Common questions about our recruiting guide

Common questions about The Making of a Student-Athlete Athletic Recruiting Guide

Learn how our athletic recruiting guide is helping high school athletes get recruited

Does The Making of a Student-Athlete discuss rules, regulations, and eligibility?
Yes, in great detail, but it is not meant to replace the NCAA. We outlined the most important rules that apply to you and being recruited – such as official visits, phone and text message contact rules, eligibility, National Letter of Intent and more.

Is there recruiting information on the NCAA web site?
Yes and no. The NCAA website is limited to basically rules and regulations regarding the athletic recruiting process, but they do not publish practical information on their site about how to succeed in the college athletic recruiting process and what steps you need to take in order to be more successful.

Will The Making of a Student-Athlete assist in receiving an athletic scholarship?
In order to be awarded an athletic scholarship a few things need to happen. (1) You need to have a fair amount of athletic skill as an athlete and individual skills in your sport. (2) You have to find a program that is a good fit for you and your skills and has scholarship money to offer as not every program can offer scholarships or offers the full amount of scholarships. (3) You have to convince a coach that your skills warrant a scholarship over other players the coach has seen and is trying to recruit. (4) You have to be able to gain acceptance to a school based on your academic record. With that being said, if you have the skills, find the right match, and you use the steps we have outlined in The Making of a Student-Athlete, many of you will be able to receive athletic scholarship money by putting yourself in a good position to be recruited and fill a need on a college team. If you do not match your ability to the level of a particular college team, coaches will not be inclined to offer you any money.

Does The Making of a Student-Athlete discuss other options besides NCAA Colleges?
Yes, we have a chapter that discusses prep and private schools, post-graduate schools, junior college and NAIA schools, and how any of these options can be a short or long-term alternative for you if you are not ready for the NCAA level or were not heavily recruited out of high school by any NCAA schools.

There isn’t a college within 200 miles of our home, will the Making of a Student-Athlete still help me?
Yes. Whether you live 2,000 miles from the nearest college or 2 miles, the approach is basically the same, you need to find schools that match your skills and desires and sell yourself and your skills to college coaches. While it can be harder to get exposure in rural areas, it is possible through showcases, camps, travel teams, recommendations, and video to show a coach what skills you have. Ultimately, it is your responsibility to contact coaches on your own and find schools and athletic programs that you think you would enjoy being involved. Coaches cannot recruit you if you do not contact them!

Can college coaches recruit me without actually seeing me in person?
While it is important for a coach to see you play in person, many student-athletes are recruited by coaches who only saw tangible times and scores of student-athletes (such as in sports like golf, track and field or swimming), compelling recruiting videos, or recommendations from scouts and other coaches, or recommendations from other college players and coaches. It isn’t easy, but it is possible. It’s also possible to be recruited based on the recommendations of former players on your team who have gone on to play in college and are now providing their college coach advice on other players from their town.

I don’t expect much help from my high school coach. Will this book help us overcome that?
You are not alone and many parents we speak to expressed much displeasure in the amount of help they expected and received from their high school coach. We included a section on evaluating your high school coach that helps you determine if your coach can and is willing to help you in the process. While many high school coaches are helpful in the recruiting process, many do not want to get involved or do not know how to get involved (or both) in the recruiting process of their players. Coaches are often part-time, work other jobs, teach, have to grade papers, and have families of their own to take care of. They often cannot dedicate the amount of time needed to assist you in your recruiting effort. The process is ultimately your responsibility and we will show you how to overcome the lack of help you may receive from your high school coach.

Will the Making of a Student-Athlete assist in the recruitment of any sport?
Yes. While there are certain intricacies with some individual sports in the recruiting game, the process is roughly the same for all sports. Research and find schools that you think are a good athletic, academic, and social fit, contact the coaches and build a rapport with them, participate in events that give you exposure to college coaches, sell yourself and your skills. Find a place where you want to go and where you are wanted.

Do I need this book if I am a talented athlete already getting some recruiting contacts or scholarship offers?
Receiving letters and calls from coaches does not guarantee that college coaches will recruit you. One football player received over 180 letters from the same college and never ended up getting one call from the coaching staff and never got recruited by that school! Other schools send letters out to 4,000 athletes a year trying to promote their program in an attempt to recruit 20 athletes a year.

It’s important you take a proactive role in your recruiting process and select schools that will be the best fit for you. If you don’t know how to do that, then how will you make the proper choice? There are many factors to consider: coaching staff, team needs, social atmosphere of the school, playing opportunity, academic programs, travel schedule. The list can go on. Many families who have purchased our book have had talented athletes who received scholarship money to play in college and credited The Making of a Student-Athlete with helping them in their decision making and recruiting process.

