You got your 1st D1 Offer this summer now what?
First let’s make sure you understand what an Offer is. An Offer is when a college coach tells you that they are offering you an athletic scholarship to play basketball at their school.
Most of the time it will be the head coach that you have that conversation with. Sometimes, an assistant coach will share with you that they are offering you a scholarship.
To make sure a women’s basketball college program has offered you an athletic scholarship, repeat it back to the head coach or assistant coach. For example, say “Coach, did you just offer me an athletic scholarship?”
If an assistant coach offered you the athletic scholarship, I recommend that you ask to have a conversation with the head coach and ask the head coach, “Coach, did you offer me an athletic scholarship?”
What to Do after you Get an Offer
DO NOT RELAX!
There is something you have to understand about recruiting. You weren’t the only player to get a scholarship offer. That’s just the reality of it.
Coaches could offer 3-4 players that play the same position that 1 scholarship. Honestly, it depends on the coach and their recruiting philosophy on how many players they offer. But it will never be just 1.
That’s why you can’t relax. You must continue to work and develop your skills. You must continue to add new skills. You must continue to promote your improved and new skills. You must continue to pick up more offers.
Because if you don’t, one of the other players that got that same scholarship offer is. There could also be an under-the-radar player working, improving, preparing to have a breakout game or season, that also gets an offer. There could be a player in the transfer portal that can get an offer.
In recruiting, the first player to accept the scholarship offer, gets the scholarship.
4 Other Things you Need to be Doing
Show Interest in the Program
When you get a scholarship offer, that school is letting you know that they are highly interested in you. You will get phone calls, text messages, mail about the program, and handwritten notes from the coaches. Like I shared in last week’s issue, you have to engage with them also. Respond to the texts. Follow up on missed phone calls. Let the coaches know the best time to text or call you.
Start Thinking about What you Want
It’s important to start thinking about what you want out of your college experience as a student and athlete. How far are you willing to go for school? What are your academic and career interests? Do you want your parents to be able to attend the games? These are only a few factors to consider. You should start coming up with your own.
Start Your Research
Visit the websites and social media of schools and the women’s basketball program to learn more. Come up with questions you would like answered as you talk to college coaches.
Start Visiting Schools
You will learn even more about a school and women’s basketball program’s coaches, players, culture, etc when you visit a school by attending a practice, a game, and taking a facilities tour.
-Send Your High School Schedule to Schools Recruiting You
-Pin Your High School Schedule to Your Social Media Profile
-Attend a Local Women’s Basketball Program’s Practice
-Plan Women’s Basketball College Games to Attend
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