This week I am discussing how you can help your athlete stand out in a competitive world. Your student-athlete is amazing, right? But there are thousands of other student-athletes who are just as amazing. They are all trying to grab that same attention. It can take a good strategy to get your athlete standing out above thousands of other athletes. Following, are some ideas you can add to the plan that will help your athlete stand out in a competitive world.
Position For Impact
Learning how to stand out can be time-consuming. It can take quite a bit of research. Your athlete, however, can devise a plan to place themselves strategically in front of coaches, recruiters, and other sporting professionals. So, What do we need to do in order to get a solid strategy going? Your athlete must position themselves to make an impact on coaches, social media, and recruiting staff. Your athlete wants to gain exposure so they can be placed in front of the right people. They need to be able to make an impact and must position and trust themselves to make that impact.
In order to position themselves to make an impact, they are going to need to place themselves strategically. First, get your athlete competing in those higher-level competitions. The competitions where coaches and recruiters are going to be hanging out. These tournament’s get a lot of coverage. They are widely known publicly. They are the ones you want your athlete to be competing in. It shows they are doing everything they can to get to that higher level. Second, it shows no matter what comes your athlete’s way, they are going to be working through blood, sweat, and tears to showcase their abilities.
Your athlete must be in front of them to make an impact that the coaches and recruiters are looking for. It gives them a chance to see how athletes compete in an elite competition. How they hold themselves, how they perform, the way they lead, and their sportsmanship when part of a team. Your athlete can highlight these during every tournament and competition, positioning themselves to stand out in a competitive world.
College & Coach Lists
The next step is to use your athletes list of colleges they would like to attend. Create a list of coaches from each college. Only the coaches that are involved in the team your athlete wishes to be a member of. They should research each college and coach to get an insight of their views. Their views on sports and education. What is the coaches idea of success?
A coach can push your athlete to succeed in sport and as part of their team. However, what a really good coach does is push their athletes to succeed in every aspect of life. They push their athletes to be a great person. Not just a great athlete, not just a great student, but a great person. They encourage their students to chase after their ultimate goals. A great coach will encourage you and teach you how to stand out in a competitive world
Your athlete should steer clear of coaches are who only give a crap about their team winning. You want a coach who wants to help your athlete excel in all areas of life. You also want a coach that is consistently learning themselves. They make sure they are keeping up to date with their own training. It’s personal development. Do they pursuit personal development as a coach? Look at what the college and coach’s idea of success is. You can do this by searching for past students. What achievements have past students gone on to achieve after college? What are their views on how they were coached? Is the coach someone who will push them to be better personally, physically, mentally, and emotionally?
Awareness & Knowledge
Standout athletes have to show a high level of awareness of their uniqueness. They must also have a high level of knowledge about themselves as a person. Coaches want to see that an athlete can motivate themselves. They can perform when it counts. This is where those high-level competitions can help because coaches see your athlete can compete when it counts. Your athlete must be able to perform when it really counts, and be able to adjust and improve when needed. They can handle criticism and constructively use feedback and turn it into something really positive. These traits will help your athlete stand out in a competitive world.
Feedback & Criticism
It’s vital that your athlete knows how to exercise mental skills development. This is what coaches want to see. They want to know your athlete can take criticism, pull in feedback and turn it into something positive. What your athlete should be doing is consistently asking for feedback. Ask their personal coach, high school coach, and teammates for feedback. Create a spreadsheet, do a monthly report, and keep it with the documents your athlete will use for interviews and emails.
Number one, it saves the coach having to do all the legwork. Number two, it saves them a heck load of time in trying to figure out who your athlete is. What their strengths and weaknesses are, and how they perform as part of a team. How they carry themselves as a leader, as an athlete, and as a person. Obtaining this information shows your athlete is willing to do the hard work. They take the time to get feedback. And they are using that feedback and turning it into something positive. If your athlete can prove they know how to perform, behave, lead, and be part of a team, the coach will be impressed.
