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7 Questions to Ask When Calling a College Coach for the First Time

Posted on September 7, 2017. Filed under: AAU, Baseball, Basketball, Basketball, Boys High School Basketball, Football, Girls High School Basketball, NCAA Sports, Softball, Sporting News, Sports Business, Track and Field | Tags: , |

Be prepared when calling a coach…

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You’ve done all of your research on each program. You have the e-mail address and phone number for each coach.

Now what do you ask when you are actually talking to them? To help you prepare for calls with coaches, write out your questions ahead of time

That way you can make sure you cover all your bases and can easily take notes. The more you communicate with a coach, the easier it will be for you to figure out if you are both on the same page. Is there a connection between you and the coach? Do you feel comfortable? Is this someone you could imagine playing for? These are the type of questions you want to keep in mind as you are building that coach-recruit relationship.

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But what do you say when you are calling college coaches for the first time? Here are seven important questions to ask during the recruiting process:

What Does it Take to Earn a Scholarship With Your Program?
Knowing what it takes to earn a scholarship will help you with meeting the eligibility criteria. Many may not know it, but a major cause in not winning a scholarship is simply because people don’t meet the eligibility criteria. Did you know that missing an application deadline or not having a high enough GPA is an automatic disqualifier? There are millions of scholarships available, and you don’t have to be a rocket scientist, great writer, or have a 4.0 GPA to get one. Sometimes all it takes in meeting the eligibility criteria is being persistent.

Can I Meet With You if I Make an Unofficial Visit?
This is an important question because these visits are vital for coaches. They don’t want to burn any bridges with future recruits, so making an unofficial visit is common. Also, coaches don’t know if you’re going to blow up one day, and sometimes half the battle is getting an athlete on campus.

Where do You Typically Evaluate Your Recruits?

This is helpful so you get an idea on when or where they scout for athletes. Coaches view tapes, but they also scout talent at camps, tournaments, and showcases.

Do You Have Any Camps, Tournaments, or Showcases You Recommend I Attend?
This is the end goal when calling college coaches because your overall objective is to get evaluated. If they give you a recommendation, chances are they will be there.

How is Your Recruiting Class Looking For My Graduation Year?
This will help you evaluate your own abilities with respect to other top players in your recruiting class. There are hundreds of players who play at your level, so you have to distinguish yourself from the rest. Calling college coaches can help with this because it shows your interest in their program. Taking time out of your day to make a phone call can make a major impact.

What is the Best Way to Update You on My Progress?
Make it as convenient as possible for the coach to evaluate you. The more they start seeing you as and hearing about you, the greater your chances of being evaluated. You also want them to be updated on any special recognition, awards, etc.

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What Are Good Academic Goals for Your University?

This will help you stay on track with the university’s eligibility criteria. Coaches care about grades, so this shows that you care as well. It is also an excellent way for you to show your academic ability.

 

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2017 IHSA Girls Softball Teams and Players

Posted on March 26, 2017. Filed under: Softball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Girls Softball… Teams and Players to watch on the diamond

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Here are our Illinois High School Association softball teams and players to watch in my coverage area….
NOTE: Player Name, (College committed to)

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1. Marist (30-6): The RedHawks return seven players…
Sophomore Angela Zedak (Northwestern)
Alexis Rogers (Tennessee Martin)
Cassie Lindmark (Kentucky)
Kara Apato (Northern Illinois).

2. Lincoln-Way East (26-8)
Ami Ill (Toledo)
Catcher Christine Malito (Rutgers)
Allison Jaquith
Alex Storako

3. Lincoln-Way West (26-9)
Dani Callahan
Mac Mahy
Anna Perry
Abby Baez

4. Sandburg (27-10)
Sam Coffel (Western Michigan)
Ashley Wood (Southern Illinois)

5. Lincoln-Way Central (15-12)
Marina Esparza (Lindenwood)
Amanda Weyh
Colleen Barrett (St. Ambrose)

6. Marian Catholic (23-12)
Danielle Thieman (St. Leo)
Gabi Angellotti (University of Chicago)

7. Mother McAuley (21-11)
Holly Marousek (Valparaiso)
Katie Janiga (Ball State)
Lexi Smalarz
Fiona Biondic

8. Lockport (25-12)
Emily Dybas
Elena Woulfe (Drexel)
Gracie Voulgaris (Maryland)

9. Richards (21-12)
Becky Wujcik
Katelyn Flahive
Isabel Martinez (South Dakota State)

10. Beecher (32-4)
Taylor Johnson (Wisconsin)
Kate Landis
Alexis Abbate
Jessica Lee

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2017 Sports Outlook

Posted on January 14, 2017. Filed under: Baseball, Basketball, Boys High School Basketball, Football, Girls High School Basketball, High School Basketball, NBA, NCAA Sports, Softball, Sports Business, Track and Field, Volleyball | Tags: |

Sports Outlooks for New Rules and Procedures

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Here a list of suggestions we have compiled for new Rules and / or procedures that we think would improve sports near and far.


