I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and you are ready for the New Year. I also hope Recruit-Me and The Athletic Scholarship Podcast has helped you and your family in your recruiting journey. I would like to ask a couple of favors for 2021. One is, please share The Athletic Scholarship Podcast with another family or 2 that will start in the recruiting process or is in the recruiting process. The second, is to reach out to me by email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by writing a review on your favorite podcast app. This year-ending podcast, Episode 230, is a 2020 Review of all the podcasts I have done since becoming the owner and CEO of Recruit-Me. So starting with Episode 203 on June 23rd and going through Episode 229 on December 22nd, I briefly list the main points of each of the episodes. The goal of this 2020 Review is to give you a reference that can help you find a subject that will help you as you go through your recruiting journey. Subjects like what to do each year of your high school years, tips during COVID, definitions of various recruiting terms and a listing of all the possible scholarship opportunities. There are interviews with a current college athlete, a former college athlete, a mindset mentor, a D1 college golf coach and a parent of a D1 soccer player. Thank you for listening this year. If you have not signed up for the FREE Recruiting Power Pack, then go to Recruit-Me.com to sign up or take advantage of the 2 great books that Jon Fugler wrote, The Athletic Scholarship Playbook and The Athletic Scholarship 24-Month Planner and Journal. You can find out more information on Recruit-Me.com/tools. If you have not take advantage of the Recruit-Me 3.0 Athletic Scholarship System and the special new CEO price of only $99, please click on Recruit-Me.com/system. This offer ends 12/31/2020.
Happy New Year!
Bringing in Jon Fugler for an interview makes for an information-packed and fast moving episode. Episode 229, features Jon Fugler, the founder and former CEO of Recruit-Me. I wanted to have Jon on to catch up and let you know some of Jon's inspiration for starting Recruit-Me, a recruiting education system. he started Recruit-Me in 2012, after his twin sons played baseball for Air Force. Listen in to see what Jon and his family have been doing since June and as he shares some of the basics of the recruiting process that worked for his family, thousands of families over the last 18 years and basics that will work for you today. We hit topics like parental involvement, student-athlete involvement, the effects of COVID, the basics of contacting coaches, setting goals and game planning, and how making a college school list as a freshman and sophomore will lead to great results as a junior or senior. Jon helps set the tone that Christmas break is a wonderful time to charge forward with your recruiting process. Charge forward in 2021. Take this 20 minutes to learn and re-charge yourselves for the upcoming new year. Please listen and learn, plus share this episode and any of your favorite past episodes with a student-athlete or a family of a student-athlete that is in the recruiting process. Next week will a year in review for 2020 and gives you a short refresher on each episode since June 2020.
7:23- 7:54 Comments about Parental Involvement
10:13 - 10:44 Let Coaches Know Your Interested
12:20 - 12:39 Take the Initiative and Get Out of the Starting Blocks
18:35 - 19:01 Recruiting is Year Round
19:38 - 20:05 Firsthand Advice
The Christmas break is a great time cook up a college list. It does not matter if you are a freshman or sophomore and are just getting started in the recruiting game or if you are a junior or senior needing to attention fast. A college list is essential. This episode, 228, is chalked full of great ingredients to help you "cook up" a great list. This episode, A Recipe for Your College List; Ingredients Included, gives you the resources, I mean ingredients, to mix it all together. So take 15 minutes to learn how you can use the holidays to get you going. Also, you will hear Myth #8 of 10 about Athletic Scholarships. Check out the links below for easy and free resources, oops, ingredients for you list. Merry Christmas!
Episode 227 covers 3 integrated topics that will take your recruitment to a higher level. Visualization can propel, not only, your athletic performance, but also, your recruitment journey. It may be easy to SEE how visualization can help you to play better, but how does it help in recruiting? Well, that is where setting goals and planning comes into play. Writing down goals, both long term and short term, helps you to chart out starting strategies and deadlines. This 15 minutes is chalked full of stories and examples of visualization, goal setting and planning advice. See how the Athletic Scholarship 24-Month Recruiting Planner and Journal written by Jon Fugler, can help super-charge your recruiting progress.
