What You Can Learn from September 1st

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Now that the excitement of September 1st has worn off a bit I want to take the time to address a few things that you can learn from the communication you received (or didn’t receive) on September 1st and how it can be a lesson for your own communication with the coaches.

 

Mass email vs Personalized Email: Many of my players forwarded emails they received from coaches with excitement, unfortunately, those same emails were sent out to several others players that I consult. Keep this in mind when reading the emails, if there is nothing personal in the email (just your name does not count as personalized) then it may mean you are not a high priority on that coaches list. It does not necessarily mean that the coach isn’t interested and they may simply be trying to find out who replies back but do know that many coaches will personalize emails to the recruits they are legitimately interested in recruiting.

This same concept applies when you email a coach. I ALWAYS emphasize the importance of making an email personal to the coach and not just addressing it to them. When you do this, you show that you have done your research and are legitimately interested in their school and program. So as you read those emails from coaches think about how it makes you feel when a coach actually knows about you and your game, as opposed to just sending you a general info email. You can make a coach feel the same way when you make an email personal to them as well.

Email vs Phone Call:

I know my players get tired of hearing me say this but Sept 1 was a great reminder of the impact that phone calls can make in the recruiting process. As I was able to watch the different types of communication that took place among numerous coaches and recruits I was able to see the different reactions based on what communication was used. While many times even coaches prefer to use texts and emails for their communication, a phone call (even just a voicemail) will always be more impressive. We all have busy schedules and can usually read an email or send a text easier than having to take a phone call but within my own business I can 100% say that the players who initiate phone calls to me to discuss their rounds or recruiting, even if we can’t connect at that time, stand out to me more than the ones who always only text and email. Did you have any coaches try to call you that day? If so, did it make you feel different than the ones who just emailed or sent a text? Remember that next time you get ready to communicate with a coach.

No, It’s NOT Over: 

Unfortunately, there is the “darker” side to Sept 1 where players don’t hear from any coaches or the coach they really wanted to hear from didn’t reach out. One thing to keep in mind, not all coaches make it a point to contact players on Sept 1. With recruiting happening early and earlier and players being proactive on their end, the appeal of Sept 1 isn’t what it was 10 years ago. Some coaches do make a big point to reach out to players, even right at 12:01am on Sept 1. Some may only contact a couple of their top recruits that day while others may send out 100 or more emails through their database.

No matter what happened or didn’t happen on Sept 1 there is still lots of time left in the college recruiting process. Yes, many players commit and coaches finish the process sooner than later but I have had players find great schools and scholarship money all the way through the middle and even end of their senior year. Two of my better 2016 recruits ended up going to mid ranked DI schools on good scholarship money and as of Sept 1 of their junior year they didn’t even know those coaches or schools really even existed. So make sure you take a deep breath, refocus your direction if necessary and keep working hard to find the school that fits you.

 

The biggest takeaways from Sept 1:

  • Think about the way a coach’s communication makes you feel and keep that in mind when you communicate with them
  • Phone calls are the more personalized and direct way to show a coach your level of interest and maturity
  • Sept 1 is not the end all to recruiting and many things can and will occur after that date if you stay persistent and proactive both with your game and recruiting

 

 

 

 

Club Golf is an Option in College

Guest Blog by Travis Richardson of NCCGA

 

The statistics on playing varsity golf in college aren’t exactly optimistic. According to the NCAA, only 2% of male high school golfers will play Division 1, and 3% for females. For students that don’t go to Division 1 though, there’s still plenty of options available. Division 2, Division 3, NAIA, NJCAA, as well as several smaller leagues provide a competitive outlet for students.

 

One option that is often overlooked is non-varsity college golf.

 

Club golf has grown tremendously in the last couple years in particular, with over 300 colleges now fielding a club golf team on campus. The governing body for club golf is the NCCGA (National Collegiate Club Golf Association). The NCCGA runs more than 100 regional tournaments each school year for non-varsity college student across the country, culminating in a National Championship each semester for the top club teams.

 

The NCCGA holds two tournaments per semester in each region across the country. The tournaments are 2-day, 36-holes, with scores ranging from 70-100+. Club teams can bring up to eight players, with the top five scores each day comprising the team score. Individuals are also welcome to compete if their school doesn’t have a club team.

 

Club golf can even be used as a springboard to playing varsity golf. The NCCGA has seen club golfers at Michigan State, West Virginia, and Florida move from club to the varsity roster in the last two years.

