“Hey Coach I deserve a Scholarship!”

Or even worse…………………………

“Hey coach, hope you’re well, got this database full of 150,000 athletes, great kids, awesome stuff.” or “Hey, check out my database!”

College Coaches would not respond to any of these emails!! It would be as simple as click and delete!!

They would never ever look through a database! Coaches don’t have time to filter and scroll through a list of athletes and watch video after video and go through 150,000 players. They usually have trusted contacts that they refer to, and, should they email them, they would be the first point of contact when searching for players.


Coaches also hate excuses…………………..

What type of excuses do college coach’s hate?

Training excuses 100 percent!  Especially if you miss training. I could say a lot of things about excuses, I think a lot of you probably know the sayings. But, really, unless there is an extreme circumstance as to why you missed classes, or why you missed a training session, or why you missed a team meeting, or why you were late, most Coaches have zero tolerance for excuses.

“That doesn’t mean that they are not interested in you”

College Coaches hate excuses about the reason as to why you didn’t pick certain subjects in high school.

No, sorry…….. they care about the fact that you’ve graduated from high school, and you’ve made good enough grades to get into their school. If they’re a school that required you to take particular subjects, then yeah, they’ll care whether you did them or not. But if you didn’t do them, then it’s not like they’re going to lose sleep over it. They don’t care, they’re just going to focus on the kids that did the subjects, that are eligible. That doesn’t mean that they are not interested in you.  Go and get the classes that you need, play at another college, and then get back in contact with that coach and see how you go.

“If you’re not eligible for Division 1 or Division 2, who cares? You’ve got Division 3, the NAIA, junior college”

There’s no way around it, really. If you’re not eligible for that school based on your high school subjects, then you’re not eligible, you’ll have to go somewhere else, lift your grades, take the right classes, and then potentially transfer in. That doesn’t mean that your life is over.

If you’re not eligible for Division 1 or Division 2, who cares? You’ve got Division 3, the NAIA, junior college. You got so many options that are going to give you a great experience, and that’s not to say – that’s just your first stop, wherever you go. Because then you can transfer on, go to a new program, progress through the US system. Make yourself eligible if you’re not eligible. Don’t sit there and say, “oh, well I’m not coming at all then, it’s not worth it.”

So essentially, they don’t care about the subjects you take in high school, because it’s not their choice and it’s not their decision -You either took the right subject or you didn’t.

“Your own personal aspirations do not come before the team.”

College Coaches hate it when you make it 100 percent about your own goals and dreams……..

Let’s say my target is to go to a NCAA Division 1 school, but I have to go to another school first in another division, does the coach at a NAIA school, let’s say you are playing there first, does that coach care about my goal to play at NCAA Division 1 – and the timeline I’ve set for myself to go and play in the NCAA Division 1?

Look, of course a coach is going to care about your goals and where you want to go and what you want to accomplish as an individual. But, that’s not going to put you in front of another athlete if that athlete’s better. Your own personal aspirations do not come before the team.

Essentially, every athlete has goals and wants to be the best they could be. Everyone wants to develop and grow and go somewhere else and play at a higher level. I think the hardest thing to understand, and if you can grasp this concept before you head over to the states, you’re going to be so, so successful!!

“Your job is to make your teammates better”

Your job as a college athlete, or an elite athlete is trying to make yourself a next-level athlete. Your job is to make your teammates better. You do what you need to do, work your guts out, to help make your teammates better, because when they see you doing that, and you have a selfless attitude to do whatever it takes regardless of how much you’re rewarded with playing time. Session after session after session, to make your teammates better, it’s also your teammates job to make you better.

So it’s about being selfless, not selfish. The pay to play system – when you go to college, it is not pay to play. It is, the coaches’ opinion about who will best do the job is all that matters. He or she will play the athlete that they feel is going to do the job. If that’s you, great. You do the job to the best of your abilities.

And if that’s not you, then you support the one doing the job in every way possible, and when you get to the next training session, you continue to work, and work, and work to make everybody around you better, because in turn, they will make you better.

“I need to start and play over everybody”

If you’re a soccer player here in Australia, your goal is to go to the A League. Alright, so are you going to tell your coach – well, my goal is to go to the A League, so I need to start and play over everybody – I need to play 90 minutes a game, so that I can get the most amount of exposure to accomplish my goal of making it to the A League. Would you tell your coach that? Wouldn’t go down too well.

Or I need to play over everybody else, because my goal is to make it to the NBA, or the NBL, so I need to play as much as possible to get the exposure to be able to accomplish my goal. What kind of attitude is that?

Coaches care don’t hate you because you have goals ( Unlike Mr. Jones my old Teacher) about your goals, your desires, of course they care. But what they don’t care about is that type of attitude, obviously you don’t get to choose if you start every game. That’s completely up to the coach and it’s their opinion, plain and simple.

They will hate it though when you say “ I deserve to play because I worked my butt off”. Now do Coaches care about what you think, you deserve? I deserve to be playing because I work the hardest in training or I feel like I work the hardest in training, and I’ve really done everything I can to prove myself to you.

“you’ve worked the hardest of anyone in training, and you deserve to play”

Of course they care, and they certainly take notice of your efforts, but just because you’ve self-evaluated yourself to say that you’ve worked the hardest of anyone in training, and you deserve to play more minutes than somebody who may have been there for three years who’s done a great job.

I work harder than LeBron James, so I should be playing over LeBron James or I’m a 20 year old and I’m working harder than Cristiano Ronaldo so I should be starting over Reynaldo because he doesn’t try that hard in training.

Or I’m a freshman in college, and I worked tirelessly, I put in the effort during the summer workouts, I passed all my fitness tests. I’m working harder than anyone on the team, I deserve to play over, you know, Jeff, whose been there for three years and is a legend of the program.

“that isn’t going to be the deciding factor of whether you start over someone else”

Just because you work hard doesn’t mean you deserve to play. You’re expected to work hard. This will be the first time that most of you guys will be in a system that’s very much like a professional system. You don’t just play over other athletes because you’re working harder in training, that’s not the way it works.

Of course coaches are going to notice that, and of course they’re going to take that into consideration, and take that into account, and they’re obviously going to appreciate it. But that isn’t going to be the deciding factor of whether you start over someone else, if that other athlete has been there longer or is better than you.

It’s your job, as a college athlete, to work your backside off. Not for you. You work your backside off to make everyone around you better. That is your job – make your teammates better by working tirelessly, and expect them to do the exact same thing for you.

And if you think that your needs and what you want to accomplish, and you’re playing time, and your experience comes before anyone else in that program, you’re not going to make it far at all.

You don’t come before the team.


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