How do we purchase The Making of a Student-Athlete?
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Making of a Student-Athlete: Who Can Benefit

The Making of a Student-Athlete was written to help every high school athlete. Whether you are a parent, a player, a coach trying to help his players get recruited, or a guidance counselor trying to bridge the gap between college applications and the recruiting process,  our guide will help you succeed. The Making of a Student-Athlete is not simply for scholarship athletes, or for players looking to play at local colleges at the D2 or D3 level, it’s a guide to aid any high school athlete in their dream to play college athletics.

PARENTS
If your son or daughter is an aspiring college athlete, this book will help answer the questions you have on the college recruiting and application process. As the cost of a college education continues to rise, the dependence on choosing the proper college and possibly receiving financial aid and scholarship money becomes more and more important. The Making of a Student-Athlete will prepare you for the archaic college recruiting and application process and help you find colleges that will be a better match for your son or daughter which will increase your chances of being recruited. You have a small window of opportunity to be successful in the college athletic recruiting process and you have invested a lot of time and money in your son or daughters athletic development.

HIGH SCHOOL, AAU, & SUMMER COACHES
If you are a coach interested in helping your players improve their academic and athletic careers but not sure where to start, then we can help. By learning the college recruiting and application process, you can learn what you “can do” and “need to do” to help your players in their recruiting process. While you may not know how to help or be interested in helping, we feel that every coach who coaches a high school athlete should to help that athlete get to the next level by any means possible. With the growing popularity of Club, Traveling, and AAU teams for which some parents pay thousands of dollars a year for, you can expect more pressure from parents for assistance in the college recruiting process.

BLUE CHIP ATHLETES
If you are a very talented athlete who is getting contacted by coaches and scholarship offers, there is still much you need to know. Selecting the right school is a difficult process and one that should be done with much research and thought. Not only will we help you determine the best program for your skills and personality, but we will help you succeed once you are into a top collegiate program. If you are depending on an athletic scholarship to pay for college, your ultimate school decision is even more important. If you are unhappy with your choice for any reason, you may lose your scholarship or be forced to transfer and sit out a year.

WOULD-BE COLLEGE ATHLETES
Not every athlete is a star and gets recruited or gets offered an athletic scholarship. If your desire is to continue playing at the college level, we will show you how to get the most of your ability, how to find a school that meets your academic and athletic talents, and how to promote yourself and your skills to college coaches. There are plenty of roster positions available in college for hard-working student-athletes who are not stars on their team, in their league, or in their state. If you have the skills and desires to play in college, there is a school out there somewhere that would love to have you on their team.

ATHLETIC DIRECTORS
Once you understand the recruiting process and the difficulty your student-athletes face, you can begin to hire coaches who can and will be an active participant in the lives of the student-athletes they aspire to coach.

GUIDANCE COUNSELORS
As your students get ready for college, they may have many difficult questions for you regarding eligibility and the recruiting process. We help you answer the difficult questions such as how your students can evaluate programs that will be a good fit athletically and academically and how they can reach out and contact college coaches. We also discuss NCAA, NAIA and Junior College rules in great detail which will help you navigate eligibility and foster contact between your students and college coaches.

PRIVATE COUNSELORSSave
If you are a private counselor, you may be assisting families that have questions regarding athletic participation and high school recruiting. Your ability to assist in this area is important for your reputation and success as a private counselor. Don’t disappoint a family with your lack of athletic recruiting knowledge, rather, use our book to increase your knowledge of college athletic recruiting.

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Authors

Dave Galehouse attended Lexington High school where he excelled as an athlete playing both varsity golf and baseball, gaining such titles as league MVP in golf and was a 2-year member of the American Junior Golf Association where he rubbed elbows with several current PGA Tour pro’s. After spending a year at Rollins College, Dave transferred to Fairfield University where he walked on and became a starter and 2-year player for their Division 1 baseball team in Fairfield Connecticut before graduating with a degree in Business Administration. During college, David also worked as an assistant manager and part-time instructor of Grand Slam USA, an indoor baseball and softball training facility. After graduating from Fairfield, David worked as an advertising representative at Schoolsports Magazine, a local high school athletic magazine in the Boston area.

In 2001, Dave launched www.varsityedge.com a national website that provides information to parents, students, and coaches on the college selection and athletic recruiting process, as well as additional topics related to youth, high school, and college athletics.

In 2003 Dave co-authored and published The Making of a Student-Athlete: Succeeding in the College Selection and Recruiting Process for High School Athletes, Parents and Coaches, a 241 page guide now in it’s 14th edition.

David has been an active speaker, writer, and consultant in the college athletic recruiting industry for the last 17 years.

