The process of being recruited should be an enjoyable one. In today's world, there tends to be a lot of pressure put on a prospective student athlete. Here are some tips and reminders to help ease the process:
Remember that this process is about you! Don't let your friends, coaches, or even your parents make the decision for you. Choosing a school is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Make a list of what you want in a college: Small or big, academic standard, distance from home, athletic success, coaching style, etc. whatever is important to YOU!
Get in front of the coaches of the school you are interested in! You may be interested in a school, but they may have not ever seen you play. Go to their camps, if feasible, and get a feel for the campus, coaches, and environment.
Call the coaches! Recruiting has changed in the sense that it is tougher to build relationships with the athletes due to committing so early. The coaches have restrictions on when they can call you but you can pick up the phone and call them at any time. Invest in your future and ask questions that you want answered.
Set attainable goals! Not everyone can get a full ride to a SEC school but that is ok! Know that schools are looking for specific positions in specific graduating classes. There are SO many schools out there to choose from and you can be happy at a number of them. Research your options: JUCO, division 2, d3, NAIA and don't give up on your dream.
Academics!!! Often times athletes get so wrapped up in their sport they put academics on the back burner. Remember that you are a student first and athlete second. Getting good grades only increases your chance of a better scholarship and more looks.
Remember that this is a FUN process and most importantly that it's all about YOU!
Amanda Williams is a National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) All Star playing with the Chicago Bandits, Rockford Thunder and the Tennessee Diamonds. She is a former four-year starter in center field for Marshall University and also helped in the coaching department for the Thundering Herd.