Jeff Jaye is Director of iSoccerPath, the leading college education company for parents and players in the US. In his time as a parent and educator, the following 10 mistakes have been made repeatedly by parents as they and their children proceed with the college recruiting process:
- Fail to get an honest evaluation on son/daughter that includes Division and Conference recommendations at the beginning of every season from coach.
- Believe that it is the club’s responsibility to get their son/daughter into college.
- Listen to other parents about what they should do.
- Think that waiting till 10th or 11th grade is right time to start the process.
- Assume athletic scholarship and Division 1 college roster spot is attainable and fail to cast a wide net to other divisions.
- Have the financial talk with their son/daughter early in process as to what type of schools they can afford to avoid acquiring student loan debt.
- Visit one college ID camp* year after year and do not send son/daughter to the ones that match evaluation that year.
- Contact coaches via email and in person directly instead of having son/daughter work that process.
- Believe that college ID camps are money makers only and have no value in the recruit process.
- Allow son/daughter to take first offer to “get it over with” instead of waiting and going through the process to find best fit.
* You can learn more about what a college ID camp is and how to best leverage camp attendance from iSoccerPath, leading college education company for parents and players in the US.