It is mid-May and the class of 2011 is pretty well locked up for D3 coaches; now we are picking up steam on the class of 2012. If you are in the class of 2012 and haven’t started contacting coaches, now is the time. The question is, who will take the lead and be in charge of the recruiting process for the student-athlete.
Recently the Recruiting-101 website published the article “There are problems with coaches/parents controlling the entire athletic recruiting process” regarding the recruiting process and who should be in charge of it— the player, the parent or the player’s current coach.
Recruiting-101 stated that “…your coach and parents are an important part of your overall recruiting team that should be able to help you…“ and it is “…a major problem when one of the powers mentioned above takes too much control and does everything.“
I couldn’t agree more. While this article is mainly written for scholarship seeking athletes in football or basketball, the same holds true for D3 soccer players. The student-athlete has to be the driving force behind their own recruiting efforts, not parents or coaches. Are student-athletes going to go it alone and do everything themselves? Absolutely not. They need coaches (high school and club) to provide guidance through the process using their previous experience. Coaches can, and need to, serve as references for players when D3 coaches come calling. Parents also need to pitch in by providing guidance in all aspects of the process for their children, whether it is sending profiles to coaches or taking trips to campuses.
If the student-athlete is going to be the driving force, they have to have an idea of where they are going. The student-athlete does not have to know exactly what they are going to do for college, but they have to formulate ideas that they can communicate to their recruiting team of parents and coaches. For example, how will geography and college major figure into the student-athlete’s decision? See “Geography” and “What’s Your Major?” for more discussion.
Recruiting-101 mentions that “In a perfect world, what I recommend is doing everything you can to be on the same page with your recruiting team. That includes the athlete, the parents, and the coaches at the high school. ”
The bottom line is this—soccer is a team game and so is the D3 recruiting process. You as a player need to have your team of parents and coaches all working together to get the best possible result. Knowing where you want to go and being able to communicate that to the members of your team are keys to success.