Recruiting Q&A – 7th Grade Girls Basketball Player

Recruiting Questions Question: Hello, I am a 7th grade basketball player who is very confused about the recruiting process. When should I start contacting coaches? Should I begin to film my games? Am I to young for this? I would also like to know what are Division 1 women’s college basketball coaches looking for in a point guard? GCA Response: Hello, Thanks for the email. Before I get into the recruiting process and what steps you might want to take I want to let you know Continue reading →

2 Things To Consider Before Sending Automated Emails to College Coaches

Emailing College Coaches Are you using a recruiting service that sends automated emails to college coaches on your behalf? Is this service your only method in trying to contact college coaches? While there can be benefits to this strategy, I wanted to make you aware of a couple of issues that can arise from sending automated emails to college coaches: 1. Automated Emails Are NOT Nearly Personal Enough For College Coaches With all the recruiting services and other companies trying to sell to coaches, automated emails are like “white noise” to most college coaches and most of the emails either get ignored or deleted. Very few get opened and even less Continue reading →

GCA Tip of the Day – How to Use Google Calendar When Scheduling Appointments with College Coaches

Contacting College Coaches In Today’s Tip I wanted to show you how you can use Google Calendar to help you: Confirm meetings/calls with college coaches Highlight more information about you as a student, athlete and person to college coaches Show your professionalism in the recruiting process What is Google Calendar? Google Calendar is a FREE time management (calendar) application offered by Google. It enables you to send out Calendar invites which appear in college coaches emails and calendars for them to keep track of daily events and meetings. Why would I use Google Calendar in my recruiting process? Continue reading →

GCA Tip of the Day – What Are You Doing Today To Be a Better Athlete? Write It Down

become a better athlete Do you want to be a better athlete? Do you want to improve so you can become a college athlete? Getting better as an athlete is a day-by-day thing. You have to do the little things whether that be focusing on a practice drill, strategizing against an opponent, doing pushups, running an extra mile or eating the proper food. The way to truly get better is to be consistent doing these things, day in and day out. Over time you begin to feel quicker, stronger, become more instinctive about the game, etc. making you a better player and athlete. A great way to be consistent in doing these “little things” is to write down on a piece of paper the things you are Continue reading →

GCA Tip of the Day – Stay Organized: Use Google Drive in Your Recruiting Process

student-athlete recruiting In Today’s Tip I wanted to show you how you can use ‘Google Drive™’ to help you stay organized and more efficient in your recruiting process. What is Google Drive? Google Drive is kind of like Microsoft Office but it is free service from Google. It allows you to create spreadsheets and word documents. The best part is everything you create is saved automatically and can be accessed from any computer, laptop, iPad or smart phone (there is a Google Drive app for both Iphones and Droids). It is a great place to create a list of schools you want to target in your recruiting process as well as add coach’s email addresses, phone numbers and any other information you want to keep regarding coaches and schools. Now, you are able to access that information from anywhere by just logging into your Google Account. How do I access Google Drive? Continue reading →

GCA Tip of the Day – Week 1 Review

college recruiting If you missed any of GCA’s Tips this week we have you covered. This week we went over the importance of staying confident and pro-active in the recruiting process, how to create an email signature in GMAIL for a more professional looking emails, why high school athletes who are contacting coaches might be gaining an edge in the recruiting process and how and why you should follow up with coaches after a prospect camp or showcase Continue reading →

GCA Tip of the Day – How to Follow Up with College Coaches After Attending a Prospect Camp

Contacting College Coaches If you have attended a showcase or prospect camp hosted by a specific university and program that you may want to play for in college make sure to follow up with the coaching staff after the conclusion of the camp. Why? Well, you have met the coaches personally and they have probably scouted your ability during the camp. Now is your chance to build upon that initial relationship and show your respect and appreciation for their program. It can put you in a more positive light when it comes to your character and how you are as a person – something highly Continue reading →

GCA Tip of the Day – Other High School Athletes are Contacting College Coaches. Are You?

Contacting College Coaches Are you waiting for a college coach or program to contact you? There is a few reasons why you shouldn’t be waiting: Other high school athletes are contacting these coaches, meeting them at camps, going for unofficial visits and most importantly they are building a relationship with the coaches and program (they are on the inside) College Coaches WANT to hear from prospective recruits who want to be a part of their program (lot easier to recruit when players comes to you and show a genuine interest in the school and program) DON’T WAIT!: Create a list of schools you want to Continue reading →

GCA Tip of the Day – Emailing College Coaches? How to Create an Email Signature in GMAIL

Email Signature link online athletic profile By Steve O’Brien – Goal: College Athlete In the Student-Athlete Guide to be Recruited I discuss why you should set up a dedicated email address for your recruiting efforts, why you should add an email signature to your emails and what is should look like. Today, I want to walk you through how you can create an email signature in GMAIL since it is a very popular email service. Step 1: Login to GMAIL and go to your Inbox Step 2: Within your Inbox go to the Top Right Corner and Click on the Circular shape with ridges and a drop-down menu will appear. In the drop-down menu click on “Settings”: Continue reading →

GCA Tip of the Day – Stay Confident, Persist and Be More Pro-Active To Get Recruited

