Let’s be honest, players of all ages are overlooked every single day. That’s not to say that they aren’t talented enough or have enough potential, the problem is that nobody knows who they are! It’s impossible for scouts to physically see every single player all over the country and the world, which is why you need to start taking the initiative! Don’t let the fate of your future rest on the chance of the right person seeing you. Why not give yourself a guarantee of putting yourself in front of the right people? This was the stance that I took when I got to college. In high school I wasn’t the best, but I know I was good enough to receive an offer from at least a D3 school. Instead, I left high school with zero offers from any level and ended up walking on to a small D3 school. There is nothing wrong with having to walk on to a small school, that just means that you have to go above and beyond to get to the next level. I made it work, you can too.
Take matters into your own hands. My biggest mistake when I was in high school was trusting that other people were going to help me get recruited. While yes, people may help you and it’s awesome if they do, you don’t want to put all of your eggs in one basket. That means that you can accept help from whoever you want, but don’t solely rely on them to get your name and face in front of as many scouts and coaches as possible. Unfortunately, I was that person who trusted all of my coaches to do the work and get my name out there, and it didn’t work out too well. In high school I didn’t do any type of recruiting or reaching out to coaches on my own. Honestly, it was because I didn’t know any better. I saw kids who didn’t perform as well and didn’t have as much talent as me, get offers from colleges. Here, a kid with dreams of playing professionally, didn’t even have offers to play for even the smallest of division III schools. I was heartbroken, which is why I am creating this document for you all. I don’t want the same thing that happened to me, happen to you when it is preventable.
Utilize Social Media..
Don’t underestimate the power of the internet. By simply using social media you instantly increase your chances for exposure. All it takes is the right person seeing one video, one post, to change your life. At any point in time, a scout or coach could see a video of your training and become interested. You never know, a relative of a coach or scout could even be following you for a long period of time and tell their uncle or family friend about a kid (you) they see on social media is the hardest worker they’ve ever seen, they deserve a shot. The internet can and will surprise you, you will build relationships with people who you never met before and that could potentially give you the opportunity you’ve been looking for.
With that being said, if you haven’t already created social media accounts on multiple different platforms, I suggest you do that tonight. Starting tomorrow I want you to post on each of those accounts every single day, multiple times a day. Start treating social media like your job. Stay consistent and stay disciplined. You might post a video of you training in the morning, maybe lifting heavy weight in the gym or fine tuning your craft in your respective sport, and a scout might miss it because by the time they get online later that day your video wasn’t on their timeline or their explore page. This example is why you want to post multiple times a day. You don’t want to miss the opportunity to get yourself in front of a scout or coach or like I said before, a relative or family friend of a scout or coach.
Social media can change your life for the better as long as you take advantage of the opportunity in front of you. On any given day, you can connect with someone who can change your life.
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