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Cal South E-News | August 2012 COLLEGE PLANNING

August 21, 2012


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NCSA Athletic Recruiting

Too Busy for Recruiting?

A constant complaint from high school students is that they do not have enough time to make recruiting a priority. High school student-athletes are busier than ever, but if you think about it, you really do have the time to make recruiting a priority. It's not easy to play soccer at the next level and that's why it isn't for everyone. Opportunities aren't going to be handed to you, so if playing soccer in college is important enough to you, you need to find the time to work towards achieving your dream.

There are 24 hours in each day, which means 168 hours in each week. Of those hours, you should devote a minimum of two hours per week to your recruiting, but ideally it would be three to four hours each week. That isn't much time when you consider you have 168 hours from which to choose.

You may need to spend less time watching TV, playing video games or hanging out with your friends each week in order to have spare time for recruiting work. For athletes who play multiple sports, you may find that giving up your secondary sport in order to have more time to concentrate on your soccer recruiting would make the most sense for you.

Learning self discipline and prioritization now puts you a step ahead of your peers who will not be playing sports in college. Prioritizing is something that you will have to do throughout the rest of your life and you are getting good practice now. The more time you can spend researching schools and establishing contacts, the better.

About NCSA:

NCSA Athletic Recruiting changes lives by building leaders through sports and connecting four key communities involved in the college athletic recruitment process: qualified high school student-athletes and their families, high school coaches and athletic directors, college coaches, and professional partners such as the NFLPA, ESPN, and more. NCSA is the leading collegiate recruiting source for more than 200,000 student-athletes and 35,000 college coaches across the country. By taking advantage of this extensive network, more than 90% of NCSA Athletic Recruiting-verified athletes go on to play at the collegiate level. In addition, NCSA educates over 4 million athletes and their parents about the recruiting process each year through educational resources on its website, www.ncsasports.org, presentations of the critically acclaimed seminar "College Recruiting Simplified," and the book from NCSA Athletic Recruiting, "Athletes Wanted."