College athletic scholarships continue to be extremely competitive no matter what school, sport, or position you play. When it comes to getting noticed by college coaches and positioning oneself for a potential athletic scholarship, there is no such thing as preparing too much or too far in advance.
Contrary to what many may believe, the college recruiting process can begin as early as freshman year and in some cases, earlier. Coaches are more connected than ever before to youth players who show potential through nationwide athletic scouting associations such as NCSA, game highlights, social media, and online stat websites such as MaxPreps.com and HighSchoolSports.net. So waiting for a call from a college coach during ones junior or senior year in high school will now leave a recruit behind the curve.
As the demand for athletic scholarships continues to grow, even the most talented athletes must proactively reach out to coaches and programs to express interest and cultivate relationships. Contrary to popular belief, high school coaches typically do not play a major role in helping youth athletes obtain a college scholarship. Many times, the bulk of this responsibility rests on the student-athlete and his or her family.
Another misconception is that college coaches regularly attend games, tournaments, combines and camps around the country to identify and scout new talent. The reality is that most coaches lack the time and resources necessary to do so themselves. Many coaches prefer to rely on verified information provided to them by trusted third-parties with whom the coaches have worked successfully in the past.
This is especially true for athletes outside of the colleges local region. As such, it is important that reliable sources be made aware of student-athletes’ athletic and academic abilities, to ensure that this information ends up in the hands of college coaches.
Although coaches do attend tournaments and camps, many times it is not with the intention of discovering new talent. Many time, these coaches are there to follow-up on leads they’ve received from recruiting services and other sources.
For this purpose, it is very important that players have an edited video available online so that coaches can quickly and easily access it to determine whether a student-athlete deserves an in-person evaluation.
Doing what’s necessary to obtain an athletic scholarship can at times be confusing, and time-consuming. Preparation is the key and given the impact a college scholarship can make on a young players live few things seem more worth the time and effort.
If you are a parent or guardian of an athlete interested in learning more about athletic scholarships check out NCSA Athletic Recruiting for more details.