How Your Child Can Garner a College Athletic Scholarship Vol. V. - "Promoting Your Child."
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How Your Child Can Garner a College Athletic Scholarship Vol. V. - "Promoting Your Child."

Steps for high school athletes to take to increase their chances of recieving an athletic scholarship.

Your child has followed the steps as outlined in volumes 1-4. Not only is he or she a future collegiate superstar but also a brainiac with a 3.6 g.p.a. Your child has just completed his junior year and it was his best year yet. At the top of his game, he's been honored with awards in both sports and has been blessed with a bit of press time in the local newspapers and television. You've been asked by many of the other parents what colleges are interested in your child and if he's made any concrete decisions on where he wants to go. You smile a smile of gratitude for the compliment and say "No not yet." but on the inside you are beginning to worry. The truth is you haven't had a single inquiry or even a letter expressing interest in your child. You've spent thousands of dollars and countless weekends at the ball field with the ultimate goal of obtaining a scholarship to a good college and so far your investment hasn't even paid the dividend of a phone call. Why?...

Most likely the reason is that the recruiters simply don't know about your son or daughter.  A common mistake parents make is being modest about their child’s accomplishments. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying you should chase down everyone you know at the school and let them know that Johnnie hit a home run last night but...It wouldn't hurt to do a little blogging online on the local newspaper's sports blog. There you can make up a name and nobody will even know who you are. You can talk about your child’s successes on the field as well as  the successes of his or her teammates. Don't be shy. You need to get people talking.

Another thing to do is to start early. Get your kid in front of people that matter early. I'm talking 8th grade. You think people aren't looking for athletes that early? Think again. Frank Beamer from Virginia Tech was in Myrtle Beach to look at a Freshman quarterback last year. How do you think this Div 1 coach heard about this freshman in Myrtle Beach? Yeah he was / is very good. But it was the hype and publicity that caught the attention of the scouts.

I recommend sitting down with your child when he is about twelve and begin the process of creating a college wish list. Of course your child will probably choose about ten or twelve large Div. 1 schools which is fine but insist that he or she chooses a div. 2 and 3 school for every Div. 1 he chooses, and choose at least five colleges from the state you reside in. Sounds like alot right? You probably can't even think of that many colleges right? That's okay because I've got a great website for you to go to. It's Duke Universities' Athletic site.         http://www.goduke.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=4200&KEY=&ATCLID=1284077 This has links to hundreds of div. 1, 2, and 3 college athletic websites across the country. From here you can browse with your child and find the colleges he or she is interested in. Once you make your choices go to each site and carefully look for a link that says either "Prospective athletes" or "Athletic Questionnaire". Fill out the questionnaire for each school and before long you will start getting correspondence via e-mail, and snail mail. NCAA rules are very restrictive about how and when coaches can contact an athlete, however your child can and should call coaches. The coaches will be glad to hear from you and will give you guidance on upcoming events for your child to attend such as camps, combines or showcases etc.

Camps and showcases can be expensive but they can be alot of fun and often times they are run by coaches from twenty to thirty different colleges all of which will get a first hand look at your child.

There are also free Nike and Sparq combines throughout the year. Go to as many of these as possible until your child posts above average times and scores. If a Coach takes notice of your kid when he is twelve or thirteen he will quietly follow his or her progress throughout his high school years.

And finally it is a good idea to sign up for NCSA. (National Collegiate Scouting Assn.)  This is a for profit company. Once you sign up on-line they will contact you and attempt to represent your child by posting a highlight video of your child along with a personal website for him or her. This is great but expensive. There are other sites that you can upload images, video and stats to, that coaches peruse from time to time, two of them are: http://www.berecruited.com/ or http://www.trupreps.com/FanPages/TRU/Home.mxp The best thing about NCSA is the free, very informative monthly newsletter they e-mail to you even if you don't acquire their services.

I chose to film all of my sons Football  games, keep all of his stats and to make my own highlight video (This is time consuming but really rewarding once it's done.) You can make a new video each year. Most Colleges will ask for video so this is very important. Once I made his video I hired a professional company to digitize and re-touch the video. They also put the video to music and highlighted my son on every play. They made me a dvd which I copied and sent to many coaches as they requested them. I also uploaded them to youtube Check out my sons here, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyGePcAhBGE . If nothing else it's a hell of a keepsake that your child will love  and be proud of forever.

In the end My son was awarded over $20,000 a year in academic grants and a tuition reduction of $8,500 per year to play football at Methodist University. I hope this series will benefit you and your children in the hunt for academic dollars via athletic prowess.

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