We surveyed 17 NCAA Division 1 College Football and Basketball Coaches. Here are the results and why we did this pole...
1. HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO BE RECRUITED THAT STUDENT ATHLETES PLAY MORE THAN ONE SPORT?
All 17 coaches said that in order to be recruited Multi-Sport athletes have a distinct advantage because they have a better work ethic, better time management skills, better grades, and they are more coach-able.
2. WHY IS THIS NECESSARY TO BE RECRUITED?
The work ethic comes from them usually being better at one sport than all the others which means they have to work harder to compete for a spot at the other sports. They understand how to lead in their best sport and how to be a teammate or role player in the others.
The better time management comes from the fact that they have to attend multiple practices for multiple sports all year long. It would be impossible to not have good time management skills and play two or three sports. (If you want to be recruited consider playing multiple sports. It stands out to the college coaches.)
Which leads into the next big point, better grades. They typically have better grades because they have to learn to manage their time down to the minute. They have to train for hours a day and still stay, not only eligible, but recruit-able. As they get older in their high school years they have to get better and better at this because the pressures of performing on the field of play become more demanding, the classes get more difficult, they have to study and take the ACT or SAT, they have to balance college visits, banquets, practices, games and much more. All of which must be handled smoothly to be recruited.
3. ARE THEIR ANY OTHER REASONS THAT YOU LIKE MULTI-SPORT ATHLETES MORE?
100% said YES! All of the coaches said they never get to see the recruits play the actual sport they are recruiting them to play. They are in season coaching their own teams at the same time the to be recruits are playing. It is hard to make a decision on a recruit off a highlight film because it is just that. It's their highlights! The only time we can actually see them compete in person is if they play other sports and we attend those events. For example, if a basketball recruit plays football they can attend a football game to see them compete. If a football recruit plays basketball they can go watch them play basketball.
4. STAND OUT COMMENTS
One coach made the comment that he prefers recruits that play three sports. Two team sports and one individual sport (ie. Basketball, Football, and Track | Wrestling, Football, Baseball). The reason behind this was that they could see that the kids could take multiple styles of coaching and adapt, they could work well in a team environment, and they could push themselves and compete with themselves in the individual sport.
If you want to be recruited the best advice would be just to support your school with any sports you can be effective in. There can never be too many times a coach has the option to see you compete!
So, what made us do this survey? One of our players has multiple scholarship offers by big time programs and EVERY SINGLE COACH THAT CAME TO SEE HIM ASKED HIM WHAT OTHER SPORTS HE PLAYS!
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