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MLB: Speed up the game by eliminating mound visits and multiple pitching changes and consider the electronic proposal HBO Real Sports aired Tuesday, September 27, 2017.
NCAA: N/A
High School: schedule games in a cluster (or same location) especially for conference play and monitor scheduling around graduation season where a students doesn’t have to weigh the odds of a State finals contest or participate in graduation ceremony.

 

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NBA: Whenever a play is being reviewed, teams must go to a neutral corner of the floor or even opposite of their bench. Teams can’t receive a fake timeout. Also hire a true third (or fourth official) to speed up replays or questionable calls
NCAA: Get rid of one and done!!! If an athlete is so-called ready to go pro… let them – bye bye! But if you sign a letter of intent, it’s good for three years like football. This way, those that think they are pro ready can go… but those that go to college, you can build a solid program around these students, be in somewhat control of your destiny and job security, and the athletes can polish up on their athletic skills. More to come on this one…
High School: Modify and better manage revenue generated tournaments where big name corporations aren’t making mega dollars off the back of so-called student-athletes who receive nothing but exposure (wink wink).

 

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NFL: Modify replays… hire a true review official at every game that works hand in hand with television broadcast. This official reviews the same stuff we see on TV, communicates the ruling down to the field all while the fans in the stands see the entire process live on the jumbo-trons…. This will definitely speed up the game and give the fans pure interaction to the game.
NCAA: Modify the scheduling… ALL top 20 (or 26, must be even) teams from the season before are opens up a slot on their schedule that the NCAA owns which in part they (NCAA governing body) makes teams play an out of conference foe so we can try our best to remove the statement “this team is undefeated but they didn’t play anyone…”
High School: Make officials take fitness exams and be of how can we say physical appearance. Too often, officials are not in shape enough to keep up with the movement of today’s game. If a team runs a hurry up and is moving the ball, they should not be penalized by an out-of-shape official who can’t keep up.

 

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High School: monitor scheduling around graduation season where a students doesn’t have to weigh the odds of a State finals contest or participate in graduation ceremony.

 

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2016 August ASNN365 Newsletter

Posted on September 6, 2016. Filed under: Baseball, Basketball, Boys High School Basketball, Girls High School Basketball, NBA, NCAA Sports, Softball, Sporting News, Sports Business, Track and Field, Volleyball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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How many Official Visits can a student-athlete take

Posted on September 5, 2016. Filed under: Baseball, Basketball, Basketball, Football, NCAA Sports, Softball, Track and Field, Volleyball | Tags: , , |

Is there a limit on the number of Official Visits a student-athlete can take?

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Here’s everything you need to know about Official Visits:

Funding?

If an institution pays for any part of a visit, it is considered an official visit. Typically the school will pay for travel, housing, meals and some entertainment costs.

•The school is allowed to pay for lodging, transportation, meals, and entertainment. That includes (1) round-trip transportation (rental car or airfare) for the student-athlete between home (or high school) and the campus, (2) you (and your parents) may receive 3 meals per day and (3) complimentary admissions to campus athletics events.
•Official visits cannot be made until the opening day of class senior year, no matter what division. The date will vary depending on your school.
•The NCAA allows 5 visits to D1 and D2 schools combined.
•You may only take ONE official visit per institution, no matter the division.
•Each official visit may be up to 48 hrs.
•The NCAA allows each school (DI, DII, and DIII) to offer official visits, but each school differs in policy and budget.
•Official visits are not allowed during dead periods.
•You are allowed an unlimited number of official visits to NAIA & D3 schools.

Who takes official visits?

Coaches usually offer official visits to their top recruits. You must be invited on an official visit by a coach; you cannot invite yourself on one.

How many official visits can a coach offer?

The number of official visits a college or team can offer depends on their budget each year. Division I schools usually can afford the most official visits, followed by Division II schools. NAIA and Division III colleges usually do not offer paid official visits, even though they are allowed to offer them.

How many official visits am I allowed to take?

Per NCAA rules, you are allowed to take no more than five official visits to Division I and/or Division II schools and you can only take one visit, per school. There is no limit on the number of official visits you can take at the Division III and NAIA levels, but you can only take one visit per school.

When can I take my first official visit?

You may begin to take official visits starting the opening day of classes, in your senior year of high school. You must also be registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center before you will be able to start taking official visits.

What does it mean if a coach offers me an official visit?

If a coach offers you an official visit, you are most likely very high on their list of recruits. Official visits are typically reserved for top recruits. If a coach does not offer you an official visit (especially at the Division I or II levels), you are most likely not very high on their recruiting list and you should look into other options.

How do I set up an official visit?

Coaches will usually extend an official visit offer during a phone conversation with you, but you do not have to wait for them to make the first move. It is okay to be upfront with the coach and ask him/her if they plan to offer you an official visit. Tell them that you are in the process of scheduling your official visits and you would like to know so you can plan accordingly. This will also show the coach that you are being seriously recruited at other places.

How do I know if a coach is offering an official visit vs. an unofficial visit?

Usually the coach will specify what type of visit they are offering you. If they don’t specify and they asked you to visit during your senior year, you should always ask them to clarify what type of visit it is.

