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College Sports Recruiting – baby steps

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*note, I am not a coach, affiliated with any college sport program, or a sports manager… I am just a mom documenting my journey with my daughters and their goal to play sports in college

now that it is 2013 and my oldest will turn 14 within this calendar year… she is eligible to register with the NCAA as a student athlete.

yes I know that she is only in 8th grade and currently is only 13 years old… and she is not such an elite athlete that coaches will be knocking down her door the day she steps into high school… BUT when the time comes for the real recruiting process to begin I want to be ready, not taken by surprise.

I am hoping that if I do some advanced planning we can stay on top of the process and not make mistakes (or at least not drastic mistakes) along the way.

so far, I have not found that friends/ acquaintances have been all that helpful… we have some friends who have sons that have signed to play baseball and basketball … but I have not been successful in getting tips from them on how the process worked for them or what steps they took to help their sons through the process.  In part I am sure this is because we are dealing with not only different sports but different genders.

the two places on the internet that I have found the most helpful information about recruiting and the world of college sports (and sports scholarships) have been the following two locations:

NCAA Eligibility Center

NCSA Athletic Recruiting

as our first step, we have started the registration process for the NCAA eligibility center.  The earliest you can register is the calendar year your child turns 14, and thus the year they will enter high school.  I have registered my daughter but mush of the information we will add later as many of the questions pertain to your participation after you have turned 14.

in order to be recruited to play sports in college you must register with the eligibility center

 

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My Daughters Play Sports

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I know she isn’t the first and she sure will not be the last but…

my oldest daughter plays football at her middle school… on a “boys” football team

she is in 8th grade this year she is the only girl on the team (last year in 7th there were 2 girls on the team)

I am so proud of her for so many reasons

and for so many reasons playing sports are good for my girls

E Kicking off

in this picture she is kicking a 30+ yard kick off… moments later she made the touchdown saving TACKLE

We are a sports family

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We are a sports family! So that makes me a sports mom. Although I like to think of myself as a talent manager, that sounds more official.

This life of youth sports is a choice that we have made. And is not the life for everyone. There are many that would argue that we are over-scheduled and to be extreme robbing our kids of their childhood. However, I say we all make choices about how to raise our children, and ways to spend our family time. The life of youth sports is the choice that we have made.

This choice is many things. Lots of which seem negative. This choice is time consuming, making it one of the reasons that I am currently a stay at home mom. It is hectic, stressful and financially demanding but to-date I don’t regret this life.

We have three daughters. At the time of this post here is what the activities look like.
Our oldest who is 12 plays:
School football

School Volleyball

Club/ travel soccer

Club/ travel Volleyball

Travel Sand/ Outdoor Volleyball

Our middle daughter who is 9 plays:
Travel/ club: soccer


And is hoping to start recreation or travel volleyball soon

Our youngest who is 4 is just beginning to tryout sports and has done:
Dance/ tumbling

Recreation Soccer

Recreation T-ball

We are not in it for the fame and fortune that sports will bring, because we are realistic.

But let’s hope if any or all of them achieve fame they will remember dear old mom and reward her with a shiny new convertible like the one I gave up back when the first baby car seat entered our life.

Joking aside if they never achieve greatness… That they have achieved really pretty good is a positive for their future in the real world. There is so much to say about the benefits of girls who participate in sports; health, empowerment, etc.  If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of women and girls in sports or ways to support sports for girls check out The Women’s Sports Foundation.
It is my hope that their participation in sport forever encourages them to be their best in all that they do, and to never settle for average. I hope that they steer toward male dominated careers (ie, math, science & technology) with their heads held high knowing that they have the skills and abilities to compete.

I do hope to use this blog to chronicle our experience in the world of competitive youth sports and college sports recruiting. I am not an expert, a former athlete or a coach, I am just a mom trying to make my way through this process.