Ray Lauenstein was a respected writer and speaker on the topics of mental skills training and college recruiting. He holds a master of science degree in Sport Psychology from Florida State University and has worked with the FSU athletic department, the Houston Astros and many High School teams. He received an undergraduate degree from Hamilton College where he was captain of the baseball team. As a coach his experience includes two seasons with the highly regarded Florida High Seminoles (Tallahassee), Little League, Babe Ruth, and several other youth and high school programs. In 1997, Ray wrote and published Baseball, Playing Outside the Lines – A Guide for College Bound Baseball Players, their Parents and Coaches. In 2000 the book was revised and updated

Past publications and organizations where his work have appeared include Golf Illustrated, The Boston Sports Journal, PONY Baseball, National High School Baseball Coaches Association, All-Stater Magazine and High Wired Sports Magazine. His past works include The Athlete’s Advisor Newsletter, a subscription based publication for high school athletic and guidance departments and several contributed articles. In 2001 he was the web producer for HighWiredSports.com, a national high school sports web site covering 60 markets via a network of 300 local sports writers.  Ray ran athletesadvisor.com which provided educational information for parents & students regarding training, nutrition, college recruiting and has also authored over 100 articles on college recruiting, student athletics, and mental skills, and done extensive interviews with personal trainers at the professional & college level.

Making of a Student-Athlete Index

The Making of a Student-Athlete Index

The Making of a Student-Athlete is an extremely comprehensive athletic recruiting and college selection guide. We cover virtually any topic that you will encounter (or should encounter) in your athletic recruiting process all with the goal of helping you succeed in your dream of playing college athletics.

3-2 Program, 35
40/60/80 Rule, 93
529 Company Plans, 78
529 Savings Plan, 78
–A–
Academic Eligibility, 231
Academic Qualifications, 22
Academic Index, 164
Acceptance Rates, 49
ACT Scores, 40
Alumni, 13
AP Courses, 40
Application Due Date, 42
Application Numbers, 49
Application Review Process, 38
Applications, 36
Athletic Camps, 214
Athletic Resume, 175
Athletic Scholarships, 109
Athletic Showcases, 187
–B–
Backup Schools, 47
Baseball Recruiting Rule, 115
Basketball Recruiting Rule, 225
Big Schools, 30
Blue Chip Athletes, 161
–C–
Calls to Home, 179, 183, 224
Campus Security, 24
Campus Visits, 27
Children of Alumni, 51
Class Rank, 41
Club Programs, 23
College Applications, 36
College Classes, 198
College Fairs, 12
College Prep Courses, 40
College Professors, 201
Common Application, 64

–G–
GPA, 40, 232
GPA Calculation, 232
Graduation Rates, 160
Grants and Scholarships, 76
Grayshirt, 159
Greek Life, 21
–H–
Head Count Sports, 112
High School Coach, 106
–I–
In-Home Visits, 184
Instant Admission, 56
In-State Tuition, 28, 32
International Students, 44
Intramural Programs, 23
Ivy League Recruiting, 164

–J–
Junior College, 90
Junior College Requirements, 91
Junior College Sports, 92
–L–
Late Acceptance, 58
Letter of Intent, 233
Likely Letter, 166
Loans, 74
–M–
Mail, Recruiting, 226
Majors, 16, 23
Merit Scholarships, 84
Military Academies, 50
–N–
NAIA, 93
NAIA Eligibility, 94
NAIA Evaluation Periods, 94
NAIA Official Visits, 95
NAIA Scholarships, 94
NAIA Sports, 94
NAIA Tryouts, 95

–S–
Safety Schools, 47
Safety, 24
SAT Scores, 40
Scholarships, 109
Scholarships – By sport, 116
Scholarship Blending, 112
Scholarships – NAIA, 94
Scholarships – PGA, 84, 135
Scholarship Renewal, 115
School Visits, 19
Scouting Agencies, 192
SEOG Loans, 76
Showcases, 187
Signing Period, 234
Small Schools, 30
Stafford Loans, 76
State School Recruiting, 137
Support Programs, 22

Contact Period, 227-228
Contact Rules, 224-229
Core Course Requirements, 231
Core Courses, 199, 231
Core GPA, 232
Core Major Classes, 199
Cost of Attendance, 71

–D–
Dead Period, 226
Deferrals, 59
Division 1, 222
Division 2, 223
Division 3, 133, 223
Dorm Rooms, 23
DVD’s, 169

–E–
Early Action, 53
Early Decision, 53
Eligibility Center, 94, 230
Eligibility Changes, 232
Equivalency, 112-113
Essays, 39
Evaluating College Coaches, 128
Evaluating Programs, 122
Evaluation Period, 227
Expected Family Contribution, 71
Extra-Curricular Activities, 41

