Parents are a vital part of the college athletic recruiting process, whether it is in basketball or any other sport.  Unfortunately, many families struggle to fully understand the process and what their role should be.  This can end up having a negative impact on their child’s chances to maximize their recruiting potential.

Make no mistake, recruiters in all sports will find out about your child.  If he or she can play… recruiters will know about them.  With all the Social Networking avenues out there, the days of the “hidden gem” or “totally unknown” prospect are gone.

The “under the radar” player, the one’s that are late bloomers or are not quite the star on their team… they may still be some what hidden, but not totally.  This usually only occurs if they do not play their sport outside of their area or on a travel type team.  I may also mean the student-athlete has never attended a camp or a clinic or larger tournament.  Other than that… someone, some where will have seen them and written something on the Internet or Tweeted about them – you can count on it.

It’s a college coaches job (sometimes the #1 job) to find players.  Great talent, great players make us all better coaches.  College coaches will find players no matter where they are, no matter what the sport.

I have always used the comparison… Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin may be the two top NASCAR drivers right now.  But stick Jimmie and Denny in a 1968 Volkswagen Beetle and give me their cars… I beat them hands down every single race!  You have to have players.

Let’s look at a few parent questions I cam across…

Becky Says:
October 27th, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Since recruitment (efforts permitted on students/parents part by NCAA) is starting so early, is it okay for me , the parent to do the majority of the communicating with coaches until my athlete enters high school? I would like for my athlete to focus on her game, schoolwork, etc and let me research, identify good schools/coaches, etc until she is mature enough to do so. Will the coaches frown on this?

Great question Becky… It is absolutely OK (and encouraged) for you to take the lead and do the majority of the communication with coaches for as long as you and your family deem it – not just until she enters high school.  Remember, you are in charge of this process – not the schools or the coaches.  This is your daughter’s life: academic career and athletic career, you decide the rules – not the other way around.

There are specific NCAA guidelines on contacting prospective student-athletes and their families.  Those guidelines can be found at the link below.

Most school / programs, ones that are credible and where you would want your child to attend, will NOT frown on this… they will encourage it!

I would start by establishing your families own “recruiting process”… email me at: recruiting@allbaskeballreview and I’ll give you some more ideas on setting that up.

Mary Says:
October 27th, 2010 at 11:11 pm

As part of Becky’s question. This is the time to start applying to colleges. With applications in process, would it be wise to have the player instead of the parent ,to contact a coach and let them know you still have an interest in their football program as well as what the college offers? I’m unsure as a parent if I should be contacting coach?

Mary… you can always contact a coach.  The NCAA allows families to contact coaches almost any time they want on their own.  (*There are a limited number of “NO CONTACT” days, but don’t even worry about that.)

Regarding your question:  It is actually LATE in the process!  By the time it is application time, the majority of recruiting is done.  Depending on the level of recruiting (Division I, II or III) usually determines that.  I would call that coach today!

This link NCAA RECRUITING GUIDELINES provides you with links to all of the NCAA bylaws.  They aren’t totally easy to understand or find.  If you need help, email me at:  recruiting@allbasketballreview.com and I will walk you though it.

Stephanie Says:
October 28th, 2010 at 9:13 am

What can I do as a parent that has a child that attends a school where the coaches does not have any interest in exposing their athletes to college coaches (track and field)? Am I able to record the events and send off to schools?

I’m sorry to hear that your track & field program is not helping your child with their exposure to college coaches and universities themselves.  That is unfortunate.  As educators, we should all strive to help all of our students with any of their pursuits, especially ones with potential academic advancement opportunities.

First, if your child competes in track & field activities outside of the school (a club, AAU or Y type program) approach those coaches and see if they have any interest in helping to support your child’s exposure efforts.  (i.e. contacting coaches, making recommendations or assisting in any of the recruiting process.)

You can always record any competition or practice events and send them to any school you like.  How much that helps or doesn’t help a prospect has always been a great topic of discussion.  The recruiting services out there, the services that charge you money to “get your son/daughter recruited,” will tell you to pay them and let them handle it for you.  I can’t say that those services don’t work because for some I’m sure they do.  I only know from my years of recruiting I NEVER recruited ONE player from any of those services.  NOT ONE.  As I said, I wouldn’t say they don’t work, but I have not personally seen it.

Email me at recruiting@allbasketballreview.com and I will give you some ideas on creating video clips, contacting schools and establishing a recruiting process for your child.

Thank you all for your great questions.  Keep them coming!

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