As a parent, one of the best things you can do for your student athlete is help them to create an action plan. Here are ways to support that journey.
- Have your student inquire about their grades every quarter, and be proactive in seeking out any tutoring or additional school work they might need to boost their scores before final grades are released.
- Encourage your child to explore other interests and become involved in extracurricular activities outside of sports. This will help them broaden their skill sets, and aid in choosing a later college major and career.
- Take video of your athlete’s competitions, and encourage their coaches to share highlights with you. A good highlight reel often makes all the difference in the recruitment process.
- Find a local sports camp for your student to participate in, with the goal of assessing where they are at in relation to their peers. Help them strengthen their skills in areas of weakness, and use the next camp as a testing ground to see how much progress they have made.
- Meet with your student’s coach to come up with a workout they can do at home.
- Help your student build their CSA recruiting profile to present to college coaches.
- Visit the NCAA website to register your student as an eligible candidate, and familiarize yourself with the NCAA rules of your athlete’s sport.
- Start a correspondence spreadsheet to keep track of communication with college coaches.
- Plan unofficial college visits, contacting coaches in advance to set up meetings while you are there.
- At the beginning of your student’s junior and senior years, schedule two appointments each for both the ACT and SAT. Help your student create and execute a test-prep study schedule in accordance with these dates.
- Help your student make a list of target schools based on their academic and athletic interests.
- At the beginning of your student’s senior year, help them gather materials and apply to all of the colleges they are interested in attending.