Re: How to get a scholarship

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Posted by Been there on May 10, 2017 at 14:47:34:

In Reply to: Re: How to get a scholarship posted by Me on May 10, 2017 at 13:06:52:

: : Posted this as a response in another thread, but thought it might be worth its own.

: : Parents understand this, the camps you go to and the clubs you play for have almost nothing to do with whether your daughter gets a scholarship or not. Most of the girls getting offers from these camps and club viewing tournaments would be getting scholarships without them.

: : Where the camps and clubs do good, is by making your daughter a better player. It is all in the training and game experience.

: : My advice as a coach and parent of a college athlete: if you want your daughter to play college basketball, find a good trainer and get her private or semi-private lessons. Find a club team where she will play a lot of games against good competition and she will play a lot in those games.

: : THEN, do some work yourself. Make a list of schools that you feel meet the criteria you are looking for: Able to play at that school, good location, provides the education options you're looking for. Then contact those coaches.

: : College coaches have a limited amount of resources to recruit players. The only reason they go to viewing tournaments is that it gives them an opportunity to see a lot of players at one time. If you let a coach know you are interested in their program, they will spend time looking into you. PERIOD! You don't have to hope your in the right place, with the right club, at the right time, with the right colleges in attendance at your tournament.

: Amen

:: Most coaches are coming to recruiting events with their mind already set on 3-6 players that they're already in contact with. They're not just blindly going to events saying "I wonder what great players I might happen to see today?"
It doesn't work like that. Of course another player or two might catch their eye.

The most important thing is for the player to have a RELATIONSHIP established with the prospective school's coach. Pick 4-5 schools, and get in touch with the coach directly. There are restricted periods where they can't call you or even talk to you - but YOU CAN ALWAYS CALL THEM.

If they're local - walk into their office and ask them what they're interest is. Also, the process begins with filling out a statement of information/interest on the college's recruiting web site. Don't get too full of yourself talking about your girl's dozen+ offers, etc. Pick 3-4..and run with 'em.

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