In the next part of my recruiting law series, I move onto one that is the essence of the recruiting process and that is decision making. Everything in recruiting is about decisions. When to workout, what high school to go to, what camps to go to, etc. Every level of the process and every aspect of the process involves making decisions so it only stands to reason that being good at making decisions should be a key emphasis as you go through this process.
This article is as much for parents as it is for prospects. The reason I say this is that the earlier a prospect can develop decision making skills the better. As much as I may think I am good at writing, I know a kid playing youth football is not likely to read this article. So to the parent or mentor that is reading this, make making decisions a key part of a child’s development. Don’t make all the decisions for them. Give them options and observe their choices. Review with them the results and give praise when a good decision was made with positive results. Likewise, point out the negative results when a poor decision is made. However, do not forget to point out when a poor decision was made and through fortune (aka luck) a good result was achieved. This is very important! Explain to your young titan how he “got away with one” and how he may not be so fortunate next time. Believe me, the opportunity will come where you can show him how he attempted to make the same type of decision and it didn’t work out for him. Bottom line though, like anything else you want your kid to be good at, making decisions needs practice.