Updated June 5, 2017
Written By: Jason “Coach Gugs” Guglielmone
Sports Prep Self Recruiting Guide
The Sports Prep Self-Recruiting Guide is crafted and designed to help you use your free recruiting resources to gain access to colleges and universities all over the country. Those resources include:
- Twitter and other social media
- Phone calls
- Attract Athletics which is an Athletic Recruitment Management System (ARMS) Get your Free Profile Here (Contact me once you have signed up so I can activate your profile)
- National Preps which is an excellent resource that charges the schools and not you! Also, make sure you go to their camps and combines.
With the current internet and social media trends you should never need the help of a paid profile for access to a coach’s contact information. Coaches have their emails and phone numbers listed in school staff directories and on the teams rosters and they also make public their social media tags and handles. It would be shame for you to waste funds on a website that will be charging you for free access to the same information.
This guide goes step-by-step on what and when you should be doing throughout your high school career. This is not an exact science; the information will be updated regularly to account for emerging and changing media platforms. It is easy to say that being on a single website and just having a profile which college coaches just happen to access is outdated and not necessary.
What is going to get it done?
HARD WORK! There is no substitute for it both on the field and in the classroom. If you want to pay someone to do your recruiting that is up to you but I’d rather see you work for your scholarship dollars on your own. The coaches want to speak to you not a recruiter. If you go to a paid site you will have still have to still do the questionnaires, send out the emails, make the phone calls, and attend the proper camps.
DISCIPLINE! Before getting started as a “student athlete” you need to know the basics. There are a lot of responsibilities that come with the title, if done correctly. It is essentially two full-time jobs if you plan to compete at a high level. You will need to learn to say, “I can’t because I have practice/workouts” or “I can’t because I have homework”.
DESIRE! Start with the most basic part: You! Look into the mirror to see if you want it bad enough. Are you willing to put in the time it takes to have a small chance at some kind of scholarship (You don’t need to be an athlete to receive a scholarship Click Here). To recruit yourself you must use the free devices available to you. This guide is to assist those who want to do it on their own and don’t have the ability to pay additional services.
How do I get recruited to play in sports in college? This is explained
A + B + C = Division I,II,III, NAIA, and Juco
A = Academics = Your grades/GPA, curriculum (types of classes) programs and affiliations.
B = Body = The Certified Combines Measurable – Height + Weight Speed + Strength + Agility + Coordination + Power/Jumping. Verified through filming and view-able measurement in real time.
C = Competitiveness = Level of competition + Game Film + Plus highlight film. This helps the college scout or college coach asses your ability to compete under game conditions.
Combining these measurable and variables dictate how and why you get recruited and the level that you play.
The Athlete Grades Themselves by their mental, physical competitiveness and their physical attributes such as size, speed,and strength!
It is up to the athlete to project their best self to be worthy of the pro level… which is College!
By combining these ABC’s you will move from one category to another not up or down. Who you are Physically does not determine your resolve nor does it determine your competitiveness in life! Different body sizes are like weight classes in boxing and wrestling! A champion is a champion regardless of size!
Top 6 Prospect Mistakes:
1. You think you should have been contacted by college coaches without having to make any efforts. Wrong. You must be proactive! Even if you have played your sport for years, you’ve been a leader on your high school team, and you’ve played successfully in all the right summer tournaments, you still need to take control of your recruitment process.
2. You think your high school coach or club coach is a recruitment expert. He or she is not! Your high school and club coaches are not responsible for your potential future in college sports. You must take the certain steps to ensure your own success.
3. You rely on your parents, high school, or club coach to make phone calls to college coaches on your behalf. A confident athlete won’t be afraid to make the call. Colleges realize this.
COLLEGE COACHES WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!
4. You only want to play at a Division I school and ignore your other possibilities. The fact is, most high school athletes will not play for a DI school. However, you can still play at the college level, earn scholarship money, and receive an excellent education at schools besides those that are Division I status. Don’t let your ego or lack of knowledge about your options stand in the way. Colleges that fall into DII, III, NAIA, and NJCAA may be your best bet towards achieving your goals.
5. You give up if your e-mail or phone call has not prompted a response from colleges. Don’t give up! You must vary your approach. Be prepared and confident when you call. Have the proper player profiles filled out and game film ready to send when you speak to colleges. Athletes who are relentless and obsessive with get noticed the most.
6. You are afraid to ask the tough questions when you do make contact. Don’t let fear of rejection stop you!
• Ask if they have reviewed your profile and seen your game film.
• Ask if you are on their recruiting board.
• Ask when you can visit their school and meet with them.
• Ask for closure so as to not waste their time or yours, but only if they have seen you play and watched your film.
The SPA Self Recruiting process is designed to start with middle school and early high school student athletes and focus on assisting with them with shaping their own future by cutting through the complex process and fees typical to the recruiting industry. Ideally, a SPA Athlete will be better able to navigate the perilous waters of college recruiting because they themselves have done the work. Integrity, commitment, responsibility and self-motivation are not only tools to succeed in sports, they’re life tools.
- Before you get started you need to create your profile on Attract Athletics; and Register to create free profile.
- Do not purchase anything. Notify me at CoachGugs@sportsprepacademy.com to activate your account.
Click below according to the grade level you are in currently in and lets get started!!
Important NCAA Links
- NCAA.org – Homepage for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
- Transferring – NCAA transfer manual, requires Acrobat Reader
- National Letter of Intent – Official site for the National Letter of Intent
- NCAA Recruiting Guide – For all divisions, requires Acrobat Reader
- Graduation Rates – Because the ultimate goal of the college experience is graduation, the NCAA has devoted attention to researching student-athlete graduation rates for more than two decades.
- NCAA Eligibility Center – Information on the Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse, Coach Contact calendar, Classes needed to qualify
- Eligibility – Making sure you are eligible to compete at the NCAA level
- Search for School – Links to schools by division, by sport, by conference, by region
- Recruiting Calendar – List, by sport, of contact periods and dead periods for NCAA for DI & DII
- FAFSA-Federal Student Aid – Free application for students seeking Federal Aid (must see)
- National Letter of Intent Dates – Learn the rules before you sign your Letter of Intent (LOI)
- College Board SAT – Important information about taking your SAT
- ACT – ACT Learn about the ACT – how to prepare – Dates