Thursday, April 13, 2017

#70 Tipping the Pot

You all know the song I'm a Little Teapot.  You know the line that goes...

When I get all steamed up, hear me shout, tip me over and pour me out.

This reminds me of what a lot of families are experiencing when they get on the phone with me to do an assessment and evaluation of their child's potential for recruitment.  They have spent thousands of dollars on equipment and registrations to camps, showcases, AAU and travel teams.  They have heard a hundred different answers from coaches and other parents to the same questions.  Their pot is absolutely full of frustration and doubt, and they are literally ready to tip over because they just can't add another thing to their over-flowing concerns and uncertainty. [And this not an exaggeration!]

The problem is that everyone tells them they are an expert...

I played college ball, so I know how this works.

Susie's parents did this and it got Susie a scholarship.  You should try that.

College coaches cannot recruit you until you are a junior.

If you come play on my travel team, we guarantee that you will get exposure from college coaches.

Does any of that nonsense sound familiar?

If you are feeling that your pot is truly to the point of tipping over, stop for a second and breathe.  You are okay.  Stop panicking.  Stop being manic about this journey and ask yourself some simple questions:

  1. Is my child accountable for their future?
    • Are they working hard on their academics to make sure they can get into any college?
    • Are they loving playing their sport?  Can you call that love a true passion...something they won't be ready to give up when they go to college?
    • Are they working hard on their bodies to be stronger and better conditioned?
    • Are they working hard on their skill set to master their abilities?
  2. Am I 100% committed to helping them accomplish their dreams?
    • Do I feel like my child's passion inspires me to give them my best because I know they are earning my very best?
  3. Do I want my child to be in control of their future?
    • Am I tired of hoping that other coaches and parents will lead us in the right direction?
If the answer to all of these questions is an emphatic "YES", then you are ready to to hand off the wheel of your child's future to your child.  It is time for them to start driving this car.

Here's what to do:

1.  Go to www.ncsasports.org and click "Parents Start Here" or "Athletes Start Here".
2.  We will immediately create the car for your child to drive.  [Metaphorically speaking]
3.  We will contact you and schedule a one-hour assessment with your entire family to make sure you have a plan and process that your child can use to manage their own recruitment. [Learn to drive the car!]
4.  We will give you the tools and resources you need to:
  • Create exposure
  • Find the right fit schools academically, geographically and athletically
  • Get coaches excited about your son or daughter
I encourage you to stop fighting this journey.  We will take the burden off your family and simplify this path that you are on.  There is a reason that...

  • 35,000+ college coaches (29 sports) use us every day to find their prospects.
  • Thousands of families each week contact us to be evaluated.
  • Our students' profiles were viewed over 5 million times last year by college coaches.
  • We have placed over 100,000 student-athletes on college rosters at schools they LOVE.
Whatever you do, I hope you don't forget that this is the only time in your child's life he or she will have the opportunity to be recruited by anyone.  It should be fun.  It should be exciting.  And, both parent and child alike should feel that this is a journey they can do together!

Reach out to me any time if you would like direction, advice or just a sympathetic ear to bounce ideas off.  I'd be thrilled to give your child the journey that I wish I would have had at their age!


Coach Matt Rogers

Twitter:  @madcoachdiary

Phone:  (312) 610-6045


Matt Rogers is a 20-year high school and college coach veteran.  He has led two teams to the NCAA National Tournament and one team to a High School State Championship.  His teams hold numerous school and one NCAA record. He has mentored and coached players at every collegiate level while serving as an athletics administrator at the high school and NCAA levels. He currently is the Head National Scout/Recruiting Specialist for NCSA - Next College Student Athlete where he has helped thousands of young men and women from around the world achieve their dreams of playing at the college level.  Coach presently lives in the Denver, CO area with his wife of 19 years and his two children. 

To request Coach Rogers to speak at your school or event, you can reach him through any of his contact information above.