Can’t Play Any Longer… NOW WHAT?

 

Here is a VERY REAL situation, summarized by one parent (Charles Todd), how things turned out and the fact that the focus on academics saved his son’s college future…..  After reading this, ask yourself, “Is my son/daughter prepared in the event that Plan A ends up being NO plan?”  or  “If sports ended, what will the future look like for my child?”  This is a very real occurance that most don’t like to think about, but you need to be prepared for, just in case!

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What Are The Coach’s Duties?

 

Have you ever overheard parents or even yourself say, “Our son/daughter would have gone to college to play sports, but their coach didnt’ get them the exposure with colleges that they needed!”  Guess what, the blame may not be on their coach, but on YOU!

As parents, we expect the coach to train our children, create their highlight videos, call the colleges, take the kids to combines and camps, and at the same time, have a winning season.  The true role of the coach is to pull the full athletic potential out of our student-athletes and to assist them (and YOU) in building their character, PERIOD.

In my opinion, these are the primary duties of the coach.  Some do more and some do less, but at the end of the day, we (the parents and the student-athlete, themselves) have to take ownership of this recruiting “journey” and not rely on anyone else to make it happen.

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A Parent’s Perspective & Help – Pt 2

 

Rule #1 - BE REALISTIC!!!

In my opinion, the 1st step in the process of recruiting and achieving your scholarship goals is knowing your target schools.  In other words, you must be realistic!

We all want our kid to be D-1 and on the National Championship team.  I had those same aspirations and dreams for my son.  He was a 6’ tall 220 lb linebacker with awesome speed… but he was not a 6’4” 240 lb linebacker with that same awesome speed.  So, realistically, he was not going to receive an offer for the University of Alabama.  Here’s the good news… there are thousands of other schools that he is perfect for!  Don’t focus all of your attention on one school or one particular division; I reached out to every school at every level that I could think of.  You must refuse to overlook any scholarship opportunities.  After all, a smaller college environment may end up being a perfect fit for your student-athlete, which is why you really want to check out the colleges thoroughly.

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Recruiting – A Parent’s Perspective & Help – Pt 1

 

This blog entry is for the frustrated, confused, and those wondering “Why in the world does RECRUITING cost so much!”

My name is Charles Todd…… you can call me “Todd”.  I am the parent of a college football player and yes, I have survived the high school recruiting jungle!

After many trials, errors and an empty wallet, I consider myself an expert of the simple, but not so simple road to collegiate sports and education for student-athletes with the desire to reach that level. I started filming my son’s games way back in little league and that continued through middle school and high school. Once middle school was over, I began to research the coaching staff of our local high school programs to figure out where my son would best fit in.

Once in high school, we jumped right into the rat race of going all over the state for him to compete in various combines to achieve his “star” ratings and chase higher statuses on all of the recruiting websites.  My thought process was  “we have to get his name out there if we stand a chance of him making it to college”…. Well guess what, I was WRONG! Yes, we needed to get him some exposure, but the only way to become more than just a name and a 40 time was for us to visit these coaches and communicate with them through phone calls, emails and online recruiting resources, like what ViewMySport.com provides. We had to make the relationships personal and get to the point where the coaches were rooting for him to succeed. Then they would be excited once his highlight film arrived, or when he would show up at their camp “on campus”, or just a drop by visit while on family vacation.

Through the ViewMySport blog, I will continue to share my experiences and give you step-by-step instructions on what worked for us, in hopes that it will help guide you on how to get your young student-athlete recognized by college coaches. My ultimate goal is to help you make your children’s dreams of competing collegiately come true and to gain an invaluable college education in the process.  I’m offering what I wish someone had done for me before I wasted  too much money and too many miles.

Allow me to take this journey with you… I’m excited, aren’t you?!?

 

For comments, questions or if you would like Charles Todd to come speak to your team or at your school or association, please email:   info@viewmysport.com

 

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Capozzoli Partners w/ ViewMySport

 

ATTENTION: Important press release…..