Recruiting emails Are you losing confidence in your recruiting process? Are schools you had hope to hear from not contacting you? Are you feeling down that you may not play at the school or the level you think you can? My Advice: STAY CONFIDENT, PERSIST and be more PRO-ACTIVE! In the Student-Athlete Guide to Be Recruited I talk about speaking to others (i.e. coaches, parents, etc.) and looking yourself in the mirror to receive validation on how good of an athlete you are and what college teams you should be targeting. If you went through the validation process properly you should be confident that you can receive offers from some (maybe not all, but some) of the schools on your target list. Your next step Continue reading →

GCA Tip of the Day – Have You Registered with NCAA Eligibility Center?

college student-athlete advice Have you registered with NCAA Eligibility Center? If you are a high school athlete, in any grade, who wants to play NCAA Athletics you should register with the NCAA Eligibility Center ASAP. Becoming certified is a MUST to be able partcipate in NCAA athletics. The Eligibility Center guides you through the steps in becoming certified. Most importantly, it provides the core-courses you need to take in high school to be eligible to play NCAA sports. Within the Eligibility Center website, you are able Continue reading →

GCA Tip of the Day – Contacting Coaches: Don’t Give Up After One Voicemail or Email

Contacting College Coaches If you emailed or called a college coach once and didn’t hear back them PLEASE don’t let that be the last time you attempt to contact them! Also, don’t fill your head with reasons why YOU THINK they didn’t get back to you. You don’t know the EXACT reason why they didn’t get back to you. Most likely it was because they were busy doing any number of things: running practices, watching film, administrative work, travelling to an away game, etc. Like most people who are busy, coaches don’t respond to every email or call that comes to them. If you sent a relevant, attention grabbing email or voicemail chances are Continue reading →

GCA Tip of the Day – Why You Should Setup an Online Athletic Profile Today

Online Athletic Profile Have you created an online athletic profile to help you in your recruiting process? If you are reaching out to coaches to try and get their attention and don’t have an online athletic profile this is something you need to do IMMEDIATELY! Why? An online athletic profile is quick way (a snapshot per se) of who you are as a person, athlete and student. Within the profile can be important information for a college coach including awards you have won, standardized test scores and highlight videos. KEY POINT: Continue reading →

GCA Tip of the Day – Want a College Coach to Respond To Your Email? Make it Personal

Emailing College Coaches College Coaches get hundreds of emails a day from high school athletes and recruiting services. The majority of them never get opened or responded to. Why? Because they know its going to be some standard, generic email giving stats and information on a self-proclaimed “great recruit”. They have received countless emails like these, most of which will not help them. How do you write emails that coaches will respond to? MAKE IT PERSONAL for the coach. Find out things like: Continue reading →

Men’s College Basketball – 6 Stories of Players Exceeding Expectations

GCA Athlete Recruiting By Steve O’Brien – Goal: College Athlete Want to know what it takes to exceed expectations in Men’s College Basketball? At GCA, we have asked hundreds of Men’s Basketball Coaches coaches the following question: Could you give us an example of a current or former player who exceeded your expectations, highlighting the reasons that player […] Continue reading →

4 Men’s College Hockey Coaches Discuss What Qualities They Want in a Recruit

GCA Athlete Recruiting AT GCA, we have asked hundreds of Men’s College Hockey Coaches this question: Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete? We have received a range of thoughtful and relevant responses from Men’s College Hockey Coaches across Divisions I, II and III. We wanted to share some of the best answers to give young hockey players some perspectives that they might be overlooking and motivating them to put more emphasis on these qualities to reach their goals and become a College Hockey player: Craig Russell – Plymouth State University – Head Coach The quality that we look for first and foremost is overall talent. Not just individual talent, but the ability to make plays, and make players around them better. We also look for strength/fitness level, and tools such as shot, hands, stick, etc. All of these things are important to us, but it is very important for me to address the character of each individual. I will speak with their coaches and Continue reading →

How to Play College Basketball – 5 Men’s Basketball Coaches Answer

 AT GCA, we have asked hundreds of Men’s College Basketball Coaches this question: Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete? We have received a range of thoughtful and relevant responses from Men’s College Basketball Coaches across Divisions I, II and III. We wanted to share some of the best answers to give young/high school men’s basketball players some perspectives that they might be overlooking and motivating them to put more emphasis on these qualities to reach their goals and become a College Basketball player: Dick Meader – University of Maine at Farmington – Head Coach I am attaching a “Program Ideals” that indicates the characteristics that we would like to have in our program. If a recruit has those qualities, we would be very pleased. I think the difference in many athletes is how goal orientated are they. The more solid they are as a student, the more reliable they will be as an athlete….. Continue reading →

How to Play College Baseball – 4 Coaches Discuss What They Want in a Student-Athlete

 What do College Baseball Coaches want in a Student-Athlete? AT GCA, we have asked hundreds of College Baseball Coaches this question: Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete? We have received a range of thoughtful and relevant responses from College Baseball Coaches across Divisions I, II and III. We wanted to share some of the best answers to give young/high school baseball players some perspectives that they might be overlooking and motivating them to put more emphasis on these qualities to reach their goals and become a College Baseball player: Matt Mazurek – Canisius College – Assistant Coach We are all looking for student athletes that are not only very gifted athletically but have a good character make up. We want a kid we do not have to worry about as they live on their own and are going to get after it in the classroom and be a sponge when it comes to our methods in our program. The guys we look for need to have the right type of… Continue reading →