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 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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Rhabdomyolysis – A Danger To Athletes!

 

Recently, I had a mother of a high school athlete document her (and her son’s) experience with a very serious bout of Rhabdomyolysis, which was totally unheard of at the time.  The fact that nobody talks about it or is aware of how to prevent or treat it is ridiculous!  With so many kids participating in sports and training harder than ever, I felt the need to make sure EVERYONE knows about it and can be prepared.  Rhabdomyolysis is the breakdown of muscle fibers that leads to the release of muscle fiber contents (myoglobin) into the bloodstream.   Myoglobin is harmful to the kidney and often causes kidney damage.

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