How Coaches Evaluate Character in the Recruiting Process

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College coaches are no longeronlyevaluating an athlete on their athletic and academic abilities, they are also looking to see what kind of a person you are. Coaches need to be sure an athlete will handle the transition to college well and having a high character recruit improves the likelihood of a recruit adjusting well. In this article we cover some of the scenarios during the recruiting process where coaches are evaluating character.
*Please note: This doesnt mean that all athletes who dont adjust well in college are low character. Sometimes an athlete and the school just arent the right fit. However, in order to avoid academic and off the field issues, coaches are are increasingly looking for high character recruits.

Who Handles the Difficult Conversations?

When discussing things like playing time and scholarships, it is easy for parents to what to jump in on behalf of their athlete. Our advice is to hold off and let the athlete handle the majority of the conversation. We like the 80/20 rule, where the athlete should ask 80% of the questions and parents 20%. As a parent you can help your athlete prepare by having pre-written questions they should ask the coach. When an athlete showsa willingness to handle difficult conversations, itshows a coach they will be able to handle the new challenges once they get to college.

Dont Make a Coach Ask Twice

When coaches send out invites to camps, requests for transcripts or other forms of paper work, they are evaluating an athlete on their ability to do whats asked. The worst thing you can do as an athlete is not respond to these request or miss the deadlines. Just like you would in the work place, acknowledge receipt of the request, then get the requested information as soon as possible. Coaches know if an athlete has problems handling simple tasks like getting transcripts, they are more likely to have problems taking care of their responsibilities once they are living on their own.

They Will Talk to Anyonefor Character Evaluations

College coaches are going to talk to all sorts of people to get a sense for what kind of person the recruit is. Coaches want to know what kind of person you are and that doesnt just mean on the field or in the gym. Weve heard of coaches talking to school janitors or even random students in the hallway to find out what a recruit is really like. With the increasing pressure to have high character people in their programs, coaches have a lower tolerance for recruits who could be problems down the road.

Coaches Arent Looking for Perfect

This article isnt intended to scare you into thing coaches are going to look at every little situation as a chance to stop recruiting you. Instead, think of it as an opportunity to show you are more qualified. Coaches understand they are dealing with younger people in the recruiting process and they dont expect them to be able to do everything perfectly. What they are looking for is that an athlete is willing to handle their own responsibilities. Effort and a little bit of maturity can go a long way in impressing a college coach.  

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