JACKSONVILLE, FL (February 27, 2015) – ViewMySport, LLC announced today that retired professional football place kicker, Marco Capozzoli, reached a definitive agreement to purchase a substantial minority interest in the sports recruiting service. Under the terms of the agreement, Roger Tillis will continue as majority shareholder and President / CEO of ViewMySport, with Mr. Capozzoli taking over as Executive Vice President of Operations.

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Head Count -vs- Equivalency Scholarships

 

The difference between head count scholarships and equivalency scholarships can best be understood as sports that are guaranteed full-ride scholarships (head count) versus sports that divide the scholarships as partial scholarships (equivalency).  It is important you understand the type of scholarships offered for your sport.

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Looking Into High School Equestrian As A Sport?

 

For the Equestrian student-athletes out there or if you’re just starting to think about it as a sport option, here is a link for the USEF (United States Equestrian Federation) Interscholastic Riding Programs Guide….. Great information to know and understand!

https://www.usef.org/documents/intercollegiate/interscholasticequprogram.pdf

 

 

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What Are College Volleyball Coaches Looking For?

 

We had this article sent in by one of our members and felt the information was great stuff to share with the masses.  It was written by a sports journalist and the feedback is directly from college volleyball coaches that were attending a huge qualifying tournament in the U.S.  Over 4,000 really good players were in attendance and the college coaches from all over were there to do personal evaluations, etc.  Many of the coaches were looking at freshmen and sophomores, but also had their eyes on some middle school and elementary level players.

Here are some common denominators from what the coaches shared:

* Kids are not proactive enough in recruiting. They continue to think they will get discovered at events. The remarkable 6’ 2” gazelles will usually do well, but there are a lot of good players that need to be doing more than simply trusting the Club process to lead to great offers. They do not reach out to college coaches like they should. Families too often think the recruiting process is supposed to come to them. These college coaches are looking for qualified kids that really want to play for them, and know how to reach out to them.

* It is amazing the academic packages that can be put together for good, smart athletes outside D1.

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BEING “THE MAN”

 

BEING THE MAN…… Yes, this sounds like a gender-based comment, but it is not.  It applies to males, females…boys and girls!  As they say, “in order to BE the man, you have to BEAT the man”….. Well, what happens when your young student-athlete, who was a stellar athlete in association and middle school sports gets into high school and is out-performed?  What if they end up being at the bottom of the high school level “best of the best”?  Parents, it is up to you to be prepared to discuss the different levels of success on a high school athletic team.  Success doesn’t just mean being a starter or the team captain.  It can be the kid that rides the bench, but has an outstanding positive attitude and works hard at helping his teammates get better and prepare in practice (Rudy!  Rudy!  Rudy!).  It can also be that your kid is a slow bloomer and simply is not at the same level, physically, as the other kids that have already grown.  You DO NOT want to discourage your kids, but instead, have them push forward and learn to be as good and smart in their sport as they can be, taking as much as they can from practice, etc.  There will be a point where they can improve their size, in time, and start to measure up.  Sometimes, kids may not meet their full athletic potential of that level till their Senior year.  It would be a shame to pull them from sports early in their high school career when they could still achieve a high level in their Junior or Senior years!

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Starting The Recruiting Process Early Is A MUST

 

Some parents are getting a lot of flak regarding them exposing their young student-athletes to the recruiting process when they are just in youth sports, prior to middle school.  Actually, it is a great time to start getting into the process!  Now, let’s be clear, we’re not talking about forcing your kids into every sports boot camp and pushing to be an early commit by the time they are in the 5th grade.  THAT is a bit much….. It is essential for both the student-athlete and the parents to start getting into what the recruiting process is all about, what it requires, the process itself and the familiarity of the terms and regulations that govern the process.  There is a lot to know and understand, but it can be both informative and fun for all if started early, when there is no pressure.

 

 

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