Commentary: Asking Others About Your Athletic Ability and Changing Strategies

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Asking Others About Your Athletic Ability

 

I know asking other people to honestly tell you what they think of you as a player can be awkward and sometimes you won’t like the answers you hear but more often than not reaching out to a range of coaches, players who play college currently and others will only help and give you more information. Also, these people now know you are serious about this process and may be able to give you great advice on next steps or refer you to a coach or school because you were top of mind to them. It is really just another great way to build out your network within your sport. Believe me, the higher level you play at, it seems, everyone knows everybody (i.e. It is a small world).

 

Strategy Change

 

If you are dying to be recruited by a Division 1 school or at a higher level than people think you can play right now, you may have to take a year or two to play at a junior college, club (junior) team or take a post graduate year at a prep school etc. (obviously these choices depend heavily on what sport you play, some sports fit better than others) to mature and develop your skills and body to play at that higher level. In my mind, there is no shame in this strategy as long as you want it bad enough and are willing to work. Note: If you are not willing to dedicate yourself to your sport, it is a complete waste of time and money for you and your parents. I don’t see the need to rush to college. That time might be better spent focusing primarily on you sport for a year and maturing as a person overall. The upside: you can achieve your goal of playing for the school or in the Division you always wanted to. If you dedicated yourself to your sport the entire year I do not see a downside. If you did not get the offer you had hoped for you are still going into college athletics more prepared and mature: bigger, faster, stronger and more intelligent than you were the year before giving you more of a chance to be an integral part of your team as a freshman.

 

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