By: Adam Sarancik
Author of: Coaching Champions for Life
Questions College Coaches Should Ask and High School Players Should Be Able to Answer Better People=Better Athletes=Better Players and Teammates
I am frequently surprised how rarely a high school player knows what a college coach is actually looking for in a prospect. I am just as surprised when players return from a recruiting visit or when they just talk on the phone with a college coach by the kinds of questions the prospect was asked.
At the highest levels, college coaches have many choices for good players. What they need to recruit to win championships and build successful programs are good people and good athletes. Good people become good teammates. Good players don't win championships, good teams do. Good people have a teachable spirit and a growth mindset. Good people work hard to become good athletes. Good athletes have the most potential to become good players. Good people who become good athletes who become good players win championships and help to build good programs.
So if the goal of a college coach is to build such a program and if the goal of a high school player is to play for such a program, what are the benchmarks that differentiate between prospects and suspects? What are the questions a college coach should ask and a high school player should have good answers to?
Coaches, you are already asking your prospects some very good questions that I will not repeat here. However, here are some specific questions that you may not be asking a high school recruit that have real probative value about what kind of person, athlete and player the recruit is:
Good Player and Teammate?
I think you can see that if a coach were to ask their recruits these questions, their success at recruiting quality players would be very high. Similarly, if high school players by their life experiences and education were prepared to give good answers to these questions, their options to play for high quality coaches and programs would be high. More importantly, both would not only be champions, but Champions for Life.
Adam Sarancik is the author of an Amazon Top 100 Best Seller, Coaching Champions for Life - The Process of Mentoring the Person, Athlete and Player and its companion book, Takeaway Quotes for Coaching Champions for Life. Adam's newest acclaimed book is, A Ground Ball to Shortstop - How and Why Coaches See Their Game Differently Than Anyone Else.