It’s all written there in front of them. They don’t have to go out and do all that legwork. Coaches want to know how your athlete performs. How do they behave? Giving them this feedback will save all that legwork and time in being able to obtain the information themselves.
Don’t Be Discouraged By A Below Average Team
Is your athlete part of a below-average team? Are they worried they’re not going to be noticed in the recruitment process? it’s time to reassure them.
It’s simply not true. It can actually work in your athlete’s favour if they are part of a less than average team. Why? Because they will get more playtime on the field, and more opportunities to present themselves in front of coaches. Even though they’re an average team, the coach knows how each individual performs and what they are capable of. They can advocate for your athlete. Being part of a less than average team does not discount them from the recruiting process by any means. It can work in their favour. Your athlete should build rapport with their coach. Build a strong relationship so the coach will advocate for them when the time comes. They will be more than happy to help your athlete stand out in a competitive world.
It can be very hard to turn our teenager’s mindset around when it comes to winning, losing, and less-than-average teams. If they tell themselves they’re part of a below-average team, they will start to lose that motivation, determination and drive. It’s important they understand that being part of a team that doesn’t perform at the highest level, doesn’t mean they won’t be recruited. It can work in their favour. Encourage your athlete to build rapport and good relationships and they will always have them to advocate for them.
Travel & Club Programs
I am finding through research that coaches look favourably upon athlete’s involved in travel and club programs. The reason, they can go to these travel clubs and programs and view numerous recruits at a time. They can assess an athlete’s abilities to compete in an elite scenario. It’s a chance for them to see an athlete’s face to face. Witness first hand how they perform, how they behave, and how they react to a win or a loss. Encourage your athlete to join a travel or club program. It’s another element that will help them stand out in a competitive world.
Highlight Videos & Social Media
Don’t forget your athlete’s highlight videos. Consistently film highlight videos so your athlete can be viewed anytime. Make sure they are posted on all social media pages. Make it easy for coaches and recruiters to go back to it time and time again. Create a website and give coaches a different place to go. Somewhere to find little gold nuggets of information and updates on your athlete.
When it comes to the recruiting process, a coach is going to already feel like they know your athlete. Often they will get a spot on the team because they have done the hard work. They made sure they have strategically placed themselves in front of coaches. It was their mission to stand out above the sea of other athletes.
They have to showcase their talents, but not only their talents, abilities, and skills, but also their mannerisms. How they behave and how they react to a loss or win. They may even see how they react to another athlete who is somewhat of a bully. It can take a lot to hold yourself back when being abused by another player. Your Athlete’s ability to compose themselves in this kind of situation will be a trait coaches want on their team. Consistently upload highlight videos, create social media pages, and please make sure they are professional and clean. There must be no foul language or party shots. Just professionalism, sports, academics, your athlete’s goals, interests, hopes, desires, and all those good things that coaches want to see.
Encourage your athlete to take on leadership roles. If your athlete is part of a below-average team, they can be a leader of that team and get more playtime. Naturally, we know leadership roles are going to assist them in the recruiting process.
This week in my private community College Bound Athletes, we are going right over this topic. How to help your athlete stand out above thousands in a competitive world. I’m teaching how to help your athlete take the right steps to gain exposure and early advantage. If you would like to come on over and join the discussion, you can do so here. So, what personality traits are coaches looking for?
Help Your Athlete Learn Things About Themselves
Have your athlete create their list of hopes, goals, dreams, desires, skills, and what room there is for improvement. Go through and write the reasons why each one is applicable to your athlete. Once your athlete starts writing, they will find they’ll get quite a bit down. From there, they can use each one to highlight each trait throughout your athlete’s college sports campaign. Doing this exercise will help your athlete discover information about themselves they hadn’t thought about before.