 

Michigan State’s Josh Heinze played on the MSU club golf team for the 2014-2015 academic year, winning the Spring 2015 NCCGA National Championship. Shortly thereafter he was invited to walk-on to the school’s varsity team.

 

During his season on the varsity team, Heinze was named Big 10 Player of the Week, All-Region, Cleveland/Srixon All-American Scholar, won the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate, and helped the Spartans advance to the NCAA Regionals.

 

Outside of the competitive tournaments, club golf is also a great way for students to meet other golfers on campus. Most club teams have organized events throughout the school year, such as range sessions or fun trips to play golf.

 

For students that don’t play varsity golf in college, your golf career doesn’t have to stop there. Club golf is there to keep you in the game.

 

Which colleges have club golf?
**Travis Richardson is the Director of the NCCGA, and loves growing the game of college golf across the country. Contact him at travis@nccga.org, or visit www.nextgengolf.org/college-golf/nccga for more information.

NCAA Rules and Regulations

 
 
Knowing the NCAA rules and regulations will not only help you navigate the process better but it will also show a coach that you are serious and prepared. Keep in mind, a student-athlete can always make phone calls, send emails and take unofficial visits at any point as long as it is on their own time and money. These rules below are in regards to when and what coaches are allowed to initiate themselves. Similar to the Rules of Golf there are many different variations and interpretations of the rules. If you aren’t sure of the rules you can contact the NCAA Eligibility Center if you have any questions.

 

Dates to Know:

September 1st of Junior Year: Division I coaches may send recruiting materials/emails to recruits. New Update: As of August 1, 2014, coaches may also make phone calls, send texts and use any other electronic communication to contact a prospective student-athlete (June 15th after sophomore year for DII). Prior to these dates, coaches may only send general questionnaires. They can not reply to emails or return phone calls.

July 1 after Junior Year: Coaches may make off-campus contact with recruits and their parents but they are limited to 3 total contacts during senior year. (June 15th after sophomore year for DII). Prior to these dates, coaches are not allowed to speak with recruits or parents off campus (to include tournaments).

First day of Senior Year: Recruits are allowed to take official visits. Only one visit per school and no more than 5 total visits to all institutions. Prior to this date, recruits and parents may take unofficial visits but it is at their own expense.

 

Early Signing Period for 2016-2017 Academic Year: November 9-16, 2016

Regular Signing Period for 2015-2016 Academic Year: April 12-August 1, 2017

Dead Periods: November 5-8, 2016 and April 8-11, 2017

 

Terms to Know:

Contact – Anytime a coach has face to face contact and says more than hello to you or your parents off the college’s campus. This includes at tournaments, competitions, practice and your high school. A coach is only allowed 3 contacts after July 1 of junior year. No contact is allowed before July 1.

Dead Period – A college coach may not have face-to-face contact with recruits or their parents, and may not watch student-athletes compete or visit their high schools (evaluate). Coaches may write and call recruits or their parents during a dead period.

Evaluation – A coach evaluating a prospective student athlete’s athletic or academic abilities off campus. This includes visiting the student athlete’s school or watching them participate in practice or competition. A coach is allowed 7 total recruiting opportunities during the academic year, no more than 3 can be a contact.

NCAA Eligibility Center – site where you register to determine your NCAA eligibility to play collegiate athletics, you should register by your junior year in order to ensure you are on the right track to complete your requirements

NLI (National Letter of Intent) – An agreement signed by the student-athlete, parent, or guardian and the institution’s athletic director that states the student athlete’s commitment to attend the institution for one full academic year in return the institution agrees to provide athletic financial aid for one full academic year.

Official visit – A visit to campus that is paid for by the institution. You are allowed 5 total official visits, only one per institution. You must provide your high school transcript and either SAT, ACT, PSAT or ACT and be registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center.

Unofficial visit – A visit that is taken to a college or university that is paid for by the student-athlete or their parents. You are allowed 3 complimentary tickets to a home sporting event. You may take as many unofficial visits as you would like and at any time.

Verbal commitment – A student athlete’s commitment to a school before an NLI is signed. You may make a verbal commitment at any time. It is not legally binding on either end but is extremely frowned upon when the commitment is broken.

 

Division I Recruiting Guide

Division I Information

Division I Initial Eligibility Toolkit

Division II Recruiting Guide

Division II Information

Division III Information

NAIA Information

NAIA Eligibility Center

Junior College Information

 

BranBrandi Jackson7di is a College Recruiting Consultant based in Greenville, SC offering services to female golfers all across the world to help them achieve their goal of playing collegiate golf. She can be reached at brandi@brandijacksongolf.com

 
 
 
 

This One is for the Coaches

 

 

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A couple of years ago I wrote an article similar to this one but I felt it was time to update it after seeing even more about the life that a college coach leads on a daily basis.

