Youth of today are faced with crucial dilemmas in their attempt to establish a pathway to follow in order to secure their financial futures. They are told, and figures do justify, that College graduates earn much more over the course of their earning lives than non-college educated persons.
However, the economy is reminiscent of the Titanic, Federal Grants and loans have been significantly reduced and the competition is vicious for scholarship monies.
So what do you do if you’re a student athlete searching for financial aid to attend college? If you’re reading this you’re either 1 step ahead of the game, or fooling yourself about your skills. Assuming you do have extraordinary skills in a scholarship sport, say baseball, how do you let the proper people know they just can’t live without your skills?
Recruiting Videos have played an ever increasing importance in the determination of whether a student gets an initial look much alone a second look from a coach. A well created recruiting video can be a great asset to both parties, the family attempting to seek exposure, and the coach trying to squeeze as much investigation and research into recruiting as possible in a very limited time span.
So, what constitutes a Good Recruiting Video which stands a chance of being seriously viewed by a coach or his staff? Let’s briefly review the basics.
1. Our quest of course is for money, scholarship money, but that’s not the most important thing to concentrate on. Time, or lack of it, is what one should focus on. Coaches are busy, their staff is busy and the student interns which assist in viewing and grading videos are busy. Think Sales!!
You have to reach out and grab the attention of the viewer in as short a time, 4 – 8 minutes maximum, as possible. The video should be a collection of high light films. Don’t show a time at bat where you worked the count full, then hit a home run. Show the 1 swing that produced the home run.
2. Make sure your video is fully and completely labeled with all pertinent information. Remember, you’re not sitting there with the coach, You’re 1 of hundreds of videos received.
List your name, address, phone numbers, high school name, year of graduation, identify your jersey number and uniform color, email address, GPA and SAT/ACT scores if available.
You may only get I shot at this, you don’t want to blow it because you forgot to list your jersey number, now the coach has no idea who he’s suppose to be evaluating.
3. Experts say “Don’t ever send in an unsolicited video,” and ideally they are correct. However, there is the “squeaky wheel gets the oil” syndrome. Send in letters of query, attempt to build a relationship with a contact at the school, but being bashful won’t get the job done.
Although unsolicited, if you’ve established enough contact with the department, they will know who sent the video and why. 1 in a 100 chance, perhaps, but better than 0 in a 100.
4. Perform your Due Diligence. You’ll look incredibly stupid sending in a baseball recruiting video to a school which abandoned their baseball program two years earlier.
The goal is to attend college, but being accepted to a college which specializes in Business Degrees, when you’re goal in life is to become a doctor, won’t work.
5. Be realistic. The competition is fierce, money and time is limited and for some coaches, the video is just the beginning of scouting. They prefer to physically see the player in action and perhaps that’s improbable due to distance or some other reason, so the recruiting process stops before it starts.
Here’s something important to remember. There are 1000s of college student athletes playing on scholarships. These players are exceptional, some will become professionals in their chosen sport, but you know what…Not every school was interested in them… They were told “Thanks, but No thanks.” So just because school A turns you down, don’t give up. School B, C or D may recruit you.