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RecruitPKB: What is the NLI?

As we wrap up the NLI Early Signing Period, I wanted to share some insight on FAQs about signing an NLI. What is the NLI? The NLI (National Letter of Intent) is an agreement signed by the student-athlete, parent or guardian and the institution that states the student athlete’s commitment to attend the institution for one full academic year, in return the institution agrees to provide athletic financial aid for one full academic year. How is it different from a verbal commitment? The NLI is different from a verbal commitment in that it is legally binding and it's an agreement between the student-athlete and the institution (not the coach). Also, the NLI can only be signed during designated signing periods (see below) whereas a verbal commitment can be made at any time. When is the NLI signed? For golf, there are two signing periods, an NLI can only be signed [...]

By | 2017-11-09T14:22:54+00:00 November 9th, 2017|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: NCAA Rules and Regulations

Knowing the NCAA rules and regulations will not only help you navigate the process better but it will also show a coach that you are serious and prepared. Keep in mind, a student-athlete can always make phone calls, send emails and take unofficial visits at any point as long as it is on their own time and money. These rules below are in regards to when and what coaches are allowed to initiate themselves. Similar to the Rules of Golf there are many different variations and interpretations of the rules. If you aren't sure of the rules you can contact the NCAA, Eligibility Center or me if you have any questions. Dates to Know: September 1st of Junior Year: Division I coaches may send recruiting materials/emails to recruits. New Update: As of August 1, 2014, coaches may also make phone calls, send texts and use any other [...]

By | 2017-10-13T21:50:59+00:00 October 26th, 2017|College Recruiting Articles, The Recruiting Process|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: “Do Not Fear Failure”

The fear of failure is quite possibly the biggest detriment to a golfer's success, even for junior golfers. While kids tend to have a "no fear" attitude about many things, fear can easily creep into their golf game when the pressure is on. Growing up I was fearless. My sister and her friends would dare me to do something and without fear I would do it. From cutting flips off the monkey bars to jumping out of the hayloft to cutting flips off the high dive, you named it I would probably do it. Please do not try any of these though, I also ended up with 2 broke arms and a broken collarbone from my childhood antics. But the point is I did these without any fear of what might happen. But now as an adult, many times I look at an activity or task and [...]

By | 2017-10-13T21:50:53+00:00 October 18th, 2017|College Recruiting Articles, The Complete Golfer|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Don’t Panic but Be Proactive

"Just wanted to let you know that for 2020 we have one verbal commitment and another offer out.  Assuming that gets accepted we would only have walk-on opportunities available for 2020." - Top 25 Ranked DI Women's Golf Program In consulting my 2020 recruits, I have received several responses like this from coaches who are already wrapping up their 2020 recruiting class, during the fall of a recruit's sophomore year.  I know it's hard to believe and part of me doesn't like to share this because I know it makes players panic and stresses them out. But I have also seen the lack of knowledge and understanding of the reality of the recruiting process and they find out this information too late. Thankfully on a positive note, I have also had several 2018 recruits, current seniors, who have just wrapped up their recruiting process by making their decision in [...]

By | 2017-10-13T21:50:40+00:00 October 12th, 2017|College Recruiting Articles, The Recruiting Process|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Q and A with UNCG Coach

Recruit PKB College Consultant recently asked the UNCG Head Women's Golf Coach Janell Howland to answer a few questions about her recruiting and coaching philosophy. What is your own coaching philosophy?  People first, Students second, Golfers third.  Everything we do in our program revolves around those 3 things, in that order.   What do you love about being a college coach?  Seeing personal growth from each girl from the time they get to me until the time they graduate.   What do you look for with a resume and swing video?  Grades, Golf Scores from multiple years to see how they are trending, Extra activities that they are involved in. I want to see an all-around person as well as an athlete.   What are some good questions you ask players on visits to help determine the best fit?  What size of school are they looking for?  What size of team are [...]

By | 2017-09-25T20:46:18+00:00 September 28th, 2017|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: College Golf is an Experience Unlike Any Other

Although many of you may be years away from heading off to college, I wanted to share some insight into what makes the experience of college golf so awesome! - ♦️ Playing college golf is a privilege - Yes, you earned it thru hard work and dedication as a junior golfer, but it's still not something you're "entitled" to, it is an opportunity provided to you that comes with a lot of responsibility and respect! Do not EVER take that for granted!!   ♦️ Be a good teammate - Many aspects of college golf are still very individual but remember that you're part of a team. Support and cheer for your teammates, help them out any way you can, don't stir up team drama and embrace their unique qualities and different backgrounds. On our team in college, we had players from MN, PA, CT, SC, GA, IL and RI. [...]

By | 2017-09-15T16:54:23+00:00 September 13th, 2017|The Recruiting Process|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: College Coach Wisdom

"All around good in every area. Over-achieve in academics, golf, life and community service. Be a role model." - Division 1 Women's Golf Coach While at times it may feel hard to do it all, especially as a high school athlete, do your best to overachieve in as many areas as you can. Manage your time wisely so that you can commit yourself to activities that don't all revolve around just playing golf. It's ok to take a little time away especially when it means you are doing some community service work to help others or focusing on your academics for an upcoming exam or test. While being an elite level golfer requires a lot of time and dedication, when you keep your life well rounded it helps you keep everything in perspective better.

By | 2017-09-13T11:44:41+00:00 September 6th, 2017|College Recruiting Articles, The Complete Golfer|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: I am Proud of Who I am

I am usually posting about college recruiting and complete player content here on the ReruitPKB blog but I wrote this post last week on my personal and BJGolf social media and it really seemed to hit home with a lot of people. I thought I would share here as well in case there is a young girl out there going through some of the same things I did as a high school and college golfer. When I was in high school, my insecurities made me easily influenced and naive. - When I was in college, my insecurities made me guarded and immature. - When I was on tour, my insecurities made me easily intimidated and anxious. - After my tour days, my insecurities made me uncertain and unsettled on who I was without being a golfer. - And now I realize that my insecurities have simply made [...]

By | 2017-09-13T11:44:41+00:00 August 31st, 2017|College Recruiting Articles, The Complete Golfer|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Ceiling of Improvement

"If you don't do the things you're not good at then you'll never get better" This doesn't just mean practicing or working on those things a little to say you did it, it means dedicating time to actually get better at those things! - One of the earlier years of being on Symetra tour, my college boyfriend, who was a pretty good golfer, was caddying for me and he noticed that I was having more longer irons into greens bc the courses were playing longer. But during my warm up and practice, I would only hit them about half as much as I did my shorter irons. - My 8 iron was my favorite club, it always had more wear on it than any other club in my bag!! I loved grooving it on the range shot after shot and I would get excited on the course when [...]