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“The recruiting process rewards student-athletes who start early and are proactive. Create a roadmap of what you need to do and when, then follow it!” Brett Nicol, Founder of Empower the Athlete Brett@EmpowerTheAthlete.com (415) 800-7794

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  • Empower the Athlete Recruiting Playbook

The recruiting process rewards student-athletes who start early and are proactive. Create a roadmap of what you need to do and when, then follow it!Table of ContentsOwning Your Recruiting Process!1Recruiting & Admissions Timeline! 2!Maximizing Your Athletic Potential! 3Recruiting Tactics! 5!NCAA Compliance! 10The College Admissions Process!13Cost of College! 18 1Dear high school student athlete,The very fact that you are using this playbook demonstrates your passion and motivation to become abetter athlete and your desire to compete in athletics at a high level. Congratulations!Have you thought about playing a sport in college? The team of former college athletes at Empower theAthlete have put together the Recruiting Playbook to get you started on your recruiting process.Weve learned a lot over the years about the recruiting process and the importance of finding the rightcollege fit. Here are the six things you need to know if you want to compete at the collegiate level: 1. If you want to play college sports, you can. Whether you are a top 100 national player or asubstitute on your varsity team, you can find a college team to play on. 2. Have a plan: The recruiting process rewards student-athletes who start early and are proactive.Create a roadmap of what you need to do and when, then follow it! 3. Find the right college fit: Ask yourself this question: If I were to suffer a career ending injury,would I still be happy at this college as a regular student? With a 40% attrition rate amongstcollege athletes, this is a very realistic question. 4. What you do off the field matters. Good grades and leadership ability coupled with your athleticability can open the doors to some of the best colleges in America. 5. College sports is a business. You will be communicating with coaches who have decided tomake coaching their profession, who have enormous time and financial constraints, facing thepressure of having to win to keep their jobs. 6. Take the long view: College is a once in a lifetime opportunity to make lifelong friends, pursueyour academic interests, play ultra-competitive sports, and most importantly, expand yourperspective of the world and your role in it.At Empower the Athlete, we share our first-hand experience with you each step of the recruiting andcollege admissions process. If you have questions, please feel free to contact me below.Play hard this season!Brett Nicol, Founder of Empower the AthleteBrett@EmpowerTheAthlete.com ETA Empower 1/2 Hour:(415) 800-7794 Free 30 minute recruiting conversation with an Empower theAthlete Advisor 2 Chapter 2: Recruiting & Admissionswhat to do and when to do it SummerFall & Winter Springattend instructionalconsider a club team forplay sports sports camps to prepare for offseason tourneys keep your grades up high school athleticsestablish good grades schedule a balancedanenjoy your summerand study habits summer that involveshm vacation attend college gamesathletic development andschedule the PSATs forcreate a big college list vacation timees the fall play sports play sportsFrattend an instructional take the PSATsplay on your school team es camp and/or tournamentscompete in 1 or 2 fall/ nish the year strong or with your club teamwinter tourneys academicallyif you can, go visit abegin to contact coaches nalize you summerom couple of colleges sign up for recruitingschedulephschedule the PSATs forcamps and tourneys earlylet college coaches know the fall play sports where youll be playingSobegin SAT prep work meet with guidancecounselor attend recruiting camps rock the SATsplay for your school and and tourneyschallenge yourself inbe a team leaderrs email coaches beforecourse selection take the SATs again ifo ni and after camps narrow your list to 15-20necessary schools u take SAT prep course solidify summer schedule J register for fall SATs meet with guidance create athletic bio and email all coachesnish with a strong GPAemail coaches Recruiting counselor make a highlight lm Packet extracurricular activityplay sportsemail coaches beforetake ofcial visit/visits to nish strong and after camps andnal school/schoolsNCAA ClearingHouse s showcasesRecommendationsll out FAFSA if ornarrow college list to 5-10 write a stellar collegenecessary nivisit colleges andessayprepare academically Se interview with coaches onapply to colleges: early or and athletically for college campus regular admissions play sportsdiscuss nancing collegeplay sportsextracurricular activity 3Chapter 3: Maximizing Your Athletic PotentialYour Ability! It is important that as an athlete you are self aware of your ability and your athletic potential. Thiswill help you a lot in creating a college list and understanding where you will project at the college level.! Understanding