How to Market Yourself to College Basketball Coaches with a Free Website

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At this year’s Pre-Season Show Off Camp, I talked to the campers about using a website to market themselves to college coaches. A website is the perfect tool to share  statistics, highlights, academic achievements, team schedule, contact info, etc.. A website is the perfect hub to point college coaches to for info and updates..

My website, MemphisGirlsBasketball.com, is a free website. I’ve been using it since 2008 to promote Memphis area players to college coaches. It’s a blog ran on the blogger platform. To set up your own blogger website, go here.

 

Social Media Background Screening Is Real and Serious

I’ve been talking about this for the past couple of years at my Pre-Season Show Off Camp.

I am Twitter and Facebook friends with Memphis area players and I have to shake my head with some of the things that I see.

When college coaches are evaluating you to play for their college programs, they not only look at your basketball talent. They look for the type of person you are and social media is the best place to see the real you.

This week during SEC Media Day for football, Arkansas Football coach, Bret Bielema, broke it down on how he uses social media background screening and why.

(Video and article from ESPN.com)

Going back to the words of his former boss at Iowa, Hayden Fry, Arkansas coach Bret Bielema told reporters at SEC media days on Wednesday that you “recruit your own problems.” That means looking into every angle of a prospect, he said, including his social media presence.

“We have a social media background screening that you’ve got to go through,” he said, “and if you have a social media nickname or something on your Twitter account that makes me sick, I’m not going to recruit you. I’ve turned down players based on their Twitter handles. I’ve turned down players based on Twitter pictures. It’s just that’s how I choose to run our program.

“It’s the things that [athletic director] Jeff Long and our fans hold me accountable to. I’m never going to waver in that.”

Bielema entered the SEC in late 2012 after seven seasons as the head coach at Wisconsin.

Arkansas went 7-6 last season after posting a 3-9 record the year before.

“If you want to recruit somebody of high character and value, somebody you can trust to not only watch your house, but your children, someone you can count on to share carries of 1,000 yards each rather than trying to get 1,800 for one, now you’re going to build something that matters,” Bielema said.

“It’s a bunch of we, not me, and I can’t stress enough that, just because you’re a great player in the United States of America, doesn’t mean Arkansas is going to recruit you.”

The 5 Worst Things You Can Do During the Month of June

June is a very important month of the year for basketball players. It can be the first break of the year from basketball for some. Some are getting breaks from their AAU/travel team schedule. While some high schools are using the opportunity for team bonding and activities. June is also a very important month for development. Since we are almost midway through the month, I felt it is a great opportunity to emphasize it’s importance.

These are the 5 worst things you can do during this month:

Not Attend a Basketball Camp

A couple of weeks ago in my last Ask Po Po video I talked about June being basketball development month. Basketball camps are being hosted all of the US on college campuses, at private schools, at local gyms, etc. As a matter of fact, I just wrapped up my E.L.I.T.E. Academy on Saturday. Camps are the perfect place to learn something new about basketball. It is the perfect place to add something to your game. It is a great opportunity to get around a different group of basketball players.

By not attending a basketball camp, you are setting yourself up to be the exact same player you were with the exact same skills come July, when you get back in front of college coaches and scouts, or next school season. Don’t be that player. If you can’t get to a basketball camp, set up a consistent amount of training sessions with a local basketball trainer.

Put on Weight

There’s nothing worst than having a break from basketball and coming back to the team bigger and slower. It’s OK to take some time away from the game. I actually recommend that you take some time to rest your body, muscles and brain. But while you are on your break, be aware of what you are putting in your body. Stay away from fast foods and sodas every day. Drink plenty of water and eat your fruits and vegetables. If you are the type that trains consistently and work extra, use this month to change up your routine with less pounding on your body. Go swimming or simply walk.

Not Pick Up a Book

Just because you are out of school doesn’t mean you should stop learning and growing. I recommend that you read a book on basketball or something that can help you with basketball. This is another way for you to increase your IQ of the game or you can learn about teamwork, leadership or success.

Not Reach Out to College Coaches

If your team is playing in NCAA-certified events or you are participating in the events as an individual in July, you should be contacting college coaches this month. In my Ask Po Po series, I’ve shared with you How to Get D1 College Schools to look at you (Part I, Part II, Part III). Review the information in the videos. This is the perfect time to reach out to coaches to let them know what events you will be attending next month.

Not Know Where You Stand Academically

School is out so you should have received your report card by now. Or if you can access your grades electronically, you know what you made this past school year. It is getting harder and harder to become academically eligible to play college basketball. Check your grades and core courses to make sure you are on track. Here is a website to help you.

