College Sports Recruiting 101

College Sports Recruiting 101
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Getting an athletic scholarship is no easy feat. It takes time, money, dedication, and talent. However, if your goal is to receive an athletic scholarship then you need to know how the college sports recruiting world works. 

When does the recruiting process start?

1. College Sports Recruiting has already begun. College sports recruiting is on a timeline, and it is important for parents, coaches, and athletes to understand they must keep up with this timeline for their best shot at getting recruited. You don’t have to look far on the Internet to find lists of college sports prospects that are still in junior high. If your goal is to receive an athletic scholarship then you need to begin thinking about the college recruiting process and requirements in seventh or eighth grade. You should also have a good understanding and knowledge of the college recruiting course requirements and paperwork needed to be recruited. There are NCAA rules and course requirements that can make or break your recruiting process. So don’t slack! The recruiting process is complicated and time-consuming, and waiting until the last-minute is never a good idea if you’re looking for an athletic scholarship.

How do I get discovered by college recruiting coaches?

2. Who do you know, who can you meet, think third-party resources. This is the tough part. There are thousands of athletes just like you who are hoping for a scholarship, they might also have the great skills you have. However, many of these great athletes go un-discovered. Especially if they are in a small town, read “Lost Talent in Small Towns“. Having the skill on the court or field doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be spotted by college programs. College coaches are trying to recruit quickly, they are recruiting in the most efficient way they can, and that often means relying on third-party sources, and coaches to refer players to them. They might have a small group of travel ball coaches who are their top resources. These coaches then send information on players they have seen or coached. The college coach evaluates what he needs, and then might go watch these players perform. This is why it is so important that the team you join has a coach with a reputation for getting kids to college.

How do coaches evaluate prospects?

3. Make sure coaches see your highlight video and use the Internet as your most powerful recruiting tool. Highlight videos help college coaches determine talent. But coaches don’t have the time to look at every video they receive, and they certainly can’t spend hours scouring YouTube for clips. This is why it is important that you build your platform. I have done Internet Marketing for business, and even Division 1 sports and I have seen the power of using the internet for college recruiting. However, if you have no idea how to set up these platforms and sell yourself then it can be hard. Think of it this way. If a coach hears some rumors about this awesome player and wants to learn more about you, what do they do? They probably search for you on Google, unless they have a direct connection with you. What will come up if someone searches for you? Will they see you pitching, hitting, running, jumping, etc..? Or will they see a teeny bopper’s Facebook. This is why we have developed a package to help you learn how to create a platform using the Internet. This package will teach you how to create content like performance videos, pictures, and more and put them in the right places so that you can be found. This package and more details will be open for purchase by the end of July! So keep an eye out! It will change the way you view college recruiting. Showcasing your skills on the Internet makes the athletic recruiting process easier for both you and the coaches you want to impress.

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Where am I qualified to play in  College?

4. Less than 1% of college athletes earn a Division I full ride through College sports recruiting. More than 1,800 colleges have athletic programs and 94% of them are outside of Division I. The majority of college athletes don’t compete in Division I, so set your expectations accordingly. Most college athletes are at the Division II, Division III, NAIA or junior college level. It is important to remember that the athletes and families who plan ahead and are prepared for recruiting by freshman year have the biggest chance of going to the PAC-12 or Division 1.

What is my coach’s role?

5. Your coach can only take you so far. Ultimately, your athletic ability is what earns you a scholarship, but the recruiting process requires a lot of work off of the playing field. Your high school or club coach probably can’t dedicate the time that the athletic recruiting process requires, however if you have access to a team or coach with a good reputation and history of sending players to college then your chances of getting recruited for college sports is even higher.


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A little more about Natasha Hawkins...

Experience: Division 1 Fastpitch Softball player at San Jose State. Degree: B.S in Marketing and Advertising Certifications: Certified Level 1 CrossFit Trainer Interests: She loves the way the brain works and how personalities and attitude can create a warrior of an athlete that will always persevere and make success for themselves. While she is not a certified nutritionist she studies and practices the Paleo diet and Zone eating. Quirk: I am an avid archer and hunter. Yup, it's true. I have shot archery since I could walk, and hunted with my Dad since I was born. I also have a sister (Cheridan Hawkins) who is a stud pitcher for the Oregon Ducks Softball Team and is on the Junior Olympic Team. My youngest sister Charli Hawkins trains with me at CrossFit and is also a catcher on the 12U California Grapettes. Follow Natasha on Twitter: @NatashaBHawkins