Your Strengths and Weaknesses All athletes have strengths and weaknesses. Great athletes perfect their strengths and strengthentheir weaknesses. If you do not know what your strengths and weaknesses are in your lacrosse game ask oneof your coaches (ask them to fill out the ETA Athlete Evaluation Form), or ask a teammate for some honestfeedback. Take their comments as constructive criticism and learn to play to your strengths on the fieldand work on your weaknesses.! Implement Drills in Practice on Your OwnThere are many great online instructional videos where professional players and top college coachesdiscuss their favorite drills and ways to practice on their own. Take advantage of the world wide web, andwhen you practice on your own make your time as productive as it can be to help you improve as a player andtake your game to the next level. If you are having trouble thinking of ways to work on your game (especiallyyour weaknesses) ask a coach or mentor, or contact your regional Empower the Athlete Advisor (werealways happy to give pointers).! Strength and Conditioning! Being physically fit is one aspect of being a great college athlete that is always attainable regardless ofnatural ability. Its important that if you want to be a college athlete that you train and condition your bodyfor the next level of play. Stay active in the offseason, compete in other sports, and implement strength andconditioning into your athletic routine to increase your physical toughness on the field and to help preventinjuries.! Maximizing the OffseasonMost college coaches are partial to multi-sport athletes. It should not necessary to quit your othersports to focus on one sport year round in order to become a better college prospect; very few sports are theexception. You will achieve greater athletic development competing in a variety of sports in the offseasonthan you will just lifting weights and practicing your sport on your own. College coaches want athletes first,and usually feel that they can coach you up where your fundamentals are lacking. If your sport is your onlysport, its important to maximize your development in the offseason by staying active, fit, and continue todevelop your sport specific skills. If you are playing other sports, find time during that sports season tocontinue to develop your skills in your primary sport. 4ETA Athlete Evaluation Formask coach to give you honest feedback 5 Chapter 4: Recruiting TacticsCommunication With Coaches!As an athlete you need to understand that there are more and more high school student-athletesevery year vying for a limited, or in some sports decreasing, number of college roster spots. There arealso a limited number of college coaches, and they do their best to try and evaluate as many players aspossibly when they are on the recruiting trail. As a result, gone are the days when athletes will get noticedby schools just on their ability. You need to make the coaches job easier for them by contacting thecoaches of the schools/programs you are interested in, and provide them with the information about youthat they need: your GPA, SAT scores, course selection, highlight film and recruiting schedule (when andwhere they can watch you play).!We encourage athletes to be proactive in their recruiting process and contact coaches early andoften. Creating a dialogue with college coaches will also allow them to give you feedback as to whether ornot they think you would fit in at their school and on their team. Getting this feedback will allow you to berealistic about your college search process and create and narrow your college list.!At any time in your high school career, per NCAA rules, you are allowed to email, call, orinterview with a coach on their campus. Contact Empower the Athletic for advice on creating your ownAthletic Resume; an Athletic Resume serves as a valuable tool that makes contacting coaches much easier.!A Sample EmailHello Coach Smith,My name is Joe Student-Athlete and I am a sophomore at Washington High School in Sportstown,USA. I play oense on our varsity team where I am leading scorer and captain as a junior. Im writing tointroduce myself and express my interest in playing for your program.This coming summer I am planning to attend a few recruiting camps and tournaments. I was wonderingif there are any specic events you would recommend that would be the best for me to attend in order toget evaluated by you and your sta.I recently participated in the College Showcase Tournament, and I also play football and basketball inthe oseason. I also hold a 3.5 GPA at my school and scored an 1850 the rst time I took the PSAT thisfall. I plan to take the SAT this spring.I have attached my Athletic Resume that includes my GPA, PSAT scores, and a link to my highlightvideo on YouTube. Please let me know if there is any more information I could send you. Thanks Coach, -Joe Student-Athlete a 6 Gauging a Coachs Interest!Throughout the recruiting process you will likely receive different levels of interest from collegecoaches. Depending on what stage you are in your high school career and in the recruiting process, thelevel of conta