No, I don’t have personal experience as a college coach, but many of my friends from junior, college and professional golf have all taken on roles as assistants and head coaches at colleges all over the country. I spend a lot of time talking with coaches, walking with them at tournaments and picking their brains. So, while I don’t see what they go through first hand on a daily basis, I thought I would try to be their voice to the junior golfers, the parents, and the current collegiate golfers.

 

You won’t find many that will complain because they love their job and know the territory that comes with being a college coach but the hours really are endless. There is no leaving the office at 4pm and rarely do they have weekends off or holiday breaks. They not only travel 9-11 tournaments out of the year for the team (plus qualifying) but they also spend most of their free weekends, summers and holidays traveling for recruiting.

 

They have athletic directors, administration, boosters and alumni who expect them to build a winning tradition or else their job could be on the line. They have paperwork to take care of, budgets to work with, money to raise and facilities to maintain. They deal with all the ups and downs of the players on the team: the drama, the emotions, the personalities, the parents, the typical college student issues. Believe me, that is a job in itself.

 

Many of the coaches do all of this while also taking care of a family at home. Most of them will tell you they have two families because they consider their team to be just like family. These coaches put their heart and soul into their jobs. Obviously, they want to keep their job and have a winning team but most importantly, for most coaches, they just want to see each player become the best golfer and the best person they can be. Sometimes this can be very difficult to understand when you are a 19-22 year old in college and you feel like your coach is being unfair or too strict.

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I know for me it was. I was fortunate to be coached by one of the most respected coaches in college golf. Mic Potter built a legendary women’s golf program at Furman University before going to the University of Alabama and turning their team into a National Championship team. He and I both laugh a little when we look back on my career at Furman and the ups and downs we had as player/coach. Many times I wanted to be a typical college student when he wanted me out there working on my game. He always wanted me to set goals but I lived by the philosophy of whatever happens, happens (not such a good philosophy). I was so lucky to have a coach that treated us as individuals and taught us how to be independent players and people. Don’t get me wrong, I know it’s easy to look at things differently now that I am older but I wish I would have appreciated the dedication, commitment, and determination that a college coach puts into each and every player. Coach Potter might have a few less gray hairs if I would have.

 

So as you go throughout the recruiting process keep in mind that these coaches are taking time out of their busy schedules, away from their families, to come out and watch you play or spend time with you on a visit or chat with you in the evenings. Even if you don’t want to attend their school, give the coach the respect and time they deserve for what they are trying to do for you. Never think that you are better than their school because it isn’t a high ranked program or not good enough academically for you.

 

And if you are getting ready to head off to college next year always keep in mind that college coaches endure a lot year after year as they strive to build a winning program. While it may not always seem like the case, they really do want what is best for you and only want to help you reach your fullest potential. Keep in mind the sacrifices they are making to be there at every practice, every workout, every tournament. Try to see things from their perspective and understand why they might be upset or want you to do things you don’t want to do. You made a commitment to let them coach you, so let them do their job.

 

Be humble, be coachable and be appreciative!

 

 

BrandiBrandi Jackson7 is a college recruiting consultant based in Greenville, SC where she runs Brandi Jackson Golf to consult and advise junior golf families on the college recruiting process.

 

Conference Champions

Over the last few weeks, across the country, teams and individuals battled it out for the title of Conference Champion. Below are the teams, their average score, and the yardage they played from – keep in mind conditions such as wind, cold, elevation and location were all different. Click on each image to enlarge.

 

DI Conference Champions

DII Conference Champions

DII Conference Champions (1)

NAIA Conference Champions

What You Can Learn From Lexi

It’s been almost 3 weeks since the LPGA’s ANA Inspiration crowned it’s 2016 champion, Lydia Ko, but there are still lessons to be learned if you watched the coverage of the final round. How Lexi Thompson handled the ups and downs of losing the lead showed some character traits and qualities that can be applied to your own game and attitude both on and off the golf course. By now we all know that Lydia Ko is a phenomenal player and her attitude on the course is certainly one to pay attention to and try to mimic, but the player who impressed me the most during the final round was Lexi. She started the day with a one-shot lead, which she quickly lost on the first hole after a poor first tee shot. As any professional golfer knows by now, during a major a 3-4 stroke lead can disappear in a heartbeat so staying patient throughout the day is a must for a major championship.

