March for many is about basketball but many will argue ladies volleyball tournaments and ruggers will state its 15s season. Regardless the spring sports are upon us but so are the infamous and outrageous fees associated with exposure. A great deal of families will rack up debit because they were told to join a certain team or attend a certain event and even be told to go to a certain trainer. All of this is fine if you have deep pockets or really are true next level athletes. However, the reality is many people are making a living selling athletes and their families exposure for payment.
"We never read recruiting websites or accept emails from these cats. Our admin person filters emails before we read our files. We target guys in camp and will DM, IM or direct text them. So don't pay to get recruited just go to a few college camps in pads." - D1 coach
There are many avenues to success but many try to make short cuts or think that if they are associated with a certain club, school or trainer they will ultimately be noticed. All along it is the athlete that makes his or her own path for success. It is the DNA that no one can determine or the athletic ability displayed on a court, field or track. While coaches or trainers might be able to assist in technique or fundamentals, it is ultimately the athlete that has done the work NOT the trainer or coach. The athlete has to make strides and provide consistent efforts to get better. This is something that can be done for FREE if your youth or high school coaches provide you with that type of culture. In todays world many schools are changing their culture and adapting to keep kids involved in their community or within their 4 walls. Now the IT’S ME, ME, ME! is changing as new coaches take the reigns of their schools programs. More energy and rejuvenation to change the culture to TEAM is happening as both booster clubs and coaches are coming together as one unit.
In Colorado there are very few media outlets that spend time or resources researching youth and high school athletes and many try to tie in advertising revenues to report on that schools or trainers athletes. Yes sometimes you have to pay to get your name in print because the media is not attending games because they have said,
"No one cares about prep sports! In football its about 3-4 programs and basketball is about the same. As for the other sports no one has time to attend 3-4 games a week in winter or spring. We attend the playoff games and that is good enough."
So with this type of attitude it is easy to see why writers from various publications sell advertising in exchange for information. The so called journalists do not want to put in the time but rather grab a cliff notes version and read an online statistics sports website to write stories. However, statistics do not tell the story, people do and why a journalist needs to be present for more than one game a week. Also the trend is to hype an athlete but in order to read the article when you click to read you have to reach for your wallet to pay a monthly fee or subscription. Yet another revenue stream in the world of Overrated and Over exposed that many would say is outrageous, shocking, shameful or disgraceful but some pull out the credit card to see for themselves and contribute to the money pit, So agreeing to make an advance payment in order to receive or participate in something is probably Overrated. Again it is one writer, one trainer or even a group of subscription based writers trying to sell you something that means relatively nothing to the next level colleges and universities. Affluent people might disagree but many that have travelled the paths before will admit it is unnecessary to get caught up in the hype of being with a certain club or trainer because that have a few past success stories. Meanwhile, credit was never given to the talent but has become a chest thumping look at what I can do for a small fee of $500 a month. Again, do your homework and see if that person is overrated and over exposing your wallet. Chances are the monies would be better spent traveling to areas of concentration for a college degree.
The best thing a family can do is eliminate the HYPE trainers, 7 on 7 tournaments and Junior Day visits and concentrate on being a better teammate or athlete. We recruit 60 to 75% off film. Junior Day visits have become overrated and over valued. If a family shows up to our spring game and summer camp they have a better shot of catching our coaches eyes. We need to know and evaluate them, PERIOD!
So for parents unaware of the process just relax and become informed. There is no magical wand or must attend event to attend to guarantee success. However, the most important factor might be the SAT or ACT in combination with the students GPA and recommendations from a teacher or a school guidance counselor. Just like the film don’t lie, neither do the grades and test scores. If you are a sub 3.5 GPA then take a look at the chart: Notice the dramatic drop off at 3.0 and below. So use your schools online college platform to check out schools minimums and cutoffs for tuition assistance. Some may use a 4.0 or 3.9 as their tier 1 and a tier 2 might be somewhere between a 3.2-3.75. The days of 2.3 are in the rear view mirror as many college and university coaches want to know they will not be worrying about eligibility during the season. So the next time you are talked into attending an event or coerced to train with an athletic or gym guy, just think about spending those monies with an academia guru. Figure out how to master homework and tests in high school. Also train your brain with an ACT or SAT tutor to help you with the process to success in test taking. So the next time you say that player is overrated and over exposed, ask the additional questions of what is their ACT/SAT scores and GPA. Many will be surprised a marginal to above average athlete might be better in the classroom and less of a risk. You can never under estimate the power of academia. Do a lot to build your overall skills. Overrated and over exposed is only an option if you choose it. Not all are created equally so what might work for one might not work for all but the academic portion sure does as a 3.5 GPA makes a profound statement. So do the math and study hard.
If you have been a long time follower you will know to attend all local college events for FREE and put your cleats on college campus events. The only paid ones are listed on the cofridaynightlights.com website and will be updated as information becomes available.
Until the season starts best wishes to all in the off season and we will see you on the field or on Twitter As always we will post #BreakingNews on @303Gonzo twitter and facebook.A few dates to circle on the calendar:
February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April 1st
May 1, 2018 access to 8th graders into OTAs
August 6, 2018 Start to 2018 Colorado football day 1 practice (No Contact or Pads)
August 23-25, 2018 Week 1 start to 2018 Colorado football season formerly zero week now called week one.