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Winter break is now just a couple of weeks away. As you begin to make plans for your break, you should consider catching up on your recruiting efforts. Last week, I mentioned 3 things that should be on your winter break to-do list if you are currently a freshman or sophomore in high school. However, the recruiting process drastically changes for juniors and seniors in high school. The recruiting process becomes more serious the older you get. Here are 4 things that should be on your winter break to-do list if you are currently a junior or senior in high school.
1. Put in extra practice time now that you do not have schoolwork. Since you have extra time, winter break is a great opportunity to put in extra time and get ahead of your competition. When you are in college, most college coaches expect you to continue training over winter break. Winter break is a great opportunity to spend time with your family, but it should not mean you take several weeks off. Keep grinding away!
2. Go on unofficial visits. It is highly encouraged to schedule unofficial visits during winter break. The more unofficial visits you take, the more likely you will be able to get a sense of the school, team, and coaches. Unofficial visits are a free pass to gaining insight into how you feel about coaches and their program as well as how coaches feel about you.
3. Do your research on financial aid opportunities such as FAFSA or any other financial aid opportunities the school offers. It is important to plan ahead and look into potential financial aid opportunities. For many athletes, athletic scholarships do not fully cover the entire cost of college. Some financial aid opportunities such as FAFSA are first come first serve, so it is imperative to research deadlines and stay organized. There are other financial aid opportunities such as grants and academic scholarships, but again plan ahead and do your research!
4. Stay on top of your schoolwork. As you are heading down the final stretch of high school, it is important to stay on top of your schoolwork. Just like the saying “It aint over till the fat lady sings,” high school is not over until you receive your high school diploma! Coaches do not like slackers, so keep working hard.
Take advantage of the extra time you will have over winter break and get ahead in the recruiting process. Good luck and happy holidays!