Why go to camp? What’s in it for the athlete besides a lighter wallet?
Here are some general points that may help…
- Camp is a way to network yourself as a player, meet coaches and set up future visits. In general, go to camp to get exposure but do not attend too many – be selective, you want to be able to perform at your best.
- For 2016 grads, regardless of what level it is, it’s critical that you follow these two guidelines:
- Only go to a particular schools camp if you are certain they are serious about evaluating you as a recruited prospect.
- Go to a camp that has multiple schools in attendance. This way you pay for one camp and maximize your exposure.
- For 2016 grads who are wondering, “Am I going to get offered a 1A scholarship?” here is how you know.
- The college has already made you a scholarship offer in April or May and in most cases it was in the spring / summer after your Sophomore year.
- The have called you and told you they are very interested but need to see you perform in camp.
If neither of those things have occurred – you can be fairly certain that you will not be getting a Division 1A scholarship offer. Truthfully by spring of your junior year, the D1 schools are already starting to offer sophomores (next year’s juniors). 2016 grads must be focused on the “real” possibilities. Opportunities can be missed by not having a focused / accurate recruiting plan.
Once again you limit the number of camps you plan to attend by doing as we suggest. You have to find out in advance by calling and emailing them to see if the school is sincerely interested in you.
- For 2017 (next year juniors)- Camp allows you to get your name out there and get you on the college list as a player to watch. Also, to see what coaches and schools you like. Once again you want to go to camp where many coaches attend one site; this maximizes exposure and saves cost. Also it’s a good chance to start seeing what campuses you like or don’t like.
- For 2017 grads, if you are a Division IA scholarship caliber player, you should be getting either strong consideration and attention from schools, or even an offer by the conclusion of May of your Sophomore year. The schools will be communicating with you using their one allowed call in April or May, while also contacting you on Facebook and Twitter to encouraging you to attend camp. If they are not doing so, they either don’t know about you or it probably won’t happen. Most of the Division IA schools will not offer unless they have or will see you at their camp.
- If you are Division IAA caliber player, the schools will be showing you attention and working hard to get you at camp. If you are a IAA caliber player, you should go to the camps where the schools have called, Facebooked or sent you a handwritten letter to invite you. Once again we must stress mass mails and mass letters inviting you to their camp does not mean they like or even know you. Film and camp are both important, however if you are not already on their radar as a guy they like enough to get to camp, it can be tough to get in the scholarship loop – EXPOSURE is the key. Some schools do move faster than others. Send films and transcripts way in advance to get feedback.
- Division 2 schools seem to move slower in making decisions. They like to see what’s happening with D1 caliber player’s in order to see which kids end up qualifying academically for a D1 scholarship. Division 2 schools can take partial Qualifiers.
- Regardless of grade, if you are a Division 3 caliber player, go to as many camps where multiple colleges attend. If you desire to attend a specific school you should attempt to attend that schools camps. It is certainly more beneficial if they know about you ahead of time. NOTE: Division 3 schools vary greatly in their academic standards. Before attending their camp make sure you have a chance to get accepted.
- For 2018 grads( next year Sophomores) – If you are a Division IA caliber player, go to the camp of your top schools and don’t kill yourself going to too many schools/camps. Make sure they like you enough and say they want you at the camp
- Generally speaking if you are a 2017 /2018/2019 grad, and you do not know what level you can play, then go to camps with many schools attending, focus on developing your skills, get exposure, and get on their lists.
General Note – one day camps are great to attend because it allows you maximum exposure and evaluations – you’ll get the most bang for your buck.
– SIDE NOTE –
Be sure not to over look the importance of High School grades and attendance!
At the Division 2, Division 3 and NAIA levels two VERY IMPORTANT aspects to receiving any kind of scholarship/grant money are an athlete’s GRADES and ATTENDANCE. If a potential recruit lacks in either of these areas, they will be deemed a “risk” because in most cases once an athletic scholarship or grant is given by an institution it cannot be revoked for a year. The school is basically investing in the athlete – so if they don’t go to class and/or become academically ineligible, the school has wasted their investment. there are all kinds of potential athletes that want to play at the next level so colleges will work hard to reduce their “risk” by weeding out those students with marginal grades and lack luster attendance.