–F–
Family Contribution, 29
FAFSA, 70
Federal Needs Analysis, 71
Federal PIN Number, 70
Federal Work-Study, 77
Financial Aid, 66
Financial Aid Deadline, 43
Financial Aid Eligibility, 71
Football Recruiting Rule, 159
Freshman Retention Rate, 25
Full Scholarships, 111
National Letter of Intent (NLI), 233
NCAA, 222
NCAA Qualifier, 231
Need Blind, 43
Non-Athletic Scholarships, 82
Non-Qualifier, 231

–O–
Off-Campus Living, 24
Official Visits, 148
Official Visits – NAIA, 95
Out-of-State Tuition Waivers, 33
Out-of-State Tuition, 33

–P–
Partial Scholarships, 112
Pell Grants, 77
Perkins Loans, 74
Permission to Contact, 239
Plus Loans, 75
Post Graduate School, 30
Pre-Application, 65
Prep School, 86
Pre-Paid Tuition Plans, 81
Private College 529 Plan, 78
Prospective Student-Athlete, 224
Public Schools, 28

–Q–
Quiet Period, 228

–R–
Reach Schools, 45
Recommendations, 61
Recruiting Services, 191
Recruiting Surveys, 168
Recruiting Videos, 169
Red-shirting, 158
Regional Information Nights, 13
Resume, 175
Rolling Admission, 57
Roster Reading, 130
Roth IRA, 81

–T–
Target Schools, 46
Technology, 16
Telephone Calls, 224
Text Messaging, 225
Transferring, 238
Travel Teams, 139
Tryouts, 95, 229
Tuition Prices, 29
Tuition Waivers, 33

–U–
Unofficial Visits, 151
UGMA/UTMA Funds, 79

–V–
Videos – Recruiting, 169
Visits – Official, 148
Visits – Unofficial, 151
Visits – School, 19

–W–
Waitlists, 59
Walking On, 117
Work Study, 77

–Y–
Yield, 48

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The Making of a Student-Athlete: Table of Contents

The Making of a Student-Athlete Table of Contents

See the over 90 individual athletic recruiting and college application topics we cover in our recruiting guide

The Making of a Student-Athlete is a comprehensive 241 page (14th edition updated in 2017) guide on the college selection and athletic recruiting process. There are 8 individual chapters encompassing over 90 individual topics all geared to educate and prepare parents and high school athletes for their athletic recruiting process. Many coaches and parents are calling The Making of a Student-Athlete the best recruiting resource they have found! See our testmimonials

Introduction
Why the recruiting & college process is difficult 1
Chapter 1 – Researching & Visiting Schools
Thinking college. When to Start, How to Start 11
How College is Changing 16
Parent’s Role 17
Getting the Most out of Your School Visits 19
What you can Learn by Going to a College Game 27
Public schools vs. Private Schools 28
Big schools vs. Small Schools 30
Tuition: In-State vs. Out-of-State. 32
Matching your Academic Goals 34
Chapter 2 – College Applications
Your College Application 36
The Application Checklist 42
Reach Schools, Target Schools, Safety Schools 45
Admission Statistics 49
Early Decision, Rolling Admission, Instant Admission 53
Waitlists and Deferrals 59
Recommendations 61
The Common Application 64
Chapter 3 – Financial Aid
Financial Aid Myths 66
Financial Aid Basics 69
Financial Aid Q & A 72
The Tools of Financial Aid 74
Saving for College 78
Choosing the Right 529 Plan 80
Non-Athletic Scholarships 82
Merit Scholarships 84
Chapter 4 – Other High School and College Options
Prep School 86
Post-Graduate School 88
Junior College 90
NAIA 93
Chapter 5 – Recruiting Section
College Recruiting Introduction 96
Common Mistakes by Parents and Students 97
Myths and Realities of Recruiting 101
Why you may not be “Discovered” 104
Evaluating your High School Coach 106
Getting Everyone on the Same Page 108
How Athletic Scholarships Work 109
Walking on to a Team 117
Rating your Athletic Ability 119
Evaluating College Athletic Programs 122
Evaluating Coaches 128
Evaluating College Rosters 130
Division 3 Schools 133
State School Recruiting 137
State, Regional, and National Tournaments 139
How Coaches Find Potential Recruits 141
What Coaches Look For 145
Official Visits 148
Unofficial Visits 151
Meeting with Coaches: Questions to Ask 152
Coaches Honesty 155
Red-shirting 158
Graduation Rates 160
What Blue-Chip Athletes Should Consider 161
Coaches Assistance in Acceptance 163
Ivy League Recruiting 164
Tournaments and Eligibility 167