Are there any common questions a coach may ask during an official visit?

Here are some common questions a coach may ask during your official visit:

What other schools are recruiting you?

Be honest and if possible, list colleges that are comparable to, rivals with, or better than the institution you are visiting. This will make them want to fight for you more!

What colleges will you visit?

Be honest and name any schools you have visited officially or unofficially. If this is the first college you have visited state that you are in the process of scheduling the rest of your visits.

When can you commit?

If you are visiting your number one choice and feel comfortable committing, go for it! If you have other visits pending or feel you need more time, tell the coach you want to take your other official visits, just to make sure you make an educated decision. Ask the coach, “How long does your offer stand for?” and “When do I have to make my decision by?” You can also explain to the coach that you need to discuss the offer with your parents, which can buy you some more time.

Will coaches be evaluating me during a visit?

Yes! Just because you are offered a visit, does not necessarily mean you will receive a scholarship offer or even a spot on the team. The coaching staff already has identified you as a top prospect, but the visit gives them an opportunity to judge your personality, lifestyle and character. Usually, coaches will make an effort to match recruits up with team members who have similar personalities and lifestyles. Be yourself, but remember, coaches are looking for young men and women who will be a positive asset to their university and team and who get along well with others. At some point during or after your visit, the coaches will probably ask your host about you, so always be courteous, positive and respectful.

Is there anything in particular that I should pay attention to while on my visit?

Make it a priority to get a good feel for the college as a whole. You need to evaluate the campus, the students, your prospective teammates and the coaches. Ask yourself, “Is this a place where I can see myself being comfortable and happy, for four years, even if I could not play my sport?”

Will I be offered a scholarship?

Sometimes coaches make offers during a visit, but this is not always the case. If a coach does not bring it up, it is okay to ask if you are being considered for a scholarship or if there are any academic scholarships you should look into.

Are student-athletes allowed to tryout or practice with the team?

As an NCAA rule, Division I and Division III schools do not allow tryouts. On an official or unofficial visit, you may participate in workouts that are not organized or observed by the coaching staff. Typically, the workout will be lead by the team’s captains and they must not be designed to test your athletic ability. Division II and NAIA schools are allowed to conduct one tryout, in the off-season of your sport, during your senior year.

Are there any times when visits are not allowed?

Yes. There are Dead Periods in which it is not permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts or evaluations on or off campus. Dead periods generally fall right before the signing periods.

Remember, coaches need to see how good you are before they’ll bring you on campus for a visit.

And for more, visit the NCAA web site for the official calendar

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Best Way to make an impact as a freshmen

Posted on September 5, 2016. Filed under: Basketball, Football, NCAA Sports, Softball, Sports Business, Track and Field | Tags: , |

How to make an impact as a freshmen student-athlete?

August 11, 2016

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Q: What’s the best way to make an impact as a freshman in college?

Rule #1 – as an athlete, let your actions speak louder than your words! College coaches make a million promises during the recruiting process, understand it won’t be as easy for you as they’ve made it sound. There will be adjustments and tough times, but they brought you there for a reason and believe in you!

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Some first year tips…

#1- Have a great attitude, be someone that your teammates and coaches want to be around. Too many freshmen get frustrated and bitter too quickly over playing time issues – most often, even before pre-season camp is over. This is a process, enjoy the ride. Your freshman year will be over quick! It’s not about how quickly you start your career, but what you are able to accomplish over your entire career. Have a great attitude while developing during your first year as a collegiate athlete!

#2- Understand there are opportunities every day! Practice is your biggest opportunity, along with understanding the playbook, film review, position meetings. Learn the system and develop your position skills—and don’t feel overlooked if you aren’t starting or playing a ton of minutes (or at all) yet. Get an advantage with the Xs and Os. Learn to do things your head coach’s way! Rather focusing just on playing time and stats, focus on EVERY opportunity you have to showcase your skills.

#3- The film doesn’t lie, let it be a great reflection of your skills, speed and maturity. Coaches want how you behave on the sideline—be about business when at practice and meetings, even if you are on the sideline or third-string. Coaches watch everyone, all the time, and how you behave when you think they aren’t watching does play a role in their overall picture of your maturity.
#4- Do the dirty work others won’t. Rebounds, blocking, helping set the play up, etc. Players worry about stats, starts and how many touches they get—what can you do without the ball in your hand to help the team? Ask your coaches! If you aren’t playing, always have a positive energy on the sideline and be your team’s biggest cheerleader. There are always ways you can help your team—be a positive force any way that you can.

#5- The biggest problem for freshmen is time management. Be where you’re supposed to be, when you’re supposed to be there—and be there 5 minutes early. Being late for class, study hall, meetings, training room treatments, film, workouts and practice all likely result in punishment. Do what is asked of you the first time and being where you’re supposed to be can make things much smoother for you during your freshman year!

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2016-17 ACT/SAT Test Dates

Posted on September 1, 2016. Filed under: Baseball, Basketball, Basketball, Boys High School Basketball, Girls High School Basketball, High School Basketball, NCAA Sports, Softball, Track and Field, Volleyball | Tags: , |

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