The recruiting process has drastically changed over the last decade and it will continue to change. There is so much information out there and its hard to decipher what is really important in college search / selection process for high school student-athletes. To help simplify the process GFS has broken the recruiting process into 6 simple phases that will help you go from undiscovered to highly recruitable to college bound.
Introduction Phase – This should truly be the starting point for anyone who wants to continue their academic and athletic career in college. The introduction phase is just that, an introduction into playing college sports and the student-athlete experience. In the intro phase GFS looks at the following ideas:
- Establish your motives and goals for the college search process
- What is the value of playing college sports?
- What are the demands of being a college student-athlete
- The Competitiveness of Playing College Sports
- The College Search Process vs. The College Recruiting Process
Planning and Preparation Phase – The planning and preparation phase covers all of the “facts” of the college recruiting process. It is important that if you are going to pursue playing sports in college that you know all of the recruiting rules, regulations, and guidelines.
- Recruiting Contacts, Evaluations, Visits, and Social Media Rules
- Initial Eligibility Requirements
- Differences between NCAA Div. I, II, III, NAIA, and NJCAA
- Finding Your College Experience Trifecta (Building a List of Schools)
Communication Phase – The communication phase is the official beginning of the “recruiting process.
- Discover the 4 Attributes of a Recruitable Student-Athlete
- What College Coaches Look for
- When and What to send to College Coaches
- How to write an effective introduction letter
- Social Media and Recruiting
Exposure Phase – Gaining exposure is one of the biggest steps to being recruited. In order to be recruited by a college coach they need to see you perform. In the 4th phase you will learn the following
- The difference between being identified vs. being recruited
- The 3 Elements of Gaining Exposure
- How to Stand Out On and Off the Field
- How to make a good 1st impression
- How to begin narrowing down your list of schools
Decision Making Phase – As you begin to narrow down your list of schools and increase the conversations with college coaches you need to begin weighing your options and see which school may be the “right fit” your academic, athletic, and personal preferences.
- Understanding the Intricacies of Financial Aid
- The Admissions Process
- Selecting the Right Fit
- Making a Commitment
- Verbal Commitment
- National Letter of Intent
Beyond the Decision – Congratulations, you have decided where you are going to continue your academic and athletic career. Now what? No time to just sit back and cruise. No matter how far away you are from stepping on campus as a freshmen you need to start preparing for the transition. In the beyond the decision phase GFS will help you with the following:
- How to make a smooth transition from high school to college
- How to Effectively Set Goals
- How to manage your time wisely in college
- Developing Mental Toughness