In episodes 223 and 224, the interviews with Kevin Easley, a college athlete's father, we got some great information from a family that went through the recruiting process and is go through the recruiting process with their high school age son. One of the many, many tidbits from the Easley interviews was that the family started looking up recruiting rules on NCAA.org. Learning NCAA rules helped them to understand some recruiting lingo and helped them to understand why coaches did things certain ways. From this advice this episode is going to cover Unofficial Visits. Episode 226 will cover the rules for Unofficial Visits on travel, lodging, entertainment and the number of visits allowed. You will also get a look into my own family's experiences on visits. Don't forget about Myth #6 of Athletic Scholarships, that are found in the Recruit-Me 3.0 Athletic Scholarships System.
In episodes 223 and 224, the interviews with Kevin Easley, a college athlete's father, we got some great information from a family that went through the recruiting process and is go through the recruiting process with their high school age son. One of the many, many tidbits from the Easley interviews was that the family started looking up recruiting rules on NCAA.org. Learning NCAA rules helped them to understand some recruiting lingo and helped them to understand why coaches did things certain ways. From this advice this episode is going to cover Official Visits. Episode 225 will cover the rules for Official Visits on travel, lodging, entertainment and the number of visits allowed. You will also get a look into my own family's experiences on visits. Don't forget about Myth #5 of Athletic Scholarships, that are found in the Recruit-Me 3.0 Athletic Scholarships System.
Episode 224 is Part 2 of 2 from an interview with Kevin Easley. Kevin is the father of a D1 soccer player, a junior in high school that is in the recruiting process now and a up and coming 6th grader. Kevin's daughter, Jadyn, plays soccer for the University of Missouri. Part 1, episode 223, was a loaded episode, full of great advice and insight into Jadyn's early recruitment. It compares her recruitment between high school and club soccer. This episode, Part 2, reveals information about official and unofficial visits, what the Easley family did first to prepare for the recruitment process and what Kevin feels was the best tool that soccer players can use to help get recruited. He also found one of the most important questions a student-athlete should ask themselves before they make that school choice and her learned it from his 15 year old daughter. Also, Myth #5 of the 8 Myths about Athletic Scholarships is revealed. All 8 myths are found in the Recruit-Me 3.0 Athletic Scholarship System found on Recruit-Me.com
Episode 223 is Part 1 of 2 parts from an interview with Kevin Easley. Kevin is the father of a D1 soccer player, a junior in high school that is getting recruited for soccer or football and a up and comer that is in 6th grade. Kevin's daughter, Jadyn, plays soccer for the University of Missouri. In Part 1 we cover how and when Jadyn's recruitment started, some benefits of playing in college, some differences between high school and club recruiting, differences between boy's and girl's recruitment and how Jadyn handled contacts and recruiting. Learn about soccer specifics in recruiting and some general recruiting advice. Both episodes 223 and 224 are filled with helpful information.
Episode 222 promotes the free Recruiting Power Pack offered by Recruit-Me on Recruit-Me.com. Not only does it shamefully promote it, but it gives you some great tips on recruiting to get you started. Really, you may not even need to sign up for the free Recruiting Power Pack, it has so much information. But, you really should sign up for the free Recruiting Power Pack, because it is FREE, and the episode does not give you all the information in the free Recruiting Power Pack. You will get details on the 4 First Steps to an Athletic Scholarship. Step #1 The Introductory Email
Step #2 Creating a Player Profile or Resume
Step #3 Complete Player Questionnaires Effectively
Step #4 Keeping Coaches Interested
No matter where you are in the recruiting process, you will get something out of this 13 minute episode.
The Athletic Scholarship Podcast has its first sponsor, Cody Hanks, with Southwest Missouri Realty. Contact Cody at 417-860-9160 or email@example.com.
