My kids never went to even one college camp – and they both were recruited to play at Yale and University of Richmond. I’m not knocking college camps and I’m not telling you not to attend a college camp. But for me, it was more important that my kids developed their game – their skills. Summer is the time to do that, with quality training that is available only during that time of year.
At best a college camp is a showcase opportunity, at worst, it is wasted time trying to show-off with a lot of other kids who think they will be seen and recruited (just like you). I know of college camps where the head coach comes in, says “Hi” and leaves. I’ll repeat myself many times within these blogs: pick your showcase opportunities wisely, find time to get excellent training (improve your game), and concentrate on your academics. For my family, there were more advantageous opportunities where we could put our time, money and effort.
So what do you do if you don’t go to every college camp you’re invited to?
Plan and start visiting campus’s – meet with coaches (they can have unlimited contact with you on their campus). The great thing is – your school vacation schedule (except Christmas) will allow you to visit while they are in spring session. Start now. Make an appointment. If you cannot make an appointment – or you’re on campus spur-of-the-moment – then knock on their door. Our kids did it both ways. Always remember, college coaches are looking for talent, and you may be it!
In fact my youngest who played for Univ. Richmond did this; spur-of-the-moment – knock on the coach’s door. She was invited to visit another area University – and while there, decided to look at other schools. She went and knocked on the door of the UR coach – introduced herself – and from there started a relationship that ended up getting her recruited. You never know how it will start or end. But you have to make contact and show you are interested in them, their program and the university.
Remember to do your team research before you start talking to coaches (topic for another Blog). You don’t want to waste your time and money.
Coaches are looking for you. In the end it will not matter to them whether you were at their camp. If you’re the prospect they want – they will seek you out and try to recruit you.
But you have to let them know you are out there. Be proactive. Write them. Visit them. Then try to get an official or unofficial visit with the team. You must initiate contact, visit their campus and start a relationship with them.
These suggestions come all from my first hand experience – not opinion. I hope it helps.