The Fundamentals of a Good Skills Video

skills video

Everybody knows college coaches want to see a prospective student-athletes skills video before they start recruiting them. Many times, coaches won’t even watch an athlete play until they’ve seen some skills video. Mostly so they don’t waste their time. College coaches across all divisions have very little time to recruit and even less time to … Read more

College Athletics Has a Place for Every Prospect

college athletics

College athletics.  Being in recruiting for over three decades has taught NSR scouts an essential truth.  There is a place for every high school student-athlete wanting to play college athletics. We have seen it over and over again in our 37 years of working with prospects and college coaches.  Colleges recruit more than the All-Staters.  They … Read more

NCAA D-I men’s basketball expands key definition

NCAA D-I men's basketball

NCAA D-I men’s basketball has expanded a key recruiting rule. Effective August 1 of this year, more people will be included in the group of individuals connected to NCAA D-I men’s basketball prospects.  Previously, only parents, guardians, coaches and family members were considered within that circle.  The updated rule, however, throws a net over anyone perceived … Read more

College Freshman Athletes Face Four Hurdles

College freshman athletes

College freshman athletes face the daunting task of preparing for the leap from high school to the next level.  It is neither a simple nor easy jump. Unquestionably there are high school prospects that have been pushed hard by their prep and club coaches.  But in truth the rigors they survived then cannot measure up … Read more

Bear Bryant and Dean Smith Flipped Segregation to Forge History

Bear Bryant and Dean Smith

Bear Bryant and Dean Smith are undeniably two of college sports greatest coaches.  Each is legendary.  Yet, within a few years of one another, they had hit a wall with their programs.  That wall?  Segregation.  Changes were needed and they knew it.  The ensuing decisions they made would make history, forever altering the landscape of Southern … Read more

Recruiting Enemy #1 Remains Wasted Time

Recruiting Enemy #1

A friend asked me, “What is today’s recruiting enemy #1?” The answer is simple and easy to identify.  And it’s maddening, too.  As a college scout for 13-plus years, I have watched families kill so much time.  So my friend, what is recruiting enemy #1?  It is without question wasted time. Parents vs. the Problem … Read more

How Parents Can Repel College Coaches

parents can repel college coaches

Parents can repel college coaches, for sure.  Every community has them.  Nobody wants them. Hovering over practices, games, matches, meets and scrimmages, they cast a dark cloud wherever they go.  They bug the heck out of coaches, organizations, officials, other parents, and even the kids. It is a shame, really, because sports should be fun for … Read more

Team moms are MVPs of every youth, high school, club and travel team

Team mom

Team moms are the unsung heroines in youth sports. They do the peripheral work a coach has no time for.  They assist in ways few people would undertake.  And they do it all with a smile and a hug for the young athletes they so dutifully and lovingly serve. The Ultimate Doers Team moms work … Read more

Free throw shooting – rethinking the one-point difference maker

free throw shooting

Free throw shooting in basketball. Why is it so tough to consistently do well? After all, a player is standing still, 15 feet away from a non-moving target, holding the ball and with nobody defending. Why are so many players simply awful at this essential skill of the game? Since you asked, I have a couple … Read more