Also, catch Myth #2 of 8 About Athletic Scholarships
This episode, 221, You Can "Manage" Your Way Through College, reflects on my college experience as a student-manager for the Southwest Missouri State Bears Men's Basketball team, now Missouri State. I reference episode 219 and go into more detail of the different, but perfect way I got to experience college athletics. I want to give high school student-athletes an alternative to playing their sport. Hopefully, through Recruit-Me, a college playing position is possible, but there could be a circumstance that directs you to another path. If you want to stay around your sport and get the great experience of being on a team, then a student-manager is a great possibility. Just like playing, a manager has to balance the team's schedule and his or her academics. A manager get many perks. Travel, food, gear, meeting people and inside access to the coaches and players are just a few.
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Episode 220 is an interview with Myles Mensah. Myles is the host of the Student-Athlete Combo Podcast and he is recent college graduate from Hofstra University in New York. Myles played baseball for 4 years at Hofstra.
Student-Athlete Combo is a podcast for aspiring student athletes, current student athletes, and parents to get insight on how to get the most out of their academic experience. Student-athletes can have demanding schedules, but that doesn’t mean that you cannot score in the classroom also. Myles and the Student-Athlete Combo will give advice, stories, and interviews with audiences to help them succeed before, during, and after your student-athlete experience.
It's story time! Listen to stories about the adventures high school and college sports can take you to. Sometimes we wonder if all the fuss of sports is worth it. This podcast has some "pick-me-up" stories to energize your journey.
Recruiting has its own jargon. Just like each sport has language that means specific things in that sport’s context, recruiting has its own language. This episode, 218, of The Athletic Scholarship Podcast is packed full of recruiting definitions to help you understand the recruiting process. Also, this episode covers some of the current recruiting updates caused by the COVID situation. Listen and learn so you won’t be confused by recruiting specific terms.
Last episode, episode 216, gave you a pill that can be hard to swallow and this episode, 217, continues treating the symptoms of how hard it is to get a full scholarship. Let’s cover all the offerings of NCAA Division III, the NAIA and the JUCO ranks. This episode shows you that there are many, many alternatives other than NCAA DI. See how D3, NAIA and JUCOs have affected my family.
One of the hardest pills to swallow in the recruiting journey is that you may not get a Full Ride scholarship to play your sport. The pill may not be because you are not a great player, but it may be because of all the rules and regulations by the college athletics governing bodies, the conferences or the schools themselves. This episode is Part 1 of 2 that discusses how many athletic Full Ride scholarships are even available and what alternatives you have to get a scholarship. Hear how the NCAA, the NAIA and NJCAA impact your quest to play your sport and how the different levels within each one will influence your decision. If you will wade through a bunch of information with me, your picture of your future will be made a little easier.
This episode covers NCAA Division I and Division II options and then next week will cover NCAA III, NAIA and JUCO options. So let’s dive in and learn about scholarship definition and numbers.
What do you do when you can’t get a 4.0 GPA, 33 ACT score, All-Conference and Conference Pitcher of the Year, 8-0 record, .86 ERA, Left-Handed pitcher recruited?
Listen to this episode to get a picture of how hard it is to get recruited and hard you have to work to get it done. I tell some of my son’s story, Parker, on his journey to Northwestern University. Parker and our family had many ups and a few downs in the recruiting process and I wanted to share some of the experience to help make your experience better.
Emails, a want list for colleges, an actual list of colleges, a recruiting questionnaire are subjects I talk about on this episode. There will still be ups and downs in your journey, but hopefully you can expect them and deal with them. Listen to see how planning and working hard can result in a scholarship at a school that fits you.
Listen to a great interview with Neal Stafford, the Head Coach of the Missouri State University Bears Men’s Golf Team. Missouri State is located in Springfield, Missouri and happens to be where I graduated from in 1989. The Bears are a Division 1 golf program and a member of the Missouri Valley Conference.
