BOOST YOUR RECRUITING EXPOSURE WITH SUMMER CAMPS!
Recently, I had the chance to watch “Moonrise Kingdom”, a quirky film about a camp in Maine for fictional version of boy scouts. I chuckled at many of the escapades to the main characters coming of age at camp and the fierce competition of the campers that takes place in the film. The funny thing about the story is that the campers were just itching to show the skills they had perfected, to have to opportunity to showcase what they had learned, practiced and internalized. Whether it was bed making or search and rescue, these campers were mighty warriors! So how does this cute little movie translate in the sports recruiting?
The last few articles I have been writing about some to the stay you moms can take to boost your kid’s athletic recruiting. Sports camps being one of the best ways to get exposure for you son/daughter. So how do you know which camp will be best? What expectations should you have? What essentials do they need for the camp?
Let’s start with how to choose the best camp for your child? Here are some tips on choosing the right camp:
- Know what your budget is! Overnight camp is more money than a day camp but it could provide more exposure. If you have a $0.00 budget, there are offer scholarships provided by the institutions running the camp so doesn’t rule it out.
- Research the camp that will have the skills work that your child is looking to work on.
- Consider a camp that will have college coaches working at the camp.
- See if there is a recruiting section at the camp, some may have a block of time for the kids to meet recruiting coaches.
- Local camps will often have local college athletes teaching skills. This is great word of mouth marketing to the recruiting coach if they think your child would be a great fit for the team.
- Consider mixing it up with a regional, local and high school camp. This will give you child and opportunity to see how their skills match up to other athletes.
The great thing about overnight sports camps is that your child will get exposure to campus living, meet other athletes and possibly gain some exposure showcasing their skills. All camps will present them with the opportunity to work on skills necessary to boost their level of play! Remember one thing MOMS! Pack plenty of sports drinks, water, high protein snacks such as peanuts protein bars, and a little junk food won’t hurt either!
Mary Beth Haggerty
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