COVID 19 - A NEW STRATEGY FOR PROACTIVE ATHLETES
COVID 19 - A NEW STRATEGY FOR PROACTIVE ATHLETES
COVID 19 - A NEW STRATEGY FOR PROACTIVE ATHLETES
NCAA vs NAIA:
What is the best college option for you?
LINKS TO EVERY NAIA COLLEGE
WHAT IS NAIA ATHLETICS
LINKS TO CALIFORNIA JUNIOR COLLEGE ASSOCIATION
LINKS TO EVERY NCAA D2 COLLEGE
LINKS TO NATIONAL JUNIOR COLLEGE ASSOCIATION
LINKS TO WASHINGTON/OREGON JUNIOR COLLEGES
This questionnaire was created for families to prioritize the athlete's
collegiate goals.

WHEN IS THE RIGHT TIME TO START THE RECRUITING PROCESS?
  • High school aged players who have a marketable skill-set should
    begin the process entering sophomore year
  • The recruiting process is centered around Sophomores and
    Juniors, so players and families should be maximizing exposure
    during Sophomore and Junior year

IS IT NECESSARY TO HAVE RECRUITING VIDEO?
Video is the most valuable tool of the proactive recruiting process.  
Think of recruiting video as the most important component of a
resume.

  • It allows athletes to expose their game to coaches and recruiters
    around the country
  • The first two questions recruiters ask are: "Will you send me
    your transcripts and DO YOU HAVE VIDEO?”
  • Video allows athletes to market their skill-set to schools in every
    region of the country, which removes the ceiling of possible
    college options

FEAR:
  • What is your#1 fear of the recruiting process?

GOALS:
  • Has the athlete identified college major?

COLLEGE IDENTIFICATION LIST:
  • Has athlete identified a top 10 list of schools they'd like to earn
    their degree from?

VALUE MATCHING:
  • Do the schools on the athletes top 10 list match his/her athletic
    skill-set?

PRIORITY:
  • What if the athlete is admitted into a top 10 school as a student,
    but not offered a scholarship or a roster position?

COLLEGE EXPERIENCE:
What type of college experience does athlete expect?
  • Major College: Fraternity, Football games, big city
  • Mid College: Moderate campus size
  • Small College: Not concerned with student body size, small city,
    earn degree and play four years of college athletics

LOCATION:
  • How important is location for athlete and family?
  • Does family want to drive to all games?

COMPETITION LEVEL:
  • Is athlete interested in competing with and against the best
    athletes in college athletics?
  • How will athlete feel if they do not receive a D1 offer?

ATHLETIC #1 POSITION:
Colleges, even D3, are looking for the athletes #1 skill-set.  It is
important to understand what skill will transfer at the collegiate level.

  • Player #1 position:
  • Player #2 position:

ATHLETE'S ASSESSMENT OF SKILL LEVEL:
  • D1         D2         D3

NCAA COLLEGE ATHLETICS:

NCAA ELIGIBILITY:

NAIA COLLEGE ATHLETICS:

NAIA ELIGIBILTY:

CURRENT COLLEGE COACH COMMUNICATION:
  • Which schools are athlete directly in contact with?

MARKETING PLATFORM:
  • Does athlete have video and a marketing platform to expose his
    skill-set to recruiters?

ENTERING SENIOR YEAR:
  • What are athletes goals and expectations entering senior year?
  • How will athlete achieve those goals?

FAMILY INVESTMENT:
  • Each family needs to determine a dollar amount they are willing
    to invest minus academic and athletic scholarship money
WHAT COLLEGE LEVEL ARE YOU? D1 D2 D3
LINKS TO EVERY NCAA D3 COLLEGE
PROACTIVE RECRUITING CENTER
LINKS TO EVERY NCAA D1 COLLEGE
COLLEGE ATHLETICS INFORMATION CENTER
PREP LINKS has created this PROACTIVE RECRUITING CENTER to help Northwest athletes and families understand the changes caused by
COVID-19. The information in our
PROACTIVE RECRUITING CENTER is typically reserved for paying customers, but we understand how confusing
the recruiting process has become since COVID, so we have made this information available to all athletes and families. Our goal is to help Northwest
athletes take control of the recruiting process.
WHAT IS NCAA ATHLETICS
HELPING ATHLETES TAKE CONTROL OF THE RECRUITING PROCESS
COVID 19 - A NEW STRATEGY FOR PROACTIVE ATHLETES
BE PROACTIVE
The myth of the recruiting process:
  • Playing on the right select team will lead to a college scholarship
  • Attending the right prospect camp or showcase tournament will
    lead to a college scholarship

While select teams and showcase/prospect events are helpful to elite
athletes, it is not the case for the majority of high school athletes.  

REALITY OF RECRUITING
  • Only 3% of all high school athletes will be directly recruited by
    college coaches
  • 97% of all high school athletes need to be proactive in their own
    recruiting process.
  • The most valuable tool of the recruiting process is a proactive
    athlete.
WHY ATHLETES AND FAMILIES MUST BE PROACTIVE
COVID 19 - A NEW STRATEGY FOR PROACTIVE ATHLETES
ATHLETE CONCERNS
  • What if my high school career ends without being recruited or I
    do not have any college athletic options?
  • If only 7% of high-school athletes are contacted directly by
    recruiters, how will they know who I am?
  • What if I want to play ball at a college outside of my state? How
    will coaches know about me?
  • What level of college athletics best fits my skill-set: D1, D2, D3,
    NAIA or Junior College?
  • What if I get accepted to a college as a student, but is not
    recruiting me as an athlete?
  • Should I consider attending a junior college?
  • What if I receive a college scholarship or roster spot to a college I
    am not interested in?
  • What is the difference between NCAA & NAIA athletics?
  • Do I need video?
  • Do I need a recruiting service?

PARENT CONCERNS
  • How do we transfer years invested in select sports, prospect
    camps, private lessons, and showcase events, into a package that
    will help my child move on to college athletics?
  • When do we begin the process?
  • Where do I start?
  • Can I help in the process?
  • Will high school and select coaches help?
  • Do I hire a recruiting services to help?
  • Does we need video?
WHAT EVERY ATHLETE & FAMILY SHOULD KNOW
COVID 19 - A NEW STRATEGY FOR PROACTIVE ATHLETES
One of the most frequently asked questions from athletes (and
parents) is how to determine if they are genuinely being recruited.
High school athletes receive tons of information from camps,
showcase events, prospect events, which are typically sent to
thousands of athletes across the country. Often times, athletes
mistake "prospect identifier" letters or attending a camp or prospect
event as being recruited.  Below are six ways to determine if you are
actually being recruited.

  1. Has the head coach or recruiting coordinator contacted you
    personally?
  2. Has the head coach or recruiting coordinator asked you to
    submit your high-school transcripts and SAT/ACT scores?
  3. Has the head coach or recruiting coordinator contacted your
    high-school or summer coach regarding your
    grades/abilities/demeanor?
  4. Has the head coach or recruiting coordinator asked to see your
    recruiting video?
  5. Has the head coach or recruiting coordinator discussed the
    percentage of scholarship money they will be offering?
  6. Has the head coach or recruiting coordinator invited you to visit
    the campus for a personal tour?
SIX WAYS TO KNOW IF YOU ARE BEING RECRUITED
PERSONAL RECRUITING QUESTIONNAIRE:
  • The Personal Recruiting Questionnaire was created to help
    athletes and families take control of the recruiting process
  • The questionnaire h