Story: SUMMER CAMPS

Suggestions on How to Use to Your Advantage

June is here and so are college summer camps. If you can afford it, you should be going somewhere.

            If you are a 2013 grad and have multiple scholarship offers, you should be using your camp experience to get to know the campus and the coaches, you can compare. Remember that most schools that offer scholarships prior to summer camp will be expecting you to make a verbal commitment following completion of the camp. After all, they did offer and you did choose their camp—a significant show of interest on your part.
            If you have already made a verbal commitment to a particular school, then probably you are attending that camp only. I say “probably” because some prospects still attend other camps. Realize that if you have made a verbal commitment and you attend a rival school’s camp, it is a pretty clear indication you are not really “committed”. Don’t be surprised if that raises a red flag.
            If you haven’t been offered a scholarship to date, this is your third evaluation window. It is your chance to show what you can do. It is also an opportunity for the school to put you through the drills that they want so that they can properly evaluate where you fit in their system. This is particularly important for prospects who are labeled “athletes”, because those prospects are definitely being evaluated at more than one position. It is also an opportunity for a prospect to play a different position in camp that what he plays for his high school team. Some players do play “out of position” in high school because their team needs them to fill a different role. 
            Conditioning is really important, so is attitude. Athletic ability isn’t the only thing being evaluated. 
            After camp it is entirely appropriate for you to ask “how you did”. If you went to camp to be evaluated as a potential recruit, ask your position coach for some feedback—what he liked, what he thinks you need to work on, whether you helped yourself in the evaluation process. Remember, YOU paid money for the experience—YOU deserve some feedback.
            If you are 2014 or younger, this is your coming out party. Go have a great time, impress with your hustle. Compete hard with the older kids.