Success tips for freshmen & sophomores
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Written by Seana Drabek
Updated over a week ago

As a freshman or sophomore on FieldLevel, it is important to set yourself and your profile up for success as your high school career progresses. That way, you are prepared when college coaches start to engage with you.

Here are 4 tips to help you get ahead in your recruitment journey

1. Commit to being a student-athlete first

Participating in intercollegiate athletics at any level requires commitment, not only as an athlete but as a student. Being a student-athlete is like having a full-time job. You need to be prepared for long days of practice and late nights studying. That is why you must be committed to your studies just as much as you are committed to your sport.

Being a student-athlete requires:

  • Understanding that your academic standing is critical.

  • Committing to work hard in practice and on your own.

  • Be mindful of what you post on your social media. One inappropriate social media post could be the deciding factor between you and another athlete.

2. Get your parents and Coaches involved

Having your parent/guardian and coaches in your corner during your recruitment journey can be extremely helpful. It is important to add your parent/guardian and coaches to your FieldLevel profile.

How to involve your parents and coaches

  • Add your Parent/Guardian (Adding your parent/guardian on FieldLevel will help them stay updated on your profile activity and any essential information missing from your profile.)

  • Invite your High School or Club/Travel Coaches to be your reference on FieldLevel. ( your coaches can provide an honest evaluation of your abilities and where they project you as a college athlete.)

3. Research/Target the schools you are interested in

You’ve committed to being a student-athlete, invited your parent/guardian and coaches to help. Now it’s time to get started. As a freshman or sophomore, here is a shortlist of items that will help start you in the right direction:

  • Begin thinking about the type of college you want to attend and research those schools by visiting their websites.

  • Research the athletic benchmarks for athletes at the colleges you want to attend. Once you understand where you need to be, you can set athletic goals.

  • Set your college preferences on FieldLevel once you have the schools you would like to attend.

  • Start creating your target schools list on FieldLevel to help you organize the schools you are interested in.

4. Keep your profile updated and speak with your coaches

  • Keep your profile up to date

    As an athlete on FieldLevel, it is important to continue keeping your profile updated with your most recent video/film and coach evaluations. That way, college coaches can see your progression as an athlete throughout your athletic career.

  • Speak with your coaches about your recruiting goals

    Once you have completed steps 1-3, it is time to speak with your coach about promotions and their plan/process in helping their athletes. Coaches sometimes wait to promote their athletes to college coaches in the junior/senior year. However, that does not mean that your coach cannot promote you in your freshmen/sophomore year. That is why it is essential to understand their plan/process and ensure that you are both on the same page.

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