RECRUITING TOOLS
Recruiting Surveys 168
Making a Recruiting Video 169
Corresponding with Coaches 173
Athletic Resume Writing 175
College Coaches Contacting You 179
In-home Visits 184
Moving the Process Forward 185
Showcases 187
Recruiting Services 191
Chapter Summary 192
Chapter 6 – Life as a college athlete
What College is All About 197
College Classes 198
Relationship Building with College Professors 201
A Day in the Life of a Student-Athlete 203
Expectations & Things You May not Expect 206
Why College Athletes Fail 208
Surviving Your First Month of College 210
Evaluating your First Year 212
Chapter 7 – Athletic Camps
Why you should Attend Athletic Camps 214
How to Choose an Athletic Camp 218
Alternatives to Sports Camps 220
Chapter 8 – Recruiting Rules and Guidelines
Who is the NCAA 222
Recruiting Contact Rules 224
Eligibility & Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse 230
National Letter of Intent 233
Transferring 238
Conclusion 240

 

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The Making of a Student-Athlete: Synopsis

The Making of a Student-Athlete: Synopsis

Learn how our Athletic Recruiting Guide is helping coaches, parents and high school athletes

The Making of a Student-Athlete was designed to provide parents, student-athletes, coaches, and counselors with the most detailed information on the college application and athletic recruiting process for aspiring high school athletes who wish to continue their athletic career at the college level.

While there are many recruiting books on the market today, The Making of a Student-Athlete encompasses far more than simply the athletic recruiting process, as there are many more factors that go into the recruiting process than simply generating interest from college coaches and trying to receive an athletic scholarship. The Making of a Student-Athlete is meant to serve as a complete guide for every factor that contributes to the success of high school athletes wishing to play at the college level.

The Making of a Student-Athlete is broken down into 8 unique sections that cover over 90 individual topics which provide the groundwork for all high school athletes that wish to continue their athletic career in college.

The key to success is finding colleges that are a good fit academically, athletically, financially, geographically and socially, and if any of those 5 factors are out of balance, a student-athlete will in most instances have a very difficult time with college. The Making of a Student-Athlete aims to help put student-athletes in the best possible position to be recruited, identify the proper programs to target, communicate with college coaches, and be a successful student-athlete in the program you ultimately choose. Students that conduct their recruiting process in this manner will ultimately put themselves in a better position to be recruited, and put themselves in a better position to receive academic and athletic scholarship and grant mone.

The book will have a heavy emphasis at not only using athletics to gain admission to schools that otherwise might be out of reach for the average student who is not an athlete, but also being able to succeed as a college athlete. Most recruiting books offer no advice to would-be college athletes once they actually arrive at college and participate in a year-long competitive college athletic program. The Making of a Student-Athlete will also go into great detail in trying to help parents and students decide what schools are right for them and organizing their application and recruiting process into an efficient and knowledgeable process leaving no stone unturned.

As applications to college increase, and athletes begin to specialize in one particular sport and more and more athletic conditioning programs are developed for younger athletes, it’s important to understand how all these factors relates to a high school student’s athletic recruiting challenges.

While there are certain recruiting nuances for all individual sports, The Making of a Student-Athlete will be of great use and knowledge to any athlete of any skill level in any sport that wishes to play at the college level as a walk-on or as a scholarship athlete. The Making of a Student-Athlete is not simply a recruiting book, but a guide to aid you through your academic and athletic career at the high school and college level and prepare you for the college application and recruiting process and is written with the goal of helping any and every aspiring student-athlete regardless of skill, exposure, or fanfare.

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The Making of a Student-Athlete Testimonials

Learn how families are using The Making of a Student-Athlete to succeed in the athletic recruiting process

Many parents over the years have purchased The Making of a Student-Athlete. Some had kids that were looking to play at a small D2 or D3 college, some were looking to play at Ivy Universities or other high level academic institutions, and others had kids that were evaluating current scholarship offers or were talented enough to soon be receiving athletic scholarship offers from D1 colleges. Others were looking to transition to NAIA schools, Prep schools or junior colleges before advancing to an NCAA college. Regardless of your son or daughter’s skill level or where you are in the process, The Making of a Student-Athlete can assist with not only getting your recruiting process off the ground, but making the best decisions for your college future.

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“First of all I would like to thank you for the candid wonderful book you wrote for all the Student Athletes. We would not have had the knowledge necessary to make the final decision without it. It has been like a bible for us these last few months. I told you I would follow up and let you know the results of Michael’s choice. We found the perfect fit. Not the one we thought it would be. Michael will be the Big Fish in the Little Pond but I really believe it fits him well and he received a $70,000 scholarship. The coach has also given us an indication that he will see significant playing time as a freshman. Again I would like to thank you very much. I will be recommending your book to anyone in our position that will listen.”Mike – Michigan

