USA TODAY High School Sports has a weekly column on the college recruiting process. Here, you’ll find practical tips and real-world advice on becoming a better recruit to maximize your opportunities to play at the college level. Kyle Winters was a standout high school pitcher who tossed seven scoreless innings in a major tournament during his senior year. That performance against some heavy-hitting future MLB draft picks helped Kyle earn a full-ride scholarship to the University of New Mexico. However, Kyle opted to play professional baseball and was drafted by the Florida Marlins in the fifth round and played seven seasons for various minor league teams. Kyle is just one of many former college and professional players, college coaches, and parents who are part of the Next College Student Athlete team. Their knowledge, experience, and dedication along with NCSA’s history of digital innovation, and long-standing relationship with the college coaching community have made NCSA the largest and most successful athletic recruiting network in the country.
Maybe you never played organized sports, or maybe the sport gene just skipped a generation. Or it could be your childhood was spent on a baseball diamond and not a soccer “patch” or “pitch” or whatever. Or, to be completely honest, you’re just not that into sports. But now, as your sporty offspring competes in high school and dreams of doing the same in college, you may be feeling a little more anxious and suddenly unprepared for what lies ahead.
After all, other sports-minded parents seem to be way more into it and way ahead of the game. They know every nuance of the sport and have the terminology down pat. They bought the right kind of cleats the first time. They even help the coach! They have summer sports camps already lined up, and they are even on a first-name basis with some college coaches.
The very real benefits of being a non-sport parent
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