Deciding on an Investment in Rowing Recruiting Publicity
With 7% of high school athletes making it to the NCAA level, athletes and their parents can use all the help they can get. Recruiting publicity services are athletic profile websites available for free or for a fee. But how do you know which one will best serve you?
Is there an advantage in paying for a publicity service?
Per the NCAA, a recruiting/scouting service is "any individual, organization, entity or segment of an entity that is primarily involved in providing information about prospective student-athletes." We call these "recruiting publicity services," given that is their product.
While some paid recruiting services are smaller and sport specific, others are huge companies. There plenty of options with varying degrees of value depending on the athlete. That said, the fact is most qualified athletes can find a spot on a college roster without a recruiting publicity service.
Sparks Consulting is not a recruiting service; we do not contact college coaches with your information. As former college rowing coaches, we know publicity services serve as a second-tier resource.
Students who take the initiative to contact coaches directly are almost always more successful in the process. This is particularly true with selective universities. We live in a world where much occurs with the click of a smart phone. College coaches want to know whether recruits are mature enough to take the initiative and have the ability to invest in the process. This is particularly true in rowing given how late most athletes enter the sport.
About Recruiting Publicity Services
Sports fall into two categories in their primary mode of talent identification: objective and subjective.
When talent is identified objectively, (metrics like erg scores) athletes do not require publicity services. Sports that identify athletes subjectively may benefit from added exposure provided by recruiting services.
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