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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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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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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Grades Should Not Wait Till It’s Too Late

 

Just reviewed an email sent to us from a parent that is asking ViewMySport for help….. Their son had multiple “verbal” offers from colleges awhile back, but in the meantime, his grades tanked and apparently, he (or the parents) did nothing to address it, until NOW!

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Why Do We Yell?

 

This is a little article / observation from Neal Mars, the Youth Sports Advisor for ViewMySport.com and also who happens to be a former coach and current certified referee for several sports.  This is a bit of his reflection after being privy to and the recipient of comments typical during youth soccer games, etc.  It’s a good reminder of what we, as adults and for some of us, as parents, should be focusing on during this phase of life with our young student-athletes and children……

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“Now What Do I do?”

 

So, the recruiting process is all over and the results are varied….  “I didn’t get any offers from Div I colleges, now what do I do?”…..    “I only got a couple of offers from some NAIA colleges, now what do I do?”…..    “I haven’t received a single offer from any colleges at all, now what do I do?”…..    Famous last words, “NOW WHAT DO I DO?”    It is a question that should NEVER come up, especially at the end of your recruiting journey!    The student-athlete, along with their parents, teachers, guidance counselors and coaches should be helping you prepare for the worse case scenario, which is NOT getting the coveted athletic college scholarship or maybe not the one you were hoping for.

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Too Young To Start The Recruiting Process?

 

We get this question quite a bit, not just for soccer, but for all sports, so thought it would be a great idea to share with the masses……

“My child just turned 12 yrs old and has been in competitive soccer since age 3.  He dreams of playing Division I college soccer.  When do we start the recruiting process?”

You are taking the first important step in your son’s recruiting process, which is “research”.  So many people procrastinate, waiting until their child is “star quality” before doing any prep work regarding their recruiting.  The fact is, college coaches and recruiters are paying more and more close attention to younger athletes, all for the sake of getting a leg up on their competition at other colleges.  It is a polarizing fact, but certainly a reality.

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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