Stand Out in a Crowd
By: Natalie Pedersen
Only a small percentage of high school student-athletes go on to play collegiate sports. Less than 1% go on to play Division I athletics. So, what are you doing to help yourself become part of that small percentage of athletes?
Here are a few ways that you can differentiate yourself from other student-athletes fighting for the same rosters spots and make a college coach notice you.
At Camps or Combines
- Carry your own equipment, never let mom or dad carry it for you
- Shake the hands of the coaches and introduce yourself
On College Visits
- Show up on campus with film and transcripts!
- Don’t let mom or dad take the lead; make sure you do all the talking
- Find coaches on Facebook and send them a message
- Don’t tell the coach how good you are
- Talk about why you are interested in a school and why you would be a good fit. Let the coach evaluate you via video and transcript
- Call rather than email a coach
- Coaches are getting hundreds of emails from recruits interested in their program. Stand out by having a conversation with them.
- Go above and beyond on the court. Coaches are watching, so do something to make them want you
- Shake the opposing team’s coaches’ hands
- If you’re taken out of the game, cheer on your teammates and take a coach/captain’s role even if you’re not a captain – show your teammates you’re still there for them
- Be professional and appropriate – don’t post anything you wouldn’t want your grandma to see
- Show school spirit by sending shout outs to other teams or athletes when they do a good job
- Be prepared
- To answer questions, ask questions, etc.
- Anticipate anything you could need or want to bring to camps or on college visits
- Do your research
- Research the college program you are interested in so you can tell a coach why you want to attend their college
- Make sure you know something about his/her team, such as their record, their star player’s name, etc.
- Be creative