But it was Lexi’s composure on the last few holes that really stood out to me. I snapped this picture of her from the Golf Channel’s live coverage of Lexi standing on the 16th green. By this point, she was 6 shots back of the lead with almost zero chance of winning, but she still stood there with her head held high, no change in body language and a smile on her face. She never stopped fighting throughout the entire day, never gave up, never let it show that she was down on herself.

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So much can be learned from how Lexi handled herself that day. A college coach texted me the other day about a player that struggled through a bad day, “How she holds those bad rounds together is just as important as the good ones.” I say this over and over, a college coach puts as much emphasis on how you handle yourself during bad rounds as they do your ability to shoot a certain score.

Watching a player like Lexi, on a stage as big as the ANA should be a great example that at the end of the day it is just golf, and the ability to handle yourself with composure, humility and maybe even a laugh or two will allow you to go much further with your golf game than you could ever imagine. This doesn’t mean you treat bad rounds as a joke, there is a healthy level of frustration and disappointment that is understood and can be turned into a positive, but beating yourself up over bad shots, letting the emotions get the best of you, carrying it over to the next shot and being disrespectful to others and to the game of golf is where the line can get crossed many times with young players.

So take a lesson from Lexi, as well as Ariya Jutanugarn (post round video) who also showed great composure as she handed her 2 shot lead over to Lydia with 3 bogies on the last 3 holes. All three of these players showed a level of gratitude and humility that is very hard to find among top players in any sport. Next time you find yourself giving up a lead in a tournament or suffering through a bad round, think about the grin on Lexi’s face in the picture above or the way Ariya carried herself on the last few holes and remember that it is just a game and no bad round should allow you to lose your character.

Take the Initiative and Call Coaches

Phone Calls

Maybe you have sent out some intro emails but you haven’t gotten any responses, or maybe you have been communicating with some coaches through email but don’t feel like you are getting anywhere? The next step you must be willing to tackle is to pick up the phone and call the coaches. It is very easy to sit behind a computer and send emails, and often times coaches will prefer to communicate that way, but they will all be expecting you to take the initiative to pick up the phone and call them.

They want to see that you are willing to make the extra effort to call and speak by phone. This not only shows your seriousness about playing for their program, but it also provides them insight into your communication skills. Coaches are looking for players with maturity, assertiveness and interpersonal skills, so a phone call will be the best way to begin to show a coach that you possess those qualities.

Below are a few tips to keep in mind when making phone calls to a coach.

General Phone Call Tips:

  • Always have questions ready to ask in case the coach answers
  • Make sure you are somewhere that it is quiet and you can give the coach your undivided attention
  • Ask the coach if it is a good time to chat before you start talking
  • Practice what you want to say with your parents or your coach
  • Do your best to avoid “uh’s”, “um’s”, “yeah’s” as much as possible
  • Be confident, gracious and polite (ma’am, sir, thank you, please, etc)
  • If they don’t answer, leave a voicemail with your reason for calling and include your contact info (if it is before Sept 1 of junior year, leave your swing coaches contact info), then follow up with an email
  • If you have a day off from school make some calls during the morning hours, that is the best time to reach a coach in their office.
  • Don’t keep a coach on the phone any longer than is necessary

Initial Phone Calls:

  • If you recently sent your intro email and resume then make a follow-up call to make sure they got it and see if they would consider you a potential recruit
  • Many times you will leave a voicemail but be prepared to introduce yourself in case a coach does answer
  • Be prepared with some questions to ask and make sure you have done your research before you call
  • If you want to take a visit be sure to have some dates you would like to visit to check their availability

Follow-Up Phone Calls:

  • Always call a coach when discussing important questions/concerns (don’t email)
  • You can develop a much better relationship if you can keep in touch by phone instead of emails
  • If a coach watches you play, give them a call after the tournament and ask them for feedback on what they saw
  • Don’t get frustrated if you can’t reach a coach by phone (especially before Sept 1 of junior year). As long as they have shown interest in you keep trying until they answer
  • If it is after Sept 1 of junior year try to set specific times to call a coach through email/text so they can be available and ready to discuss your questions

 

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Brandi is a College Golf Recruiting Consultant based in Greenville, SC. She played collegiate golf at Furman University, then an 8-year career as a professional golfer on the LPGA and Symetra Tours. She works to consult female golfers throughout their journey to find the right college golf fit. If you are interested in learning more please fill out this questionnaire

 