This also shows the coaches hard work. Your athlete has put in hard work to learn about themselves. They took the time to obtain this knowledge of themselves as a person, a student, and an athlete. Time to find where they need to improve, take extra steps, or even pull back where need be. Once they get these thoughts down on paper, they really do start to find out new things about themselves. When they can relay that to coaches, it is a big plus.
What Are Coaches Looking For?
Some unique and distinguishing traits coaches look for are self-confidence and motivation. Coaches want to know your athlete can motivate themselves and their team. Your athlete must be positive. You can’t motivate a team through negativity. So they need to motivate themselves in a very positive way. Confidence and positivity are traits that will certainly help your athlete stand out in a competitive world.
A Strong Will To Succeed
They also need to have a strong desire to succeed. When an athlete has a strong desire to succeed, they will do anything to make sure they can achieve that. So if that desire is not there, generally, the motivation is not going to be there, nor is the self-confidence. You really need to have that strong desire to succeed. Given all the hard work your athlete has put in, it’s obvious they have a very strong desire to succeed.
Coaches also want someone who is not afraid to set goals. Someone who can set big goals and not be afraid to go after them. That’s drive and determination. Your athlete will need to have the self-discipline to push themselves. You can write these traits down and have your athlete write a paragraph on how these apply to them. This is something they can do today that will help them create a plan to stand out in a competitive world
Leadership, Optimism & Criticism
Positivity and optimism will play a valuable role in a team setting. Leadership and the ability to use criticism to improve are important. If your athlete can’t take criticism, they’re not going to improve. A coach wants their athletes to know how to take feedback and work with it. Like I said earlier, turn it into a positive. Coaches want to know they can handle criticism, take that criticism and use it to improve.
Humble & Adaptable
They like an athlete who is humble and has the ability to manage stress. They are adaptable and carry low anxiety levels. Focus, resilience, and the ability to bounce back from setbacks. Coaches like an athlete who believes they can learn more from failure than success. And that’s a massive one. They also like the ability to make tough decisions and trust instinct. This is huge. They want to know your athlete can make a split-second decision that can change the trajectory of a game. They want to know your athlete is resilient.
Fight To The End
Another favourable trait is an athlete who has the will to fight. Recruiters want to know your athlete can fight to the end. The elite athlete will always fight to the end. That’s why going to high-level tournament’s will help display their will to fight. Their ability to make last-minute decisions, and trust their own instinct. Lastly, coaches want to see that your athlete can appreciate their team, their coaches, and they can appreciate their environment. They have gratitude for the opportunities they are given.
So all of these things will help your athlete stand out in a competitive world. It isn’t easy to display these things that I’ve talked about. I mean, it’s easy for me to talk about it. But, if they can learn about themselves, and use feedback to improve, they will gain the exposure they deserve. Think about the personality traits coaches are looking for. Begin building paragraphs explaining how they apply to your athlete. Why do they apply to your athlete? How do they use them to move forward? These questions are important when trying to stand out in a competitive world.
The Competitor’s Edge Masterclass Is Back
Our next Masterclass is coming up on the 28th of September, kicking off at 8:00 AM, Australian Eastern standard. Do make sure you get registered for this one. We have lots of bonuses, prizes, and giveaways. There are all sorts of goodies happening this time around, but you must be registered via the registration page. We will have quite a few training sessions in the lead up to kickoff. Be sure to get registered if you are not already. Do you have friends who also have student-athletes? Could they use my advice, tips, tools, resources, and training sessions? If so, invite them too so we can help them also. You can register for this awesome event here.
Who wants to throw money and time at many different resources and services? Most of them don’t even get you the results you’re looking for. Um, No one! So I’m so excited. Make sure you get registered for The Competitor’s Edge Masterclass today. In the lead up to the Masterclass, I am offering free 30-minute consultation calls. These are for those who would like more information or if you have any questions or concerns. You can find my calendar here. You will be able to book a session at a time that suits you best. I can’t wait to chat soon. Yours in sport, Brooke Hamilton.