One of FieldLevel’s core values is that success in recruiting means a great college experience. There are a lot of factors to consider when thinking about colleges, but ultimately, you want your athletes to find the right mutual fit in whatever program they choose.
This article will help you work with your athletes and their families to get on the same page about recruiting and maximize the effectiveness of your recruiting strategy.
Recruiting is a team sport — it requires inputs and decisions from athletes, coaches, and families. As a coach, you play a critical role in the recruiting process for your athletes. Part of the process requires you to understand the needs and desires of your athlete, as well as the realities of their family situation. The first step on this journey is to have a recruiting alignment meeting.
Introduction to Recruiting Alignment Meetings
A recruiting process checkpoint designed to get you, your athlete, and their family on the same page about the approach to the recruiting process.
Arms you with the information needed to promote your athlete to the right places.
Recruiting Alignment Meeting Agenda
During the recruiting alignment meeting with your athlete and their family, there are nine items that we feel are important to discuss. You can find high level questions about each item below and you can download our Recruiting Alignment Meeting (Coaches Worksheet) to guide you through the meeting.
Once your recruiting alignment meetings have taken place, there are a few things you should do. First, have your athletes explore different schools with consideration for their needs and desires. By the end of this process, they should have a list of 10-25 target schools that interest them. Once you have their target schools, you can take your next steps.
Now that you have the list of 10-25 target schools, see what connections you have and what connections you can make on their behalf. This should be considerably easier for you to do now that you and your athletes are on the same page.
Once you have those connections, promote your athletes to places that match up with what they want at the next level. Make sure that you have written recent evaluations for your athletes and discuss your athletes’ goals with college coaches. Try to find a few programs that would be a good mutual fit between your athletes and college coaches.
Most importantly, keep having discussions with your athletes about their goals and what might be realistic for their futures. Circumstances change and it is important that you continue to communicate about what they want and where they might best fit in at the next level.
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