Are You Good Enough To Apply For An Athletic Scholarship? Interview With Tim Ryerson And Wendy Lynne


How do you know if you are good enough to apply for
athletic scholarships? It is probably one of the most important things
an athlete needs to figure out when they start the process before they start. You want to
use some of the resources that you have available to you, so your high school coaches, your
club coaches, and ask them for their opinion on your level of play and your ability. A
really key thing with that is to be realistic about it. We find that most of our clients,
most of the kids we work with, have an inflated self-opinion. Sometimes it is a good thing
in athletics because you want to think you can do it, but in the college recruiting process
having that inflated self-opinion is one thing that can really set you back if you are not
targeting the right level schools. So ask the people that know, compare yourself
with the other athletes. One thing we always recommend our clients to do is to go watch
Division 1 games, Division 2 games, Division 3 games, and NEI games in your sport. A lot
of kids never do that. They watch the game on ESPN, which is a high level Division 1
game. Then they just assume what Division 3 is like and they have never actually gone
and watched the game. The other side to that is a lot people think
they are not good enough to play in college because they have never seen the different
levels. They just watch what is on ESPN and say, �Well college is for the ridiculously
good athletes and I can�t play in college.� For a lot of those kids, they can. It is just
a matter of finding the right school, the right location, the right level of play for
them. There are opportunities out there for almost every kid if they are willing to work
hard throughout the high school recruit process. Usually they can find a good place for them,
if they are passionate about wanting to play in college.
Most college athletes were really good in high school. They were all conference or they
were all state or they were the team MVP or the team leading scorer. When I was a college
coach, one of my favorite quotes to say to potential recruits was, when they tell me
how many points they scored, every team had a lead scorer. Think of the worst team you
played, the worst basketball team out there in the country, somebody is leading that team
in scoring. It is not just about that. It is about all the little things that make up
the difference between a high school athlete and a college athlete. When I say work hard,
it�s developing a college level game that means strength and conditioning, nutrition,
the little things, the understanding of the game, being a leader, all the things that
make a college athlete separate from the run of the mill high school athlete.
A lot of times if a kid is an average high school player but they have all those attributes,
they have all those things; they are going to turn out to be a really good or good college
player. Another one of my favorite things I like to say when I was recruiting high school
kids, �I don�t care how good you are at 17. I care about how good you are going to
be at 21.� A lot of times those little things are what make somebody a really good 21-year
old. That is what college coaches are looking for.
Sometimes in high school you can get away with being a, �because you are a good athlete,�
or because you are physically superior. You can get away with being pretty good. When
you get to college and everybody is a good athlete, it is something like the mental toughness
that is going to take that athlete and put them over the top. They may get by with poor
fundamental habits or poor mental habits in high school, but to be a college athlete they�ll
need to be keen mentally, as well as physically and nutrition and so on. That is of upmost
importance when college coaches are looking at high school kids to recruit. They want
to know they are getting a mentally strong kid, because that kid is going to get a lot
better.

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