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RecruitPKB: Parent Role on the Player’s Decision

To conclude the series on "Parent Role in the College Recruiting Process" we will cover parents helping their daughter make their college decision. Obviously, the parent's will have a major influence on their daughter's college decision, but trying to help your daughter make the right decision for herself can be a difficult task. Below are a few tips to help the parents guide their daughter through her decision-making process. Review all of the positives and negatives for each school: Help your daughter create a positives and negatives list for each school as she takes visits, communicates with coaches and does research. Your role as a parent is to ensure they put emphasis on the important factors within each of these lists and don't base their decision on the wrong factors. Help them to understand what each factor will mean for their college experience and for their future. [...]

By | 2018-03-29T15:49:45+00:00 March 29th, 2018|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Parent Role and the Coaches

This week's "Parent Role in the College Recruiting Process" will cover a parent's role with college coaches. The relationship a parent builds with a college coach through the process can have a major influence on the coach's decision. Below are a few areas to be aware of as a parent so that you as well can make the best impression on your daughter's future coach. Say hi to coaches at tournaments but don't approach them: Because recruiting rules can vary depending on a player's grad year, always stick to the side of caution when you see a coach at tournaments. Be friendly and say hi but try to allow them to begin a conversation if they choose to. Some coaches are more talkative and will carry on conversations with parents, others just want to be left to themselves so they can watch the players and evaluate. The same [...]

By | 2018-03-22T16:12:41+00:00 March 22nd, 2018|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Be Honest About Your Commitment

I have recently had discussions with several of my players who are nearing the point of making their college decision so I wanted to address a few things to think about as you navigate both the early and later stages of the process. I receive a lot of feedback from coaches about what happens once a player gets on campus in comparison to what was discussed during the recruiting process. Many times what a player tells the coach during the recruiting process isn't what they are willing to do once they get to school. The decision to play collegiate golf is a life-changing decision. If you end up at a school or program that doesn't match up to your goals, work ethic, and expectations then it can end up being a long 4 years for you, the coach and the team. Yes you "can" transfer and in [...]

By | 2018-03-02T14:45:25+00:00 March 1st, 2018|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: I Didn’t Sign, Now What?

I know it may feel like everyone else signed their NLI last week but don't worry! There are still opportunities out there and coaches who need players. You can still find an opportunity to play college golf and sign during the regular signing period in April if you put some work into the process. Keep a good schedule of tournaments lined up throughout the fall, winter, and spring. Let the coaches know where you will be playing. Focus mostly on DII, DIII, NAIA and JuCo schools, as most DI programs will have finished their recruiting. There are still some DI coaches looking for players into the spring of senior year, but it's a more rare occurrence so don't put many eggs in that basket. Try to consider some colder areas of the country as those programs tend to fill up their roster later. The better academic schools usually [...]

By | 2017-11-09T14:21:53+00:00 November 16th, 2017|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

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: 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|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: College Coaches Gut Feeling

Last week I shared a Q and A that I asked the Georgia Southern Women's Golf Coach, Emily Kuhfeld, to submit for me. She shared some great answers so if you missed that please go check it out HERE. I was reading over her answers and there was one that stood out to me that I wanted to elaborate on a bit more for all of you.  When I asked Coach Kuhfeld about questions that she uses to help her determine if a player is a good fit or not this was her response "There is also a part of recruiting which is hard to explain; it is almost like a gut reaction to the player. I listen to myself on this, and what kind of overall feeling I get with the bond between myself and the recruit." This is probably one of the best ways to [...]

By | 2017-09-13T11:48:13+00:00 August 1st, 2017|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Coach Communications 101

Coach Communications 101 This was the handout available this past week at the PKB Precision Jr Girls for players and parents. If you have any questions about the topics you may sign up for your free PKB 30-minute consultation with RecruitPKB College Consultant Brandi Jackson at bjackson@pkbgt.org.  Email Etiquette: Always address to the coach specifically Check grammar and spelling Make sure you attach any documents Have an appropriate email address Create a signature Avoid humor or sarcasm Being Proactive with Emails: Start early Check email daily Send updates Respond quickly If past Sept 1 of junior year ask questions Provide your reference's contact info Phone Call Etiquette: Be prepared to talk not just leave a message Try to avoid the Uhs and Ums Have questions and topics to discuss Being Proactive with Phone Calls: Follow up intro email with phone call Don't be scared Call after tourneys [...]

By | 2017-09-13T11:48:14+00:00 June 20th, 2017|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: A College Player’s Perspective Part 2

Louise Oxner recently graduated from the University of Louisville where she played collegiate golf all 4 years. Louise played junior golf in SC and was a member of the PKBGT. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to consult Louise on her college recruiting and we have maintained a friendship ever since. I sat down with Louise for lunch a couple of weeks ago while she was in town to catch up on her post-college plans. I also asked her to share some thoughts on her experience of playing college golf and what advice she would have for junior golfers going through the process. What did you learn the most about playing college golf? I have learned how to manage my time more efficiently and how to make better decisions on my own.  I definitely feel like I make better decisions on the golf course and [...]

By | 2017-09-13T11:48:14+00:00 June 14th, 2017|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments