Friday, March 21, 2014

Off-Season Programs and Recruiting

Coach Nicolas White is also a coach for Baldwin-Wallace University's Football team. Here he shares some of his powerful insights for athletes that want to play at the collegiate level.

Off-Season Programs and Recruiting

Generally speaking, collegiate coaches ask high school coaches 4 specific questions when evaluating potential recruits.
  1. How are their grades? 
  2. How are their test scores? 
  3. How is their work ethic? 
  4. Is he/she an athlete? 
The first three questions are straight-forward and there is only one way to attain great grades, test scores, and work ethic. The last question, is he/she an athlete, can have many roads to achieve success. Should I be multi-sport athlete? Should I train all-year-round for my one sport?

The method for evaluating athleticism, without film, for years has been recognizing multi-sport athletes. This idea is contradicting to the collegiate atmosphere where athletes train (sport-specifically) 365 days a year. If your off-season strength and conditioning program is multi-faceted attacking all aspects of movement and strength development then training becomes a sport.

Athletes, find a program that encompasses all elements of movement and strength training. It will pay dividends at the next-level. I see it every season at the college level; athletes that come from great programs are normally the first to impress. I believe a great understanding of movement and strength training will increase your “athletic ceiling.”
If your off-season strength & conditioning program is multi-faceted, then training becomes a sport.

Coaches, if an off-season program is operated properly it can foster an area to build toughness, leadership, responsibility, teamwork, and work ethic. Our job, as coaches, is to develop our student-athletes. Entice your athletes to stay and train within your off-season program. This will allow your staff more opportunities to instill your “characteristics of success” and team values. I believe a great understand of movement and strength training will increase your programs “championship ceiling.”

Keep Training!
Coach Nicolas White and Akron General Sports Performance 

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