“I Got your newsletter today and thought I would report in on an email exchange we had last month regarding a verbal offer my daughter got for a scholarship.  If you will recall I was concerned about it not being binding and worried there was nothing to hold them to the offer.  Well, we took your advice and contacted the coach, first my daughter and then I had an email with him and we feel very confident of the offer.  My daughter gave the coach a verbal commitment and will be attending ******** in the fall on a full scholarship.  Needless to say we couldn’t be happier and honestly your book and newsletter was our resource for her recruiting process.” – Jay – Massachusetts

“I wanted to thank you for writing such a great book! I ordered your book a couple of years ago when my son was in 9th grade (or 10th). Now that he is a senior and has committed to play in college I really think your book was a large part of his successful quest. He’s been fortunate to be on a great high school team with excellent coaches and to play on a great travel team, also with excellent coaches. All these coaches have helped him tremendously but I think following the basic recruiting info in your book helped him to get more exposure. He’s not a blue chip athlete, is a great student, and wanted to play in college. You have so much great practical advice that I think our family was really prepared for the pitfalls in recruiting. So, between reading the high school baseball web site and your book I think we were more realistic than most parents and became very proactive because of our newfound knowledge. You probably saved us thousands of dollars because we did all the recruiting research/contacts that many parents pay other people to do. I am ordering another book to pass on to parents with younger players. Keep up the good work. Thank you again” – Gayle F.

“It has been several months since I purchased The Making of a Student-Athlete for help in the recruiting process for my daughter and I wanted to give you an update. It was quite an experience. We followed your recommendations to the letter and there is no doubt in my mind that all the information you provided in your book was extremely accurate and very helpful. As you may recall, our daughter had ambitions to play DI field hockey. We ended up arranging 12 interviews with DI head coaches throughout New England and down as far as Washington, DC. All of the visits went surprisingly well, and I was actually surprised at how attentive the coaches were with us. She also went to the College Connection camp at UMass as her showcase camp. This was great because of the huge number coaches in attendance as it promoted. Just before she left for camp we all sat down and took a realistic look at her chances for each of the schools and matched it with her preferences academically. In the end she decided Sacred Heart University was her top choice all things considered. We decided as our “ace” that she should attend their camp which she did after CCC. Well this turned out to be key as although she did well at CCC and did in fact hear from several schools, it wasn’t from her top choices.

She performed extremely well at the Sacred Heart camp and at the end Coach Blais was arranging for an official visit in the fall. During the summer she also played lacrosse for a club team that went to a few showcases in NY and MD and she did well. ironically she caught the interest of Coach McCue at Fairfield. She ended up with an official visit and an offer to play there as well, but it was for lacrosse. In the end, field hockey was her first love so she accepted SHU’s offer and has received a significant scholarship. She also applied early decision and has been accepted, so that has been a huge relief. After going through the process and finally committing, her confidence really grew. As one of the tri-captains, she help lead her high school team to an 18-0 season culminating in the first state championship for her High School. She then made all-state and made it through 2 tryouts to earn a spot on the Granite State/Twin State All-Stars who will play the VT All-Stars next June. So, as you can see it was truly a storybook ending. I have been working with some of the parents of the underclassmen who also have ambitions to play college field hockey. I have already provided the business cards for your book and linked them to the web site. Please feel free to use any of this info in your promotions as I am a strong believer in your system. I have to say you and Ray did an outstanding job. The Making of a Student-Athlete is very thorough, yet clear and concise and the timing of the book was perfect for my family.” Brian – New Hampshire

“Just wanted to send a note letting you know that after a long but exciting process that involved multiple offers from numerous schools my son just made a verbal commitment to UNC Chapel  Hill to play football. Your book has provided us with a fantastic resource throughout the whole process. It took the mystery out of the “Coach Speak” that we got from a few of the coaches and understanding the entire process as well as knowing what questions to ask and more importantly knowing ones which ones not to ask! I have already recommended this book to many of our friends looking for some insight. I even donated my copy to our school’s college counselor. Since she had never gone through the recruitment process before she needed the resource too.” Eric – Virginia

“My son was a talented quarterback on his high school team as a senior this year. We expected that the recruiting process would take care of itself. We’ve come to realize that expectation was unrealistic given the size of our school and the type of offense we run. We really like his coach, and assumed he would be handling the recruiting process for our son, but he hasn’t been as proactive as we’d have liked him to be. Your book is exceptional and has really guided us through this process. My only regret is that we didn’t learn about it sooner. By the time we learned what to do in the recruiting process and really started to contact schools on our own as you recommend, we found very few opportunities and even less scholarship money available at such a late date. I’ve recommended your book to several people and hope they’ve followed my advice. Your section in the book on D3 schools is exceptional and really opened my eyes to the opportunities that exist at many other schools.” Jeanne – Parent, AL

