Attending College Showcases and Tournaments Won’t Get High School Athletes Noticed and Recruited

Below are 5 reasons why attending a college showcase or tournament won’t get high school athletes noticed and recruited.

• Due to college budget constraints coaches attend fewer events. They will drive to an event rather than fly. They may attend an event for only 1 day rather than 2 or 3 days. This limits their ability to view and assess talent. In many cases it’s glaringly visible the small number of college coaches in attendance.

• There are more showcases and tournaments in smaller geographic areas now than there were a few years ago. This additional competition means that coaches must be selective in where they spend their time and money. As a result there are fewer coaches at each event viewing the same group of athletes from the same geographic area. If there are 3 showcases within a 25 mile radius of each other, how many showcases does a coach need to attend!

• Coaches use the Internet to do their initial round of scouting, evaluation and prescreening. A coaching staff can spend a few hours in front of a computer, view profiles of a hundred athletes or more and determine who they want to see at an event. They probably won’t make an offer based on the Internet viewing but they will decide how they will spend their time and who they will scout.

• For a family, recording games, practices and skills sessions are much easier to do now than it was a few years ago. Creating a highlight video and posting it on the Internet is also easier. Coaches attend showcases and tournaments to confirm information on talent they already know, they don’t spend their limited time and resources chasing after unknowns.

• Parents don’t fully understand the recruiting process. A showcase or tournament is part of a bigger, more complex picture. If a student athlete participates in 1 or 2 local showcases and is not heavily recruited, attending 10 or 20 showcases won’t change the results. However, taking a vastly different approach will yield different results.

Most of us do things differently now than we did 5, 10 or 20 years ago. We do online banking, get our daily news from the Internet and receive our mail via email; banks, newspapers and USPS still exist. Showcases and tournaments fit into the same overall change in how we do things. They still exist, but they do not carry the same weight as they did in the past. It’s all part of change. Those who embrace the change will be successful. Those who continue to do things the same way as their parents will be left on the recruiting bench rather than be in the recruiting game.

Participating in a tournament or showcase and competing against several hundred highly skilled athletes decreases the odds of being noticed by college coaches. Marketing individual skills using mail, email, video and video-streaming, along with regular follow-up to several hundred coaches will yield totally different results. A proactive marketing approach will yield better results than attending a half dozen showcases or tournaments and the pre-work can turn a showcase into a much more positive and productive event.

There Is A Lot More To Planning For College Than You Might Think

In order to be successful in their post secondary admissions and academics, high school students need to start planning now for college. Their school success will determine their college success. Normally the studying challenges in colleges are more difficult than high school and students need to develop good study habits while they are still in high school to be able to combat more difficult studying challenges they will face in college.

There are a number of activities that a student can partake in while still in high school to improve their chances of being accepted by a college of their choice. One example is extracurricular activities. If a student partakes in and excels at extracurricular activities they will have a good record on their application form which will show colleges that they are able to succeed both inside and outside of the classroom.

College planning means that a student needs to stay on track and not lose sight of their goals. A student who realizes that they need to do as much as they can to increase their chances of being accepted knows the meaning of proper planning. Students should keep challenging themselves in school by pursuing advanced courses or by taking a foreign language which is a requirement of most colleges.

Preparing in advance for the college entrance exam is a great example. When preparing for a college entrance exam, the student should consider how their strengths can help them to excel and think about ways to improve their weaknesses before the exam date. They should take the SAT and the ACT as early as possible just in case there is a need to retake either to get a better score.

There is no way a student can plan for college without doing college research. A student needs to set certain standards that they would like their ideal college to meet. A student needs to think about the factors that are the most important to them such as the location, and do research on colleges that meet this criteria. If they can afford it, they can visit all of the potential colleges to see what it feels like but if not there are other possibilities such as virtual campus tours and phone interviews.

However, it makes no sense to plan for college if the student does not have the funds to attend college. Most of the time, this is the responsibility of the parents. They need to save for their children to attend college. The earlier they start saving for college the better. A great way to save for college is to invest in stocks which can build up value and can be cashed when needed for college. It is not always necessary to save the money for all four years of college. There are several possibilities available to obtain financial aid for college. A student loan is one of the most common ways to do this. There are several possibilities for paying off a student loan after graduating.