As a former division one athlete myself and if you’re a parent reading this or an athlete, getting a college scholarship can be a very tough and kind of frustrating experience.
You haven’t really gone through this process and you’re not really sure what you should be doing or not be doing.
Begin With End Game In Mind & Be Realistic
You need to begin with the end in mind, where you potentially want to get a college scholarship from, and what sport you want to play.
From here, you need to backtrack and see where you stack up compared to people that have gotten college scholarships there, and where you fit in that mold.
Like, for instance, looking at your athlete physically, but also statistically, and the competition that they played, right?
You have to take out all the biases that you may have as a parent.
As a parent, we think our kids are the best, obviously, but we need to be honest and realistic with ourselves, of like, “Hey, can my athlete play in division one? Can my athlete play D2? Can my athlete get a scholarship at NAIA?”
So, I think that’s the first key is beginning with the end in mind and being realistic of where your athlete stacks and ranks up.
Filling In The Gaps
The second thing to do I would say then is filling in the gaps, right?
So, if you have an athlete that’s really athletic, he’s maybe a freshman or sophomore and he wants to get a scholarship to play at Florida State, but he’s skin and bones and he’s got no muscle on him, you want to then backtrack and say,
“Hey, you know, in order for Johnny to get an, an athletic scholarship to play football at Florida State he’s gonna have to put some muscle mass on him and size, and so I need to do whatever I can in that stage to help improve his physical development, speed, power, and agility.”
That’s the other missing piece I would say with these athletes is that it’s not all genetic per se, in that sports performance training can really help improve your athlete’s chances by covering, working on their weaknesses, and building upon their strengths.
Then a coach can do those types of things to really take their game to the next level. Physically and also from a performance standpoint.
The third thing I would say is to be proactive when you’re looking to get a college scholarship, right?
So, there are so many high school athletes and there’s only so many colleges and coaches, and you need to put yourself out there and come up with a plan, so whether that be emailing coaches, sending out your tape and film, or telling your athletic director and coach to send out your tape.
Any mutual friends or connections that you may have to introduce you to these coaches.