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Erin Heatherington

3 Crucial Steps to Getting Recruited

Playing sports in college is a wonderful experience. It will enrich your time in college and leave you with life-long friends and memories. CaptainU strives to clarify the recruiting process and help you maximize your chances of winning a spot on the college team that’s right for you.

The theme is self-promotion — not as in bragging or being egotistical — but in terms of marketing yourself to college coaches. In other words, if you are committed to playing sports in college, you have to make it happen. Don’t just hope or assume that coaches will see you and decide that you’re the next superstar.

1. GET ORGANIZED

One of the keys to recruiting success is organizing the process in one place. Your list of colleges, all your emails with college coaches, and the notes you’ve taken about visits and phone calls should be sorted, easily accessible and within reach at a moment’s notice.

CaptainU centralizes all of this information in one convenient spot, but I’ve heard about people using shoe boxes, milk crates and whatnot. The important thing is to use something. Being disorganized is the downfall of too many people in the recruiting process.

Tip for CaptainU Users: Think of your CaptainU recruiting profile as a giant highway billboard. Get college coaches to look by adding photos, video and academic and athletic info. Don’t have an account yet? Get started with a free CaptainU profile.

2. TAKE PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY

To be successful, you have to take personal responsibility for the recruiting process. CaptainU tools keeps you organized and on track, but getting recognized is always up to you.

Though the task of recruiting ultimately falls to you, the player, college selection can be a lot to chew on. It helps to work through this process with your parents or guardians, counselors and coaches; they can offer the support and guidance you need to make the team!

3. MARKET YOURSELF ON & OFF THE FIELD

A dynamic, multidimensional marketing pitch will make you a strong candidate. To that end, CaptainU recruiting involves on-field and off-field components. On-field CaptainU recruiting refers to real-life appearances in which a coach can evaluate your play. Off-field CaptainU Recruiting, though perhaps less obvious, is no less critical. It is the all-important exchange of information, the dialogue in which you engage a coach. Demonstrate to coaches that you are enthusiastic, responsible and dedicated.

Don’t have a CaptainU recruiting profile?  Get yours here to start connecting with college coaches and get recruited!

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