College Recruiting - Having Visibility on the Web.
Let’s face it in today’s highly competitive collegiate recruiting landscape your athlete ( AKA: son or daughter) needs all the help and also all the exposure they can get. So many truly gifted athletes fade into obscurity due to lack of exposure or being involved with the wrong programs that think having a web presence for information is not important. Many feel that all they need do is get out and play and any site or no site will do. Is that really the case? Do you really think that college coaches are not doing their homework and looking kids up using all types of capabilities at their disposal? So many coaches on the college level are using the internet to do much of their groundwork. You can’t deny that every college program has a deep rooted understanding of the internet and its communications capabilities and efficiency. From personal experience my child’s AAU program sent 8 kids on D1 & D2 rides all over the country. Aside from their talent they had a tremendous web based tool to communicate schedules, tournament participation, performance accomplishments, results, and various other information to set them apart and keep coaches that were interested informed.
As you decide what program you want your child to be involved with make sure they at least have the ability to communicate information easily and effectively via their web presence. Here are some key points to consider:
1. Does the program as a whole have the proper exposure on all fronts, Including reputation, image, talent caliber, college coach recognition, Information, contact and communication, easy accessibility to the coaching staff, web presence, court presence etc.?
2. Is the program selective or is it a multi-level program that caters to all talent levels? They both can be very beneficial to your child depending on their skill level. Some kids need to work up to the top level programs so don’t be afraid to join a program that caters to novice athletes in the initial stages.
3. Does the program travel to the right exposure events?
4. Are the players in the program recruitable? Many coaches are exposed to talent that they would never have seen if they were not there watching an important recruit and notice someone else.
5. Does the program have the proper image projected to the public?
6. Can the college coach look up the program on the web and follow it to the information they are looking for?
7. Can you look up information on that program and get a good sense of what you are getting involved with?