Recruiting Must Haves: 5 - Recruitment Advisor
This week we're going to take a look at the last of the Recruiting Must Haves—a recruitment advisor. Now that your son or daughter has received an objective evaluation of his or her skills and abilities, has created a skills video, set up an athletic and academic profile, and has began distributing this information to university coaches, it is time to start building relationships.
Why do you need a recruitment advisor?
Think about it, coaches help your son or daughter in his or her specific sport, teachers help him or her with being prepared academically, a recruitment advisor can be thought of as your "coach" or "teacher" for the recruitment process itself—finding an expert in this area should not be overlooked.
As the recruitment process continues, it tends to become more complicated and overwhelming and having insights from an advisor who knows the process very well can prove invaluable in ensuring your son or daughter doesn't get crossed off a coach's list of recruits. Here are examples of a few questions that a recruitment advisor can guide you and your son or daughter on:
- I sent my skills video to a coach, but I haven't heard back from them, what should I do?
- Which camps should I attend?
- Should I use an official visit to visit this school?
- How do I know if a coach is really interested in me as a recruit?
This is just a short list of questions that many families confront while going through this process, as you can imagine with every contact of a coach this list will grow and can become more complex.
Who should your recruitment advisor be?
Your recruitment advisor can be a high school or rep team coach, guidance counsellor, or objective third party, such as The Canadian Student-Athlete. Most importantly, you should look for a recruitment advisor who has extensive knowledge regarding the NCAA recruiting process, and is up-to-date with changes in eligibility and recruiting rules, legislation, and best practices.
It may seem unfair or overstated, but small mistakes can make a big difference in how the recruitment journey of your son or daughter unfolds. Coaches simply don't have the time and resources to give second, third, and fourth chances to athletes who send poor quality skills videos, cancel unofficial visits on short notice, have poor communication skills via phone and email, or can't keep their emotions in check during competition.
Don't go at it alone, find a trusted advisor who can help you navigate the recruitment process—getting too much help is rarely a problem, but not enough can make all the difference for this once in a lifetime experience for your son or daughter.