I know as a parent myself we want the best for our kids, as well as be the best and have the best. So, some of you may not like what I’m about to tell you. Hopefully, you all have read my last post, because I want to break down each of the things that college coaches are looking for in recruitment. These tips are only here to help you help your child to succeed in the game that they love. With AAU underway kids are riding on getting recruited and picked up by the top schools.
#1 A Good Player
What is a good player? It’s a player that understands the game, sees the court, and listens. They take criticism without allowing it to affect their mood or their game. Good players are always in the gym. Good players can shoot the ball with poise. NOTE! That you do not have to be the best player to be a good player.
#2 Body Language
This will tell a coach everything they want to know about a player. If the game is on the line and you are slumped and pouting. A college coach that was once interested in you has just marked you off his list. When a coach comes to see a player, trust me it is not his first time seeing a player. He has watched video of that player and now wants to see him in person. But, if a coach sees lousy body language on the court that can be his first and last visit.
#3 Mom, Dad, or Guardian Behavior
Oh yes, parents you play a major part in a player’s recruitment. Are you the parent yelling at the coach when your child isn’t in the game? Are you the parent bad mouthing the coach in the stands? Are you the parent yelling at and coaching your child from the stand? If this is you! Stop! No need to explain yourself, we understand that Little Ray Ray is your pride and joy. But if you want coach’s to keep recruiting Little Ray Ray you may just want to cheer the team on. Listen, anything and everything you do negatively will affect your child’s recruitment. If you are hounding your child’s coach he will relay how difficult of a parent you are to any coach that is recruiting your child.
This is essential to playing the game. As a player you should be able make smart passes. This includes a bounce pass, chest pass, a no look pass, overhead pass, and baseball pass. These passes should be unselfish and made with ease without thinking too hard. If you cannot do all or at least three out of the five you have some practicing to do. Understand what I am telling you, yes, you need to be able to do all five passes, but you need to have perfected at least three out of the five if not all of them.
Is also an essential part of the game. Players should always be active around the goal when the ball hits the rim or the net. Players should be ready to grab the ball anytime the ball is not in the hands of another player. Rebounding, the ball puts you in the position to get the ball to another player to score more points. It also puts you in the position to shoot the ball. So, don’t stand there grab the ball!
#6 Style of Play
What is your position? What are your strengths and weaknesses? Get in touch with your game. Perfect your game by perfecting your strengths and work on your weaknesses whenever possible. Play your role. There’s nothing worse than a coach coming to see a player play and he is not playing his role. If you are a point guard your role is the most important role on the team. This person sets the tone for the game. You as a player have to trust that your teammates will actively play their part this is what creates victories. Not one person trying to play everyone’s position.
#7 Be the Best On and Off the Court
Understand that everything you do can affect your recruitment process. When a coach calls you act interested even if you are not, Junior college coaches are just as important as D1 coach’s, be careful what you put out on social media, be upfront with what you are looking for in a school, don’t waste peoples time, and last but not least make sure those grades are on point or your options will be limited.
Thus, parents support your child in their decision, take recruitment trips with your child, ask questions, support the team, support the coach, and last but not least please don’t look at your child as a payoff to your debt.