Ways to Lose Your College Scholarship Chances

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There is a lot of information out there about what it takes to play golf in college, the scholarship opportunities and what you need to be doing in regards to the recruiting process, but I thought I would take a few minutes and give you some insight on things you may be doing or not doing that could ruin your college scholarship chances. Here are a few of the things you need to know so that you don’t cost yourself the chance to play in college and hopefully earn some scholarship money

 
 

    1. Poor Grades – For those junior golfers who struggle to keep their grades up in high school, it could be grounds for not receiving a golf scholarship. Poor grades are a red flag for a college coach that you may lack the time management and discipline needed to play golf in college. College life is more demanding than high school, so, if you struggle in high school with your grades then more likely you will struggle to keep up in college. Even a really strong recruit could get over-looked for another player who has better academics.
    2. Inappropriate Social Media – This is probably one of the quickest ways to cost yourself a chance to play college golf. Everything you post has the chance to be seen by your future college coach so always be mindful of what you post and what you are being tagged in by your friends. Coaches don’t like to see any indication that you may be partying, using bad language, ungrateful or caught up in drama. Keep it clean!
    3. Bad on course attitude – Coaches understand that you are going to get frustrated on the course during bad shots, bad holes and bad rounds, they don’t expect you to always smile and be happy about it. They like to see some fire and competitiveness show, but when it affects your next shot, leads to inappropriate behavior, affects players around you and becomes disrespectful then it could be grounds for them to not want to recruit you.
    4. Being Ungrateful and Disrespectful –  Any signs of disrespect can quickly cost you a college golf scholarship, whether it’s disrespect to your parents, other players, staff or volunteers, if a coach sees it they will quickly change their mind about you. Also, if it ever appears that you are ungrateful for the opportunity to play golf it may lead a coach to no longer want to recruit you. Always show respect and gratitude to others and to the game of golf.
    5. Dishonesty About Other Offers – Within the recruiting process, never lie about the communication or offers you have with another school. Coaches talk to each other, ALOT! If there is ever a reason for a coach to think you are being dishonest, either on or off the course it will quickly be grounds for taking you off their list. Also, always be aware when you are on the golf course to not break any rules or try to cheat, you never know when a coach may be watching.
    6. Excessive Parent Involvement – While not necessarily the players fault, overbearing parents increasingly continue to be a top concern for reasons not to make an offer to a player. I get asked this many times as the 3rd or 4th question from a college coach about players. “How are the parents?” So, on the parents side of the equation, if you show too much emotion on the course, walk off because your son or daughter is playing bad, over coach them before or after the round, get angry with them after the round, speak for them on visits, make excuses for bad grades/poor scores or try to do the recruiting process for the player then you may cost your son or daughter their chance to play golf in college
    7. Wheel and Deal a Scholarship – If coaches feel like you are trying to wheel and deal to negotiate scholarship money they may end up revoking their offer. There is some room for negotiating among coaches and offers, especially when you have several to work with, but do it honestly and genuinely, never try to make it about the best deal. They want you to value the scholarship money as a reward, not a right.
    8. Communication – If a coach emails you or sends a questionnaire and you take weeks sometimes even months to reply, then there is a good chance they have already taken you off their list of potential recruits. The recruiting process can happen in the blink of an eye, if you don’t show a coach your enthusiasm and excitement for receiving their information then it tells them you aren’t very serious about playing for them. They know it may take a few days to respond, sometimes a week, but if you take much longer than that then you may easily be overlooked and passed over by that point. Respond in a timely manner.
    9. Lack of consideration – Any time a coach (or anybody for that matter) takes the time to contact you and uses their resources for your benefit you owe them the courtesy of a reply. Whether they have sent you an email, come out to watch you play, invited you on a visit, or contacted your coach, take the time to reply back and at least say thank you. Think about how you feel when you try to contact a coach without any kind of response, it’s quite irritating, so try not to be that way back to a coach who has taken the time to contact you.

 

 

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Brandi is a College Golf Recruiting Consultant based in Greenville, SC. She played collegiate golf at Furman University, then an 8-year career as a professional golfer on the LPGA and Symetra Tours. She works to consult female golfers throughout their journey to find the right college golf fit.

 

College Golf Practice

IMG_8661I have re-posted almost every blog that Coach Sutherland from SMU has written because the information is so insightful and valuable for junior golf families. I was honored to have her complete an interview for me last year as part of my partnership with the PKB Girls Tour which you can find Part 1 and Part 2. But this week she shared some details about the team’s practice schedule that should give you some great ideas on how to set up your practice as well. You can check out the article HERE.

