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Cal South E-News | May 2011 COLLEGE PLANNING

May 21, 2011

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A Parent's Role in Recruiting

Being the parent of a student-athlete going through the recruiting process takes balance. As a parent, your role should always be to guide your child, but not doing all the work for them. College coaches want to hear directly from student-athletes, not their parents. When college coaches hear more from a parent, oftentimes, they can lose interest in that student-athlete. It's not worth the risk. Coaches know that your son or daughter is busy, but if student-athletes aren't making their recruiting a priority, coaches can read into that.

Here are a few guidelines to keep in mind:

Ways parents can help

• Help create a highlight video and one-page resume that includes their child's athletic and academic information
• Help set realistic academic and athletic goals for their child's future
• Help create a filing system that keeps track of schools of interest and outgoing/incoming contacts
• Assist with travel arrangements for visits
• Make sure their child spends time each week concentrating on recruiting
• Complete the FAFSA discuss financial aid with each college

Actions to avoid:

• Emailing coaches
• Emailing coaches while posing as your child
• Calling coaches (only permissible near the end of the process)
• Engaging in long conversations with coaches on the sidelines

Every parent wants the best for their children, but your son or daughter has reached an age where they have to start doing things for themselves. You won't be there to hold their hand once they begin college, so by teaching your kids to take control of their recruiting, you will set them up for a successful transition to college life. They are fully capable of doing this on their own. You just have to let them take on the responsibility and help keep them on the right track.

About NCSA :
NCSA - "The Athletic Recruiting Network" (ARN) for college coaches, qualified student-athletes, their parents and high school coaches to expedite and maximize their college sports recruiting efforts.