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Sep
11

The Common Application

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September 11th, 2012

Are you familiar with the "Common Application"?

http://www.commonapp.org

A couple months ago I had a phone conversation with a college football coach who shared great tips and tricks with me about applying to colleges while pursuing a football scholarship. He mentioned the Common Application, but I had no clue what he was talking about. So I began researching and now I'm sharing.

Many of the schools my son is interested in applying to are members of the Common Application organization. We are registering today!

The Common Application is a non-profit membership organization that provides a college admission application that students and school officials may submit to more than 400 four-year or baccalaureate institutions (public and private). The organization has been around for almost 4 decades providing both online and print versions of first-year and transfer applications.

Common Questions for Applicants

Common Application Forms

 

 

 

Jul
31

Recruiting Letter/Email Contact Guidelines:

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July 31st, 2012

Letter/Email Contact Guidelines:

  • Make sure you correctly identify this year’s coaches. Coaching staffs have high turnover rates.
  • Never address a letter or email to “Whom it may concern”
  • Initial contact should be made by the interested player sending a letter with some information about himself
  • If the coach reaches out to a coach on your behalf, the player should follow it up by submitting a letter and highlight video.
  • Personal letters show more sincere interest. Make sure you personalize the letter so it doesn’t appear to be a form letter.
  • Handwritten letters are usually okay, but typewritten is preferred for players with bad penmanship.
  • The letter should come from the player, but parents should review for spelling and punctuation errors.
  • Emails are okay, but do not always offer the same personal touch as a letter. However, emails offer a more convenient way for coaches to respond. Emails can also be easily forwarded to other coaches and recruiting coordinators.
  • A follow up phone call to either letter or email is key. The follow up call can be made by the player, coach or both.
  • Some schools prefer initial letters/emails be sent to the recruiting coordinator versus the head coach. Review the college’s website for instructions.

NOTE: If you are sending a letter instead of an email, it might help to include your email address on the letter.

 

Jul
24

Develop a plan of action and follow it

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July 24th, 2012

Have you developed a recruiting plan of action? It's time to get busy.

  1. Send letters and emails of introduction to college coaches
  2. Email links to your YouTube highlight video to coaches
  3. Ask your high school coach to send letters for you
  4. Send high school football season schedules to college coaches
  5. Join training programs that have connections to college coaches
  6. Attend college football camps and combines
  7. Take ACT and SAT tests (most students need to take these more than once)
  8. Get with your high school's guidance counselor and register with the NCAA Eligibility Center
  9. If you know an ex-college or professional player ask them for an honest evaluation of your skill level. IMPORTANT -- ask them to be honest, tell them it is okay to hurt your feelings. You want honest feedback. It is important to establish your skill/ability level, so that you do not spend time trying to get noticed by a top 40 DI program if your abilities are better suited to a quality junior college program.
  10. It is important to play in front of college coaches. Few players are ever signed to a college scholarship without the coach first having seen that player in a game or private workout setting.

(Note: Players cannot workout in private for an NCAA DI program)

 

Jul
21

Promoting Your Talent

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July 21st, 2012

Being “good enough” is not always enough to get noticed at the high school level of football. If a player is one of the Top 100 high school players in the country, “they” will find him/her. But some great high school football players are never found because they don’t know how to market themselves.

Do some research on what College Coaches and Professional Scouts are looking for.

Who Should Do The Leg Work?

  • Mainly the student athlete should do the work to market himself.
  • Don't wait for scouts to knock down your door.
  • Don't assume your high school coach will market you. Parents should furnish support and advice, but remain in the background until you visit a campus.

College coaches look for mature players who take initiative, possess the self-confidence to speak with them directly, and show the desire to "do whatever it takes".

 

Jul
18

The Undiscovered Player

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July 18th, 2012

Many players rarely receive the kind of recruiting attention they deserve. They may be excellent athletes, but for various reasons, colleges know little about them. These athletes require help from coaches, counselors, parents, or others who feel they are qualified and deserving of being considered by college programs.

They can send letters introducing players to college programs, at the start of his junior year, to encourage college coaches to watch the player. Sometime during the student athlete's senior year, generally in the middle of the season, they can send letters that share recent statistics, honors such as "Player of the Week", continued academic excellence, leadership contributions to the team, size, strength, speed.

At the conclusion of the season, they can send another letter that shares final individual and team statistics, improvements in size and speed, letters of recommendation from opposing coaches, and an educational profile, including current GPA, test scores, and academic and career interests.

At the conclusion of the junior season, they can send videotapes of games or individual work-outs. Generally game videos should reveal the athlete's performance against the toughest opponents on the schedule. Tell the college coach that you will be calling two or three weeks after the tapes have been received to discuss his evaluation of the player's college potential. If the athlete is obviously outstanding, the college will call, probably often!

Ways to increase your exposure beyond the high school season:

  1. Participate in college football camps when they become available. Try to attend a minimum of 3 camps at the end of your junior season. College and scouts often attend these camps. The cost for camps should range from $50 - $300, plus travel.
  2. As part of your initial contact with colleges, request information on any prospect camps the school might conduct.
  3. Enroll in one of the Internet recruiting services. Most of the twenty recruiting web sites primarily funnel student resumes into the hands of college coaches. High school athletes and their coaches enter academic/athletic resumes into a database. College coaches can search these databases to supplement their traditional recruiting process. Some of these sites charge a fee, others are free to students.

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