Finding a good program to play football can be tough. I am not just talking about a college football program. I am talking about a high school football program. Not only am I talking about a college football program and a high school football program but I am also talking about a youth football program. However, making the right choices concerning the latter two will certainly make the choice on the first one easier. When the choice is made, it is then about teaching the prospect to be loyal.
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.
It’s the annual struggle. Kids leave the “real” high school football season in December and immediately turn their attention to the all important 7on7 season. Some do this against the best wishes of their high school football coach. Others are forbidden from participating in it because their coach is 100% not in favor of it. Your high school coach hates All Star 7on7 and here’s why.
There are a ton of fast food restaurants out there that started off serving just one item. There are even more that just served dinner or just breakfast. Many of them now serve multiple items streaming across a wide pallet of tastes and are open 24 hours delivering breakfast, lunch, dinner and all the snacks in between. Why do you think that happened? It happened because they just couldn’t stand to see you go to another place to have your needs fulfilled. Those restaurants wanted total control of your dining experience every time you wanted to eat.
What Research Found Out On This Very Important Topic
Football fans across America continue to obsess over the most simple drill in the game of football. Is there anything more discussed than the 40 yard dash? Every Spring, this drill takes center stage and undoubtedly the question is asked 1,o00’s of times. What’s the fastest 40 yard dash?
Just as sure as you get the question asked 1,000 times, you will get dozens of ridiculous answers. For starters, let’s find out why the 40 yard dash? When and why did 40 yards become so significant? It started in the 1960’s with the NFL team that had the most developed and comprehensive scouting department and that was the Dallas Cowboys. Prior to this time period, NFL coaches chose the 50 yard dash as the mark of measure to determine a player speed worthiness. In 1960, Gil Brandt, the director scouting for the Cowboys along with his department came up with the 40/20/10 measurement. The 40 was used for all players. The 20 yard split time of the 40 was of great significance for linemen since the thought was that they rarely run 40 yards in a game. The 10 yard split was important for wide receivers as a measure of their burst off of the line of scrimmage. With this, a drill was born and almost 50 years later, it has become the center piece of info on a prospective high school, college or professional football player.
Ever showed up to a party later than you wanted only to see people filing out of the house or hall or club? Remember the sinking feeling you had as people walked by smiling and laughing. Perhaps the dagger really got stuck in your heart when you saw someone you know and they say “man you missed it, where were you?”.
Perhaps you missed the party for the ages by moving too slowly for whatever reason. In time, you’ll get over it. Being late to the recruiting party can be a pain that lasts a lifetime.
Stop me if you’ve heard me say this before, the world of college football recruiting is very competitive. Being on point in all aspects of your recruiting profile is in your best interest. Unfortunately, one of the aspects of the profile that gets overlooked the most is intelligence. This article is here to tell you that this is a mistake.
When it comes to the upper-echelon of college football recruiting meaning the Power 5 and Top 25 teams, thoughts on the academics tends to stray towards get a “good enough” GPA and get the score you need to pass the test (SAT, ACT). On the face of it, sure, you need the proper GPA and score to even be offered a scholarship. However, if that is the extent or prevailing opinion that you have regarding your academics, you may be setting yourself up for failure.