There is a nearly unrecoverable mistake most families make in recruiting. They wait too late to get involved. They think they are already in, but they aren’t. It’s painful to watch. Here’s the thing families miss time and again: College coaches are planning two, three, four years ahead. In men’s D-I hoops, they are planning a full five years in advance. Logic, then, would dictate that parents put their kids in the position to be noticed and evaluated by as many schools as possible. That would mean, of course, that the ninth grade is the right time to push the boat away from the dock. But it doesn’t happen that way. Right now, today, our NSR scouts are being contacted almost daily by the parents of senior athletes. The parents are in a panic. Rightfully so. Their kids are being left behind. Our culture has developed into a we-have-to-have-it-now way of thinking. Yet, in recruiting, procrastination is the norm. Parents wait far too long to get their kids into the process. When coaches begin looking for recruits in their class, they aren’t there. How does that make any sense? The answer? Families think they are in the recruiting process when they really aren’t. Now we’re getting somewhere. See, they have been told two major untruths:
- Your kid is good enough. Coaches will find him (or her).
- Playing club (or travel) sports will get you recruited.
The problem with these is that an essential step has been skipped over – coaches can’t recruit you if they don’t know about you. Your kid’s future is on the line. Wait if you will, but do so knowing that your kid’s dreams may not be realized. Or you could do something about it. Get moving. A qualified scout can help a family and provide the much needed guidance. NSR scouts can talk with you and your athlete.