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4 Things Parents Can To Do To Play Huge Role In College Sports Recruiting Process

by CCR Team

Parents have an understated value in the entire recruiting process. Student-athletes don't always have the time to do what's needed to make everything happen. They have school, practices and games. They also have to study to keep their grades up.

Parents have work, events and games to attend as well. They have to cook dinner and clean house. Nobody has an abundance of time. Still, it's pretty crucial that parents are part of the entire process. Here are 4 ways parents can still help.


A little encouragement can go a long way. It's a tough period in the life of a young man or woman. They are getting ready to transition into adulthood. They are attempting to gain enough knowledge to make their own decisions. These decisions can have a major impact on who they will become on down the road.

It's crucial that parents provide encouragement whenever possible without hovering. It might seem easy for a parent who played the same sport to break their children down for a lack of ability. However, it's more important to have your son or daughter believing they can knock down walls and break barriers. Maybe being a cheerleader is a more important role than being a coach. Getting a college scholarship isn't an easy task.

"You can't sit back and wait to be discovered at a meet or a tournament," a college athlete mom told an ESPN writer. "In a lot of instances, like 99.9 percent of the time, unless you are a star athlete who gets a lot of press coverage, you have to be very proactive, get your face in front of these coaches. And once you do that, it's follow-through, follow-through, follow-through."

It does take intestinal fortitude and a great attitude. It also helps to have a little positive reinforcement from your support system along the way.

Attending Games And Getting Video

Parents can help a ton by just being there. Supporting your son or daughter should always be a priority. You can also bring along a recording device such as your smart phone to record as many moments as possible. It will allow you and your child to have memories. More importantly, it will allow you to begin to develop a highlight reel of great plays. This will help you showcase the talents they have to coaches in the United States. How can you get great video? Here is a great tutorial on building a great highlight reel.

Working Together To Figure Out What Type Of School Is Best

Brainstorming what type of school might be best is always a great idea. You don't have to pinpoint certain universities. Many times those specific schools may not even have athletic scholarships available for your child's position or incoming year. They might not have the major they want to study. The campus might not be a good social fit. Figuring out what the ideal situation might be can help you narrow schools as you do begin to receive offers. Read more about how to pick the best school for your individual needs here.

Allowing Kids To Control Process And Help As Needed

It's tough to let go. You've helped them make decisions for the past umpteen years. How can you allow them to make a decision that could be so monumental in their own life? It's tough but parents need to understand that kids should control their own destiny. A little (or a lot) of guidance from mom and dad isn't a bad thing. It shouldn't, however, be the deciding factor.

“Our job as a parent is to put ourselves out of a job,” says author and Stanford Dean of Freshman Julie Lythcott-Haims. “We need to know that our children have the wherewithal to get up in the morning and take care of themselves.”

Kids need to make this decision because their happiness is at stake. They need to ultimately be happy with the campus environment. They need to relate to the potential new coach and team. They also need to find a place that can eventually feel like a home away from home. Allowing your children to control the process gives them the opportunity to start becoming independent before they ever leave the nest. Support along the way, though, can be invaluable.