This process needs to start with your first high school class. Whether that be in 8th grade or 9th. You MUST COMPETE in the classroom just like you would on the field. As a student you have two options.
1. You can be the "cool kid" and sit in the back of the room. You could sleep in class. You could be the center of attention.
2. You could be the example and sit in the front of the classroom, pay attention, raise your hand and contribute to the class just like you would at practice.
How difficult if it to choose option 2? How bad do you want to play college sports? Those are the two questions you need to start with. If it is not worth it to you to do the right things in the classroom what in the world would make a college coach think you would be willing to do the same at practice or in games? Take a minute and think about how different your day would be if you started with something very simple like sitting in the front row of your class? What good will come out of it and what bad?
Your teacher WILL notice that you are now paying attention. This will make the teacher form an opinion of you that is far better than the guy asleep in the back. Teachers notice everything. The class room is like their game day. That is as important to them as sports are to you. Be a part of their team and help them win their game. Most classes are graded subjectively. If the teacher likes and respects you then you are far more likely to succeed in their class than you are if you blend in or sit in the back. Teachers want to give out good grades all you have to do is give them reasons to. They want you to be successful as well.
Be the same leader in the classroom as you are on the field. If you are a potential college athlete your are a leader and role model in your school whether you want to be or not. So use that for good things. If the other students see you doing the right things and paying attention in class then they will do the same. It is amazing the impact you can have on a class and not even know it.
Here are a few resources to help you keep track of everything and make sure you are on pace academically. Do not rely on others like teachers, coaches, counselors, and your parents to determine the outcome of YOUR FUTURE! Keep track of these things your self and know your situation academically inside and out so when a recruiter does ask you questions you have immediate answers. This also makes sure that there are no mistakes in your academic situation. I have personally seen this happen and it can be an enormous problem. If you have everything documented then there is no questioning. The things you need to track are...
4. Improvement - Colleges like to see improvement in grades from Freshmen to Senior year.
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