“I have read two other recruiting books but I found The Making of a Student-Athlete by far the best. What separates this book from others is not only the number of individual topics they cover but the depth and level of detail Dave goes into to explain each one in much detail. I got the sense that the author truly care about the success of families involved in the recruiting process and that is reflected in their writing and in their web sites.” Andrew S – New Orleans, LA

“I really hope you purchase The Making of a Student-Athlete because it will give you a huge advantage in the athletic recruiting process, and I also hope you don’t purchase The Making of a Student-Athlete because it will give me a huge advantage over you!”Brian T – New Jersey

“Chapter 5 (Athletic Recruiting) could have been its own book and the rest of the information was icing on the cake. Fantastic!” Claire T, – Parent – West Virginia

“I have read two other recruiting books but I found The Making of a Student-Athlete by far the best. What separates this book from others is not only the number of individual topics they cover but the depth and level of detail Dave goes into to explain each one in much detail. I got the sense that the author truly care about the success of families involved in the recruiting process and that is reflected in their writing and in their web sites.” – Andrew S – New Orleans, LA

“I have just ordered a second copy of your book. I have other parents fighting over the first copy! I would sincerely appreciate if you could get it sent as soon as possible.Alex C, – Parent – Pennsylvania

“The information on visiting, selecting, and applying to colleges was more in depth and informative than 2 other books I purchased solely on admissions and the authors tie in the athletic recruiting process and the college selection and application process extremely well.” Sara L, Parent – Buffalo, NY

“After reading your book and receiving your email, we made the adjustments you recommended…and then…to distinguish herself, we made a brief clip of 6 goals she had allowed…not great saves…rather…great shots by another person she didn’t block. She wrote a couple sentences on each what she was thinking and what she would have done differently the next time. One coach said, that was a first for him, it showed she was willing to admit and accept responsibility, she studies film, she saw what she could do differently and that shows she is coachable. He would take a coachable/teachable kid all day long” Parent, California

“I recently purchased your book; “The Making of a Student Athlete” Your book has been passed around and a few have been purchased by parents I’ve talked to. We’ve received lots of positive replies from loads of college coaches in response to your books’ advice. It has taught us how to research and target schools that are a better fit for our daughter and as a result we have had many meaningful recruiting visits with several college coaches who have expressed an interest in recruiting our daughter.” Rick B, – Parent, Massachusetts

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Learn how high school athletic coaches and other sports directors are putting our athletic recruiting guide to use

The Making of a Student-Athlete has been reviewed many professionals who work with high school and college athletes in some capacity from counselors, to high school and college coaches, to camp directors and to recruiters. Also see: parent testimonials.

“Let me say how much I loved the book.  Loved it!  To be honest, there was one part of me that wanted to love it before I read it. There was another part of me that wanted to find fault with it – in that “how could anyone do my job better than me” mentality. So I approached the book with mixed feelings. That did not last long, as I was immediately won over by the introduction.  When David admits to doing everything wrong and then doing it all wrong a second time – I was immediately hooked!

The tone of the book is excellent.  I like that the information is written in an accessible manner – details without sounding too “know-it-all.” The humor that is sprinkled in and the clear examples that highlight the points make it a real page-turner.  I like that the examples used to illustrate points come from a variety of schools, so that there does not appear to be a slant for any one type of school.  You have captured the process and discussed it very well.  The opening chapters about researching and visiting schools were excellent – you described the process much in the same way I do (so clearly the mark of genius!)

Not being a student athlete, I found those chapters very helpful.  I appreciate the suggestions, and the things you ask kids to think about.  Most importantly, I love that you also try to keep the athlete grounded.  I struggle with those kids who think that colleges are going to fall all over themselves to get a kid to go to their college.  Our kids are always big fish in our little pond, and they are rarely prepared for that reality.  I also find the process of recruitment very frustrating, because even the NCAA won’t take responsibility for their publications.  The last publication we received had a very clear disclaimer at the end, saying that information might not be accurate.  As such, I found those chapters in your book particularly useful, and I refer to them often.

Awesome!  The book is very well written, and covers the information I would want kids to have.  The tone, again, is terrific.  Humor and insight really help when dealing with kids.  I think part of why I like the book so much is that you write similarly to the way I speak.  I often thought that you had to be taping me with my kids, because you were covering all the details.  When I thought there was something missing, it appeared not soon after my thought.  I often use humor with the kids, because sometimes the guidebooks are a bit too dry.  That’s one of the biggest reasons why I like your book so much.  Those opening chapters are really excellent – I recommended the book last year, and will continue to do so because I really like those first chapters – even if the kid isn’t an athlete.  I love the way you captured the basic issues of research and visiting schools, and the application process.

So, that’s what I think.  Easy to write a complimentary email – the book is excellent.  I will continue to recommend it to my parents and kids – athletes and non-athletes alike.  I hate to sound redundant, but the tone of the book is its strength – the best information is worthless if you can’t get people to read it!  I hope the book, and you, are doing well.”

