The goal for any competitive player is how to reach and play at the next level. It takes a lot of preparation and dedication to reach that goal where some fall short while few make it. Exposure it’s a crucial factor when looking to play sports in college or at the pro level. There are many companies and services who provide college ID camps, pro combines or even professional scouting advise.
The great thing about our time is that now we have options, easy access and we can easily do our research to get educated before deciding on which service to go with. Players need to design their own roadmap and have a plan and strategy in place to execute in order to achieve their goals.
It’s a lot of hustle and preparation so the execution becomes second to none. A bit of luck down the road always helps to a great start but the hard work always has to be there.
I will outline a few step of how players can get scouted. Those tips are for those players who truly want to play at the next level and are willing to do whatever it takes to get there.
How Can College Players Get Scouted?
- Search and identify what schools could be a good fit for you based on your academic and athletic abilities. Your list should have at least 50 schools and you slowly start narrowing them down. Consider all divisions, different locations and don’t just say no to other schools till you know for sure where you are going.
- Register with NCAA and make sure you have good grades.
- Make sure you have completed 10 core classes by your junior year and 16 core classes by the end of your senior year in order to graduate on time.
- Attend universities and college ID camps at your colleges of interest. This is a great way to introduce yourself directly to the college coaches.
- Create a powerful online sports resume to help you organize your personal, athletic, academic information, photos, videos, schedule, references and stats.
- Always email your introduction letter and resume to the college coaches yourself. They love to hear from you.
- Go to college showcases available in your area or outside the state. This is money well spend because it will give you more exposure.
- Discuss with current and former college players to get more info on how they got recruited and what worked and didn’t work so much for them. This can be valuable information.
- Be very professional in everything you do and always work hard on and off the field.
- Have good academic grades, SAT’s/ACT’s score and GPA. College coaches enjoy working with responsible and dedicated students since they will have less worries for them.
- Don’t be afraid to play for other club teams while playing for your high school.
- Ask your high school coaches to help you with the recruiting process and make recommendations. Just don’t expect too much. It’s your job to reach out to colleges and introduce yourself.
- Summer or winter college showcases are always a great way to get exposed but introduce yourself to the coaches way in advance. Get on their radar and make a great impression.
- Your references can be a game changer. Powerful references are always a big plus as coaches talk amongst themselves all the time.
- Invite college coaches to watch you play during games. There is nothing better than a coach coming to see you play live. If they don’t come that’s ok.
- Always be on time and in shape so you are ready to compete.
- Show your leadership skills and how you positively influence others and get the best of them.
- Remember that your attitude is contagious. Please spread positive vibes and act with dignity and respect towards everyone.
- Set realistic expectations.
- Choose a school that offers you the best learning environment for your academic, athletic and personal development. If you don’t play the sport you love and trained for at your school and you will still want to go to that school, then that’s the school for you.
How Can Pro Players Get Scouted
- First of all, ask yourself: How bad do you want to play at the PRO level?
- Based on your sport and location it can be more difficult to reach the PRO level but this should not stop you from trying your hardest.
- If you don’t have a team, find one that you can play for. You need to get started somewhere.
- When you first start, don’t worry about the money. Prove everyone what you can offer and then you can set your own rules and financial terms. In most cases, you’ll need to have another job to pay of your expenses.
- Save money and try to attend PRO combines but do your research first. Look where is the closest combine from you, what is the combine’s success rate, what clubs and coaches will come to watch you play, how expensive it is. You should make every effort to go so you won’t have any regrets later in life.
- You need maximum exposure, so a well written sports resume and a video highlights can help you get introduced.
- Let coaches or clubs form the area know at what combine/s you’ll be. Never know who will show up.
- Ask the combine organizers for a video of your trial and make that in a 3-5 min video highlights.
- Never get discouraged after a combine, especially if you don’t hear back. Just work harder for the next opportunity and be more prepared. If you are really good, scouts will see that and invite you for a 1-2 weeks trial at their club to see how you do.
- Some combines are worth the money and some are not. Do your research, talk to coaches, players and friends.
- Always choose to play for a smaller team at first and once you outgrow the level there, then it’s time to move to a bigger team.
- Choose your agent wisely. See their past and current clients, what’s their track record, how they treat you and most importantly what they can offer you. You need exposure to the right teams.
- Contact the PRO clubs you would like to play for directly and ask for tryouts dates and details. Most PRO teams have tryouts dates available. There will be many players there depending of the level of the team so make sure you do your best. If you don’t hear form them keep trying.
- Combines are a great opportunity to get scouted but also to self-evaluate yourself compared to your competition.
- Never stop playing, you need to be in shape, prepared to endure a lot of physical and mental distress but once you make it it will feel so rewarding.
- Persistance always pays off.
- It’s all about how far are you willing to push yourself and hassle for your opportunities.
- Consider playing in other countries as well but it will be more difficult since it’s a different culture, language, expectations, style of coaching and many other different factors that could potentially affect your playing experience.
- Scouts watch your every move, such as: how you warm up, how you train, how you play, what you do when you don’t have the ball, how you treat others, what kind of personalty and attitude you have, what’s your character like, how you deal with failures, losses, wins, etc. Before they invest in you they want to know every detail about you.
Now, you should have a better idea of how to get scouted and what it takes to play at the next level. You’ll miss many important events and parties in your life just because you have chosen to follow your dreams and play at the college or PRO level. It’ s not easy but it can be extremely rewarding for all those that make it.
An athlete’s career is relatively short and time is very important. Even more important is how you choose to use your time, the strategy and plan you want to follow in the hopes that you’ll achieve your dreams. It’s a risk but athletes are always ready to take them. One of the worse things in life is wasted talent. So don’t let your talent get lost in the shadow of empty hopes. Be prepared to hustle, and work really hard for it.