Want to Play College Sports? What's Your Responsibility as a Student-Athlete?

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Written by Anthony R.

It’s you that benefits the most and you are the one who should be expected to do the most of the work in the process. Here are some of your responsibilities:

DEVELOP ATHLETICALLY & ACADEMICALLY 

Your development on the field or court is important, but so is your work in the classroom. Your effort and ability to improve in both areas is crucial to earning an athletic scholarship. Have high academic standards early and keep good habits.

CONTACT COLLEGE COACHES 

One of the most important jobs is reaching out to prospective coaches and showing interest in their programs. It’s better that they be contacted by you, instead of by your parents.

CREATE MARKETING ASSETS TO MAKE CONNECTIONS

Put together emails, phone call scripts, resume, and videos to get in touch with coaches to establish your brand while sharing your athletic and academic goals and accomplishments.

GET FAMILIAR WITH THE NCAA 

Learn the important rules and academic requirements that every student-athlete should know. 

ESTABLISH & FOLLOW A TIMELINE

It’s essential to create a recruiting timeline that includes academic tracking, test coordination, goals, and college visits. It’s your job to follow that timeline. 

EFFORT, CHARACTER, & HUMILITY

Accepting a high level of responsibility during the process as a high school student-athlete builds character and good decision making and shows effort. These are important intangibles to college coaches. But at the end of the process, when you’re rewarded with an athletic scholarship or just college acceptance to play on a team, all of the hard work will have paid off and you’ll be a better, more humble, and gracious person because of it.

You’re Invited… Free Webinar: Branding and Social Media in Athletic Recruiting – How To Present Your Best Self Online To Colleges and Coaches

Thursday April 15 @ 6-7:15pm PST

Register HERE

College athletic recruiting is a comprehensive process by which talented athletes have to market themselves to potential schools. This webinar will teach you how to navigate social media and online marketing through this branding process. You must intend to be recruited–it doesn’t usually “just happen.” Join a former DI recruited scholarship college athlete, an ed tech and college admissions industry professional, and a brand and social media expert as they share insider tips to create your story.

Anthony @ AR Advising has over 30 years of experience working with high school and collegiate athletes. Questions? Email anthony@aradvising.com.

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