The Role of Parents in College Recruiting

STACK Expert Steve Green explains how parents can help their student-athlete navigate the college recruiting process.

The role of parents in the college recruiting process cannot be overstated. With so much excitement between actual games and demands of the recruiting process, you need to understand your role as a parent to help your child have the best recruiting outcome.

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Provide Support

The main thing you want to do is provide support and advice. Recruiting is always about the athlete, but he or she may not realize exactly what to look for. Lost in the flash of visits and conversations are things that parents, who are more experienced in life, know to look for. Parents will want to ask specific questions about things like educational opportunities, tutoring sessions, housing and other matters their athlete may not even consider.

Providing support should not mean doing all the work. Your athlete needs to make and take calls, work to set up visits and do all the other things that come with recruiting. If your athlete isn't taking the initiative on these things, it may be a good idea to have a conversation with him or her and determine how badly they want to play at the next level.

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Know When To Step Back

Knowing when to step back from the recruiting process is important for all parents. Remember, you are not the one being recruited. It's your child who is being recruited. It may be a tough pill to swallow, but your athlete will have to make up his/her own mind. No matter what thoughts and opinions you have, being a helicopter parent will do more harm than good. Not only will you be pushing your own agenda on your athlete, you may make a poor impression on the coaching staff.

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Enjoy and Learn

Though recruiting may seem like it moves at warp speed, give yourself time to enjoy it. You won't get many opportunities to go through recruiting and learn about what colleges and universities can offer your athlete. Even better, be sure to take notes to give yourself a leg up if you go through the process again, or you can share you experience with other families who may be struggling through the process.

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