Personally, this article was very satisfying for me to read as I just started a 4-week challenge with my full-time players that included some very similar drills that Coach Sutherland uses in her practice. The girls have a specific plan of action each week, they track their results, they WRITE THEM DOWN, they work on their weaknesses, and they have something specific to focus on improving the next time. One of my girls made the comment “I loved the drills because now I have something to try and improve on this coming week”. That absolutely made my day because that is the epitome of practicing with a purpose!

I understand that it can be difficult to recreate some of the drills and scenarios that a college coach can require of the players because facilities may not be conducive, but you can be creative and work with what is available to you.

A few main things to keep in mind no matter what facilities you have available:

  • Set aside time to work on your weaknesses
  • Set a specific plan of action to your practice
  • Write down and track what you do
  • Make the drills have a goal
  • Hold yourself accountable to finish what you set out to do
  • Set a plan to improve next time around
  • Ask your coach for help with any of the above

 

 

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Brandi is a College Golf Recruiting Consultant based in Greenville, SC. She played collegiate golf at Furman University, then an 8-year career as a professional golfer on the LPGA and Symetra Tours. She works to consult female golfers throughout their journey to find the right college golf fit.

 

Utilizing Social Media in College Recruiting

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Social media can be a very useful tool to utilize during the recruiting process but it can also be a way to cost you opportunities if you don’t use it wisely. While there are rules on the coach’s end for connecting with recruits through social media, they can still do their homework to investigate what you are posting about, what your friends are posting about, and how you present yourself when you aren’t in front of them. However, if you use social media wisely, it can be a great way to learn more about the coach, the golf program, and share your own progress throughout your junior golf career.

 

Furman University Head Women’s Golf Coach Kelley Hester shared her thoughts on the use of social media:

“We are a little limited on who we can friend and things like that, but there’s probably a good chance that I might have players that are friends with some of the kids and if there’s a lot of drama popping up then that’s probably going to come to the surface. Just like we tell our college kids that a future employer is going to monitor and go back to look at somebody’s Facebook photos and language and things like that. This is one level down but college coaches are gonna be looking at some of this junior golf business so I think it’s important to be careful what you put out there about yourself. And I will tell my college players the exact same thing, it doesn’t change or get any better and it’s really only going to become more so as you get older and once you put things out there, they are out there. We didn’t have this was when I was a kid, thank goodness, but kids have so much more responsibility in terms of the things that could have a potential impact on their lives. I would just say that if your grandmother’s not gonna be okay with it, then it probably doesn’t need to be up there”

 

Some ways that social media can hurt you:

 

  • NEVER post any bad language or inappropriate pictures. Just keep it clean!!
  • Keep the pictures classy. Yes, a picture or two of you on vacation at the beach is completely fine, but know where the line is with too much and too many.
  • Posting your college decision before telling the other coaches who were recruiting you what your decision is. ALWAYS call and email those coaches before you post it on social media!
  • Coaches aren’t stupid, they know what red solo cups usually mean in pictures
  • Be very cautious of who you allow to be your “friends” on social media. Even though you may not be posting bad messages, if your friends tag you in inappropriate messages that can influence a coach just as much.
  • Keep your settings private and only allow people you know and trust to follow you and be friends with you.
  • Make sure you don’t complain, make excuses, or seem ungrateful after bad tournaments
  • Don’t share too much about your personal life. If it looks like your life is full of drama in high school, coaches will assume the same will happen in college

Some ways that social media can help you: 

  • Many coaches and programs are required to maintain social media sites so take advantage of this as a way to learn more about the coach, the program, and the overall atmosphere.
  • Use the information posted on a team’s account as a way to have things to chat about when you speak or email the coach.social-media-763731_640
  • Posting occasional pictures from your practice sessions and workouts can show a coach what you are doing on a daily basis. Just don’t go overboard by posting everything you do.
  • Posting pictures from your tournaments, especially when you play well, is a great way to let coaches know how you are doing.
  • If you have some extracurricular activities, hobbies, or volunteer work that you are involved with be sure to post about that. It shows you are a well-rounded person.

 

These days social media can be a scary world for young kids so if you aren’t comfortable using it or your parents don’t want you to use it then don’t feel pressured to. Yes, it can be a great tool to utilize during the recruiting process but it needs to be monitored and used appropriately. Keep in mind, as a prospective student-athlete, you are under a much bigger spotlight and radar than nonathletes. Everything you do, every decision you make, every picture you take, every post you make, can all affect your future, not only as a college athlete but also as a future employee.