I just gave a two hour talk.
Well—45 minutes of talking, and 75 minutes of answering questions.
The topic was how parents of high school student athletes can best deal with college coaches. (I figured since I am a college coach I might know the topic.)
The title of our talk was The 9 Worst Things You Can Do If You Child Wants To Play A College Sport.
There was a wealth of great questions. We (the Men’s Lacrosse coach from my college also joined me) fielded all sorts of questions. Some really, really good ones.
And why should you, coach, care?
Well, I handed out a list of tough questions that the parents should ask a college coach. And that that same coach should be able to answer.
Here’s the list. Do you have an answer for each and every question? (If not, why not?).
- Do you have a hazing policy?
- If my child were to get a scholarship (academic or athletic) what would the obligations be?
- Do you have team training rules?
- Is your Training Room staffed with certified trainers?
- Do you have a trainer at practices or games?
- What are your emergency procedures when a student-athlete is injured?
- When you travel to away competitions what are the typical travel arrangements?
- How long have you been at this college and do you plan on staying here?
- Where do you see my child on your roster?
- What priority do you place upon academics?
- Are there policies concerning missed classes for practice and/or contests?
- Do you have an example of academic success of one of your athletes?
- What is the typical weekly schedule my child can expect for in-season? Out-of-season?
- Does your school offer academic support services?
- What do you need from us to help in the recruiting process?
- Is there a financial or admissions advantage if my child were to be a student-athlete here?
- Does your team have access to a Strength/Conditioning Coach?
Having an answer for these questions goes way past just having an answer for these questions. Those answer goes right to the heart of what quality of experience an athlete, and you, might just have on your team.
As always, interested in hearing your feedback.