Three Easy Steps to Getting Recruited
Step 1: Commitment – The recruiting process isn’t something you just breeze through. If you are seriously interested in finding a scholarship opportunity to play college golf, you have to commit yourself to this goal. Athletes are working towards goals all the time, and there are hundreds of other high school athletes, just like you, who are out there trying to get recruited to the next level. That means you have to fully dedicate yourself to reaching this goal by getting organized, staying on top of communication with coaches, studying for the SAT/ACT and much more. If you are willing to pledge yourself to the recruiting process, you will be able to reach your ultimate goal and a place that fits you!
Step 2: Attitude – If you are going to get the attention of college coaches, you need to have the right attitude. Firstly, you must be proactive. No one else is going to get you recruited and if coaches aren’t recruiting you, then you need to take control! Take control of your recruiting and be responsible for accepting how the process works.
You can get help and support from services through our Director of College Placement, Ann Maness, but remember all the components that go into being recruited. You need to be mature and professional throughout the entire process. There’s a chance that not every coach you contact will be interested in you, actually…there’s a BIG chance. Guess what…that’s OK! It’s always important to be respectful and mature about their decision, and then move on to the next one. It will not do you any good to get upset at the coach and say things that might get you in trouble. Adopting a positive attitude will help you and your family through the process, and it will become a project, rather than a chore.
Step 3: Be Open – When it comes to the recruiting process, quantity is key. The more schools you consider, the more coaches you contact, and the more effort you put into it will all help generate better results. In order to have success in getting recruited, you need to leave your options open. If you are too specific in your school preference (example: only DI schools when you are not that caliber of a player) you will have fewer options that will be successful for you. While it is a great idea to know what you want in your school, you also have to make sure that you are not limiting yourself on possible opportunities. For example, if you know you want to major in accounting, you should definitely research each school’s accounting programs in order to make sure it would be a good fit with you and your academic goals. But the key is to make sure you explore schools in all division levels, as well as in several regions of the country. You never know what school may turn out to be a perfect fit if you don’t expand your horizons to see what’s out there!
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Director of College Placement, Ann Maness, has years of experience with the college athletics recruiting process. Ann is the second sibling in her family to join the elite college golf ranks and played for Coastal Carolina University, where she took no time to capture her first collegiate victory.
During her freshman year, Ann came from 6 shots behind in the final round of the Big South Conference Championship, firing a 68 to claim the individual conference title. To date, that 68 remains the single-round record for the Women’s Golf Big South Championship. Ann went on to capture two more singles titles at CCU.
She also participated in the 2009 NCAA Regionals, was a 4-Time Big South All-Conference Team Member, and was an 8-Time Big South Player of the Week.