Are you practicing, training in the gym and doing your school work? What about traveling to tournaments? I understand how busy life can be when you’re trying to be the best student-athlete you can be. That’s why many people, from all around Atlantic Canada, have chosen Nadeau Sports Recruiting to create a quick and simple, yet professional presentation of themselves.
Now, it’s your turn.
Follow these 9 easy steps to make your student-athlete profile work for you so you can get back to getting your game in the best shape possible.
Introduce yourself and manage your first impression. Tell your story here, and add additional links if you wish.
Having a hard time? Give this a try…
Open up the voice memo app on your phone and pretend a coach is asks you when you started playing your sport and why you play your sport. While you are telling the story to your phone, make sure you include interesting tidbits that display the kind of person you are and the character you have.
Once you have that file created, you can listen to it or transfer it to text, edit and then add it to your bio.
A picture is worth a thousand words. This is your chance to visually show off your skills and athleticism. Make sure you highlight the important part of your image so that you are front and center for the photo you use.
if your photo is pixelated or blurry, it is likely that your photo’s width doesn’t meet our minimum requirements and is being stretched to fit our student-athlete profile layout. Make sure your photo meets the dimensions by checking out our optimal photo dimensions.
If you’re a tennis player, maybe it’s linking to “Tournament Results.” Looking to get recruited as a basketball player? Send potential coaches to “Rosters” you have been selected to or share some of your athletic scores, such as your “Vertical Jump” score. Continually update this part of your page to keep this information fresh and relevant.
Make it easy for coaches to find you on all of your favorite social networks. Think of your student-athlete profile as a hub that links out to all of the other places you can be found online. Make sure your social media game is at the highest level possible. Some athletes are never looked at because of their activity on social media.
Planning not to share your social profiles? Rethink this strategy, because if a coach really wants to find you online, he will. So be transparent.
Want coaches to see your profile? Now that you’ve created a page you can be proud of, share it in every email you send to coaches with personalized information to why you are emailing. Then, add it to your Instagram bio and share it on social media to get more visitors to your page.
Make your centralized online presence even more professional with a custom highlight video for your page. You know how they say a picture is worth a thousand words? Imagine how many words a video is worth? Having a video on your page will increase the likely hood of a coach to pick up the phone and call you.
The skills video should be no more than 3–5 minutes long—it’s truly a quick snapshot meant to capture the coach’s attention.
There’s no rule that says the description at the top of your profile page has to be just your sport and grad year. Use the headline field to spotlight an accomplishment. Make sure not to forget the basics. You must include your name, graduation year (or walk-on request) and then the unique information. For example…
“John Doe 2020 Grad RH Pitcher 6’2” 190lbs 85mph Video Included”
Endorsements give coaches viewing your profile a quick, visual sense of what you’re valued for. Testimonials take things a step further. They are personal testimonials written to illustrate the experience of working with you. Take the time to think about who you would most value a testimonial from – is it a coach, trainer, teacher, scout. It’s worth the extra effort.
We’re always looking for interesting people in our community to share with our followers. After you’ve gone through steps 1-9 and you’ve made a page that you’re ready for the world to see, take a screenshot of your profile and tag @nadeausports on Instagram for a chance to be shared to our followers and on our blog!
Getting your student-athlete profile working harder for you doesn’t have to take up hours of your time. Try working through these ideas, building from one to the examples above – and you’ll find that you can make progress quickly, even if you’re just able to set aside a few minutes after school or in the evenings. Once you’re flexing the full advantages of your profile you’ll be amazed what a difference it can make to your recruiting journey.