Scout Sessions #1: 3 Quick Recruiting Tips

Welcome to Scout Sessions.  This is the first in a series of posts geared to help you with your soccer recruiting plan.  We hope that you will find this informative, saving you time and money as you find the right fit for you.

As Director of Recruiting for the Franklin & Marshall Men’s Soccer Program, I am constantly watching, evaluating, and communicating with potential recruits.  “College Soccer” is a very broad term as there are many different levels, and many many different institutions that you as a high school soccer player may same day find yourself competing.  However, I believe that there are five basic principles that you personally can do to enhance your chances of someday playing at the right level and at the right institution for you.  Over the next five weeks, I will be sending emails with these “recruiting tips” with the hope that I can assist you in getting to your goal of potentially playing college soccer.

Soccer in the United States is taking off and more and more quality players are graduating high school and entering the college scene.  We believe that there are countless players out there that fit the type of player we are looking for in our recruiting classes.  Out of this massive pool of players, we find that there are hundreds that have an interest in attending our institution.  Finally, out of these hundreds of players, we generally take between seven and ten players into our program every year.

So how do you get noticed and give yourself the best chance of gaining a roster spot on the college team that you want to attend?  The first thing you need to do is “Be Seen”.  Depending on the level at which you want to play, Division 1,2, or 3, this may start as early as your sophomore year and may continue right up until the spring of your senior year of high school.

Here are three easy things you can do to get the coaches of the colleges you are interested in to see you play:

  1. Attend Tournaments:  With your club team, attend high level tournaments.  It is tough for coaches to get out to every tournament, so they have to choose the tournaments they feel will produce the best results for their recruiting efforts.
  2. Communicate: Not only do you want to attend tournaments, but you also need to communicate with the coaches you want to see you play.  Simply attending the tournaments IS NOT ENOUGH.  You have to make sure the coaches know you are interested in you seeing them play.  Contacting them ahead of time will allow them to have a better chance of adding you to their recruiting schedule for that tournament.
  3. Attend Camps and Clinics: Most college programs either host or attend ID camps and clinics.  Contact the coaching staffs to see if they host any of their own or if they are attending any.  Tournaments are convenient for both players and coaches, but ID camps and clinics allow coaches to interact with the players and to see them in different training environments so that they can get a better evaluation.

I hope you found this helpful.  I’ll be emailing next week on what “Good Communication” looks like.  Good luck on the pitch!

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