Rochelle Morin – Guidance Counselor
Hamilton-Wenham High School, Hamilton MA

“I have been sharing The Making of a Student-Athlete with both my players and my educational advisor. Great job on the book. In addition to being a hockey coach, I have been working with our league on player college placement. I have been telling the other teams about your site and the info it has to offer. I know a few other GM have purchased your book and have found it to be as informative as I have. The Making of a Student-Athlete and Varsityedge.com has helped me change my strategy of how I help promote my players to college coaches. I use to take a shotgun approach and send out as many letters as possible to coaches, but now we work on a more direct-targeted approach by researching programs that will be a better fit for our players. It was very successfully for me this year and I see a lot more benefits coming out of it next year.”

Dave Chapdelaine, Hockey Coach and General Manager
Hartford Jr Wolf Pack – Ellington CT

“I have had the unique experience of coaching football at the D1, D2, and D3 level as well as high school for the last 25 years, and in that time, I have not come across a finer guide on the college recruiting and college selection process than The Making of a Student-Athlete. If you have any desire to play at the college level, I implore you to read this book!”

John Papas – Director, New England Elite Football Clinic

“During my 19 year career as a coach at both the high school and collegiate levels, I have never read a more comprehensive and well-written recruiting guide for high school athletes than The Making of a Student-Athlete. Dave and Ray explain every aspect of the college search process from choosing the right college or athletic program, to what to watch out for in the recruiting process. Coaches, parents and players can all benefit from reading this book, and they can have complete confidence in the information provided.”

Steve Johnson – Head Basketball Coach
Ursuline Academy – Wilmington Delaware

“As a college coach, I find recruiting student athletes easier when they and their families understand the process. The Making of A Student Athlete does a good job explaining the process and helps any student with college aspirations understand how things work.”

Herb Hand, Assistant Football coach
Penn State University

“When selecting a college to compete at, there are many different factors to consider. Without a doubt, Dave and Ray have developed a comprehensive recruiting guide that can benefit student-athlete’s and their parents with this selection process. Their focus is on helping kids focus on the important aspects they need to consider when researching and selecting colleges.”

Peter Mugar – Head Basketball Coach
Framingham State University

“Ray Lauenstein and his co-author Dave Galehouse have written extensively on the college athletic recruiting process for a number of years. This book constitutes a detailed and comprehensive guide for prospective student-athletes and their coaches and parents, encompassing everything from college selection and scholarship and financial aid availability to applications, admissions, recruiting rules and college athletic life. In all, an impressive compendium, packed with information splendidly organized and lucidly presented.”

Hamilton College
Alumni Review Magazine

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How to Succeed in the College Athletic Recruiting Process

The Making of a Student-Athlete now in it’s 14th edition, is a 241-page athletic recruiting guide book for high school athletes, parents, & coaches who wish to learn the complicated college athletic recruiting and application process. For 16 years we have been helping parents and high school athletes succeed in the college athletic recruiting process.

Whether you are a parent, a blue-chip athlete, an aspiring scholarship athlete, a walk-on prospect, a coach or guidance counselor wondering how you can help yourself or your players, The Making of a Student-Athlete will guide you through the archaic world of the college selection and athletic recruiting process.

The Making of a Student-Athlete evaluates every factor that plays a role in your recruiting process, from the college application process, matching your skills to schools, putting yourself in a position to be recruited, what college coaches look for in recruits, NCAA rules, athletic scholarships, financial aid, contacting coaches, resume writing, camp, showcase, and tournament participation, and much more…

The Making of a Student-Athlete has been used by parents and students at all levels to help them communicate with college coaches, find schools that are a good match, and secure thousands of dollars in athletic scholarship money, academic grants, and additional financial aid.

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“During my 19 year career as a coach at both the high school and collegiate levels, I have never read a more comprehensive and well-written recruiting guide for high school athletes than The Making of a Student-Athlete. Dave and Ray explain every aspect of the college search process from choosing the right college or athletic program, to what to watch out for in the recruiting process. Coaches, parents and players can all benefit from reading this book, and they can have complete confidence in the information provided.”

Steve JohnsonFormer Head Basketball Coach - Ursuline Academy

“Ray Lauenstein and his co-author Dave Galehouse have written extensively on the college athletic recruiting process for a number of years. This book constitutes a detailed and comprehensive guide for prospective student-athletes and their coaches and parents, encompassing everything from college selection and scholarship and financial aid availability to applications, admissions, recruiting rules and college athletic life. In all, an impressive compendium, packed with information splendidly organized and lucidly presented.”

Hamilton CollegeAlumni Review Magazine

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