1I always like to start out with adisclaimer. First, nothing I am goingto tell you is original. I am notgoing to say I invented this orinvented that. I may not rememberwhere I got this information from butone thing I do know is that I got theinformation from someone else. Second,I am not going to tell you this is theonly way to do things. I am going totell you about a system that we haveused for the last fifteen or twentyyears. It has been very good for meand it has worked well for me.Everyone has their own particularsituation in the school where theycoach. The next disclaimer I have isthis. I have one goal here for thislecture. If you can take one idea fromthis lecture and adapt it to yourprogram, then I will have done a greatjob today. I will not try to sell youon the program we use, but if you cantake one idea and use it in yourprogram it will be worthwhile.Just one more disclaimer, in talkingabout the college recruiting processis this. There are not any rules onthis. No one makes the rules indealing with the coaches and playersas far as how to go about recruitingplayers. Every college does it alittle different. I am going to talkabout some of my experiences in therecruiting process. Then I will talkabout some recommendations on how wedo the recruiting process.The key to the recruiting system issimple. It is made up of one word withtwo letters. Everything we do in therecruiting process is WE. I have runinto some parents at other schoolsthat tell me their coaches do not doanything for the players at theirparticular school. I may know that thecoach has sent out tapes and madecalls to colleges and busted his taleto assist his players. Still there aresome parents and players that willtell others they did not get ascholarship because the coach and theschool did’ do anything to help them.Coaches have told me stories abouttheir players coming in to see themthe day after the national signingdate and tell them something likethis. “
Coach, I saw in the paper today where so and so signed a scholarshipwith so and so. When am I going tosign my scholarship?
”It is important to get the players andparents involved in understanding therecruiting process. They must knowwhat is going on and they have to beinvolved in the process. I have asimple flow chart that indicates theway we view the process.
PARENTS AND PLAYERSCOACHESCOLLEGES
On the left side of the chart we havethe parents and players. In the middleof the chart we have the high schoolcoaches. The colleges are on theoutside of the chart. There are alwaystwo parts to the flow chart. We haveinput from the parents and players tothe coaches. Then we have input fromthe colleges back to the coaches.About ninety percent of what I amgoing to talk about is on the leftside. Basically this relates todealing with the parents and players.
ASSISTING PLAYERS IN THE RECRUITING PROCESS
DAYTON CHAMINADE JULIENNE HIGH SCHOOL, OHIO