After years of youth and high school sports leagues, you’ve reached the next stage of your career – college athletics.
Playing at the collegiate level is likely much more complicated than any league you’ve played in so far, and it starts with the recruiting process. While your performance on the field, court, or rink is important to play at the next level, it is also crucial to take the right steps to get noticed by college coaches:
- You need to have your profile on the right websites and recruiting databases, like 247Sports or NCSA.
- You need to attend the right camps that are either held at schools you’d like to attend or ones that you know the coaches from specific schools will be at.
- You need to reach out to the schools on your wish list to make sure they know you’re interested in their program and to get your name and resume in front of them.
And then you need to take it a step further and use your current coaches and performance evaluations to help you land a scholarship.
Learn how using performance evaluations can help you during the college recruiting process.
When preparing to showcase your skills to college recruiters, whether you’re getting ready for a camp or you’re trying to put together a highlight reel, it’s important to get feedback from those who know your skills best – your coaches.
Go through your past and current player evaluations and look for the following:
- Strengths: What skills are you consistently rated the best at? This will tell you where you stand out and can help you determine what to showcase in a highlight video. These are also the skills you will want to perform in front of recruiters at clinics and camps.
- Weaknesses: Just as essential as identifying your skills (and arguably more important) is knowing your weaknesses. This will pinpoint what areas you need to improve on before you start the recruiting process. This can help you line up extra help and coaching on those skills. It also notifies you of what weaknesses you might need to address with a college coach.
- Coaches’ comments: Look for comments or other feedback from your past and present coaches that reveal other areas where you need to improve. This can include issues with effort, attitude, or coachability. Identify these now and take the time to work on them. In contrast, if you received positive comments about your work ethic or leadership skills, make sure college coaches are aware of these attributes.
Compile Stats, Evaluations
Another way player evaluations can help you through the recruiting process is by providing you with materials you can send directly to schools.
As part of your recruiting portfolio, you can gather the following information from your past evaluations to send to colleges who are seeking more information from you:
- Overall statistics on your past evaluations, including average rankings in various skill sets. This can help list your strengths and provide information on how your skills have improved over time.
- Comments from coaches. You can include excerpts from your evaluations to show recruiters what your past coaches have said about your performances, strengths, and overall ability. It’s also important to include feedback from coaches that speaks to your overall character and work ethic. Find testimonials that reveal information that might not show up on a stat sheet that shows recruiters why they need you in their program.
While it’s important to have your player evaluations ready for recruiters upon request, you can also be proactive and send information to the schools you’re interested in. Compile your past evaluations and coaches’ feedback and include it with your resume and highlight videos.
You can also use your player evaluations to determine which coaches to ask for written recommendations, or which ones you want to reach out to specific schools on your behalf. Looking through past evaluations will tell you which coaches had the most insight into your abilities. Knowing this will save you time in determining who to ask. You can also use your past evaluations to trigger their memory of the assets you brought to their team.
The college recruiting process can be tricky and time-consuming, so you need to take advantage of all information and statistics at your disposal. Player evaluations can be a great way to save time in gathering past stats, identifying your strengths and weaknesses, and providing you with testimonials from coaches.
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