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June 17, 2011

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Four Ways to Stand Out in the Recruiting Process

When there over 700,000 athletes playing high school soccer throughout the United States and less than 65,000 going on to compete in college, you will have to work very hard to make yourself stand out from the rest. Here are some key ways to accomplish this:

1. Be an all-around student-athlete: Coaches look for recruits that are not only great athletes, but are also strong students. Keep your GPA high and prepare as much as you can for the SAT and ACT. Get involved in extra-curricular activities and contribute to your school outside the classroom and off the field.

2. Put the work in: Most high school athletes wait for coaches to come to them and as a result, miss out on countless opportunities. Show coaches how much you want to compete at the next level; don't just tell them. Email and call coaches and make sure they know you are interested in their school.

3. Constantly work to improve: Don't settle for your current abilities. College coaches want athletes who continue to get stronger and improve. If you aren't going to college camps or challenging yourself, you will have a difficult time growing as a player.

4. Have good character: Part of the recruiting process will be coaches getting to know you. They want players on their team that are a pleasure to speak with and easy to work with. If they sense that you may give them a hard time down the line or cause trouble, they can lose interest in recruiting you.

Don't settle for being just like every other recruit a coach comes into contact with. If you want results, you must put the work in.

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.