Who is pumped for winter break? Although you don't have tests to study for or classes to attend, there is some homework that you should think about doing to push yourself further in the athletic recruitment process.
Check out these five things to do during the holiday break. And if you're still trying to think of a nice gift to your parents, they might appreciate you taking care of a few of these items:
1. Start applying for scholarships.
Not to be biased, but CollegeXpress has over 16,000 scholarships just waiting for you. The keyword scholarship search makes searching for money incredibly easy, so no more excuses for why you can't find the moolah.
Here’s a tip:
Don't just limit yourself to looking for athletic awards. There is money out there for virtually anything in the arts; for your clubs, religions, and majors you want to pursue; family circumstances, and more. If you are looking more into Division III schools, you are going to need to look for money to pay for college from sources other than the school, since they don't hand out athletic scholarships like DI and DII (with their partial scholarships). And if you're really lazy there are a ton where you basically have to do nothing (ahem CollegeXpress $10,000 Scholarship or $500 Refer-A-Friend Scholarship).
2. Visit campuses.
You can't be busy for the entire week that you're off of school. If you're traveling, even better! Take this free time to visit and check out schools you haven't seen yet. You might want to play for the college, but do you really want to go to that school? Just because a team excites you doesn't mean the campus/academics will. Another great thing about this time of year is that the campus will be super quiet, so you can stroll around and really take everything in.
To prepare for the campus visits:
A. Get those recruitment videos out. Grab those highlights that your dad has been filming all summer/fall and start putting them together into a reel for prospective coaches.
B. Once A is all set, time to get back out on the social media circuit. Remember coaches can't contact you; you have to initiate the conversation. Even if you aren't connecting with them, it's a good time to clean up your Facebook, send some more tweets out, and upload those videos. Check out my earlier posts about social media and college sports: Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
4. Catch up on your favorite teams.
Check the team news on your favorite schools' websites. It's always good to know what's going on in the sports world that you hope to join. The more knowledge that you have about the team, college, players, and coach, the better when it comes to those interviews.
5. Sign up for a recruiting website.
Go a step further than the regular social media sites and get a little specific with a site like takkle.com. It's basically Facebook for athletes, and coaches are crawling all over looking up info on potential players.
Even if you only do one or two things on this list, it will definitely give you a head start on the new year.