As most of you know by now, I have accepted a coaching position with South Mountain Community College. Part of my job is to recruit the wonderful players here in AZ. In doing so, I have noticed how unaware/uneducated parents and players are about the recruiting process.
I would love to help in any way I can! Today, I’ll be going over some of the questions that parents have sent me about recruiting. At the bottom of the article, I’ll put my email. Feel free to email me any questions that you may have about the recruiting process. I am a resource to all of our readers! Today, I’ll stick to the more basic questions that I’ve been asked, then we’ll move onto the more specific questions in future articles.
What is an offer?
An offer is when a college coach offers you a spot on their team. Some times that comes with a full scholarship, a half, a 1/3, or none. College coaches will be very clear about what they are offering you, or at least they should be. Don’t be afraid to speak up and ask what does this offer guarantee me?
Now, I’ll cover the difference between what I call a valid offer and a non-valid offer.
A valid offer is just that, an offer that you can redeem or accept.
A non-valid offer is one that you cannot accept it redeem. There are many different circumstances that would make an offer non-valid.
Offers have expiration dates, for most programs. If you have not decided by a certain date, they may not hold that offer spot for you.
I have seen situations where coaches have friends who are college coaches and they ask their buddies if they can offer their players as a favor. This is usually to jump start a players recruitment. However, you cannot accept this offer.
There are many other circumstances that would cause an offer to become invalid, those are just a few examples.
How do I know if an offer is real?
This is where a see a lot of confusion. If the offer comes from anyone outside of that colleges coaching staff, I wouldn’t consider that a real offer. Coaches will virtually always reach out in some way and congratulate you and want to talk a bit. Very rarely is there zero communication between the family being offered and the school offering the player.
That’s pretty much the basics. We’ll go more in depth in future articles if this is something that our readers respond to and enjoy!
Have questions? Email me: Michael@DPGBasketball.com