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Obstacles Parents Face in the Recruiting Process

By T1EHL Staff, 09/04/19, 11:15AM CDT


Although parents typically want to get involved and help their athlete navigate the recruiting process, sometimes becoming overly involved as “helicopter parents” can negatively impact their student-athlete’s experience. Here are some important things parents should know before starting the recruiting process to help them manage it better.

Majority of potential recruits have to take part in a length recruiting process to ensure they find the right college fit athletically, academically, socially, and financially. Parents are a big part of the process -- often bigger than they think they are -- and will come across several obstacles during the recruiting journey of their athlete.

Letting the Athlete Do the Talking

Student-athletes need to know how to effectively communicate with college coaches. They also need to research schools to make sure it is the best fit academically and athletically. Parents should act more like managers than agents. That means helping athletes meet important deadlines and keeping them on track throughout the process but not performing every minor task or speaking for them. This can be difficult to do, but allowing your athlete to make a decision on what school is the best fit helps them increase analytical and communication skills.

Keeping Your Athlete on Track Academically

It’s important for parents to keep them on track academically, as they will be severely limited in their college options if they let their grades slip or don’t consider academic factors in their college selection. 

To maximize your athlete’s scholarship opportunities at the Division 1 level, aim for being in the top 10 percent of their graduating class, earning a cumulative GPA of 3.5 out of 4.0 and achieving an SAT score of 1200 or an ACT sum score of 105. Research ACT/SAT test prep materials and help your athlete get enrolled before the deadline. Also, be sure to research the academic requirements of schools your athlete is interested in ahead of time. All this can help your athlete’s chances of receiving an offer.

Understanding Key Deadlines and Rules

Parents should try to stay on top of the NCAA updates so that their athlete can always be on track. Fortunately, NCSA offers a wealth of valuable resources, including our guide to NCAA recruiting rules and personal assistance from our recruiting specialists when you join the NCSA network. 

Setting Realistic Expectations

Chances are that your student-athlete is interested in competing for a Division 1 program. It’s the biggest stage in college sports, after all. However, Division 1 is very competitive and there may be better choices available for your athlete. Keeping options open and considering schools across all division levels may lead to a better fit academically and athletically. 

This article originally appeared on Next College Student Athlete. You can read the full story here: