How can I get a college coach to notice me?

How can I get noticed by college coachesHow can I get a college coach to notice me? How can I stand out from a thousand other prospects?

Here is my definitive list:

  1. Be very talented. Be the best player in your city, state or even region. That should do it.
  2. Play with the best teams in the country, even if you have to move.
  3. Have a current player and an alumni or two of the schools you are interested in give the coach glowing recommendations about your abilities and character.
  4. Have parents with lots of money. Be able to afford any school in the country regardless of whether you are handed an athletic scholarship.
  5. Be a scholar athlete. Mind you, not just an “A” student. Get near perfect scores on the ACT and SAT.
  6. Make sure you have never done anything that would make a coach question your character, at least since you were two years old.

Don’t measure up?

The coach isn’t giving you a hug and praising you as the best all-around recruit ever to walk through the door. Maybe life dealt you a different set of cards. Or you didn’t work hard enough, and you know it. Or you made a mistake. Or, maybe, you’re kind of ordinary. (Gasp!)

I have another list. The list for the rest of us. And every one of you can stand out in these ways. Read more

Gift List for Athletes

I sat down with my kids this morning and we created a Christmas list for athletes. We intentionally picked products at several price points. We researched online, consulted Consumer Reports, and read reviews. We wanted to find the best. We never left the dining room table, which is how I think all shopping should be. Hope you find a gift idea, or two.

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Happy Thanksgiving!






Fitness Trackers:

MOOV NOW – 3D Fitness Tracker -Though one of the cheaper models, this fitness tracker has some of the best online reviews. For swimmers, it has excellent reviews.
Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch-One of the best fitness trackers with all the bells and whistles and $50 cheaper than the other top of the line models. It has replaced Fitbit Surge as Fitbit’s premier model.
Garmin vívosmart HR Activity Tracker Regular Fit – Black-A $100 price and high reviews make this an fantastic option. It is one of the few at this price that includes a heart rate monitor.
Fitbit Flex -Time has proved this as one of the most popular fitness trackers. It does not have a heart rate monitor, but has many other standard features.

Water Bottles:

Thinksport Insulated Sports Bottle-Stainless steel. Durable. Insulated. The drawback is you have to unscrew the cap to drink. Two hours into a soccer game on hot summer days, my wife loves having ice in her Thinksport. Virtually unbreakable. The colored bottles will scratch. And forgetful teens loose them, but that’s true of any water bottle.
Hydro Flask -High end water bottle. Stainless steel keeps things cold for hours. Sport cap makes it easy to drink out of when exercising.
NALGENE -Basic, plastic, all purpose water bottle. Durable. 100% BPA free.
Polar Bottle-Easy to drink from mouth. Insulation sets this water bottle apart. 100% BPA free.

Earbuds:

Klipsch X12i In-Ear Headphones-High end headphones. Amazing sound quality. Comfortable fit. My son would love these, but he won’t find them under the tree.
HiCool Bluetooth Headphones-One of the top wished for items on Amazon wish lists. Wireless.
SCOSCHE HFBT300 SportCLIP AIR Headphones-Not as high quality sound. Wireless. They clip on your ears so they don’t fall off when exercising.
Sennheiser Momentum-Highly rated by users. Great sound quality and high sensitivity. This is a great option if you are looking below the top priced earbuds.

Books:

Mind Gym– This is probably the most popular book I have given to my athletes. It is short and broken up into small sections on different parts of the mental component of athletics.

The Recruiting Code– All the information you need can be at your fingertips. The Recruiting Code will help you understand the different types of colleges and their athletic program. It will give you the tools to be proactive in the recruiting process.

The Talent Code– Talent doesn’t just spring from the ground by accident. It is deeply, consistently, cultivated over many hours and years. The thoughts in this book are a must read for anyone who desires to be excellent at anything.

Unbroken– Humans are capable of enduring the unthinkable. The Greatest Generation earned its moniker. The book also shows a God who has not abandoned the world, but has come to save it.

A Couple Other Ideas:

Adidas Compression Arm Sleeve-One of the best rated compression sleeves for muscle recovery and enhances blood circulation.
Calf Compression Sleeve-An Amazon choice product because of its incredibly high reviews.
The Muscle Stick Original Massage RollerFor a deep tissue massage after training. Massage rollers have become very popular over the past couple of years with elite athletes. My college players loved using them after a hard workout or game. Customers give high reviews for this model.
Under Armour Men’s Core Sunglasses -Rated #1 by Amazon in the outdoor and fitness sunglasses category. Designed to absorb shock when exercising and remain comfortable.
RIVBOS Polarized Sports Sunglasses-Comes with 5 lenses, one for bright sunlight and others for different environmental conditions set these sunglasses apart. Designed for active people. Great price for the look and quality.
GoPro HERO4 Silver-A great option to produce videos for college coaches. You know video from your phone isn’t going to cut it but you don’t want to spend $1400 for a high end camera. Quality is excellent and the price is affordable compared to many other video cameras. It does not take still pictures, only video.
Lifelimit Accessories Starter Kit for Gopro Hero-Has many ways to mount camera, including a tripod. The flexibility of ways to hold the camera still make this a great accessory for filming athletic events in varied places and conditions. Compatible with the GoPro HERO4. If you’ve read anything on The Recruiting Code about videos, you know a tripod isn’t optional.
Fit Simplify Resistance Loop Exercise 5 Bands -An add on to athletic workouts or use in recovering from an injury. These particular bands include a instructional book. They are rated as 5 star by 87% of Amazon reviews.

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Interview with Oregon State Men’s Soccer Associate Head Coach

Oregon State SoccerWelcome to Interview #72.

I am pleased to share with you the wisdom of NCAA Men’s Associate Head Coach of Oregon State University, Ben Stoddard.

Ben Stoddard is in his third season with Oregon State. In July he was promoted to associate head coach. He is currently the youngest associate head coach in Division 1. Coach Stoddard is one of the brightest and best rising college coaches. He has been a key element in the success of Oregon State soccer.

In his first two years at Oregon State, Stoddard was the recruiting coordinator. During those two years, the Beavers brought in two of their best recruiting classes in school history.

Coach Stoddard’s full bio is at the end of the interview.

Read on. This interview is full of priceless information! Read more