2015-16 Guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete for Division 1 and 2

How to Use This Guide
This guide answers important questions for four groups of people involved in the NCAA
initial-eligibility process:
• High school students who hope to compete in college sports at an NCAA Division I
or II school;
• Parents, guardians and family members of high school students;
• High school counselors and athletics administrators; and
• High school and nonscholastic coaches.

Where can you find answers to your questions about
NCAA eligibility?
Find answers to many typical questions about NCAA eligibility by:
• Reading this guide;
• Visiting the Resources section of eligibilitycenter.org;
• Visiting NCAA.org/playcollegesports;
• Searching Frequently Asked Questions at NCAA.org/StudentFAQ; and/or
• Calling the NCAA Eligibility Center.

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE GUIDE

5 Reasons Why You Aren’t Being Highly Recruited

I got this great article from http://usatodayhss.com!!! It’s extremely informative.

You’ve been selected First Team All-District, you’re the captain of your team and your parents are telling you a college scholarship is inevitable.

The problem is, you haven’t heard from very many colleges, and you aren’t really interested in the ones that have contacted you. You sit in class every day wondering why college coaches aren’t calling you, texting you or coming to watch your games. You have been assured time and again that the college coaches will find you, but you are getting a little impatient.

Here is the reality… Only 1% of high school athletes are “highly recruited.” It is not uncommon for an athlete with exceptional skills and stats to go unnoticed, especially by

NCAA Division II, Division III or NAIA schools that have limited recruiting budgets. There are many reasons why you might not be highly recruited, but let’s talk about the five most common ones.

  1. You believe someone else is taking care of recruiting for you

Here is a comment we heard from a parent just last week. “Oh, we don’t need to worry about contacting colleges; Emily plays for the Shockers and her coach is taking care of it.” Most coaches want to see their players make it to the next level, but don’t ever assume they will find you a college scholarship.

Earning a college scholarship can be a life-changing event. Why leave something so important in the hands of someone else?  The recruiting process is your responsibility. High school and select coaches can help, but they may not have the time or even know-how to help.

High school coaches are an important contributor in your development as an athlete; they can vouch for your character and can give college coaches an honest evaluation of your abilities. The rest is on you.

  1. You don’t completely understand the process

The first time a high school athlete goes through recruiting is the last time he or she will go through recruiting. Therefore, it is understandable that you don’t understand the process.

You need to know that if you aren’t being highly recruited, you have to figure out how to get noticed. It’s not that hard, and you don’t have to invest a lot of time.

The more you understand the recruiting process, the better chance you have to land a scholarship. Here are some helpful tips:

  • Understand how college coaches evaluate talent in your sport.
  • Start the process as early as your freshman year in high school.
  • Read the rules on communication with college coaches.
  • Understand why grades are important.
  • Don’t be bashful about reaching out to coaches.
  • Familiarize yourself with the terms (contact period, quiet period, dead period, official and unofficial visits, etc.).
  • Review the NCAA guide regarding academic preparation. 
  1. You aren’t really being proactive

The definition of proactive is “creating or controlling a situation by causing something to happen rather than responding to it after it has happened.” Being proactive in recruiting does not mean sending out a few emails to college coaches and waiting for the scholarship offers to roll in the door.

If you aren’t being highly recruited yet, then to some extent your recruiting process is a numbers game. The more appropriate colleges you reach out to, the better your chance of finding a scholarship. You might find that perfect fit with your first email, or it might not happen until you contact your twentieth college.

  1. You haven’t asked your coach to be involved

Your current coach can make a difference in your recruiting experience. He or she is a credible source for a college coach with respect to your athletic abilities and your character. If your coach can be available if and when a college coach calls or emails, that is a big help. If you are lucky and your coach wants to be involved, accept the help.

Either way, you need to have a credible reference for college coaches to contact. If your current coach doesn’t have the time, then use a summer coach, a skills coach or even an opposing coach who has seen you play. Most coaches want to help their players. Don’t be afraid to ask them.

  1. You aren’t being realistic

Being realistic about who you are as an athlete and a student is probably the hardest part of the recruiting process. Unfortunately, it is also the most important part.

If you aren’t pursuing appropriate colleges, you are wasting your time.

First, make sure that you academically qualify for the colleges you are pursuing. Sure, there might be a little academic “room” for an athlete, but if you are an average student with average test scores, scratch Stanford off your list.

Second, make sure the schools on your list of colleges are a match athletically. If you don’t have any other way to determine which schools to pursue, ask your current coach for an honest evaluation and be prepared for an honest answer. Most athletes already know how they stack up, so your coach’s answer shouldn’t be a surprise. It is okay to have “stretch” schools on your list, but you need to focus on the ones where you have the best chance of earning a scholarship.

College recruiting isn’t rocket science. A lot of it is common sense. If you are currently being “under-recruited,” then spend some time researching the process, be realistic about your abilities and be persistent in the process.