Coach Stafford, going into his 15th year as the MSU Head Coach, takes some time out of his day of watching his 2 children and then golf practice, to answer some important recruiting questions that will help golf student-athletes and all other sports understand both golf and general recruiting information.
Tune in to listen to what a golf coach looks for in a recruit. Hear what it takes, both skill-wise and academically, to play at the college level. You will find out how competitive it is on the course and at practice and you will never guess how many prospect emails he gets for each recruiting class and when they start!
Episode 213 covers three subjects concerning what student-athletes can do as they go back to school. Some will get to play sports this fall and some won't. So, let's take advantage of both situations!
By embracing both hands that are dealt, the student-athlete can concentrate on three areas:
Learning how to take charge in these areas will get you ahead of the pack while others are waiting for coaches to come to them.
What is an athlete mindset mentor? This episode gives you insight. Brent interviews Paige Tonz, who tells you how she helps girls handle the strains of playing sports along with the internal and external pressures.
Paige, a former starting catcher for Northwestern softball from 2011-2014, has a website with free resources. These include a blog, her Visualization Practice Package and her Confidence Booster Workshop. She tells us about her advanced programs, The Confident Athlete and her Private Mentorships.
Listen to Paige share how her playing background and people she met in college helped her start her confidence building programs. She works specifically with young girls and women, but her insights work for all athletes young and old.
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Episode 211 is an interview with Parker Hanks. He is attending Northwestern University, going into his junior year, and pitching for the Wildcats. Because of the cancelling of the Spring 2020 baseball season, he gets an extra year of baseball eligibility. Parker is a left-handed pitcher and in his freshman season at NU, he pitched in almost 40 innings. He started in some of the mid-week games, relieved in some weekend games and finished the freshman season starting in conference games. Parker pitched against the likes of BYU, Duke, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Purdue, Maryland, Illinois St, Nebraska and Rutgers.
Parker gives you his reflections on his Ozark High School career, his recruiting memories and his current college experience. He gives his advice on what it takes to prepare for college sports. Also, he tells you about what he likes best about his first 2 college years. See what else Parker has to say about Northwestern and college sports.
Email Brent@Recruit-Me.com with questions and comments
It's Here! What do you do your Senior year of High School?
One of 2 things are happening your Senior year of high school. Either you have committed to a college/team and you will start with your new team soon or you are still working hard to find a fit for you in your sport and academics.
The final episode, Part 4 of "The Basics of Each Year of High School; Senior Year, gives your family a list of "must-dos" for both of these scenarios.
If you have not listened to all of the first 3 episodes about the high school years, I encourage you to go back and catch episodes 207, 208 and 209 to get the complete picture of the student-athletes journey in their high school years.
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Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and comments
The Junior year in High School is “Go Time” for college recruiting.
It is time to take what you have done your freshman and sophomore years and get the results you are searching for. Most student-athlete’s Junior year is when things start going fast.
In Part 3 of “The Basics of Each Year of High School,” Brent Hanks, Recruit-Me CEO, will give you actions you can take to get the scholarship offer from the school that fits you the best.
Let’s take all that work you have done and get the looks and offers you want. The junior year will get you more emails, text, phone calls and visits than any other year of high school.
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If your son or daughter is about to start Freshman year, this episode is perfect for your family. One of the most asked questions we get is, "When should we start the recruiting process?"
Freshman year isn't too early, but don't go full-speed yet. This is the year you can lay the foundation for the rest of the journey. Recruit-Me CEO Brent Hanks discusses his experience with his two sons. You'll gain insight into what you can focus on in your family.
This is the first of a four-part series, with each episode centering on one year in high school.
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Things are starting up again in many states and one of the most important recruiting activities you can do is drive through a college campus. In this episode, Recruit-Me CEO Brent Hanks gives you some practical tips on how to combine this with your existing road trips.
Brent has been doing this with his two sons and it has yielded great dividends. Learn how to make the most of it so you can narrow down your school choice on the front end of your search.
You'll also hear about the upcoming series to get you set for the fall.
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