Why Build Your Own Identity

  • 8 Feb, 2017

The video below outline the importance of why players should build their own personal identity. College coaches, agents and scout always ask themselves: How and why are you a special athlete? If you want to play at the next level, those are questions you should be prepared to answer regardless of where you end up playing.

It’s never easy to start and become consistent in building your own identity. That’s a choice you have to make if you truly want to play and compete at the next level. Players need to promote themselves to college coaches just like applying for a job. Having an online resume and video highlights can show college coaches that you are serious, prepared and organized. This can get you on the recruiting list but there is no guarantee you will succeed.

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So why you should build your own identity then? There is a lot of competition and you deserve a chance if you worked hard for it and hasseld hard enough. Sometimes those chances don’t come at all or in some cases they came unplanned.

If you go to a college showcase and a coach likes you, most likely s/he will look for you online. It’s important your online identity reflects who you truly are. They will watch you close, how you warm up, how you interact with your teammates, how you move on and off the ball, how you react and recover from mistakes and so on. The small details make the big difference. It’s not enough to be good anymore, you need to have something special or extra.

Your work ethic is one of the most important factors that will help you elevate your game as long as you give it your best all the time. Now, take a second and think about all your accomplishments, hard work, trips, games, showcases and everything in between.

Those events shape your successes and it’s important that you promote your identity because you worked hard to build it. It can easily be ruined so be careful what you say, who you talk to and who your friends are. Make wise decisions that will help you grow as a student-athlete and individual.

After watching the video, and getting more educated the main question remains: What will be your next steps from here on? It’s time to be proactive and get closer to accomplish your goals of playing at the next level. If you need an online athletic profile, you can create one for FREE here. If you got one already, just keep it updated and promote yourself effectively.

Author @Nicolae Popescu

Nicolae Popescu is a former NCAA D1 full-scholarship student-athlete and the Founder of WeGotPlayers. He has experienced first-hand the complex college recruiting process himself. Nicolae' s knowledge, skills and sports expertise make him a valuable contributor in helping guide players and parents to find the right school fit. He is passionate about coaching, mentoring and positively influencing players succeed in their sports journey and life thru the power of education and technology.
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