Information, information, information. I created a resource page to assist you in the recruiting process. I will add to this page as I come across helpful items. If you have any ideas for resources that would help other recruits send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Recruiting Code: With so many colleges out there and so many more athletes looking to play in college, how can you find your way to your dream school and have the opportunity to compete for four more years? If only you could have all the pieces of the recruiting process laid out in an easy to follow format.
That is what you will get in this new book. 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. Finally, it will assist you in understanding scholarships, loans, and other financial aid issues.
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College Coaches Online can give you the contact information and website for every single sport in the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA. And it can do this for a monthly subscription of $19.95 or a year for $59.95. A month might be all you need. Certainly you won’t need more than a year.
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NCAA: The NCAA’s site with all of their information for each division and recruiting information. Look under “student-athlete” section for helpful information with regards to playing in college. The best resource is in a pdf format. It is called the “Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete”.
NCAA Eligibilty Center: The NCAA’s eligibility center. You must register to be eligible to play Division 1 and 2.
NAIA Eligibility Center: You will find the NAIA eligibility center here. You must register to be eligible to play in the NAIA.
Title IX: This is the original Title IX law. It has undergone several amendments over the years to clarify its uses, the most recent of which was during the George W. Bush Presidency in 2004.
FAFSA: The online FAFSA application. Paper forms are also available by calling 1-800-4-FED-AID.
Title IV: You will need the college’s Title IV Institution Code which you can find at this link or each individual school can give it to you.
finaid.org: This site gives you helpful information regarding the FAFSA and how to affect your EFC.
Studentaid.ed.gov: This is the federal government’s site for student loans and aid. Follow the path at this website to get information about subsidized and unsubsidized loans: /types/loans/subsidized-unsubsidized
ACT: The ACT’s official site.
SAT: The SAT’s official site.
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I know I am fighting a losing battle with most of you, but I am a strong believer in the power of books to influence us, build our capacity to think, and effect change in us. I have included a list of books that I highly recommend. When I was coaching college, I had my players read books every summer and hand in a short paper on how the book affected and influenced them. I encourage both high school students and their parents to carve out time to read at least one of these books.
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The Go-Getter by: Peter B Kyne
This is a short read, a couple of hours. It is powerful. It is a must read for anyone who wants to be inspired about what it takes to achieve your goals. Many of my former players didn’t understand why they were reading it, until the end!
I had my captains read this and one year my entire team read it out loud on bus trips.
The Vision of a Champion by: Anson Dorrance
This is written by the most successful collegiate soccer coach in NCAA history. It is geared toward soccer players, but it has a wealth of insight for all high school and college athletes.
The Champion Within by: Lauren Gregg
This is written to the college and high school athlete. It is geared toward soccer players, but it has a lot of wisdom and inspiration on the training process and what it takes to be excellent.
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by: Lauren Hillenbrand
I have been having my upperclassmen read this since 2010 when it was published. It was an amazing book long before the movie was made. Don’t settle for the movie. Read this book. It shows clearly what humans are capable of enduring and their attitudes in horrible situations. It also shows a God who has not abandoned the world, but has come to save it and individuals within it.
The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How by: Daniel Coyle
Talent doesn’t just spring out 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. For a bonus treat from the author’s blog, go to the November 24, 2014 blog post at thetalentcode.com, The Power of High Leverage-Practice. Here is Odell Beckham Jr. making what might be the greatest catch in NFL history. And the rest of the story.
Mind Gym : An Athlete’s Guide to Inner Excellence by: Gary Mack and David Casstevens
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 part of athletics. You will not resonate with every section, but there will be many that you do. It gives great advice, not just on what you need to improve mentally, but how to go about doing it.