Right?
POA: That seems logical, but not always true; most times, in fact, it’s not. With so much competition for scholarship money, why take ANY chance on the “Discovery Theory”? Do you really think a college coach is going to find y-o-u on a website? I wouldn’t count on it, unfortunately. Our experience screams: “Do something, AND do it right!”
Q: My daughter plays varsity, is on a club team and has a personal coach. We are doing all we can, but she has not heard from any colleges. Are we missing something?
POA: We see it every day: parents (and student-athletes) sacrificing all they can to make their child’s college dream a reality. The fact is, if your son or daughter is not in the top 2% of student-athletes in the country, at their sport or position, a family must have a pro-active strategy and game plan and engage it right away!
Q: Our children go to exposure and college camps, some showcases and recruiting tournaments. Is this a good idea?
POA: Yes, it is . . . IF you have been in communication with attending schools; IF that program has a need for your graduation year AND position; IF they have evaluated you AND are interested; IF you academically qualify and interested schools offer your intended field of study. These are the facts, yet rarely treated as such.
YOU MUST BE HIGHLY PROACTIVE!
More than 460,000 NCAA student-athletes – more than ever before – compete in 24 sports every year. Member schools support their student-athletes' academic success by providing state-of-the-art technology, tutoring and access to academic advisers.
According to the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA), only about 2% of high school students earn athletic scholarships for college. In 2017, 181,306 student-athletes received a sports scholarship, out of the 7.3 million high school student-athletes there were in the same year.