Making the time to get recruited


The recruiting process takes time. Not just the overall time to go through the journey, but day to day time spent emailing coaches, building your resume, researching schools, etc. You have to invest in the process. I know what you’re thinking and feeling- There’s never enough time! As a student you have school, training, and homework… when are you supposed to do this? As a parent you have work, the family, dinners, kids practices, your own hobbies…when are you supposed to help support your child through this!?

I know it’s not easy. When I was going through the recruiting process I was taking AP classes, involved in school clubs, and traveling 1.5 hrs 2 days during the week to practice and usually traveling to games every weekend. Even now, I find myself taking on more and more activities and responsibilities. It doesn’t stop so making time in the day to get everything done is critical.

It’s easy to dream big but taking the action to make all the pieces fall into place takes major dedication and effort.

Mandy’s 4 steps to making the time for college recruiting activities:

1. Make a list. How do you know everything you need to get done? Writing things down helps make sure you capture everything you are trying to achieve. I find breaking everything down into small manageable tasks helps.

2. Prioritize. Take your list from point 1 and re-write it in order of importance and timeliness. Make sure to include homework and studying for tests as well as family duties such as chores and the tasks you need to get done for recruiting.

3. Plan the work. Create a calendar of your week and fill in the boxes that are already scheduled: school, practice, games. Then start filling in your open time with your list items. How long do you need to get each thing done? Be efficient with what you have- You might be able to group together some small easy tasks when you have a free half hour before dinner for example. I find blocking a solid hour or two to focus on the more difficult tasks really allows me to focus and get things done.

Example plan:

  1. Work the plan. Hold yourself accountable and try your best to stick to your plan. Things happen and you’ll need to be flexible, so edit the plan as needed and roll with it. In some cases, you might just need to roll some of your tasks into the next week. That is OKAY. Do the best you can and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it!

The college recruiting journey does not have to be daunting. With the help of a #JHConsulting adviser and by following the steps I outlined above, you can break everything down into manageable tasks and take it one step at a time! You got this!



Mandy Raff comes to us from Modesto, CA. She grew up playing club soccer in Oregon and played in college for the University of Idaho. She is extremely passionate about helping others achieve their college soccer dreams!