Are you looking to get recruited to play sports at the next level? Are you ready to be taken seriously in your individual sport? If so, one of the best ways to do this is to develop strong relationships with sports recruiters who have the connections you need to get you where you want to go.
However before you go out seeking advice from sports recruiters, you have to get their attention first. And this is where making a good first impressions is imperative. The following are some tips on how to make a good enough impression on recruiters that they want you to come play for them!
1. Get Started Early!
A lot of athletes don’t really think about playing in college until their junior and senior year of high school. However, the earlier you can make an impression the better. You might find yourself on a recruiter’s radar even if they came to watch somebody else on your team or a rival team. You might not know it, but a great performance in your freshman or sophomore year could be the first domino to fall in your recruiting process.
2. Play the Right Events
College coaches and sports recruiters can’t be everywhere at once. This is why they pinpoint showcase events and tournaments on their calendar. Find showcase events in your region and do your best to find out what coaches might be in attendance. The coach of your dream school might not be at the event, but a recruiter might be. Also, coaching is a tight-knit group and your name can get thrown into the conversation with a strong showing in front of the right sports recruiters.
3. Show Up Ready to Play
You’ve pinpointed a good showcase event to display your talent, now you just need to perform to the best of your ability. A lot of high school athletes play multiple sports and don’t find themselves in peak form unless they are in the middle of their season. That’s why it’s important to make sure you train in the weeks leading up to an event so you can show scouts what you do best. The worst thing you can do is show up to a showcase or tournament and not be confident that you can play to the best of your ability. Show up to the event ON TIME and ready to go!
4. Hustle and Compete
You can know all the right things to say to a college coach/recruiter, but it all goes out the window if you don’t back it up with your performance. There is nothing coaches like to see more than a player who gives 100% in their sport and doesn’t back down from a challenge. You are going to play against elite competition at showcase events and you can stand out by showing that you are not afraid of the competition and have confidence in your own skill set.
5. Show Your Maturity
Scouts and coaches want to know that players are mature and ready to handle the next level, on top of being talented. Think of some questions a coach might ask you, so that if you are approached, you are prepared to give them an answer that will show you’re a well-rounded person that they won’t regret recruiting.
There are more ways than one to display your maturity to college coaches. Social media has become an important part of the recruiting process. Coaches often visit social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) to get a general idea of what a player is like when they are not playing sports. Make sure everything you post online is appropriate! You can even make a conscious effort to post content that you know recruiters would be happy to see. Finally, always show good sportsmanship because you never know who’s watching. Whether you are playing a game for your high school team, or a showcase in front of 100 scouts, show that you can always keep a level head, be a leader, and bring a mature approach to the game.
At LEGACY Global Sports, we encourage our athletes to be active participants in their recruiting process. And as a result many of our athletes have gone on to do great things at the college and professional levels. Contact us today to learn more about how to approach the recruiting process to ensure coaches and sports recruiters keep their eyes on you.