September 10, 2016

Self Recruiting Guide: Freshman

It all starts day one! As soon as you walk through the doors of the school, you are being watched, good or bad, and the college coaches will find out about it. Please keep that in mind. If you don’t want your negative activity publicized, don’t do it. social media can be your friend or your complete downfall.


Your Recruiting Team

You need to put together your recruiting team sooner then later. These are the people close to you that are extremely important to your success.

  1. YOU are the one with all the risk and responsibility. If it doesn’t go your way you are the one who has to deal with the consequences. It is a lot of work. You owe You to put in the time and get it done.
  2. COACH has connections, experience, knows the process, and knows you best. In addition, colleges and universities will be calling him/her to find out more about you. What will your coach say about your character and work ethic? They will not lie because their reputation is on the line.
    1. Note: If your coach does not get involved in recruiting please contact me
  3. COUNSELORS are an excellent resource. They will be helping you file with the NCAA and able to assist you with a lot of the processes that come with preparing for higher education. Make sure you ask about additional scholarships. Athletic scholarships do not cover everything.
  4. FAMILY needs to be involved. You have to find someone who is going to be realistic and trustworthy. Not just someone who has blinders on and convinces you to think nothing but Division 1. That is a toxic way of thinking. You need to look at all options and your grades are going to get you farther.

NOTE: Recruiters are not part of your team. They are a resource for information and access. DO NOT let them sway you on what school is right for you. If you do not have a coach that will help you and if you don’t have anywhere to turn please contact me ASAP. This guide could be all you need. A paid recruiting service will NEVER give you a return on your investment.

Get the team together early and stay organized.

It is imperative that you begin academically on the right foot. You must work hard in the classroom to receive all A’s and B’s in your CORE classes. No Excuses. C’s can cost you scholarship funds in your freshman, sophomore, junior and even your senior year. Ask for help before it costs you. Make sure you talk to your counselor to get a list of your schools’ NCAA certified core classes. You must complete 10 of these by the start of your senior year. Once your senior year starts, your grades are locked in and can be sent to the NCAA. Second, work with your counselor to get and stay on track and apply their advice, they can help you a lot. Your coach is also a great source of information. The chances are is that he has a great deal invested in you and he/she wants you to be successful. Tutors are available to help you but will most likely charge you for their services. It is an investment and you need to do it. Please contact me for any further questions on help with academics.


NCAA Core Courses (What are Core Courses?)

The NCAA requires college bound student athletes to take a certain amount of NCAA certified classes to qualify for the NCAA. Not all high school courses are considered “core classes”.

Classes that are NCAA core courses include:

  • English: English 1-4, American Literature, creative writing
  • Math: Algebra 1-3, Geometry, statistics
  • Natural of physical science: biology, chemistry, physics
  • Social science: American History, civics, government
  • Additional: comparative religion, Spanish 1-4

Note: Remedial classes and classes completed through credit-by-exam are not considered NCAA core courses.

Classes that are not NCAA core courses include:

  • Classes in non-core areas, fine arts or vocations such as driver education, typing, art, music, physical education or welding.
  • Personal skill classes such as personal finance or consumer education.
  • Classes taught below grade level, at a slower pace or with less rigor or depth. These classes are often titled basic, essential, fundamental or foundational.
  • Classes that are not academic in nature such as film appreciation, video editing or greenhouse management.

Note: If you take a high school class such as Algebra 1 or Spanish 1 before you start ninth grade, the class may count for your 16 core courses if it is on your high school’s list of approved core courses and is shown on your high school transcript with a grade and a credit.


Summer between Freshman and Sophomore

Note: If you have a chance of playing Varsity as a sophomore you must go to camps during the summer between freshman and sophomore year. The bigger of a role you are going to have a sophomore the more camps you need to go to. Make sure your coach is aware of your camp schedule. You shouldn’t miss an team functions due to camps unless approved by your coach.

If you are not going to be playing varsity it is also good to go to camps for the experience and to see where you stack up measure up with other athletes in your area. In addition, you get to have fun playing a sport you love and get good instruction from college coaches.

Keep updated on camps on twitter @CoachGugs and the Facebook page DMV Football Recruiting.

Please use this Self Recruiting Guide as a “tool” to promote your own athletic and academic achievements. These are not the only resources available, but they are important to follow and to adhere to in order to succeed.

This is only a tool.

Hard workdedicationself-awareness, and patience are all keys. One of the biggest issues is that players and families aren’t realistic about their talents. Not all people are meant to play at the next level. That is Ok. You need to still use what you have learned and apply it to your own special talents. You will not get anywhere by not putting forth the effort. Height and speed matter. Hip flexibility matters. GRADES and TEST SCORES matter!