What is a Parent’s Role in the Recruiting Process?

What is a Parent’s Role in the Recruiting Process?

The recruitment process can be a stressful time, having to choose where you will spend your next 4 years playing and studying in a different country. Naturally most young people will look towards their parents for advice and help on where to pick, which is great. We have listed what we both recommend and don’t recommend for parents during the recruitment process:

WHAT WE RECOMMEND:

  • Firstly be truthful (academically, athletically, and socially) ·
  • Speak to parents who already have a son or daughter playing collegiate golf and find out their experiences.
  • Be in constant contact with your agency (if using one). Your agency are experienced and knowledgeable of the whole process and will be able to put your mind at ease
  • Keep your son/daughter motivated on their academics throughout school. (Including their preparation for SAT).

WHAT WE DON’T RECOMMEND:

  • When a coach calls your home they want to talk to your son/daughter. Don’t get involved in the phone call. A coach wants to know your child is mature enough to talk for their self.
  • Don’t overstate your son/daughters golfing ability. This would result in a bad fit for them and not allow them to make the most of their college experience.
  • Not seeking advice, the recruiting process is complicated and without the proper help it is hard to find the right fit for your son/daughter.

If you’d like to learn more about the opportunity for college golf scholarships for your son or daughter. Please get in touch at info@golfscholarshipusa.co.uk for free no obligation advice.

Being a Student Athlete.

American Universities place a lot of emphasis on being a student athlete. It doesn’t matter what sport you play you are a student first and then an athlete. This means that your studies should always come first before golf. This is a great way to ensure that you complete your degree, especially if you don’t end up turning professional.

The majority of universities will require their students to maintain a 2.0 grade point average to remain eligible for competition, this is the English equivalent of having an average of a C grade. If you do not adhere to your universities academic standard you will not be able to compete. You may think that this seems strict, you have to remember that some scholarships can be in excess of $50,000 a year, and you’re an investment for the college. If you are not remaining eligible with your grades you are not going to be worth the scholarship. It is very achievable for every student, if you need help with certain classes to maintain a good GPA most universities will assist you with tutors.

It is not secret that being a student athlete is hard work, it is very rewarding though. Besides being a student you’re an athlete after all, playing and practicing on some of the best facilities is a once in a lifetime opportunity to improve your game and have an amazing experience with like minded individuals.

 

If you put the time in you definitely get a lot out of being a student athlete, it is challenging yet rewarding. It can be the best four years of your life and can unlock many doors for you. If you study hard, practice hard, and most of all enjoy your college experience you will excel in both golf and studies.

Tournament Schedule is Very Important to the Recruitment Process.

There are many aspects of the recruitment process, and every coach has different requirements in regards to what they are looking for in a new player. Working closely with different coaches one of the main requirements for most coaches is playing a good tournament schedule. What is important is to be  playing as many national tournaments as possible. If you want to go to a good NCAA div 1 college then coaches will be looking at world ranking rather than handicap. It is important to play in appropriate tournaments in order to get the maximum points possible.

There are hundreds of golfers in Great Britain that are good enough to get a scholarship in America, many of them do not even consider it as a possibility. With the correct guidance, marketing and tournament schedule more and more golfers can make playing collegiate golf in America a reality. It can be as simple as playing a slightly different tournament schedule, in order to get the maximum exposure to coaches.

The team here at Golf Scholarship USA have a wealth of experience in NJCAA, NAIA, and NCAA, it is safe to say we know exactly what coaches are looking for in a player at every standard. Should we choose to take you on as a client we will advise you on your tournament schedule in order to give you the best chance to receive the desired scholarship for you.

Should you want more information about the services we offer at Golf Scholarship USA please get in contact:

Email: info@golfscholarshipusa.co.uk

Phone: 07894086264

Website: www.golfscholarshipusa.co.uk

What to Expect at a Collegiate Golf Tournament

Playing tournament golf is what all our players our most excited to do in the United States. So what does a normal tournament consist of? Most NCAA (divisions 1 and 2) events are 54 holes where as NAIA & NJCAA is generally 36 holes. Mostly tournaments are scheduled over a 2-day period.

You and the team depart for the event the day before the practice round, depending on the how far away the tournament is and the financial resources available to the programme. Players typically miss 2 days of college while attending each tournament, so of course you must catch up on this work! The practice round consists normally of all the team playing alongside each other whilst the coach assists the players to prepare for the event in terms of course management and mental preparation. The team consists of five players and the 4 best scores will count. The team is selected by the coach. Each coach will select his team by their own qualifying system. This is normally the players who finished in the top 5 places of qualifying rounds prior to the tournament (ranging normally from 36-72 holes). Coaches will always pick their team in a fair way that allows them to have the best chance to win.

The first day of competition requires an early wakeup call as it’s a 36 hole day. After each round the teams score as previously mentioned will consist of the 4 best scores with the fifth and worst score being known as the “drop score”. Every coach is different in their coaching style during a tournament many will always advise their players and be very hands on whilst some will have a more hands off approach allowing players to do their own thing. The crowds normally consist of parents, school administrators, alumni, members of the host course, and local fans. It is normally a very fun and exciting atmosphere, with each team wearing their unique team clothes, hats and golf bags representing their university. The 36-hole day goes on till there is barely any daylight left. Following this the team will go for a meal and discuss their plan for the second day of golf. Hopefully in a great position to go and win the tournament both as a team and as an individual.

The final round again is normally an early tee time. And as a player you need to make sure you have all your bags packed and be ready for the van ride or flight home immediately following play. Following the play finishing after the second round, the whole field will have a tournament meal and the awards ceremony will take place (hopefully your picking up a trophy). The trip back home is always good fun with your team mates or an opportunity to catch up on homework or sleep! As the next day it’s back to class and time to catch up on work. Players will play in between 8-12 tournaments per year so its vitally important you manage your time for a proper balance between academics and golf.

Playing collegiate golf is a great opportunity, talk to any British player who went there and chances are they will say it’s the best experience of their life! There is no better feeling playing the sport you love and striving to win with your fellow players and coach.

Get in touch and experience it for yourself

info@golfscholarshipusa.co.uk