Many of you are facing some similar questions as the high school season winds down and the spring/summer travel season gets started. As you may already understand, the spring and summer are vital in finding exposure opportunities. Your high school season has come and gone with very little to no exposure at all. Fortunately, this upcoming travel season can provide you with ample opportunities to play in front of the programs and coaches that fit you best.
With this said there are a few things that we believe you should be aware of before the season starts. We have said this many, many times, but the spring/summer exposure events do not create miracles. There are thousands upon thousands of athletes who play at these tournaments so it is extremely difficult to differentiate yourself to college coaches. Thinking by just showing up to an event will get you recruite is a common mistake and could leave you with little to no interest from college programs.
We understand it can be difficult to know how to best maximize your spring and summer so we have answered a few questions we have been hearing recently that will help you in this process.
Q: There are so many events out there, how do I know which one is best for me?
A: There are hundreds and hundreds of exposure events, camps and travel tournaments nearly every weekend across the country starting in April and going throughout the summer until August. There are many excellent events depending on where you are located in the country, but not all of them are right for each athlete. Some events are best for elite athletes while some events are best for high academic students. You also have to be aware of the NCAA live period events through the year because this will dictate whether or not you will be able to play in front of college coaches.
At CS Hoops, we compile a list of some of the best tournaments and events to attend depending on the athlete we are working with. This is an integral part of the recruiting process and something we spend a lot of time on to help our athletes. Be sure to do your research on events and ask the important questions of those event providers to see if a camp our tournament is right for you.
Q: What can I do to maximize my time at an event and stand out to college coaches?
A: This may be the most common question amongst players and parents as they get ready for the spring travel season. There are thousands upon thousands of athletes at events every weekend so it is important to try and differentiate yourself. By this we do not mean to try to shoot the ball every time or play beyond your abilities. Do what you do and play within yourself.
What I am trying to say is that you need to make coaches aware of who you are before the event begins. You can not just do this by sending letters/dvd's or emailing every coach in the country. You need to be specific in who you target and have to be smart in how you contact them. If done right, you can get on a coach's list of players that they want to see at a particular event. Let's put it this way, if you're not on a coaches list prior to a camp or event, it will be extremely difficult to get their attention.
Q: Once I decide which events I am going to attend, when should I start to plan my schedule?
A: Very soon. You should be looking to make plans for your spring and summer over the next couple of weeks. Most of the major event providers have their dates set whether it is a club team tournament or an individual exposure event/camp. Some of the more desirable events fill up quickly and you do not want to be left out. It is also important to know what your schedule is so that you can relay that to college coaches as they get their recruiting schedule planned out.
Contact CS Hoops today for more information and assistance in the recruiting process as you get prepared for this spring and summer.
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