4 do’s and don’ts for parents of student-athletes



College athletic recruiting is a team effort. It may ultimately be your child’s decision, but they won’t get far without the support of family members and coaches. As a parent, there are many ways you can support your student-athlete and help them stay on course. There are also many ways you can impede their relationship with college coaches and pour cold water on their recruiting process. With this in mind, here are six dos and don’ts for parents of student-athletes.

Do know that coaches are watching your sideline behavior

College coaches aren’t just evaluating your student-athlete’s body language and on-field performance. They’re also keeping a close eye on your sideline antics. Whether you prefer rowdy cheering or quiet observation, it’s important to keep things positive. Coaches notice when parents heckle the refs and complain about their child’s playing time. In some cases, elite prospects can lose out on opportunities due to their parents’ poor sideline behavior. Games can get heated and tensions run high, but always remember to keep it cool and classy in front of the coaches.

Don’t procrastinate

Parents. Procrastination is the biggest reason athletes miss out on college opportunities. The longer you wait to begin the recruiting process, the more overwhelming it becomes. To help your child lay the framework, start looking at schools, attending camps, recording highlight videos and preparing for the SAT/ACT. Keep in mind—the recruiting schedule is different for every sport. Softball and volleyball are notorious for starting extra early, while track and field tends to have a later timeline than other sports. The student-athlete who doesn’t procrastinate is the student-athlete who receives the scholarship offer.

Read more: How to start the recruiting process

Do cast a wide net

There are so many opportunities out there. So many college coaches looking to fill their rosters. So many schools of all shapes and sizes. As you and your child start thinking about college, construct a target list of five safety schools, 10 target schools and five dream schools. It’s always wise to consider colleges at multiple levels and visit a few campuses to narrow your search and find the right fit. An athletic recruiting network like NCSA can also help you cast a wider net and get seen by more coaches. You never know which program your child might end up playing for.

Read more: Best colleges for student-athletes

Don’t sign up for the wrong summer camp

Many parents waste money sending their kids to college camps that won’t help them get recruited. While athletes occasionally get discovered at camps and showcases, most college coaches attend these events to evaluate recruits who are already on their list. As you and your child research camps, make sure coaches from their target schools will be in attendance. Once you decide on a camp, have your child reach out to those coaches to get on their radar. While any summer camp can help your child improve their skills and conditioning, the right one can help them make a key connection with a college coach.

Read more: The ins and outs of camps, combines and other events

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